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new video for the track " Nymph"
It is an amazing track about loss, remembrance and wishing you could have said more to those you have lost
It is hoped the video will be out for Christmas
Delighted to be a part of this.
Fallen Mafia will be playing for MEARFEST NORTH
next year 20th December 2020.
HERE THEY ARE BELOW, FILMED AT STONEDEAF
THANK YOU UNCLE JOHN
A HUGE THANK YOU TO
ROCK ZONE REVIEW BY DAVID WILSON
The penultimate band of the day for Mearfest NORTH 2019 at Trillians Newcastle were Stuckfish. We had not heard/seen them prior today but had heard good things, tonight's show proved why the things we heard were so good.
A great blend of rock and prog, lot's of songs about fantasy (according to singer Philip Stuckey). We blooming loved them and can't wait to hear album number 2 (which they are launching at The Cluny on the 19th November). that said I need to get a copy of the first release too, I was too slow grabbing one on the day.
Avenger headlined our first Mearfest North in 2017 and what a brilliant day that was.
When we were setting up last weekend we were delighted to be presented these beautiful items by Shaun young , brother of Gary Young of Avenger consisting of...
Gatefold LP" Killer Elite" on blue vinyl
Gatefold LP " The Slaughter never stops" on Red Vinyl
Gatefold LP " Blood Sports " on Red Vinyl
All LPs released on Black on Black Records 2018
A set of 5 Beautiful signed photos
A large Photo of " Swifty" performing at Mearfest North 2017
A Slaughter never stops CD
3 Avenger patches
This is a fantastic collection and if anyone would like to put in an offer please get in touch either message me, Claire or the Mearfest Web site
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Donations for this item will go straight to Down Syndrome North East.
Thanks to Avenger for this !
This year we announced that we need to change how we go about business, as in every sense fundraising is a business. We have had various ideas on how to move forward, by spreading the taboo word that is stillbirth around the world, by continuing to use Molly's name and her legendary handprint.
We only started all this just three years ago, it feels like ten, by achieving so much and we know that her little hand and her name has opened up people's hearts and minds that stillbirth can happen to any one of us, whatever age whatever background. The whole subject can be an awkward one, but how we have handled this has just been a natural progression, with many trials and errors, and many lessons learnt along the way, so it doesn't seem awkward anymore, in fact this subject matter can now flow a lot easier, mothers and fathers of sleeping babies are now able to talk openly at our events to each other and to others who have never even heard of such things until now, with trust and compassion, all via our social media and online websites. This for us is an achievement. We do not need awards, just to see our daughters hand move amongst the crowds is enough. Our dilemma to date is where do we go from here.
We have thought about this since the Butterfly awards, where we saw a lot of the same types of things going on, we realised while walking away with no award, that we are unique in what we do. No one does what we do using rock music events, t-shirts, art and poetry to help those who have lost to talk, and to spread the word that this shit happens to the best of us. We have big plans for next year, 20/20 vision as they say, we wish to grow bigger and be better than ever before, involving many friends who have been with us along the way to meeting new people with ideas and energy.
We wish to keep donating, we have decided to split out final amounts into thirds, one third of whatever we earn to a charity, this time it will be once again the wonderful Down Syndrome North East, as they were so kind in coming down to see us all last weekend. Even though they were not expecting a penny this time, they really got involved and for that we just adore each one of them. And Molly would have been six and enjoying her own special clubs by now. The people at DSNE help us feel closer to her in this way. And we are so close to donating to DSNE .....TEN THOUSAND POUNDS!!!!
One third will go on our costs of running all this, from all stationary, printing cost, t-shirts, to admin costs for our website, to travel costs, and just the sheer amount of time we put into this on a day to day level. Every night when Amélie is in bed I am dealing with Mearfest stuff, answering emails, some of them heartbreaking, most uplifting and proud moments, to uploading your wonderful photos god bless you all, to writing blogs, sending merch, creating artwork, it just goes on and on. Same goes to Brian, every day he is doing nearly the same, we are very visible online. And we are always here for any one who has gone through the same experiences we have.
