The Story behind Brendan MacCormack's guitar concert this Thursday February 4th, began over a year ago.
In December 1980, a few days before Christmas, the Blackie learned (in company with 40 other Projects nationally) it would not receive a grant from Arts Council in the coming year.
This meant the loss, in our 12th year, of 40% of our regular financial support. A strong dose of bad news to start off 1981.
But - on the basis we were determined to survive - and that a survival campaign needed to be fun as well as effective - we brought our 'The Arts of Survival' : a dossier of 6 different schemes to involve people in contributing their creativity - as well as their money - to the Blackie.
We were very pleased when, last autumn, Brendan MacCormack's response to this was to offer a benefit concert. Brendan, who lives on Merseyside, has a wide and well established reputation as a performer on guitar and luter and is currently completing a new solo album of his own compositions , 'BLACK ROCK SANDS'.
The concert offers a preview of this album, as well as selections from his established repertoire of classical flamenco and blues guitar and lute music.
The story of the Blackie's survival is, we are happy to say, a continuing one.
The concert took place in The Sandon Room, Bluecoat Chambers, School Lane, Liverpool.