Musicians strike the right note with fund-raising gig

Mean Business
Mean Business

Two legendary local bands are joining forces with the Trades Club, Hebden Bridge, for an all-star flood relief benefit gig.

Rocking ska band the Owter Zeds and the valley’s foremost rhythm and blues band Mean Business will play at the Holme Street club on Wednesday, July 18.

The club’s cellar was flooded by the torrent of water that devastated the town centre, but staff and members mounted an impromptu rescue effort to save enough stock so the Trades could open the next day.

“The Trades wasn’t hit anywhere nearly as badly as some of our neighbours who have suffered a massive blow to their livelihoods so as we are a community club we wanted to do something to raise some much needed cash,” said Trades Club spokesperson Paul Clarke.

“Dave Boardman from our ‘ents’ committee has used his contacts to pull together a top quality bill.

“We have been overwhelmed by the positive response from the valley’s music community.”

Local ska legends The Owter Zeds celebrated their 25th anniversary a couple of years ago during the Arts Festival.

Mean Business are a talented band of musicians performing soul and r’n’b and funk classics from the last half century.

“Everyone is pulling together as part of a fantastic community effort,” said lead guitarist Wally Zed.

“People are doing what they can with practical help, Facebook links and all sorts of things are being offered.

“Naturally, we wanted to do our bit and thought that our best way of helping would be with a benefit gig.”

Tickets are on sale at the club at £10 each and money raised will go to the relief fund set up by the Community Foundation for Calderdale.

l For more Trades Club news, featuring details of a major coup for the venue in the autumn, see Page 22.