Singing for the soup kitchen

Jayz Bar owner Gary (left) with regular artists Rebekah Kirk, Matthew Gibb, Sean McGarvey and Jodie Pollock
Jayz Bar owner Gary (left) with regular artists Rebekah Kirk, Matthew Gibb, Sean McGarvey and Jodie Pollock

Musicians are coming together at a Shawlands bar to stage a 12 hour music marathon in aid of Glasgow’s homeless community.

Jayz Bar owner Gary Broadhurst has been bringing bands from across the city to the southside in a bid to establish the Kilmarnock Road venue as a go-to place for live gigs.

Now, those musicians will play Jayz to the benefit of CLUB 170, a soup kitchen and foodbank based at Queen’s Park Govanhill Parish Church.

Acts signed up to play include Little Eye, who supported Blondie at the O2 ABC, and Glasgow group Papa Shandy and the Drams.

Gary explained: “Sadly, food poverty is a major issue at the moment. This means foodbanks are getting a lot of publicity, but soup kitchens seem to have been forgotten about.

“We would like to remind people they still exist and need our support to help people get a decent, warm meal.

“While it’s sad that we still need them as we approach 2015, it’s crucial that we all do our bit to support the great work the church and its volunteers do.”

David Smith, organiser at CLUB 170, said: “We are delighted Gary and the team at Jayz Bar will be supporting us.

“As a small charity we are always in need of supplies, both food and clothing. We hope the marathon is a great success.”

The Music Marathon runs 10am-10pm next Saturday (Dec 20, with busking throughout — gig-goers are also asked to bring a tin, packet of food or some clothing (donations can also be dropped off during the bar’s regular opening hours).