Together with FCN we held a funtastic fundraising night with Arthur Smith & his Smithereens doing their own unique take on Leonard Cohen.
Arthur (AKA the 2nd best Leonard Cohen tribute in Balham) lives locally in Balham and was delighted to support FACE and FCN (Furzedown Community Network) with this show. His reflections on dementia, enthusiasm, comedy and death were marinated in Cohen’s music in a performance that was personal and poignant, yet packed with big laughs.
Smith’s rendition of the songs was hugely enhanced by his beautiful backing trio, The Smithereens: Kirsty Newton, Carrie Marx and Ali Day, plus a very energetic bit of dancing.
It was a great venue at Chestnut Grove Academy and the tickets were sold out well in advance, the bar was very busy and there was also a raffle to win great prizes which were drawn at the end of the evening
- a ‘Taste of Tooting’ Hamper with Graveney Gin, Chateau Tooting, Tooting honey and preserves plus other Tootastic treats
- a hand-made Furzedown window box planted with Spring flowers
- Cheese and wine
- Arthur Smith’s signed autobiography – My name is Daphne Fairfax
The money raised will help FCN keep this year’s Big Day Out event FREE and FACE will be helping local charities including opening a chill-out room for young people with cancer in St George’s Hospital early this year.
Thanks to everyone who came – looking forward to the next event!
Arthur Smith sings Leonard Cohen comedy event
Enjoy his celebrated Edinburgh hit – Arthur Smith sings Leonard Cohen – a fantastic event to look forward to on Saturday 21 January 2017
A critical and word-of-mouth hit at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe 2013, Arthur Smith Sings Leonard Cohen, is a love letter to his mother with reflections on life, death, dementia and Leonard Cohen along the way.
Arthur lives locally in Balham and is delighted to support FACE and FCN with this show. His reflections on dementia, enthusiasm, comedy and death are marinated in Cohen’s music in a performance that is personal and poignant, yet packed with big laughs. Smith’s rendition of the songs is hugely enhanced by his backing trio, The Smithereens: Kirsty Newton, Carrie Marx and Ali Day.
Tickets are on sale now (with reduced rates for FCN members) from email@example.com there is limited availability so please book early to avaoid dissapointment
Watch a clip of Arthur’s show here:
Furzedown enjoyed a wonderful Christmas event on Saturday 17 December, with Moyser Road being closed for all the fantastic stalls selling local produce and gifts – from Graveney Gin to EA Wates – lovely crafts in Sprout, including Jane’s nice knits and our Heyland & Whittle stall was so popular that we sold out!
It was great to see the Wandsworth Mayor Cllr Richard Field at our stall and the streets were packed with neighbours having a lovely time. Big thanks to Furzedown Community Network FCN.
We raised over £1500 which will be going to local causes, including St Georges, where the chill-out room for young people with cancer is now being built, thanks to people supporting events like this.
We also started selling tickets for the Arthur Smith comedy night – a joint venture between FACE and FCN – something to look forward to in January2017! For tickets email firstname.lastname@example.org today