Harrogate DJ's incredible 100-track mix to support Henshaws charity

One of the biggest music talents in the Harrogate area has created a very special DJ mix of an amazing 100 tracks to fundraise for a local charity which has been hit hard by Covid.

Thursday, 24th September 2020, 4:09 pm
DJ Rory Hoy, right, with Craig Charles of BBC Radio 6 Music's The Craig Charles Funk and Soul Show when he was launching his The Little Big Beat book in 2018.

Multi award-winning music producer/DJ, filmmaker and author Rory Hoy said he wanted to support Henshaws, which gives such geat support people from newborn babies to the elderly, living with sight loss and other disabilities to achieve their ambitions and go beyond expectations.

As at home on BBC Radio 6 Music's The Craig Charles Funk and Soul Show as he is on Harrogate Community Radio, Knaresborough-based Hoy is aware of how this year's pandemic has led to a huge loss of income, not least because of the cancellation of Henshaws' fundraising events.

Although Henshaws College in Harrogate is secure, the charity was forced earlier this year to close its arts and crafts centre at Bond End in Knaresborough, which often hosted music events to raise funds.

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Rory, who performed a rare live DJ set this year at a Deer Shed Festival in North Yorkshire in July in front of an audience of 300 socially-distanced pitches for cars/tents, said: "It would be so amazing to see the arts and crafts centre open again sometime next year for the art makers and for the public, so their lives can once again be enhanced by these creative activities, and the public can once again enjoy the amazing festivals and events."

So far Rory has raised more than £500 for Henshaws with his new 100 tunes for Henshaws Hundreds mix.

Rory said: "I've performed many times for Henshaws at their Arts And Crafts centre since 2009 in their numerous festivals involving many local and national acts and I'm very proud to say I'm an Ambassador."

For this talented musician, 2020 has been as much of a struggle as for anyone else but Rory has remained positive.

Rory, who who has collaborated with legendary International DJ Freddy Fresh on past releases and won praise from the likes of Paul McCartney, Fatboy Slim and Afrika Bambaataa. said: "Although most of the gigs this year have been cancelled or postponed, I’ve managed to keep busy.

"The Deer Shed Base Camp live gig was amazing. On the production side, I’ve been working hard with other artists from the UK and USA doing syncs for TV, Film and Adverts.

"And I have a remix album coming out next month and a new single coming."

In 2018, Rory was the author of The Little Big Beat Book, a history of the Big Beat/Electronic Dance scene which includes interviews with 120 artists including Fatboy Slim and The Prodigy and hit number one in Amazon's Dance Music book charts for a number of weeks.

To listen to Rory Hoy's special mix and make a donation to Henshaws

www.henshawshundreds.org.uk/fundraisers/roryhoy/henshaws-hundreds

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