Most Halloweens people wear the outfits of someone they can’t actually be: a pirate, a zombie, a superhero. I dress as a young attractive person. But when ARI’s Julie Watkins puts on her lead vocalist threads as Julie Moreton, it turns out she really can belt it out. The UK administrator fronts her band Train to Skaville, who have again been invited to play London’s legendary Dublin Castle next year. And as she has twice before, she donned her impresario outfit to put together a charity show featuring her “girl” band, The Female of the Species — composed of five women who front working bands in Wiltshire — this time to raise money for the Wiltshire Air Ambulance.
Julie tells me that at this year’s performance at the Melksham Assembly Hall she was able to raise about £2000 for the air ambulance, helped in part by an Employee Donation from Holman. But although this annual charity gig has become almost old hat for Julie, she told me that this show posed some special problems. The Female of the Species lost their entire backing band twelve weeks before the event, but was able to piece together a wholly new band, and Julie says “they were amazing!” The “girls” and their band brought the evening to culmination with a mix of ska, reggae, soul, motown, blues, modern pop, and rock. Sounds like they had it all covered!