On 22nd August Rugby Mini Fest – a nine hour live music session in the town centre – played host to the launch of Rugby Area Talent Trust, also known as RATT.
11 acts, ranging from solo singer-songwriters through to a full on 6-piece pop-funk covers band and two indie outfits, gave their time and talent to launch the charity.
RATT has been set up to provide support for young people from Rugby Borough who demonstrate talent. This might be in the arts, music, entrepreneurship, sports or academia.
David Head, one of the founder trustees of the charity, said “Though we have kicked off with a live music event we will be looking to help Rugby people with talent in any of our 5 areas of interest. Our first grants will be available in the new year; initially of course we will be concentrating on raising funds and establishing the charity in the town”.
Emily Goodwin, 13, from Rugby High School, is a good example of the talent that is emerging in the town. She opened Rugby Mini Fest and wowed those present with her piano playing and superb voice. She was followed by Anya Lang, 17, also from Rugby High School, who is establishing herself on the local music scene thanks to her strong vocals, which have already been likened to Tracy Chapman.
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In order: Emily Goodwin, Anya Lang, Andi Wolf, The Recruits, MiniFest Stage
Credit: Pansy Photography (link)
Singer/songwriter/guitarist Andi Wolf was among the more established acts that performed and upbeat indie band The Recruits, who hail from Coventry and Rugby, headlined the event. The Recruits have recently played the Kasbah in Coventry, the Zephyr Lounge in Leamington and The Good Ship in London … and have been asked back every time. The band have also had airplay on BBC Radio Coventry & Warwickshire on several occasions. They are ‘up and coming’ on the local scene and promising to be big in the future.
Notes for Editors
Contact David Head on 07720 444084 for more information about RATT.
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