Live from the Purple Palladium

by | 11 August 2018 | Community Event, Local Charity, Retford

This September will bring an unmissable evening of spectacular live entertainment to Retford in support of families across the region. A Blues Brothers tribute act, singer Katie Greaves and DJ Matrix are among the artists coming together at Retford Cricket Club on Saturday 1st September, for Bluebell Wood’s first ever ‘Live from the Purple Palladium’ show.

All artists are performing for free, with all proceeds going to the children’s hospice and the children and young adults it supports across North Nottinghamshire, North Derbyshire, South Yorkshire and parts of North Lincolnshire.
Brothers Richard and Russel Friel, who will be shaking a tail feather or two as the Blues Brothers, started their act for fun years ago, singing at weddings, birthdays, reunions and charity events. Russell’s wife Hayley Friel said: “This Blues Brothers act is a little mixed bag of all the soul and blues music we have grown to love since the iconic film of the 80s. We hope the audience will love the songs as much as we do.

“We’ve supported Bluebell Wood in many ways over the years, including rolling our sleeves up and helping with decorating at the hospice. For Russell and Richard to be able to perform for this charity, which is so close to our hearts, is fantastic.”

Katie Greaves is a guitarist known for her distinctive vocal style. She said: “I’m involved, because Bluebell Wood has been important to me ever since the team there helped my nephew. This hospice has been nothing but supportive and incredible. If I can help to bring a smile to the faces of the children and their families, I’ll be delighted.”

Live from the Purple Palladium will be hosted by Bluebell Wood’s senior events fundraiser, Rachel Hodges, also known as singer Rachel Saunders. Rachel said: “We’d like to say a huge thank you to everyone whose generosity is making this event possible, including Retford Cricket Club for providing the venue and Amy Dennington from Say it With a Balloon in Worksop who is styling and dressing the marquee.

“Live from the Purple Palladium will be a fantastic springboard into our 10th birthday celebrations in September and we hope everyone will have an evening out to remember.”

The evening will include a disco by DJ Matrix. Tickets are £10.00 each and include a Pie and Pea supper, and can be bought online at:

For ideas to help Bluebell Wood support 290 children and young adults both at the hospice and in family homes visit