Musicians rally for sick singer 


A line up of Nelson’s best musicians is getting behind fellow muso Suzi Fray in a fundraising variety concert to support her overseas cancer treatment.

The lead singer of Johnny Cash tribute band, The Johnnies, was diagnosed just weeks ago with a rare form of uterine cancer and is out to raise $80,000 for treatment in a German clinic.

Concert organiser Pete Rainey said the Nelson musical community wanted to help and was doing what it did best – play music.

“It’s all falling together really well and we’ve had a lot of really generous support from the Theatre Royal to production crew, musicians and people involved in promotion.  It shows a clear indication of how this community feels about Suzi,” he said.

“We’re in for a fantastic night of music from gypsy jazz to funk, rock and folk and there will be some great opportunities to win on the night so we’re telling people to bring plenty of cash.”

So far the line-up includes Pete’s own gypsy swing band Django Schmango, and the Mojo Funk Orchestra where he plays trumpet; Ryan Behre in Funkin’ Slo Cuts, local rock outfit The Immigrants and more.

In a surprise turn of events just today, it seems that Suzi’s own band, The Johnnies, may also do a short set, as her departure for Germany has been delayed until the Saturday after the concert.

Songs for Suzi is at the Theatre Royal, at 8pm on Friday May 15, doors open 7pm. Tickets on sale Friday, $20 unwaged, $35 waged, at the theatre or online. People can also donate direct to Suzi at givealittle.