Review by Nikki Brady
Yorkshire’s live music scene welcomed its newest venue as leading UK piano vocalist Dan Burnett took to the stage at Grewelthorpe Village Hall.
More than 70 people enjoyed an intimate performance by the Harrogate-based blues and soul artist at the recently opened vaulted hall.
Transformed from a redundant Methodist Chapel into a modern community facility, the unique venue was brought to life as Dan played a mix of his own songs and classics including Georgia on my Mind by Ray Charles, I Wish by Stevie Wonder and Hound Dog by Elvis Presley.
Dan is the son of Laurie Burnett, who was in bands with ex David Bowie’s Spiders from Mars’ members Mick ‘Woody’ Woodmansey and Trevor Bolder, and had guitar lessons from his good friend, the legendary Mick Ronson, as a child.
Over the past few years, he has gigged extensively throughout the UK, Europe and the USA, and written and recorded music for TV and Film.
Opening the evening was 15-year-old singer songwriter Gina McCann from neighbouring village Kirkby Malzeard, who kept the audience entertained with a number of covers ranging from the Beatles to Snow Patrol and Bruno Mars , as well as a number of her own compositions.
Dan, who had rushed back from performing on the main stage earlier that evening at the annual Skegness Rock and Blues Festival to perform on the night, thanked the audience for supporting live music.
He said: “I’ve really enjoyed performing at such a fantastic venue. Hopefully word will spread and Grewelthorpe will attract artists from across Yorkshire and beyond.”
Profits from the evening will go towards extending the village hall events programme, which already includes a daily community run café, monthly changing exhibition of local art, extensive keep fit programme and a huge range of community activities, while a further £155.75 was raised for Yorkshire Cancer Research through the sale of All the Best from Yorkshire recipe books and Clanger key-rings. T
he recipe book was created by staff and students at Selby College in memory of an 18-year-old catering student who died after suffering from testicular cancer.
Organiser John Brady said: “We’d like to thank both Dan and Gina for helping us bring live music to the village, and everybody who supported the event. The hall offers an excellent atmosphere and Dan and Gina’s stunning performances were the perfect way to launch Grewelthorpe onto the Yorkshire music scene.”
Details of the hall’s facilities or extensive events programme can be found at www.grewelthorpe.org.uk/Village-Hall