Raising the roof! – talented musicians to perform in Greatham

The Buffalo Skinners
The Buffalo Skinners

A GROUP of talented musicians are set to perform in Greatham in an event to raise money for the village community centre.

The Buffalo Skinners have gone from busking to performing gigs around the country.

Greatham community centre.

Greatham community centre.

Their upcoming performance in Greatham Community Centre is one of a number of theatrical and music performances that have helped boost funds for much-needed repairs.

Managers for the community hub in Front Street are hoping to win grants worth up to £100,000 to repair the roof, windows and heating.

They are hoping for a full house on Saturday, September 20, when the Buffalo Skinners play at 7pm.

Their music is described as channelling old folk music with electric sounds from 60s rock and roll.

Last year they recorded their second album The Other Nine-to-Five in Los Angeles and performed at some of Hollywood’s top venues.

The band has returned to the UK to play festivals and a ten-date tour of Britain promoting their new record.

They have won praise from a host of national DJs who have described the group as “absolutely phenomenal” and “fantastic”.

Brian Walker, treasurer of Greatham Community Association, which runs the community hub, said users had also helped raise cash by staging events.

He said: “Without them we would be lost. We are now pulling together quotes for the work and going to apply for a grant to get the work done most urgently.

“The centre has only been patched up over the years which is the problem.

“If we can’t get a grant we will do the work step by step but we will get there.”

Tickets for the Buffalo Skinners are priced at £10 standard and £8 for under 18s.

The proceeds from a bar will go to funds for the centre.

They are available from Dorothy Clark on (01429) 870292 or 07434 517225.

You can also book online at www.ruralarts.org.