At Under-1-Roof we regularly organise and plan events throughout the year.
Under 1 Riff CD Launch: Norwich Arts Centre 05/07/18
Acclaimed local musicians teamed up to support Norwich homelessness charity St Martins with a unique performance comprising six sets. The evening featured The Undies, the band formed by members of the charity’s training centre Under 1 Roof alongside Little Red Kings, Chris Pidgeon, Anto Morra, Falling From Trees, Matt Watson and SkinnyBoy Tunes. Money raised from the gig and the sale of the album, which was officially released on the night, will go towards the running of the centre which helps adults who are homeless or at risk of homelessness.
The acts featured on the CD are:
The Undies were formed 3 years ago at our “Under 1 Riff” music sessions. A mix of music tastes and ages has produced a great eclectic band, playing tunes from hip hop to rock. After playing various local shows and busking in the city this is their long awaited first release. “Stomach Full of Emptiness” is a collaboration from each member of the band talking about their very real experiences of homelessness. “Looking At You” was written by Jo about her daughter, a more personal reflection with a positive message. The Undies are: Chris (MC/vocals) Jo (vocals), Graham (bass/vocals) Clayton lead guitar/vocals) Dave (guitar/vocals) Michael (cajon/vocals) Carl (trombone) Tom (keys/drums) and Sue (vocals/drums).
A Norwich based folk rock storyteller who writes about growing up, family, friends, music, work and play. 2015 saw the release of his debut “Always the Bridesmaid” EP and 2017 “A Room With A View‘ EP, both receiving a host of support and airplay from BBC Introducing amongst others. Chris earned supports with the likes of Grant Nicholas (Feeder), Ben Ottewell (Gomez) and more recently slots at Sundown, Whitenoise and Folk in a Field Festivals and a series of shows with Scottish legends Big Country.
Front man of the Punkfolkers, Anto Morra is a seasoned solo performer. Having spent his formative years in London, he was lucky enough to catch the second wave of Punk and was able to experience the excitement and development of the movement, and it had a lasting effect. As his musical taste broadened he felt the connection between the Protest Songs of Folk and Punk, and coming from an Irish background, he has always had a rebel heart combined with a pure hedonistic humour. His self taught rhythmic guitar style and ability to write song lyrics that audiences connect with, has kept him busy and brought critical acclaim. Fun is the most important aspect of his performance as he truly believes that if he’s having fun, those watching will too!
The Norwich-based multi-instrumentalist follows up his acclaimed 2014 debut solo album, “Grounded”, with this sparkling second release – “The Endless Shipwreck“, which is already making waves and earning him rave reviews.
Described by critics as ‘provocative’, ‘thought-provoking’ and ‘heartfelt’, both in his well-crafted melodies and his profound lyrics.
Matt Watson is going from strength to strength on the local music scene. An energetic, engaging performer, he is finding himself in increasing demand for live appearances, where he mixes his own self-penned, original material with the odd cover version or two!
This Norwich based producer draws upon his eclectic taste in music from Electronica, Dub, Ambient , Hip Hop, Funk, Reggae and film scores. SkinnyBoy has released his first EP, “Helix” on Bandcamp. Other tracks can be found on Soundcloud.
“I am so happy to donate a track to the Under One Roof C.D. If by doing so it helps a great organisation like St Martin’s Housing and Under One Roof to continue with their great work to help others learn new skills or rebuild their lives then it really is the least I can do”
Little Red Kings
A vision of alternative roots rock brought the five band members together and with a powerful live show they haven’t looked back. Their music combines a gritty roots quality, reminiscent of British classic blues rock bands of the 70’s, with strong melodies and elements of modern alternative rock.
Falling From Trees
A female-fronted rock band based in Norwich. Formed in late 2013 by two brothers and a sister, the band began life as an acoustic three-piece earning a reputation for their melodic song writing and pitch perfect vocal harmonies. Between frequent live performances, they went on to release two EPs under this formation including “On and On” (2015) and “Words” (2016), the latter of which received a glowing review from FATEA Magazine who described the title track as a “folk anthem“. In 2017, the band expanded to incorporate bass and drums prompting their evolution into a fully-fledged rock band. Falling From Trees’ debut full band single, “Dirty Footprints“, followed later that year showcasing their new dynamic rhythm and blues sound. Their next EP “Sleepless Nights“, is released on June 1st 2018 and will be followed by a string of festival appearances including Homegrown Festival, Harlequin Fayre and Trunchonbury 2018.
Doctor This (Mick Duffin) is a Norwich based solo musician/writer who writes and performs punk and experimental/avant garde material, releasing this via his own DIY label, Dólfinngr Records. He is also guitarist for Sticky Willy and performs guitars and vocals for ?Y. Doctor This also runs Dólfinngr Radio, an internet radio station dedicated to supporting new music from around the globe and which champions artists who are overlooked by mainstream radio stations.
Away from his lifelong love of music, Mick is a mental health nurse and has worked extensively with people with substance related and homelessness issues. Mick is delighted to be involved with a project that not only raises awareness but supports vulnerable people to address these needs.
Norwich based singer songwriter mixing heartfelt and personal lyrics with acoustic and electronic elements in her music.
I’m Clive and I make electronic music. Think downtempo with droney bits. I’m currently working on my second album, which I’m releasing one track at a time until the thing is complete.
‘I wanted to be involved in this project because I think the work Under 1 Roof does is awesome – a massive beacon of light to the homeless community.’
A laid back indies folk band originally founded by Tony Poole and Joe Altham in Lowestoft. The line-up is made up of like-minded musicians that all met within the local music scene throughout the years. With their ‘gypsy-esque’ strumming patterns and their ‘rootsy-true’ lyrics comes a very easily
listenable ‘Chalky Seas’, appealing to all.
World Homeless Day in Norwich: Tuesday October 10 2017
Over 100 people attended an open day at Under 1 Roof. Homeless people in Norwich were able to enjoy a hot shower, new clothes and a haircut in the city thanks to an initiative planned by our members in collaboration with other agencies, including 12th Man.
There were also taster sessions in activities that run regularly at the centre, including IT skills, mindfulness, yoga and music.
The open day was a way to mark World Homeless Day on Tuesday October 10 and the event was planned by members of Under 1 Roof in collaboration with 12th Man and other organisations in the city. People collected a voucher that could be redeemed at various locations offering showers, food, a haircut, launderette services and clothing. The event was well attended by members of Under 1 Roof who either are, or have been homeless or are at risk of homelessness. The desire was for people to feel cared for on the day and feedback from those involved has been very positive.
The aim of the event was to raise awareness of homelessness and mental health issues – and there was certainly a buzz on the day as the activities were picked up by the local media. The success of the event was largely due to the collaboration and generosity of partner organisations and individuals.
One of the activities was the painting of a mural in the entrance of the Under 1 Roof building. Almost everybody who entered the building added a section to the painting. The finished artwork is a beautiful reminder of what can be achieved when people unite around a task.
Fair Weather Project
The Fair Weather Learning and Performance Project is all about exhibiting the talent of the members of Under-1-Roof Training and Development Centre through music and art. Performers, artists, organisers and volunteers are members of Under 1 Roof with further support from local talent.
The event in 2016 was a great success. A massive thank you to all the bands who played at the gig, great to have your support and particularly to Little Red Kings who stepped in at the last moment. The line up included Little Red Kings, Phillip Steven Rowe, Matt Watson, The Undies and 3 1/2 Inch Floppy. Your continued support is very important to us, so thanks again.
Our Art Group currently exhibited their work at the Norfolk & Norwich University Hospital (Level 2) throughout August, September and October 2016.