Live from their kitchen in Whistsable, Kent, Miss Kiddy and The Cads raised over £2k in an hour with their first ever online ‘kitchen disco’ this week. Husband and wife, pianist and lead singer of the Jazz and cabaret sexet performed an hour long set with their two daughters acting as cheerleaders. Using the opportunity to raise funds for the NHS, they were overwhelmed at the reaction and stunned to raise over £2000 for this vital cause.
With the nation on lockdown, Miss Kiddy, whose real name is Abi Gilchrist, knew only too well that they had to do something to cheer their children up. Sharing how the idea grew to an online gig, she said, ‘We started doing a daily Kitchen Disco with our own kids every evening to enjoy a dance and get some energy pumping. When we posted it to our social media account lots of our followers loved the idea and wanted to get involved.’
She continues, ‘We decided to make our \’Miss Kiddy’s Kitchen Disco’s a weekly event, featuring a live set of vocals and piano, with some drum beats thrown in to give it a party vibe. We wanted to give our friends, family and supporters an opportunity to let their hair down and have a dance and a sing-along.’
‘We like many people have had all our work cancelled, and so we thought people may enjoy a Saturday night in with us – alone but together.’
Miss Kiddy decided to ask people to donate to charity via a JustGiving link bit.ly/2UUk6PX and were stunned to see their original ask of £500 was soon over £2000 and they will continue their fundraising efforts over the coming weeks.
`We wanted to be able to use our performance and our following to give something back to the amazing NHS key workers who are looking after the country at the moment, so we decided to take live dedications from people who have key worker friends. This formed the songs we played on the night and we asked for donations to a just giving page for NHS Charities – Covid-19 appeal throughout the show,’ explains Abi.
During the week leading up to the shows the band will put up classic jazz song choices on their social media accounts so people could choose their favourite songs for the disco and the band will also perform tracks from their debut album ‘Vintage Dirtbag.’
Abi and Ross, who are also choir directors for UK Soul Choirs, want to do as much as they can to keep spirits up for everyone during lockdown.
‘It did feel strange being dressed up in vintage glitz and glamour with bright red lips and stilettos in my own kitchen, but we could feel the buzz through the screen from everyone who joined in. In a time where we all feel so helpless, music really can get us through,’ Abi says.