"I couldnt think of a better artist than Kyla to put on as my first gig back from what has been a terrible year"
A Newcastle music promoter forced to take a hiatus during lockdown is bouncing back by bringing an award-winning blues artist to the region. But the return of her beloved blues music is bitter sweet to Linda Valentine-Short who sadly lost her husband John to cancer just before lockdown.
Linda, a well-known face on the local music scene and a champion of up-and-coming bands is passionate about keeping music live and a concert she is promoting by the Kyla Brox Band at The Cluny on September 24th marks a major milestone in her life.
“This is my first step back into the music scene and it’s also going to be an emotional event for myself and everyone who knew my husband John as he was a popular and well-known figure at all of my gigs,” said Linda.
"He’s a great miss and the evening will be dedicated to his memory. I want to put a positive slant on my return to music promotion without the support of John, so we hope to raise much needed funds in support of the Skin Cancer Fund at the RVI. He'd be more than happy with that I know".
Ensuring that the audience has a great night, Kyla Brox has been described as “the finest female blues singer of her generation”. She was the winner of the 2018 UK Blues Challenge, the 2019 European Blues Challenge and pre COVID she was also crowned Best Female Vocalist in the 2019 European Blues Awards. She is one of just three British singers privileged to be included in the “50 Women of the Blues” Spotify playlist.
“I couldn’t think of a better artist than Kyla to put on as my first gig back from what has been a terrible year not only for me but for everyone in the entertainment business. It’s definitely not going to be a sad night as John would want me to enjoy the music, mix with friends in the audience and pick up from where we all left off.”
There will be a raffle on the night to raise money for Skin Cancer Fund at the RVI.
Tickets for the Kyla Brox Band with support from Jonny Boyle at Cluny 2 on Saturday 24th September available online from www.thecluny.com/listing/kyla-brox-band/