As many of you will know my friend Andy Muir and I have championed the memory of a classic Glasgow music venue for a decade.
Our website about the Glasgow Apollo has now achieved over 10 million hits and we have published an award winning book with the brilliant Martin Kielty called "Apollomemories", made a DVD with the amazing Talisman Films called "The Final Countdown" and helped stage a musical (twice) called "I Was There".
This has been an amazing experience for us and we have met and worked with dozens of stars including Billy Connelly (8 hours in a bar at 35,000 feet!), Alan (Fluff) Freeman, Tom Russell (Radio Clyde), Tom Morton (Radio Scotland), Whitesnake, SLF and Joan Armatrading. Additionally, we have won awards for services to music, been added to the national web archive for Scotland and inducted into rock and roll hall of fame. Most importantly, to us, have been the friendships we have made as a result of this work with the likes of the late great photographer Stewart Campbell (on its own an amazing story), Caroline and Bill McFarlan and the one and only Frank Lynch (the man who discovered Billy Connelly and ran the Apollo in its heyday).
The linchpin of the musical has been a lovely fella called Tommy McGory and his charity Loud 'n' Proud. Right out of the "School of Rock" mould, Tommy's charity aims to introduce kids to the music industry, this is no X-Factor, high gloss, low talent approach, rather Tommy seeks out real talent and promotes young people who can, with his help, actually sing and play their instruments. We have been blown away by being involved on the edges of this phenomenal charity and the previous productions of "I Was There", attended by thousands (yes thousands) of people, have been some of the proudest moments of our lives.
Over the course of the past few months we have been chatting to Tommy about putting the show on again and a few weeks ago, much to our collective delight, he decided to take the plunge again and to look for funding to bring this amazing musical back once again.
This time around the hope is that we can support the musical via crowd-funding. In the first instance, we are looking for £25K, the more money we can raise the bigger the show will be and the more we can help make the dreams of Tommy's young people come true.
Please, please help us...no amount of money is too small, this is an opportunity for you to seriously help young people, from all sorts of backgrounds, to get a step up in a highly competitive industry. It will also be a great night out (and give us a chance to meet up and have a beer!). Tommy has also come up with a number of ideas to attract corporate sponsorship and individual support which are explained over at the crowd-funding site. Personally, I would seriously appreciate any support from my friends, family and clients; let's have a fun night out in Glasgow in 2016 folks!
If you would like to get involved contributions can be made at the Crowd Funder website.
If you have any questions about what we could do together at the event please get in touch, I promise we will do whatever we can to help.