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Depaul's ZZ Top fundraiser

August 29th, 2017

Tyneside homelessness worker Simon Balsillie is staging a ZZ Top tribute concert in Newcastle – to help him raise funds for charity Depaul UK.

Simon, who has worked for 10 years with young people affected by homelessness at Depaul House in Whitley Bay, has assembled his band ZZ Plop for a gig at The Cluny in Ouseburn Valley, Byker, Newcastle, on Saturday, 9 September.

He hopes the profits from the performance will help him raise money for homelessness charity Depaul, which has helped hundreds of homeless young people in Tyneside over the past 20 years.

Simon, who has been a musician in several bands before he started working for Depaul, said: “The charity makes such a huge difference to the lives of young people in desperate need that I decided to take part in one of its fundraising adventure journeys.

“Participants raise funds and make personal contributions to the charity in exchange for enjoying a visit to Costa Rica. This gig is part of my fundraising campaign to bolster Depaul’s funds in this way.”

He has been a fan of ZZ Top (pictured), whose members are renowned for their long beards, since the early 1970s when the American rock band first introduced their blues-inspired rock to the world with their seminal first album, ZZ Top’s First Album.

The gig will recreate their music from those early days till the height of their commercial success in the mid-1980s when big hits for the Texan group included Gimme All Your Lovin’ and Sharp Dressed Man. It comes with its challenges.

“I will have to shave off my actual beard so I can glue on a phoney ZZ Top beard made from real human hair,” said Simon. “ZZ Top are an iconic band. It will be a great gig and we’re hoping to pack out The Cluny on the night.”

And the tribute band has a secret weapon to help it last the distance. “We have two toilets on stage,” added Simon, “maintained by our own on-stage toilet technician!”

You can purchase tickets from here.

If you cannot attend on the night but still want to help Depaul’s work to help those affected by homelessness, you can make a contribution by contacting Simon Balsillie directly here.

Door will open at 8pm at The Cluny in Ouseburn Valley, Byker, Newcastle, on Saturday, 9 September, and the gig will finish by 11.30pm. Tickets are £5 (£6 on the door).

Support will be from Buddha Side Down, who will perform classic rock cover versions.

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