Star rating – 8/10
Full marks to Damian Gough for doing more than his fair share of charity work over the past few weeks. Last month it was for organising a special fundraising gig at the Comedy Store to fund research into a rare brain stem cancer for the Billie Butterfly Fund for his friend and music journalist Luke Bainbridge’s young niece. This time the gig at the Deaf Institute was in aid of Operation Shanti (www.operation-shanti.org) which helps the poorest and neediest children and elderly people in Mysore South India, with the basic human needs: food, shelter, medical services and educational assistance.
And BDB is a performer who really grows on you. He did covers of Dylan and The National (great opening song called ‘Runaway’), as well as lots of tunes from his back catalogue. He told a great dog joke (you had to be there), and really got the crowd in the festive mood – in a down beat, low key kind of way. It was a bit of a lovvie luv-in – with soap star/DJs and hosts for the evening Jeff Hordley and Greame Hawley, as well as Mark Riley and Pete Jobson in the audience. Merry Christmas!