Graham Mack band raises £15k for charity
Posted by
Graham Mack band raises £15k for charity

BBC Radio Wiltshire presenter Graham Mack has helped raise more than £15,000 over the last year after forming a band on the air.

The former BRMB and TFM host, who now does the Swindon breakfast show for the BBC, is joined in the group by the Chief Executive of the local council.

The band started when Graham interviewed Gavin Jones from Swindon Borough Council live on his show one morning last April. During his research, Graham discovered that Gavin was a rock guitarist, so at the end of the interview Graham produced an electric guitar, plugged it into a Marshall amp and said to Mr Jones, “Lets see how good you are!” Gavin didn’t shy away and his playing, live on the air, impressed Graham enough for them to get together and form a band. The idea was they’d only play gigs for charity and have fun at the same time.

Gavin brought in two old musician friends of his, Damian Pinguey on drums and Tim Collier on bass. Now the four piece regularly play classic rock songs including tunes by Cream, Free & Lynyrd Skynyrd.

In 12 months, gigs have raised £15,164 for Wiltshire Air Ambulance, Goldenhar Syndrome, Lights for Learning, Swindon Carers, Prospect Hospice, Willows Counselling Service, CALM – Swindon Children’s Cancer & Leukaemia Movement and many others.

The Graham Mack Rock Band’s first anniversary gig is an outdoor concert in Swindon Town centre on the 21st of April 2012. They’ll be raising money for the Mayor’s Charities; The Open Door Centre, The Rowdy Bunch and Football in the Community.

Hear more radio industry news like this at the top of the hour on inRadio - the radio industry's very own radio station. Listen now in a new window whilst you continue reading RadioToday or press play below.

0 0 687 16 April, 2012 People News 10:13 am 20124 Monday, April 16th, 2012

Leave a Reply

Looking for something else?


Subscribe to our emails to stay informed about the latest radio news and products delivered straight to your inbox.

Related Posts

RAJAR Q3 2016 - October 26, 2016 at 11:00 pm (London)
WorldDAB General Assembly 2016 - November 9, 2016 at 10:00 am ()
Student Radio Awards - November 10, 2016 at 6:00 pm (The O₂ 10 Entertainment Avenue, London, SE10 0DY, England)
BBC Gillard Awards - November 10, 2016 at 7:00 pm (Newcastle)
Audio Production Awards - November 23, 2016 at 6:00 pm (BFI Southbank, Belvedere Road, London)
Radio TechCon 2016 - November 28, 2016 at 10:00 am (The Arts Theatre, 6-7 Great Newport St, London WC2H 7JB)
Salon de la Radio - January 29, 2017 at 10:00 am (Paris)
Salon de la Radio - January 30, 2017 at 10:00 am (Paris)
More events