Sheffield’s Charity Show

Sheffield’s Charity Show
Sheffield Lane wmc
July 10
Producer: Tanya Walker.
Reviewer: Karen Sutcliffe
Sheffield’s Top Club saw a star studied line-up for a charity event to raise funds for Amy Wigfull charity. Amy suffered an accident whilst on holiday abroad recently and her family are desperately trying to meet the costs of flying her back to England.
Little Sam Lyons and Pocket Rocket were the hosts for the evening injecting, humour around during their temporary double act.
Dan Knight of the band Dan Knight’s Storm and Rob Linacre opened the event duetting Phantom of the Opera and This is the Moment from Jekyll and Hyde. Knight and Linacre are merging their power house vocals for a collaboration to work on the cruise ships next year. Tonight we saw a taste of what’s to come.
Motown Mama was introduced next. This solo singer had everyone’s feet tapping with her bubbly personality and her array of Motown classics including Same Old Song and Miss Grace. If you have never heard the next act Jimmy Carol, then you seriously have to go check this man out. Turning professional at the tender age of 22, this hilarious comic has been treading the boards for some 38 years. It is so easy to see how Carol has maintained such a long career in comedy as the jokes came thick and fast with such superb timing and ease. Dressed in monochrome, chequered three-piece suit, Carol fits every piece of the jigsaw puzzle. This funny man can also be heard on Radio Sheffield as his voice has been gracing the air waves of South Yorkshire for 13 years.
Ruth Stamford was introduced by our hosts to open the second half of the show. Stamford is a petite lady but do not let that fool you, as her deceivingly powerful voice belted out Take another little piece of my heart and She’s got the Look. At times Stamford reminded me of Lisa Stansfield with her unique style and demeanour.
X Factor’s entrants 2 To Go came next, opening with Real Gone Kid by Deacon Blue. Hailing from Nottingham, you may remember Peter and Emma from the TV talent show, as it is amazing to consider that Peter, a skilled musician, is totally blind. We were treated to his piano skills on this night with versions of Let’s Go Round Again and Streetlife, sung superbly by Emma.
A Britain’s Got Talent competitor from this year’s season, Ricky K bounced onto the stage. Ricky’s first outing back into familiar Clubland territory had the whole audience excited and the atmosphere was sheer electricity. Jokes, singing and plenty of audience participation came at a fast rate from this talented young man. We were even treated to a replay of his Britain’s Got Talent big stage audition, which still held the magic from the first sighting of this sketch. Often it’s a case of seen once, no need to see again, but this young man has such a visual way of performing his audience’s attention remains firmly focussed on his face.
Closing the show was Dan Knights Storm. Once more Rob Linacre graced the stage alongside the band to join in with Storm’s opening song, the Go West hit We Close Our Eyes. The band produced an incredibly fast-paced show and there was literally no room left on the dance floor for the whole of their entire set.
Tanya Walker from Dukeries Entertainments Agency is to be praised for her efforts in the organisation of this charity event. Thanks were given to the sponsors and donators on the evening. In total £1700 was raised and leaving at the end of the night was a packed room of very happily entertained customers. Thanks were also given to all the entertainers who performed on the evening entirely free of charge and well done to Little Sam Lyons and Pocket Rocket for ensuring it all ran smoothly.

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