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Steamboat Tavern: Charity Night of Song

Suffolk Soul Singers are holding a special charity event at the Steamboat Tavern on Sunday 17th July, to raise money for St. Elizabeth Hospice.

Suffolk Soul Singers are a community-based choir in Ipswich, united by a love of singing, led by local professional singer and musician Andi Hopgood.

By no means a conventional choir, their repertoire is taken from soul and gospel roots, as well as encompassing reggae and pop. With 40 voices – always supported by a live professional soul band – their performances are a unique experience full of energy and excitement.

After forming in 2009, they quickly gelled as a group, and it came as a big shock to lose choir member Sally Scott to cancer in December of 2010.

After agreeing that last year’s Steamboat appearance was one of their best memories of Sally’s enjoyment in the choir, it was a natural choice of venue to host a fund-raising performance in her memory – particularly since Val (Landlady at The Steamboat) has supported the choir since their inception.

The event will raise money for St. Elizabeth Hospice, a charity chosen by Sally’s husband Richard. Support on the day will come from Dumbfoundus, a talented young duo from Norfolk.

Suffolk Soul Singers first met Dumbfoundus during a live session for BBC Radio Suffolk at Ipswich Music Day, 2010. Following an impromptu collaboration on a folked-up version of I Will Survive, they knew it wouldn’t be the last time their unique sounds shared a stage!

Door charge is just £3 (£1 for children), with food (including Val’s infamous chilli!). There will also be kids activities, a cake stall, raffle, and tabletop music trivia quizzes!

Join the Suffolk Soul Singers from 2pm on Sunday 17th July for an afternoon of music and fun, and help them to raise money for a cause close to their hearts.

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