A NOSTALGIC gig for a cause close to his heart. That is how 70s rocker Alvin Stardust thinks of his upcoming gig in Maybole. He’s just hoping for an audience!
The seventies celeb – who had hits with My Coo-Ca-Choo, Jealous Mind, and Good Love Can Never Die – will be lighting up Maybole Town Hall next Friday March 29; and he says the intimate gig will be sure to transport him back to his musical roots.
“It’s going to be quite nostalgic to me because, when I first started in the 60s, we used to do a lot of little town halls,” he said. “They all did them; from The Beatles to the Stones… it was a rite of passage. That’s how we all started.”
But Alvin’s Carrick jaunt will have more than just musical significance. His Maybole gig is one in a series of seventies-inspired events in aid of the National Autistic Society over the next six months, organised in part by Girvan lady Sandra Davidson, and culminating in a show at the 1000+ capacity Assembly Hall in Edinburgh in October.
And while hoping to raise awareness of autism, ticket sales from each Rewind to the 70s event will also raise cash to help support the more than half a million people in the UK living with the disability.
Having formed a close relationship with Sandra’s co-organiser Susan Wilson, from Aberfoyle, and her autistic son after meeting when Alvin performed at a birthday party some years ago, Alvin said he was keen to sign up when he heard about the seventies spectacular.
“I have got one or two friends that have got autism, and the bass player in our band has a daughter with autism, so it is very close to us,” Alvin said. “We could all be autistic; it’s the luck of the draw really. And we have got to do things to help.”
Alvin confirmed his Maybole gig will be full of the music he loves – from his own well-known hits, to 70s rock anthems, to 50s rock and roll, and tickets are still available from Maybole Town Hall by calling 01655 889732; or from Girvan’s Sweetie Shop.
“I am keeping my fingers crossed that people will come because we are doing it for the NAS, and it will be to support everything from the charity, to local bands, to the hall itself,” said Alvin.
“We have sold over a million records, and it’s really nice to give something back.”