Hospice folk song night

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A POPULAR folk musician’s band are playing a night of Lancashire tunes and humour to raise money for Wigan and Leigh Hospice.

Guitarist, accordion and banjo player Des Cooney’s four-piece group Calico will take to the stage at St Joseph’s Hall in Leigh for the fundraising concert next month.

The band, which also comprises Steve Eckersley on guitar, Pauline Dowsett on vocals and Julie Houlton on guitar, keyboards and whistle, will entertain the audience with traditional Lancashire folk songs and humour.

However, despite its light-hearted tone the night also has a more serious purpose, as the band are raising money for the hospice after the charity treated several people they know.

Des said: “There’s a lot of people I know who have been in the hospice in the last 12 months.

“We’re not really bothered about doing concerts for money these days, we would rather do something that will benefit worthwhile organisations like the hospice.

“A relative of ours died last year after being in the hospice, and when I went to visit I was really impressed with how people were treated there, especially as so many of the staff are volunteers.

“As a band I feel doing gigs to help causes like that are what we should be doing.”

Calico will play in the Mather Room at St Joseph’s Hall, on Mather Lane, on May 12. Tickets are £8 including refreshments.

For more information contact Des on 01942 674868, Pauline on 01942 604603, or ring the St Joseph’s parish office between 9am and 4pm on 01942 673517.