Launch Event Report

We at MaDCaff are really happy about the successful launch event we held last Friday at Aberystwyth University, Students’ Union. More than fifty people came out to enjoy an eclectic variety of music and dance acts, performed by people living with mental illness.

Ceri and Elsa - harp and violin

Ceri and Elsa – harp and violin

On arrival MaDCaff guests were treated to Ceri and Elsa with their beautiful harp and violin duo. After getting settled in with tea and cake, the event was opened by Miranda Betts, MaDCaff founder and then Côr Gobaith, Aberystwyth’s very own Hope Choir, sang us some lovely songs.

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Next up was Xen Storey who played us some classical piano music on a borrowed keyboard. Unfortunately it was about half the size of the one he is used to playing on, so it was a bit of a challenge for him, but beautiful none-the-less.

Joy Harris sang us some very lovely, self-penned songs and performed a poem too. Joy managed to get the audience to join in on her chorus, Aberystwyth Sunset.

Ruth Hogg provided us with the only non musical act, with her performance piece featuring projected film, spoken statements, movement and shapes.

Mike Farah then played us a couple of songs on his guitar.

Mike Farah and his guitar

Mike Farah and his guitar

Next up were the Crazy Beaches, MaDCaff’s very own ‘house-band’ featuring Miranda Betts on ukulele, Lucy Edwards on guitar, and Hannah Schafer on bass. They performed an entertaining cover of the standard, ‘All of Me’, followed by one of Miranda’s own songs, ‘Country Girl’.

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Then we heard from singer-songwriter and guitarist, Dai Sharkey. Dai’s songs were an eclectic mix of original material, and included songs from his recent album ‘Schizophrenic’. You can buy it from his wesbite if you missed it on the night.

Dai Sharkey - not just a pretty faced 'Schizophrenic'

Dai Sharkey – not just a pretty faced ‘Schizophrenic’

Lucy Edwards then sang us her song about obsession, followed by Steve Acworth who played us his Jacuzzi Blues.

Lucy Edwards - obsessing

As it was our launch event, we were really delighted that there were so many performers eager to get on stage and showcase such a diversity of talents and styles. We had almost filled the two and half hours with people asking to perform in advance so we had very few opportunities for impromptu acts and not very much time for just talking either. So, we want to re-assure anyone that wants to come to MaDCaff for the chance to talk, our future events will definitely leave spaces for talking and unbooked, open-mic performers.

The feedback we have received so far has been really positive and encouraging, so thanks to everyone who stuck stickers on the flip chart paper. There will be more ways than ever to give us your feedback at the next MaDCaff. Alternatively, go to our Event Feedback Page and leave us your comments there.  All in all a good time was had by all.

For even more pictures see our Media page.

Remember, our next event is in Cardigan at Small World Theatre, on 12th April 2014. Free Tickets, from Eventbrite and do like our Faccebook page too and check out the Event Page for the next MaDCaff


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