Calderdale Recovery Steps held its debut gig on Saturday 21st May to raise money for Home-Start Calderdale, a national family support charity that helps parents to build better lives for their children. The musical evening took place in the Gothic splendor of Todmorden Unitarian Church, which was acquired by the Historic Chapels Trust after the church closed in 1987 and restored, and is now a regular meeting place for Incredible Edible Project Todmorden.
For many people music provides solace, inspiration and healing. Tom Petty described it as;
‘probably the only real magic I have encountered in my life. There’s not some trick involved in it. It’s pure and it’s real. It moves, it heals, it communicates and does all these incredible things.’
The music evening was all of these things with definitely some magic in it.
The evening began with a beautiful set from Jozef including a number of recently-completed songs. The setting and acoustics were perfect for his breathtaking, soulful voice and guitar. Some of his songs take us back to the dark places many of us have been to but in them too there seems to be hope (Dreams, Seize the Day), even if it is just a glimmer and that is sometimes all we need to find the courage for a different way to live.
There were more uplifting and inspirational songs next from Happy Voices. Formed a year ago and led by Richard, this was another in a long line of public performances by the choir. It was energetic and joyous with wonderful songs including Ordinary World, One Day Like This, American English and Juxtapose.
Taking part in the choir has had a big impact on many of those involved.
‘I get a real buzz out of it.’ said Amy. ‘It’s also given me confidence as well,’ she added. For others like Joe, ‘It’s about wanting to help others see how great recovery can be and what is possible.’
Next up was the indescribable and mesmerizingly-brilliant and fun Innocence Tube. The songs, by the two-person band Richard and Chris, featured lost trousers, horny cats, stolen kebabs and faulty toilets, which had the audience crying with laughing in the pews and received a standing ovation at the end.
Ending the brilliant evening were Lanterns, from Accrington. The three-person band (base, guitar, drums plus vocals) belted out some great songs, which worked wonderfully in the vastness of the church setting and brought a magical evening to a rip-roaring close.