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Newsoundwales & Chapter Celebrate 50th Anniversary of 1970 Chapter Fundraising Gig Posted on 07 Jan 2020

Newsoundwales & Chapter Celebrate 50th Anniversary of 1970 Chapter Fundraising Gig

We are delighted to announce a special anniversary gig with Pink Floyd collaborator Ron Geesin and support from South Wales band CVC, at Chapter this February.​

In 1970, an all-day fundraiser was held at Sophia Gardens to raise funds for a new arts centre project. The gig featured some of the most exciting performers of their day - Quintessence, Trader Horne and an up-and-coming band called Pink Floyd. That arts centre project became Chapter and it opened the following year.

To mark the fiftieth anniversary of that legendary concert, we are bringing back Ron Geesin for a special improvised performance featuring piano, banjo, percussion, poems & stories on Friday 7 February.

Ron and Pink Floyd were close collaborators and he helped compose the Atom Heart Mother suite as well as scoring numerous soundtracks.

Ron Geesin will be supported by South Wales band CVC who will deliver a set of 1970s period covers plus their own original material.

Following the gig, there will be a Q&A with Ron Geesin and Chapter founders hosted by Dave Owens from Wales Online.

Hannah Firth, Programme Director of Chapter: “In 2021, Chapter turns fifty and we are planning an exciting artistic programme that reflects on our rich past - whilst also looking to a bright future!”

“Our official birthday is some way off but we wanted to pay tribute to everyone involved in the early days by celebrating significant events that helped to make the arts centre become a reality. We are absolutely thrilled to be working with Newsoundwales to bring Ron Geesin back to Cardiff to mark this historic moment.”

Francis Brown, founder of Newsoundwales: “I am delighted to bring back Ron Geesin to Cardiff after fifty years for this one off special anniversary performance.”

“The fundraiser for Chapter that featured Pink Floyd in 1970 has gained almost mythical status over the years so to bring back one of the original performers after all this time is a real honour. I think Cardiff is in for a rare treat and a reminder of a time when music knew no boundaries and was open to experimentation which is, I think, what drove the founders of Chapter Arts Centre back in the early 1970s.”

The 50th Anniversary Concert with Ron Geesin is on Friday 7 February at 8pm. Tickets available now.

Image: Ron Geesin & Pink Floyd Album Cover Atom Heart Mother