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Runcorn bands rally to save the Buffs Club

MUSICIANS from across Runcorn have responded to a call to save a struggling nightspot where they first learned to play live.

Goth, rock and acoustic acts will belt out a night of music in aid of the Buffalo Club, better known as the Buffs or RAOB.

Claire Williams, Elvis For Jay’s vocalist, said memories of bygone gigs spurred them into action.

Other confirmed acts include rising rock talent The Fireflys who have not forgotten their roots despite gearing up for a major tour and having signed to the same label as Nine Inch Nails, whose introspective anthem Hurt was famously covered by Johnny Cash.

The Runcorn acts’ affection for the Buffs was nurtured as they started out on the gigging trail.

Claire said the club is vital for bands because it is a cheap venue and is great for up-and-coming groups who need to become used to facing a crowd.

A collection bucket will be passed round the audience at the first ‘save the Buffs’ event. Depending the night’s success, a follow-up bash could be organised for July. A weekly open mic night might also be established.

Claire said bands are not the only ones who stand to gain or lose by the Buffs future fate.

She said: “I have a friend who runs the Phoenix Park morris dancers group and they need it for practice.

“Angela Cavanagh who runs the place has about three months to turn things around or it’ll shut.

“We are all eager to help out because we have so many good memories. It’s all quite sentimental.

“The good thing about it is it’s really accessible for bands. If it closes down we have nowhere to go.”

The night is on from 8pm to midnight on Friday, May 11. Entry is £2.

Bands interested in getting involved should email [email protected]