Tavistock's Zephyr Project raises £400 with charity gig at The Wharf

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By PGStrange | Thursday, January 03, 2013, 17:37

THE ZEPHYR PROJECT – a music-teaching initiative based in Tavistock – raised more than £400 with a charity gig at The Wharf just before Christmas. Four bands performed at the event. The money they raised will help the youth music project to repair equipment and invest in new gear, so that more students in the town can learn to play music in 2013…

Organized by three of the Zephyr Project teachers, "3's A CroWd presents Zephyr Live" took place at The Wharf on 18 December. Bands performing included 3s A CroWd, The Eden Project, The Arch Bishops of Tavistock and Dad Dancing.

Musical styles varied. 3s A CroWd (comprising three of the Zephyr Project's teachers), played acoustic music covers from the 1970s to present-day, including Ghostbusters, Fresh Prince and Spice Girls.

Modern punk band The Eden Project performed their own numbers, plus covers from Muse and some classic punk.

Meanwhile The Arch Bishops Of Tavistock (an occasional band, comprising members from 3s A CroWd, Rock n Roll Outlaws and Kitty and the Lost Boys) played hard rock.

The final act, Dad Dancing, performed classic rock covers, including numbers by The Who, The Foo Fighters and others.

Guitar teaching night

The Zephyr Project began in 2007 as a guitar teaching night at Tavistock youth café, but has expanded over the years, with teachers now also offering lessons in bass, drums and DJing. The project currently consists of Shaun Smith, Andrew Clark, Jack Lewis, Ryan Smith and James Young, all teaching various instruments.

"Since the beginning, students have formed bands, played their own gigs and discovered hidden talents they didn't know they had," said Shaun Smith. "In the past three years they have started putting on music nights for their students to perform at, such as open mic nights, and "Townload", which they have to be booked for.

"Zephyr Live was put together to raise money for the youth music project Zephyr Project so we can continue expanding ideas and buy new equipment for teaching, recording and playing live events."

Waxing

The event included a raffle, with the top prize being a Les Paul guitar donated by Shaun Smith. There was also a cupcake sale and a live waxing, with people paying to wax an ex-music student, Will Ride, on stage.

"Because of all the help we had, we managed to raise over £400," said Shaun. "This will now help us replace speakers and drum skins, buy new amps for teaching and invest in more new equipment.

"On behalf of the youth café letting us use their venue for this project, we would like to thank Paul Dobbie and Vicki Lloyd for helping with getting this project on its feet, to everyone else in the youth service, and to all the teachers who have taught and given up their free time over the years – including Mat Dingle, DJ John Harley, Paul Dobbie, Jess Austen, Fred Harper and many more!

Memorable event

"Also a massive thank you to everyone who supported this year's Zephyr Live event and gave up their free time into making the night a memorable event.

"The Zephyr Project hopes to continue organizing their live events throughout 2013, making it a successful and a sustainable project. Hope to see you there!"

More photos here:

3's A CroWd presents Zephyr Live at Tavistock's Wharf

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