Musicians Raise £900 for Ukraine

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Pembrokeshire-based function band The Coastals performed with a guest singer for a special Gin N Jazz night at Jacks at the Longhouse in Freshwater East on 11 June and raised just over £900 in support of Ukrainian refugees. The evening was sponsored by In the Welsh Wind, a Cardigan-based distillery.

The evening was the brainchild of local musician and teacher Sue Mathias who runs Tickle Tunes, pre-school music classes, across the south of the county and delivers music in many local primary schools.

Sue said: “I was going to have a birthday party in aid of UNHCR (the UN refugee agency) at the Longhouse in February before the war broke out, but it was cancelled for a number of reasons. The  irony is that the day after my 50th birthday war broke out and little did I know how much raising money for the UNHCR would mean. Both I and Angharad Sanders [Pembrokeshire’s other Tickle Tunes teacher] are passionate about singing with our little ones and so wanted to showcase our other passion: jazz singing.”

This special jazz evening featured Sue as guest vocalist with the band, alongside  Angharad, who is the resident pianist/singer with the Coastals and also an experienced jazz singer.

Angharad said: “Not only was this a fantastic evening, raising a huge amount of money for the UNHCR, and hopefully doing a little bit of good, but it was also fantastic to see so many people turn out to support live music again. After the years of not being able to get out and play, with covid restrictions eased, it has been amazing to get back out and entertain again. Thank you to everyone who came out and supported us, it means the world.”

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