Music for Ukraine at Quay Arts Centre

By IW Apr 13, 2022

More than £5,000 has been raised for East Cowes MAD-Aid following two Music For Ukraine charity concerts at Newport’s Quay Arts Centre over the last fortnight.

The acts played both upstairs and downstairs throughout the eight-hour days of the performances.

The money will go to East Cowes charity MAD-Aid, who fund and organise the delivery of donations to Ukraine and surrounding countries, and are also setting up orphanages and refugee camps in the area.

Local musician Jim Thorn put together a varied programme of live acts which included mainstays of the local scene such as Paul Armfield, Brian Sharpe, JC & Angelina and Damien Paul.

Jim said: “MAD-aid and myself were thrilled with the amount donated, but perhaps more importantly, hundreds more local people now know about MAD-aid and the work they do.

“The attendances on both days were excellent, and the support we have had from local musicians and businesses has been incredible.

“The idea of Music for Ukraine came to me about four weeks ago and it was a great effort by everyone to pull something together so quickly.”

Among the acts who took part were: Wight Ukers; Jim Thorn Latin Jazz Quartet; Unity Stompers; Second Time Around; Sunny and Blue and George Bone and Nina Plapp.