On 26/11/2022, an afternoon of music celebrated the life of David Hill. Three acts performed a combination of covers, medleys and original songs in the Loreburne Hall, Dumfries. The event opened with powerfully emotive words from David’s father, Rodger Hill who was supported on stage by family members Lesley Hill, Alex Service, Georgia Graham and Sharon and Gordon Duncan. Tommy Jardine did an excellent job as compere, introducing acts with humour and sensitivity, whilst encouraging audience members to dig deep into their pockets. Hero of the hour was Peter Jamieson, stepping in at short notice to do an excellent job working the sound desk. The hall was beautifully decorated, and refreshments served, by Graham Main and his team.
Tom Cuddihy and Jamie Henderson were the opening act performing covers including songs by Bob Dylan and Nick Drake as well as performing some of original material from their Novantae album, “For Us”. Next up was LOKA, a 4-piece female group comprising of Lynn Cuddihy, Orla Stairmand, Kat Bailey and Angie Briggs, accompanied by Tom Cuddihy and Mike Briggs. They performed a mixture of covers and original songs and were joined on stage for one song by Anna Robertson – much to the surprise and delight of the family. The final act of the afternoon was the awesome Dumfries Community Choir. Creatively directed by Gary Cameron, DCC performed an eclectic range of songs from artists as diverse as Sam Fender to Fleetwood Mac. This was a moving set, ending with David’s favourite song, Sweet Child of Mine. To make sure there wa not a dry eye left in the hall, the ensemble finale was Flower of Scotland – a tribute to David’s love of rugby.
We are grateful to the performers, audience and organisers for working together to make this a truly memorable and successful event and are delighted to report that this well supported event, raised over £2000 in support of CRY in David Hill’s name in cash and on-line donations.