TUNES IN TWO CITIES RETURNS MUSICIAN WITH PULMONARY FIBROSIS BRINGS BANDS TOGETHER FOR PULMONARY FIBROSIS FUNDRAISER GIGS
In October, York duo Mulholland are bringing some of the best musicians from both York and Hull together under the banner Tunes in Two Cities to raise funds for Action for Pulmonary Fibrosis and The Pulmonary Fibrosis Trust, two charities focused on helping people with Pulmonary Fibrosis.
Well-known in York, Mulholland have a personal interest in the charities as Ann Dunford, one half of the duo, was diagnosed with IPF (idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis) five years ago. The disease, which causes stiffening of the lungs and breathlessness, has no for which there is no cure and is ultimately terminal. It is actually no, is no rarer than leukemia, but is not as well-known either by the general public or among some in the medical profession. There is relatively little treatment apart from oxygen therapy, some drugs which slow the disease and exercise. and lLife expectancy is around 3 – 5 years from diagnosis.
Ann had a flare up in 2016 after a bout of pneumonia and is now on oxygen 24/7 and has become a wheelchair user. However, the duo are still gigging in York and the surrounding area, with their personal interpretation of the Americana genre. Ann says, ‘Singing is good for the lungs and I am just grateful that I can keep on performing with the help of oxygen’. She continues, ‘The aim of these gigs is not only to raise funds for the charities, but also to raise awareness of this disease, which affects every part of a person’s life’.
The gigs, which are at The Basement, City Screen in York on 19th October and at Kardomah 64 in Hull on 27th October feature some highly-talented artists including Chris Helme (York only), Katy Spencer, Sam Griffiths and Bradley Blackwell, Waste of Paint and Gracie Falls (Hull only) and, of course, Mulholland themselves. ‘We are delighted to have a great line up of such stunningly good musicians and friends who have so generously given their time to support this cause. We are really looking forward to hosting the evening and are hoping for a great turnout at both venues.’, said Stan Smith.
All money raised on both nights will go to Action for Pulmonary Fibrosis and The Pulmonary Fibrosis Trust.
The gigs, which start at 8pm, will be at The Basement, City Screen, York on Thursday 19th October and at Kardomah64, Hull on Friday 27th October. Tickets can be bought direct from the venues and via this link: https://mulhollandband.com/tunes-in-two-cities-tickets.