Making Music for Mind!

First published Wednesday, December 3, 2014

The Recruiter Group Team with Nicola Hewett from Barclays Bank
The Recruiter Group Team with Nicola Hewett from Barclays Bank

Earlier this year, The Recruiter Group nominated Pembrokeshire Mind as our Charity of the Year, and Saturday 29th November saw Pembrokeshire LIVE! 2014 bring a wealth of local talent to the stage in a brilliant night of music and fundraising.

Pembrokeshire Mind’s Mission says: “We work for a better life for everyone with direct or indirect experience of mental health problems. We promote a positive attitude to mental, emotional and physical wellbeing. All of Mind Pembrokeshire’s Projects, workshops and courses and training are designed to improve quality of life, build confidence, self-esteem and resilience. In addition our work helps to prevent admission to hospital.”

Conversations with Tracey Price, Director of Mind Pembrokeshire and Mind Carmarthenshire helped to shed some light on why events such as Pembrokeshire Live 2014 are so important to them. “Funds raised from events such as these are unrestricted, and so allow us to provide some great opportunities for people who otherwise may not be able to try out new things such as astronomy, music and art. Music is a great therapy for some people, allowing them to express things that perhaps they find difficult to explain in other ways.”

 So, Pembrokeshire LIVE! 2014 brought six local and very talented performers to the stage, with a superb mix of original music and covers of well-known tracks. Kicking off the evening Jess Dando brought her own unique interpretation to well-known songs such as Amy Winehouse’s Back to Black and Adele’s Rolling in the Deep. She was followed by Anthony Picton, who combined his talent for the acoustic guitar with a great singing voice, resulting in some great updates to recent mega hits such as Pharell Williams’ Happy.

anthony picton

The crowd loved Anthony’s performance!

Next on to the stage was a young lady with her guitar who, at just 15 years of age, had the audience spellbound by her mesmeric voice and natural ability. Jess Tomlin performed a combination of cover versions and her own original music, demonstrating not only her vocal talent, but songwriting flair too.  Definitely one to watch!

jess tomlin

Jess performing on our stage!

Mike Chant, who had earlier in the day performed at the St David’s Folk Festival, continued to keep the audience in the musical mood. Performing some great tracks, including the Cranberries ‘Zombie’ and a superb mash up featuring John Lennon’s ‘Imagine’, Mike continued the theme of providing a take on well-known songs.


Mike in action!

With four acts already showing the great wealth of talent in the county, The Recruiter Group’s own Rob James quite literally lit up the stage with his music (and a set of rope lights). Rob has amassed a strong following on SoundCloud and released a number of albums on iTunes, and closed his set with a first performance of a moving number, Our Last Goodbye, written on a recent trip to New York.


Closing the night was The Midweek Revival, a four-piece band who upped the tempo and had some great tunes to close the night with, once again demonstrating how varied and good local musicians are.

No fundraising event would be complete without a raffle, and thanks to the generosity of local businesses and some further afield, we were able to raise a substantial sum (yet to be confirmed) and receive match funding from Barclays Bank.

raffleThe prizes!

Overall, the evening was a success raising awareness and money for Pembrokeshire Mind. We are very grateful to the team at the Masonic Hall in Milford Haven, all who donated prizes, our performers and all who came to support Pembrokeshire Live 2014 for making it such a superb evening. It may just be the start of a regular event………watch this space!

If you would like to help support The Recruiter Group with their fundraising click here to make a donation!

First posted on The Recruiter Group Blog

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