When the internationally renowned singer Judy Dinning died last October, her loss was felt most deeply in the Borders and her native Northumberland.
Judy was very much in demand throughout the region for concerts with her band Real Time, at Burns Suppers and a host of other functions, and she has left behind many memorable recordings for music lovers to enjoy for years to come.
Last year, on what would have been her 60th birthday, two concerts were organised to raise money for two cancer charities chosen by Judy’s family, and almost £6,000 was raised.
This year’s concerts will be held on Friday, October 3, in Whitley Chapel near Hexham and on Saturday, October 4, in Denholm Village Hall.
Several top performers have agreed to appear, including Scottish folk legend Archie Fisher and blues man Mike Whellans, plus many well-known local performers.
The concert will also serve as the launch of a new double CD of rare recordings and previously unreleased material from Judy entitled Best Kept Secrets, spanning five decades, the quality and variety of which have surprised even Kenny Speirs, Judy’s partner and producer of the CD.
He said: “I had the difficult task of having to help clear out Judy’s house, but I came across drawers full of tapes and CDs with material stretching back to the 70s.
It was a real treasure trove of music, almost all of which I had never heard and didn’t know existed. I’m really looking forward to releasing all these wonderful songs that otherwise Judy’s many fans would never have heard.”
Tickets for this special concert are £10, available from Denholm Post Office and North Port, Hawick, or on 01450 870664, with all proceeds and CD sales going to MacMillan Nurses and Tynedale Hospice at Home.