Ukulele Party marks the end of Party for Pete season
By sophia1980 | Friday, September 27, 2013, 12:07
It has been a long summer of fun across Bristol as party people have come together to support St Peter's Hospice's Party for Pete.
All good things must come to an end, however, and this event is being closed in style with a Ukulele Party at the renowned Fleece on St Thomas Street.
Taking place on Saturday 28 September the line-up features popular band the Ukulele Funhouse Orchestra (UFO) as well as two other local bands.
There will also be the chance for people to win a beautiful handmade ukulele designed and made by local craftman Doug Gazey, from Doug Gazey Instruments. Worth £400, the ukulele is made from three different types of wood.
The driving force behind the event is Bedminster resident Sarah Smither who is organising the night of live music in memory of her husband James (33) who passed away last March following a fierce battle with bowel cancer.
Sarah first held a Party for Pete, dubbed 'Gig for Pete', in September last year and launched the 2013 Party for Pete campaign at the Fleece back in May, followed by a day-long Fundraiser Festival at the beginning of September, also at The Fleece.
Both events have been sell-outs so Sarah is hoping for the same success with the closing party,
Sarah said: "This summer has been unbelievable, with people all over Bristol throwing parties to raise money for the hospice. The events I've organised with the help of Chris Sharp from The Fleece have gone down really well so we're thrilled to be ending the party season on a high!
"The Ukulele bands we've featured at events in the past have been hugely popular which is why we decided to dedicate this night to the music. UFO are brilliant and if you haven't had the chance to experience ukulele bands properly before, you must come along!
"Even though the gigs are always loads of fun, I always remember why we are doing it. St Peter's Hospice offered myself and James' family the most unbelievable care and support when we needed it so I'm delighted to be able to give something back and sing the praises of the work it does."
The Ukulele Funhouse Orchestra is made up of 18 Bristol musicians – 16 ukuleles, a bass player and a drummer. Member of the band Steve Pearson said:
"We give the impression of a demented poltergeist let loose in a kitchen armed with a pair of wooden spoons. And it's loads of fun – you can't play or listen to a uke without smiling and we do a lot of that!"
Also performing at the gig is KoaSound B' and solo acoustic musician Gaz Brookfield.
Petra Littlefair, community fundraiser at St Peter's Hospice said: "The Party for Pete initiative has been really popular this year so it's fantastic to be going out with a bang! Sarah's gigs in particular, have gotten a name for themselves as a really great night out in Bristol so I'm so pleased we're able to have one more.
"It's going to be a great night out in a fabulous Bristol venue so I hope lots of Bristolians support in aid of the city's only adult hospice. Big thanks also to Doug Gazey for donating his gorgeous handmade ukulele which I'm hoping will raise a fab amount."
Now in its 35th anniversary year St Peter's Hospice cares for more than 2,670 patients each year as well as supporting family members. It costs £6.8 million to run the hospice with 77% of that coming from the generosity of public support.
Tickets for the event cost £10. To get yours call 0117 929 9008 or visit www.thefleece.co.uk