Alston Moor drummer's joy as equipment appeal hits £10,000

Date: Friday 1st June 2018

AN appeal to raise £10,000 to help replace equipment stolen from Alston Moor drummer John Lambeth's band while on tour in Italy has been successful.

Dansi, a well-known folk-pop ensemble, had its van broken into while in Rome at the start of May and the thieves took everything, instruments, equipment and even clothes — making away with well over £20,000 worth of items. While some of it was insured, much was not.

Alphabetti Theatre launched a Crowdfunder campaign to help Dansi — one of its associate artists — replace some of its lost items. On Thursday, on the last day of the appeal, the target of £10,000 was reached.

John, speaking to the Herald, said: "We're speechless, we can't quite believe that people have donated so much!

"It means everything to us that so many people really want us do what we love — that in itself is completely humbling. The money will allow us to replace a lot of our stolen equipment so that we can tour again and play the festival season we have booked in for the summer. It will also allow us continue our work in the studio which we're very excited about!

"A huge special thank you goes out to Ali Pritchard at Alphabetti Theatre who set up the Crowdfunder for us."

Vocalist and guitarist Wilf Stone added: "Thank you to all who shared, talked, spread the word, donated, offered kind words, lent us instruments, lent us amps, helped set up fundraisers, offered free hires, gave us hugs, sent lovely messages during dark times and for generally letting the light back into our music, and frankly, our lives."

Dansi is booked to play at festivals such as Kendal Calling, Solfest and Evolution Emerging, among countless others, following sell-out shows across the UK in 2017-18.