Search

Big stage for Islington musicians with mental health issues

07:04 31 July 2012

Roadworks launch their album at the Islington Assembly Hall

Roadworks launch their album at the Islington Assembly Hall

Dieter Perry

A band of musicians with mental health issues played one of Islington’s top venues – following in the footsteps of pop heavyweights Bob Geldof and Tony Christie – to launch their debut album.

The RoadWorks group took to the hallowed Islington Assembly Hall stage in Upper Street – where Geldof played in June – to mark the release of their first ever record last Tuesday.

The 12-piece ensemble performed hits by the likes of Bob Marley, the Beatles and Elvis Presley as they rattled through their repertoire of covers.

David Oliver, 70, a trustee of the Islington Mental Health Forum, which brought the group together, said: “It was a great show and everyone was delighted as soon as they got their hands on the CD.

“When you have a breakdown, you lose your confidence completely. Performing and getting a round of applause does wonders for that. You can’t do better in terms of boosting confidence and self-esteem.

“Our motto is that a round of applause is worth a million anti-depressants.”

RoadWorks was formed in 2010 of people with a range of mental health struggles, from depression to more serious issues.

The band features guitar, mandolin, flute, bongos and a host of singers, including Elvis impersonator Dave ‘Elvis’ Holman. The CD also contains poetry recited by 92-year-old Jenny Cobbing.

Mr Oliver said: “It’s a very mixed group, with everyone from reggae specialists to the one-and-only Dave Elvis, who’s very popular.”

They meet every Sunday at the Isledon Road Resource Centre in Isledon Road, Holloway, and perform regular gigs at the Whittington Hospital in Magdala Avenue, Archway.

A professional sound engineer was recruited to help lay down the tracks on the album, titled RoadWorks One – and a second album of self-penned tunes is planned if it’s a success. The record is on sale for £3.50 at the Isledon Road Resource Centre and all proceeds go to Islington Mental Health Forum.

0 comments

Latest Islington News Stories

09:00
Islington Gazette: August 29, 1986

Daredevil Gooners seeking a bird’s eye view of Arsenal games were warned they were dicing with death.

Yesterday, 09:00
Peter and Alan Arthy at the Mears Group HQ in Caledonian Road

“I was 14 and the career officer came round. He said to me ‘right you’ve got three options; making women’s handbags, a dustman or a painter and decorator’.”

Friday, August 26, 2016
Fabric nightclub in Charterhouse Street. Picture: Polly Hancock

Two 18-year-old boys who died after taking ecstasy at Fabric had bought the class A drug from strangers inside the Farringdon club, where substance abuse is rife and security lax, an explosive report today alleges.

Friday, August 26, 2016
Emergency services and displaced commuters outside Caledonian Road and Barnsbury station (Picture: Sam Gelder)

A commuter has described his horror at seeing a boy attacked on a bus in Caledonian Road, in an incident believed to be linked to a stabbing on a nearby Overground platform.

Friday, August 26, 2016
John Ball, pictured on January 31, on the balcony of the second floor flat in which he died

Firefighters called to a housing block three times could not have saved the alcoholic found dead in his soot-covered flat the next day, a coroner has ruled.

Thursday, August 25, 2016
Emergency services and displaced commuters outside Caledonian Road and Barnsbury station (Picture: Sam Gelder)

Two boys are believed to have been stabbed in a group fight at Caledonian Road and Barnsbury station this afternoon, leaving one seriously injured while another fled onto a passing bus.

Thursday, August 25, 2016
Angela Sinclair 92 years old @  Save Whittington Hospital March

A stalwart campaigner for social justice who continued going on protest marches into her 90s has died.

Thursday, August 25, 2016
Masjid Al-risaalah mosque and Islington Islamic Centre. (Picture: Google Maps).

A man in his late 40s was stabbed outside a Holloway mosque in broad daylight on Tuesday afternoon.

Education and Training

cover

Read the
Education and Training
e-edition today

Read Now

Newsletter Sign Up

Most read news

Competitions

You could win £15,000 to spend on either their mortgage or a deposit towards the home of their dreams

Wouldn’t it be lovely to have a period of time when you simply don’t have to worry about finding the money each month to pay your mortgage? When you don’t have to put money aside from your monthly income, or worry about having to afford other essential outgoings?

Which book character do you share cleaning habits with?

Whether you have more in common with put-upon Cinderella, emotionally turbulent Jane Eyre, or easily distracted Mole, you’re sure to appreciate that one lucky winner will receive four sessions of free cleaning. Enter our quiz for your chance to win. All runners up will get £10 off their first clean when making a repeat booking.

Digital Edition

cover

Enjoy the
Islington Gazette
e-edition today

Subscribe

Education and Training

cover

Read the
Education and Training
e-edition today

Read Now