One Big Family – Helping The Homeless, Music For Kits

One Big Family – Helping The Homeless are hosting their Music For Kits fundraiser at Leeds Library on Saturday 11 March.

The One Big Family – Helping the Homeless charity was founded in August 2015 in Chatham, Kent, by Liz and Darren Shaw, with the aim of serving the Homeless in the Medway and London areas. Their aim, alongside providing two soup kitchens, one in Chatham and one in Victoria, is to provide those in need with essential items – clothing, underwear, hats, gloves, socks, hand warmers, hand cream, lip salve, toiletries, sanitary products, blankets, roll mats, sleeping bags, food, water – and, importantly, time for a chat, a hug, a smile.

As they say themselves: “We do not claim to be able to solve the Homeless crisis, but we can make life a little more bearable for those in need”. Their tireless work has recently seen them nominated for the Pride in Medway Award 2017 for their contribution to the community.

Headlining the fundraiser will be One Sided Horse, the brainchild of Mark Whiteside, and radically different to his alter-ego as drummer and singer with Evil Blizzard where he haunts audiences from the back of the stage. With a voice somewhere between Scott Walker, Nick Cave and Johnny Cash, and a collection of songs that are both breathtaking and devastatingly beautiful, One Sided Horse will appear live with four-fifths of EMBRACE: Richard McNamara on guitar; Mickey Dale on keyboards; Steve Firth on bass; and Mike Heaton on drums. The debut One Sided Horse album will be released this year.


Also playing are Bradford four-piece Glass Mountain, whose debut Glacial E.P. last year earned the support of Clash Magazine and Tom Robinson at BBC Introducing, and saw them walk away with Best Video of the Year at the Leeds Music Video Awards. Having played The Secret Festival and Bingley Music Live last year, December saw them round off the year in style by supporting EMBRACE on their full UK tour. They’re a staggering proposition live and are now preparing for their second release, the two track Cowboy Song and More Than This single.


Opening the night will be Scottish Indie rockers Emerald Sunday, a band who support the cause of One Big Family so much that they are traveling from Dundee to be there.



Throughout the evening a number of celebrity-presented raffles will also be made with unique, music related prizes to be won.

Tickets available here: