A 17 year old BIMM Manchester diploma student, Kieran McMahon, has set himself an incredible musical challenge – to play 24 live gigs in 24 hours to raise funds for Dr Kerhsaw’s Hospice in Oldham, Manchester.
With the help of friendly local venue promoters and pop-up guest musicians, Kieran will perform a mix of public shows and private events, beginning at The Spinner’s Arms in Springhead at 9pm on Friday 10th July, before eventually wrapping up his gig marathon with a ticketed Grand Finale at The Delph Club in Oldham on Saturday 11th July.
It’s a tremendous undertaking for a very deserving charity which Kieran describes as ‘very close to his heart’. Dr Kershaw’s Hospice provides peaceful palliative care for residents who have life-limiting conditions, plus a warm environment for visiting loved ones, all set within beautiful grounds. Now in its twenty-fifth year, the Hospice needs funds to maintain the outstanding level of care it provides to the people of Oldham, and Kieran is on hand to help them.
There’s no doubt Kieran can stay the course as he’s something of a veteran when it comes to charity gigging, previously playing his guitar for 100 hours to support the Hospice, and making the local papers in the process.
One highlight of Kieran’s newest gigathon will be a visit to the Link 4 Pink charity bash, an event supported by Oldham Athletic FC to benefit several charities, including Dr Kershaw’s Hospice.
Kieran’s live sets will consist mainly of cover versions that will get the crowds going, plus there will be a request sheet on hand to encourage additional donations from music-loving audience members. Kieran says of his amazing challenge:
“I wanted to raise money in a different way and I hope by setting myself this challenge I can also raise awareness of this invaluable facility. If everyone donated just £1, together we could make a very real difference to many people’s lives.”
You can easily click and donate – and read more about Kieran’s challenge and Dr Kershaw’s Hospice – by visiting Kieran’s Just Giving page. Support from BIMM staff and fellow students will give Kieran a real boost so please get clicking now!