York Minxsters Fundraiser at The Fulford Arms

On Saturday, York Minxsters Roller Derby returned to The Fulford Arms for some live entertainment to fundraise for their club. The event included a cake sale, tombola, raffle and live music and proved to be one of the best parties of the year.

Review and Photos by Graeme Smith

Getting things started was donk-master DJ Donktor Robangnik who pressed play on his donk remixes of well-known tracks then proceeded to make the stage his own. For those not familiar with the genre, donk is all about taking a track and improving it by “putting a banging donk on it.” A range of favourites got this treatment including Rammstein (Donk Hast), Dizzie Rascal (Donk-line Junkie), Rupaul (Sissy That Donk) and, perhaps my favourite, Kylie Minogue (I Should Be So Banging in Donk).

It was a tough act to follow but Jonny Gill was up for the task. Front man of local emo rock back On The Ropes, Jonny is probably equally known for this solo acoustic act. To stick with the theme of the evening, he stuck to covers in his set, playing renditions of Smashing Pumpkins, Fleetwood Mac, The Coral, Chris Isaak and Metallica. The keep the cheese factor dialled up for the evening, he finished strongly with Enrique Inglesias’s Hero.

Following Jonny was Skates In Their Eyes, which was essentially pre-ordained karaoke. Members of the Minxsters took to the stage to belt our their renditions of pop classics from Sam Sparrow to Bonnie Tyler to the Starland Vocal Band. Minxsters captain Gem stole the show with her rendition of Eminem’s Without Me before there was a big finish as the stage was mobbed for a singalong to Queen’s Bohemian Rhapsody.

Before the final act of the night, there was just enough time to draw the raffle with big prizes to be won including a cuddly toy and a much-coveted bottle of Buckfast.

Closing the night was five-piece White Trash Is Trouble, a covers band made of up Minxsters and non-Minxsters with some recognisable faces from York bands Magnificent 7 and The Sex Cripples. By this point of the evening, spirits were high and the crowd danced along to their lively renditions Lady Gaga, Sister Sledge, Candi Staton and Tina Turner among others.

Overall the night was a great laugh and all credit to organiser Dan Buckley and the Minxsters for making it so. I highly recommend you get down to the next one.

Donktor Robangnik, Jonny Gill, Skates In Their Eyes and White Trash Is Trouble performed at The Fulford Arms on Saturday 10 November 2018.