Leeds musician set for fundraising drumming marathon

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Drummer Steve Carter is set to celebrate his birthday with more than just a crash, bang and a wallop.

He is hoping to drum up support by playing a marathon set with his trusty drum kit alongside every band he’s performed with over the last two decades.

Steve hopes his non-stop, nine-hour set will raise hundreds of pounds to support the Yorkshire Dales branch of the Motor Neurone Disease Association.

Steve, 59, from Otley, will raise the cash in memory of his mother, Beryl, who died from the condition ten years ago, aged 72.

Motor neurone disease, which has no cure, causes muscle weakness and sufferers become slowly paralysed

Steve said: “It was a leap of faith.

“I have always wanted to do something for the charity so I will drum with every band I’ve played with over the last 20 years.

“The physical feat isn’t as difficult as it sounds because I’m not a particularly energetic drummer.

“In fact, sometimes it looks more like I’m knitting than drumming.

“The mental challenge is hard because I have to remember songs and bands I haven’t played with for years.”

The fundraiser at Kork’s Wine Bar, in Otley, will see the reformation of local bands including The Recidivists, Formicarium, Straight Jake, and Nick Hall’s Occasional Orchestra.

They will play a mixture of popular covers, Irish folk rock and original material.

Steve added: “It also happens to be my 60th birthday so this seemed like a good way to celebrate.

“Besides, my mum always loved a good party, so it is a fitting way to remember her.”

Tony Gould, chairman of the MND Association Yorkshire Dales Branch, said: “We are so thrilled that Steve is raising money for such an important cause and in such style, too.”

The drum-a-thon will be held on Saturday, May 21, from 3pm to midnight.

Tickets are £5 and are available from Chevin Books, in Bay Horse Court, or contact Steve on 0777 3084124.

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