Sir Van Morrison, Jools Holland and Billy Bragg were among the superstar line-up for Lead Belly Fest – a fundraising concert which took place on Monday 15 June at the Royal Albert Hall in aid of Shooting Star Chase.

Billy Bragg perfroming at Lead Belly Fest

 Lead Belly Fest, an event orchestrated by Grammy-award winning Musical Director Kipper Eldridge, was dedicated to Lead Belly, the iconic folk-blues singer, songwriter and guitarist who famously played a twelve string guitar. Other performers to have the crowd on their feet at the gig included soul singer Ruby Turner; Manfred Man’s Mick Rogers; Eric Burdon of The Animals; Dennis Locorriere of Dr. Hook & The Medicine Show; and Laurence Jones, the British Blues Young Artist Of The Year in 2014. There was also a performance from 87-year-old Tom Paley, the last person alive to have played with Lead Belly.

Ruby Turner perfroming at Lead Belly Fest

Among the audience at the Royal Albert Hall on the night was our Royal Patron HRH The Countess of Wessex and Vice-Patron Tony Hadley. After Lead Belly Fest organisers, Paul Puccioni and Derek Mason, heard about the work at both our hospices they decided to use the concert to support Shooting Star Chase.

Karen Sugarman, Shooting Star Chase’s Director of Fundraising, spoke to the audience about the work of the charity, and afterwards said:

“Music is an important part of the care we offer to children with life-limiting conditions and their families at Shooting Star Chaseso Lead Belly Fest was an incredibly special night. To have so many amazing artists support our work in one of the most iconic venues in the world made for an unforgettable evening.

“It was fantastic to welcome our Patrons HRH The Countess of Wessex and Tony Hadley to Lead Belly Fest and it was an absolute honour to be joined by Lead Belly’s great-niece on the night. We are indebted to the producers Paul Puccioni, Derek Mason and Musical Director, Kipper Eldridge, for their commitment and passion to the work of Shooting Star Chase.”