Fundraising gig organised for folk band who lost performance gear in Broadstairs fire

The blaze destroyed the band's equipment

A fundraising gig will be held in Broadstairs on Thursday in aid of a Thanet folk rock band who lost their entire performance gear collection after a fire set in a wheelie bin spread to the property it was being stored in.

Thousands Army – made up of Stuart Jones on Rhythm Guitar/Vocals, Stefan White on Violin, Greg Bayliss on Banjo and Bass player Kevin O’Shea –lost their performance equipment in the blaze which took place in Fairfield Road June 2,

Now musician Nigel Raby, from Margate, has organised Folk Aid in a bid to give the band a helping hand.

Nigel hasn’t played his own music in a live gig for more than 20 years but has been spurred into action by the plight of Thousands Army.

He said: “I have played in various bands over the years but not played my own music for some 20-30 years. But this is a good cause and they are a local group.

“It is a small gig which I hope people will come along to and give a donation. The money raised will help them buy replacement equipment so they can continue to play folk music and put Broadstairs folk music back on the map.”

Folk Aid takes place this Thurrsday (July 11) from 7.30pm at the Star of the East Hall, 49 Edge End Road,

Entry is £1, including a drink, and a £5 donation for the group is requested.

Nigel will be playing New Age music with keyboard and synthesizer.