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LOVE AMY REIGNITE AER MUSIC CLUB

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AN award winning Newtownards cancer charity is set to relaunch their fundraising music club this month.

Children’s cancer charity Love Amy, is reigniting its AER Music Club after a hiatus of almost seven years on Thursday, September 28 at Molly Brown’s Rose Lounge in Newtownards.

Love Amy, was set up by loving father Mark Reid and his family following the tragic passing of his 20 year-old daughter Amy, who died from cancer in 2013.

The local charity helps children and young people who are battling cancer, or have a family member going through cancer treatment, by administering ‘Smile Grants’, which allow the children to spend money on something that would make them smile.

They also invest funds into research taking place in Belfast.

The charity’s AER Music Club, is solely named after Amy Ellen Reid, and remembers her ‘brave and outrageously courageous battle’.

Amy began the fundraising journey to support cancer charities before her passing and to honour her, her parents, Mark and Jean, sister Emma and brother-in-law Stuart have continued on in her name. To date the family have raised over £60,000.

While the relaunch of the music club will help raise funds for those in need, it also acts as a platform to showcase the talented musicians of Northern Ireland.

The relaunch night will feature Belfast native, Mark McCambridge, who is the ‘heartbeat’ of band Arborist as the main act.

Arborist came to the attention of critics with their debut single, the Americana tinged, Twisted Arrow, which features an ‘astonishing’ duet with Kim Breeders. 

The main support on the night will be Christian Weathered, a Dublin based poet and songwriter.

His debut album, Mon Petit Jardin, featured in Hotpress’ top folk albums of 2021. His songs have been broadcast on RTE1, RTE Culture and TodayFM.

Also on the bill and taking her first steps into performing is Newtownards girl Gilah Greig.

More information and tickets are available at: aerlive.co.uk.

A promotional video about what Love Amy does and how it was formed is available at: loveamy.co.uk.

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