Ian Paice announces The Sunflower Jam

Thursday 24 September sees a very special event, The Sunflower Jam, taking place at the Porchester Hall, London (W2).

The Sunflower Jam is an event founded and fronted by Deep Purple's Ian Paice and organised by his wife Jackie. The annual event was set up from Jackie and Ian's wish to do something to support a cancer charity in London. Ian met a Deep Purple fan who was, sadly, in hospital with terminal cancer. The idea for the Sunflower Jam was born out from this experience.

Musicians performing this year include Bruce Dickinson (Iron Maiden), Gary Brooker (Procol Harum), Ian Paice (Deep Purple), Don Airey (Deep Purple), Micky Moody (Whitesnake), Nick Fyffe (Jamiroquai), Murray Gould (Elton John), Dennis Locorrie (Dr. Hook), Margo Buchanan (Pink Floyd), Jerry Brown (Tina Turner) with more names to be announced over the coming months. Jeremy Irons will also be Master of Ceremonies.

The event raises an impressive amount of money for the charity. Tickets for this year will be around £300 per head. Each year an auction is also held. This year sees some great items/experiences lined up!

The most interesting item for drummers is the auction of a kit used by Judas Priest's Scott Travis during the band's last European/ US tour. It's a huge kit and was donated to The Sunflower Jam by Scott himself. It consists of 24"x20" bass drums (x2), 10", 12", 13", 16", 18" and a snare in mirror chrome finish. Full details of the kit can be viewed at www.drumwright.co.uk and the kit will also be on display in the shop. Anyone interested in making a postal bid can contact Chris Wright on 07703 548967 or email brooke.wright@btopenworld.com for further details.

Bid to own this kit donated by Judas Priest's Scott Travis

Log on to the Sunflower Jam website (www.thesunflowerjam.com) for the most up to date news and information on the charity they are raising funds for this year.

Chris Barnes

I'm MusicRadar's eCommerce Editor. In addition to testing the latest music gear, with a particular focus on electronic drums, it's my job to manage the 300+ buyer's guides on MusicRadar and help musicians find the right gear for them at the best prices. I dabble with guitar, but my main instrument is the drums, which I have been playing for 24 years. I've been a part of the music gear industry for 20 years, including 7 years as Editor of the UK's best-selling drum magazine Rhythm, and 5 years as a freelance music writer, during which time I worked with the world's biggest instrument brands including Roland, Boss, Laney and Natal.