Hard rock event to remember local musician

Jay-Jay Winter, pictured on stage the night before he died.
Jay-Jay Winter, pictured on stage the night before he died.

A Harrogate woman is holding a one-day heavy metal music festival in memory of her brother, who died in a car accident in 2010.

Deb Robinson, of Skipton Road, is hosting the Full Moon Dog Festival in Leeds in memory of her brother Jay-Jay Winter, who was the frontman of local rock band Asomvel.

Deb said that she, her husband Lenny – also a member of Asomvel – and her twin sister Sam wanted to remember Jay-Jay, but in the right way.

“Obviously his death was devastating,” Deb said.

“What we wanted to do was focus on his life, his music and his memory.

“He lived for the genre – when he was 17 he hitched a lift to the Monsters of Rock festival.

“The Full Moon Dog festival is named after one of my brother’s songs and the aim with it is to keep ticket prices low, no matter what.”

The first festival was held last October in Bradford, on the anniversary of Jay-Jay’s death, with this year’s event taking place in his hometown of Leeds on Saturday, October 13.

Entry is £15 and there will be nine bands on the bill.

Deb said: “This is what Jay would want – a festival in his honour, affordable to all heavy metal fans, not just those with designer clothes and deep pockets. This one’s for you, Jay-Jay – and anyone else who yearns for better days!”

And Deb, who recently released her first movie, the documentary Last Will and Embezzlement – which featured Hollywood legend Mickey Rooney – will be filming the action for a DVD, entitled Madder Than a Full Moon Dog.

“If people come down wearing their band or their company t-shirts, the camera will find them,” she said.

Backers of the event include Kall Kwik Printing in Harrogate, The Riverside Bar in Selby and Footloose and Fancy Foods in Leeds, though Deb is still looking for a main sponsor.

Tickets are available at www.fullmoondog.com, where you can also pre-order the DVD.