Tag Archives: lifeshare

The Lifeshare Loops from Realstrings: Hip-Hop and RnB

The Lifeshare Loops from Realstrings: Hip-Hop and RnB

This is a loops pack with a difference.  You get 28, 4-bar, real strings phrases, minor  and modal keys, recorded at 90 bpm, written to work with urban, RnB and hip-hop styles, performed with all the guts and emotion of real strings.

And your money goes to the homeless charity Lifeshare.

All proceeds from the sale of this pack go to Lifeshare.

Homelessness is a devastaing social problem and it’s up to us to respond.  Buy this pack to get the raw emotion of real strings in your music and help to alleviate the hardship of homelessness as well.

With thanks to the string players (Sarah Brandwood-Spencer, Paulette Bayley, Alex Stemp, Simon Turner and Nick Trygstad), my colleague Julian Cole who has developed a Kontakt version, George Atkins at 80 Hertz studio and the guys at Loopmasters.

Lifeshare Fundraiser

Lifeshare 30th anniversary fundraiser

Here comes the UK general election 2015 and amongst the political footballs are the usual suspects – health, education, defense, immigration, blah, blah, blah and welfare.

Btw, this isn’t a political post, I’m trying to sell you tickets for a fundraising gig.

When it comes to the social problem of people who are homeless, all the parties will have well meaning words and commitments about funding.  In reality, the solution isn’t just about money, it’s about us and our society.  That’s not really a government issue, but a personal and a community issue.

lifehsareAs a volunteer at the Manchester charity Lifeshare, I get a small glimpse into the lives of people who are homeless.  They might be living on the streets, perhaps in temporary accommodation or sofa-surfing or any number of other permutations for survival.  I can not begin to understand the difficulties they are facing, but I do believe I have a responsibility to help.  It’s not enough for me to say ‘the government should be doing something about this.’

I’ve heard ‘homelessness is a life-style choice’.  Yeah, right, in the same way mental and physical health, abuse, relationship breakdown and addiction are life-style choices.

‘The answer is to get a job’.  Yes indeed, but the complications and challenges of many who are homeless are things I cannot even begin to understand, let alone resolve. Simple logic doesn’t work here.  It’s complicated.

What I do know, however, is that by bringing people together to support the work of homeless charities like Lifeshare we will be a community helping those who need our help.  Funding the work, focusing our community.

And, finally, my point is, would you buy a ticket for the Lifeshare 30th anniversary fundraising gig, featuring Henry Priestman (plus support), Thursday 11th June, 2015 at Lifeshare, Dantzic Street, Manchester  M4 4DN. Simply donate £12.50 per person and your name will be added to the gig list. Doors open at 7.30. Your donation will include food and soft drinks and a great evening of entertainment. We’ll be funding the folks on the front line of homelessness and we’ll be a little more aware of the charity that is Lifeshare.  The Co-Operative choir will perform too.  There are only 80 tickets available.

HenryPriestmanHenry Priestman, formerly of The Christians (yes, I did some strings arrangements for them) has re-invented himself as an acoustic artist, with 2 acclaimed albums, regularly heard on Radio 2.

Find out more about Henry Priestman at www.henrypriestman.com and https://www.facebook.com/henrypriestman

You can contact me, Pete Whitfield, on 07958 708661. Or info[at]realstrings[dot]com

Performers for Lifeshare

lifeshare 2013

Lifeshare is a Manchester charity for the homeless, helping hundreds of people throughout the year with weekend breakfast clubs, food, clothing and toiletry supplies, and support to tackle homelessness.

Every Christmas, Lifeshare runs a tremendously popular week long open-house event to feed, entertain and engage with homeless people.

Are you a musician or entertainer who could offer to perform?

The Christmas event is run in the dining hall of Lifeshare at Charter Street Ragged School, 142 Dantzic Street, Manchester, M4 4DN. It’s an informal venue with a small stage (6′ x 15′).  A basic PA and Clavinova piano will be available and I’m the house accompanist, if you need me!LifeshareStage

Your performance would ideally be acoustic, entertaining and 30 minutes in duration, maybe with some Christmas tunes/songs.  The audience will be of mixed ages, and all styles of music and performance are welcome.  Performance slots are at 10.30 and 11 each morning, and 3 and 3.30 each afternoon, from Monday 23rd to Sunday 29th December.  There’s no fee and I can’t guarantee there will be a performance slot available for everyone who offers!

Please hit me with any questions and let me know if you could perform by replying here, via email (pete [at] realstrings [dot] com), Facebook, Twitter or phone 07958 708661.  I’ll sort out specific times nearer Christmas.

It might be your most rewarding gig of the year!