ACCLAIMED songwriter Alistair Griffin is set to mbark on a UK tour with a difference.
In support of the Trussell Trust’s foodbank network, Alistair is not only giving the profits from the tour to the charity, but he will also be collecting food as he travels around the country.
The singer is asking all those who buy a ticket to bring something from their kitchen cupboard in a bid to help foodbanks provide emergency food to more UK people and families in crisis.
Working closely with the charity, and with Fuller’s Brewery who have donated their pub venues and staff for free, the tour comes in response to the increase in people visiting foodbanks in the UK.
He said: “Times are hard and for some people that means a daily struggle for the things that a lot of us take for granted.
“I designed this tour to help raise awareness and directly help people in need.”
The Trussell Trust announced that their food banks have seen the biggest rise in numbers given emergency food since the charity began in 2000.
Almost 350,000 people have received at least three days emergency food from Trussell Trust food banks during the last year — nearly 100,000 more than anticipated and close to triple the number helped in 2011-12.
An unlikely star of reality television, Alistair first grabbed the public’s attention in 2003, when he appeared on the second series of the BBC’s Fame Academy series.
Alistair said: “That was a long time ago — since then I’ve learned about the realities of the music industry, fame itself and what‘s important to me as an artist and songwriter.”
Griffin has had tracks recorded and performed by artists as diverse as Robin Gibb and Cascada. His music is fast becoming the soundtrack to British success — his song What If accompanied Andy Murray’s historic win at Wimbledon.
Meanwhile, Just Drive is used by both the BBC and Sky for their Formula 1 coverage, and This Is London soundtracked the Olympics coverage. New single The One was also used by the BBC to close The Open.
Alistair is also working with the financially threatened Grimethorpe Colliery Band on a project to help save the band.
Starting with the release on September 9 of the The One, a duet with British folk singer Leddra Chapman and featuring Grimethorpe Colliery Band, Alistair is bringing together a stellar cast of rock and pop’s finest to produce an album and documentary Alistair aims to help highlight the plight of the world’s most famous brass band.
Alastair plays Tchai Ovna House of Tea on Monday (Tickets £7). Visit www.tchaiovna.com for more info.