The final third we need to bank, for future events or anything next year brings us. We have been asked to create some events for some bands, which will be a new venture this takes time and funding. But the revenue earnt will again go back into the three separate pots, so in time we can give more and achieve more.
Whatever we do, all you loyal Mearfesters know, we are not cheap, we give away so much of our time, energy and whatever items we may have. We hold onto nothing, (maybe Brian holds on to a few CDs here and there) its all material, it's not a life that is irreplaceable.
We need to look into raising our own £5k for us to register as a charity, I know this can take a lot of time to achieve, from past experiences from other charities, and there are many rules and regulations, then the red tape to wade through, by then we would have more of an understanding as to how we will proceed with who we are. It's our new challenge.
So, last weekend we raised just over £2K. Which is amazing. We are donating £750 to DSNE inclusive of gift aid. Which they don't know about yet!!!! the rest was split as we had costs from Newcastle and annual admin costs for our website and those awards which we cant be bothered to mention.......
THANK YOU FOR YOUR LOVE TIME PATIENCE SUPPORT.
ALL OUR LOVE CLAIRE BRIAN AMÉLIE AND MOLLY
I have got to say I can take no credit for all the beautiful and creative thank you cards being opened and enjoyed by all our friends in the North East
Claire Mear really does amaze me at times with her thoughtfulness and attention to detail
Plus Amelie's artistic ability
This all makes Mearfest such a unique and special event.
This is my more basic thank you to everyone who came, send gifts and we'll wishes, for all of you who came and gave so much of yourselves, your musicianship, your talent, your warmth and your love was there for all to see
This is the first Mearfest in ten years that I have been able to relax and just enjoy myself
Claire also had some time with me to watch the bands
For all your help with Amelie, for all your kindness, generosity of spirit
Most of all may I thank each and everyone of you who gave our stillborn daughter a voice
We gave a voice for Molly Mear
We made it loud, we made it clear
I couldn't be prouder of myself, my Wife, Claire my Son Adam and my two daughters Amelie and Molly
I couldn't be prouder of every single one of you who came and gave your all
A TRIUMPH !
Our fourth band on were a revelation SKYRYDER.
Enough has been said about their stage wear!
They hit the stage like a firestorm and let the music do the talking.
There's not many times that I am completely jaw droppingly stunned but my Goodness what a band !
Their musicianship, stage presence, their excellent songs prove that within this country we still can produce the very best in Metal
We have a wide range of people attend our shows and everyone I saw were completely
blown away by this
Skyryder are HUGE already. The World is at their feet
THANK YOver the past two years we have had one Extreme metal act on at every Mearfest show
It's not everyone's cup of tea by any means.
It's not mine either
I think it adds something to the day as well as having a Prog band or a blues band or solo guitarists.
This year I chose the Crimson Brigade to fill this roll.
We have seen them before with their full corpse paint, banners and special effects
They had a long journey and with traffic problems and parking difficulties they just got on stage in time.
They sadly didn't have time for all their stage set and make up so we had a rare stripped down, unmasked set.
They were brilliant ! with their drum machine and sound effects, their appearance and their performance you couldn't help but take notice
I think Claire Mear really liked them too which was a surprise to me.
The thing that stood out for me was that along with every other band that played that day they just got on with the job, didn't over run, didn't cause any difficulties , they came, we saw, they conquered!
Amazing. THANK YOU TO Justin Walker Matman Randall
Dethonator opened Mearfest North this year
They traveled all the way from the London Area to play at the God awful time of 12.10 in the Afternoon
Add to that parking difficulties, rain, the journey and they were down to a three piece
How did they cope with all these setbacks ?
