Regular live music is returning to Heeley Institute, not with a bang, but with soft-spoken and melodic Scottish guitarist RM Hubbert. Promising to be an intimate experience led by an extraordinary musician, the gig is presented by Heeley Trust and independent label Backwater Collective.
RM Hubbert’s flamenco-infused music touches on the topics of love, death and mental illness, but it isn’t slow-paced or gloomy. The Glaswegian artist has been releasing music since 1993, including five albums spanning five years, with another one on the way. Hubbert’s second album, Thirteen Lost & Found, won the 2013 Scottish Album of the Year Award, and he has collaborated with the likes of Alex Kapranos (Franz Ferdinand), Aidan Moffat (Arab Strap) and Emma Pollock (The Delgados).
Heeley Trust has spent 21 years improving public spaces and developing derelict buildings in the area. As a local charity with a large team of volunteers, they strongly follow their cause of changing residents’ lives for the better through a variety of projects, from running well-maintained parks to supporting the community.
The Institute is one of the oldest buildings in Heeley and the first that the charity restored. Initially used as a chapel, the Trust has been able to return it to the residents in the form of a community centre and occasional live music venue. Now they’re using funds raised through this gig to further renovate the building and purchase a permanent PA system for future events.
Grab a ticket for a night of world-class entertainment and do some good at the same time.
Words: Molly Fawcett