Human Jukebox: Capturing your most memorable songs

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Organisers of a “human jukebox” are preparing for their second evening of music and stories.

Tonight will see the second social evening being delivered as part of an arts project capturing people’s most memorable songs – and the story behind their choices.

The project, Mr Drayton’s Human Jukebox, is a commission from the Cultural Spring, an Arts Council-funded initiative raising engagement and participation in the arts in 10 wards across Sunderland and South Tyneside.

It’s the brainchild of freelance director for the BBC Helen Spencer, and her partner BBC Producer Steve Drayton.

Helen explained: “We’ve been visiting the Cultural Spring wards for many weeks now, collecting some amazing stories behind folk’s most memorable songs.

“Some are really uplifting and inspiring, others have been very moving.

“Our first social evening at the Smugglers went well – it was packed and there were some great stories and some great music.

“The BBC’s Alfie Joey told us about his choice of a Frank Sinatra song, and Jaff from The Futureheads surprised a few people with his choice of a Cliff Richard hit.

“We had a live performance from a ukulele player and a moving story behind the choice of a Script song from Lauren McLeish, from South Shields.”

There will be another 10 choices at the event tonight, which takes place at The Smugglers in Roker from 7.30pm. It’s a free event with everyone welcome to attend.

After tonight, the Human Jukebox moved to the Whitburn and Marsden Social Club, on November 18 and December 16.