Charity has a good Jay

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JUST done with recording his album, Rotherham singer/songwriter Jay Mya, pictured, completes a busy line-up of acts giving their talents for a variety show in aid of SAFE@LAST children’s charity at the Civic Theatre tomorrow.

He joins a cast of more than 100 performers, including Steve Smith the showbiz lawyer, jazz/pop singer Lauren Housley, West End musical regular Phil Cole and rock act Diesel Vanilla.

ART IN THE PARK  Members of the Little Robots Foilk Band at Art in the Park at Stannington Park.   26 June 2011

ART IN THE PARK Members of the Little Robots Foilk Band at Art in the Park at Stannington Park. 26 June 2011

Comic compere Wayne Biggin also hosts cabaret artist Dave Knight, Zubaidah belly dancers and various young people’s dance and theatre groups, starring alongside adult acts.

“It’s important to raise funds for SAFE@LAST in these days when money is scarce and we all feel the pinch,” says organiser Christine Ayres. “A fabulous show is a great way to help while having a good time - all proceeds will help SAFE@LAST reach some of the most vulnerable children in our area.”

Hill climber is not alone

AMERICANA returns to The Greystones tonight when among the ‘WagonWheel Presents…’ guests is this man...

As Quiet Loner, songwriter Matt Hill, pictured, won the 2004 Americana UK Album of the Year for his debut Secret Ruler Of The World, going on to play with the likes of Lambchop and Neko Case.

As well as songs about love, loss, infidelity, suicide, attempted murder, capital punishment, the database state, terrorism, religion, war, fallen angels and the redemptive power of country music, Hill is a raconteur and delivers a show that is emotional, often funny, usually political and occasionally angry.

His songs have a distinctly British lyrical bite, as illustrated by most recent album Spectrology, recorded deep in the English countryside during the last ‘big freeze’.

Expect individual sets from him, Dan Raza and Greg Harrisburg and some collaborations as the trio continue a joint UK tour.

Anti-Valentine weekend

TWO days of live music, comedy and poetry aimed at giving the commercial side of Valentines Day a wide berth gets underway on Saturday afternoon when Sheffield’s Rude Shipyard revives ‘Cupid In Nooses.’

Cakes not murdered roses feature alongside an extensive line-up from 2pm that includes two bands from Sweden sharing space with mellow favourites Little Robots, pictured, and Little Glitches and livelier prospects The Hot Soles, Double No No, Black Gold Of The Sun and the Payroll Union.

See The Star’s Gig Guide (Page 30) for line-ups.

House Of Trees and Valdemar Have are the Scandinvaian brace on a bill that includes a poetry section hosted by Sheffield’s Word Life Poetry with money raised via donations assisting Sheffield Committee to Defend Asylum Seekers.

The Friday aspect of the festival has been cancelled.