They plugged in, wearing Molly shirts stood proud and tall and played one of the best sets I've witnessed in years
An incredible, modern sounding powerful true Heavy Metal band
Their set was nothing short of perfection
The sound was excellent courtesy of Dave Hills
No fuss, no nonsense
Just a brilliant powerful talented performance
A crowd of 70 were already there cheering them on
I stood and watched the whole set
Molly was in pride of place
I knew then and there we were in for the Day of a lifetime
Afterwards they came off stage as soon as asked packed up and refused to take a single penny for all their efforts
This is what makes me incredibly proud to be a Metal fan
The connection, the unity. Dethonator remember the name folks
If you're a promoter or run gigs anywhere in the country I can't recommend these guys enough. MAGNIFICENT !!! 10/10
At Mearfest North we finally got to meet the Revd Carl Flynn Edwards
A man of faith
A man who loves Rock Music, Motorbikes, fine Whiskey and life
He traveled a long way and was feeling unwell but he made the effort to be with us.
It was a real pleasure to meet him
In his ministry he has held services for Stillborns and infants
He deals with families going through the same trauma we went through
We are both appreciative of his love and his support in all we do, as we are of him.
Our second act of the day The Jack Mylchreest Band were brilliant
Jack and his band played for us last year and came highly recommended
They were great last year but they have certainly matured and grown in stature and confidence in the last 12 months
Featuring Jack himself with guitar and vocals
Graham ash on bass and new Queen of the drum throne Sophie Purvis this was a highly polished and professional performance
It was great to have some classic bluesy Rock once again and the musicianship of all concerned was exemplary.
Aside from the music Jack, his band members, his family and followers are part of our family now.
We have absolutely no hesitation in inviting them all back to next years Mearfest North
and a slot later in the day would be well in order.
I believe Jack plays extensively across the North East
Please check out his music as this young man is really going places
It would be good if Mearfest can assist him reach a wider audience
Wonderful !! Ten of Ten
In a rock venue far far away.....
We are absolutely delighted that the 501st Legion will be flying in to join us at Mearfest North again this year.
They went down a storm (trooper) last time and Jase Fox and Paul Dixon
did such a wonderful job with the Down Syndrome North group
and fans alike Claire made a short movie of the whole thing.
Once again the Force will be with us !
What will the story be this time?
The return of A bad-1 or some other galactic struggle which could be you........
Molly Adam & Amélie
THANK YOU TO
This week we remember all our babies, infants and children who are sadly only with us in spirit.
Somedays I just wonder where she went, were we not good enough parents for her journey here on Planet Earth?
Why did this happen to us?
Then I remind myself that this happened to us for a very big reason, I strongly believe we were chosen by our Gods many moons ago, as between us we have a voice, a platform in which we can help bring a sense of mindfulness to those expecting about the possible risks, and help to heal those who have lost through music, poetry, and art.
In this respect we are good enough parents, we have found purpose within this devastation and chaos, this was always going to be Molly's mission her journey, but guiding us all from Heaven, not here on Earth with us.
This is a tough emotional and unfair mission, however it has it rewards, to see people from all over this world wearing her hand is just so heartwarming, hearing all the good stories that come from Mearfest, it is something we will continue to do until we can all be together again.
Everyone deserves to live their life, even after death.
We have been blessed!
Nominated for THREE awards
Volunteer of the year
The Butterfly awards show recognition to those who have had or been involved with a baby bereavement , through stillbirth, miscarriage, or infant death.
A highly emotive award to be nominated for.
If six years ago, when Molly was born sleeping, I was told this would happen, I would have laughed through my tears.
But, it is happening, so we must be doing something right somewhere.
HOW TO VOTE.
You can vote for all three (Volunteer will be up later)
Click on the links below scroll down to the small red heart on the profile and click. This registers your vote.
You can vote once for every category, one vote per IP address.
SO SHARE SHARE SHARE ACROSS THIS GLOBE.
Brian and I are in this together, there is no competition here, hence the plea is the same for all three categories.
THANK YOU TO EVERYONE.
Brian & Claire Mear pride themselves on putting on a good show. Photography is Claire's passion, only the finest collection of images will be added here by the best photographers.