Extended Version to be streamed free!
HARRY SHEARER & JUDITH OWEN PRESENT…
A VERY VIRTUAL ‘CHRISTMAS WITHOUT TEARS’
(A seasonal variety show benefiting the US & UK music community)
This year benefiting US and UK music community that has been devastated due to the closure of live shows and venues.
· NIVA – National Independent Venue Association – #SaveOurStages (USA)
· The New Orleans Musicians Clinic (USA)
· Help Musicians (UK)
· Music Venue Trust – #SaveOurVenues (UK)
An antidote to the most stressful of seasons, the Annual Christmas Without Tears Variety Charity live program goes virtual for it’s 15th year.
“The show started as a party in our home to try to comfort Judith, a Welsh woman prone to melancholia, who could not stand that the fact that Christmas in Southern California was about 78 degrees and sunny,” as Harry Shearer tells it.
What began as a humble holiday house party to chase away Judith’s yuletide blues became a charity event and performance in 2005 when they staged it to aid the people of New Orleans after Katrina. Over the years, live shows in London, New York, New Orleans, Chicago and Los Angeles raising funds for selected charities benefitting those who are at risk, including Elton John’s Aids Foundation, Our Friends Place, West London Mission, Snow City Arts, and The New Orleans Musicians Clinic, among others.
The show has featured invited performers and surprise guests who drop into Harry and Judith’s onstage living room and share a song or a joke to bring the holiday spirit to all. Comics, magicians, and even circus acts have been welcome additions, adding the perfect mix that makes this a true variety show.
CWT 2020’s guest video appearances by:
Julia Fordham with Colin Ryan
Topsy Chapman & Solid Harmony
Beth Nielsen Chapman
The Stanton Moore Trio
Chris Difford with Melvin Duffy
The SongBirds (Gaby Moreno, Erica Canales, Dannielle DeAndrea)
Classical Kicks (Lizzie Ball, Meghan Cassidy, Gabriella Swallow)
Steve Lukather (featuring Ringo Starr)
Howard Levy & CJ Vanston
Arianna Uniboobolos with Jeffrey Young
Kermit Ruffins & David Torkanowsky
The Orion Orchestra
A special tribute to Fred Willard
And more surprises…
Watch the show and Donate here!
In years past, ‘Christmas Without Tears’ has welcomed Rob Brydon, Weird Al Yankovic, Tim Minchin, Jane Lynch, Richard Thompson, John Goodman, Fred Willard, Matt Lucas, Donald Fagen, Catherine O’Hara, Alfie Boe, Maureen Lipman, Julia Fordham, Alan Cumming, Claire Martin, Stephen Merchant, Christopher Guest, Chris Difford, Graham Gouldman, Elizabeth McGovern, Alex Lowe, Adam Hills, Clare Teal and many more.
CWT 2020 beneficiaries
National Independent Venue Association – USA #saveourstages
NIVA’s mission is to preserve and nurture the ecosystem of independent venues and promoters throughout the United States.
These entertainment hubs are critical to their local economies and tax bases as employers, tourism destinations, and revenue generators for neighboring businesses such as restaurants, hotels, and retail. Independent venues exist in every state across the country; they were the first to be closed, they will be the last to open. The economic recovery process will extend past just reopening the front doors, requiring solutions unique to the industry.
The mission of the National Independent Venue Association (NIVA) is to preserve and nurture the ecosystem of independent live music venues and promoters throughout the United States.
This is our final push to Congress and there won’t be another opportunity. We NEED the #SaveOurStages Act passed in order to keep independent venues nationwide from closing permanently. Please help us #SaveOurStages now.
Thank you – Rev. Moose and Stephen Sternschein
Music Venue Trust (UK) #saveourvenues
Music Venue Trust is a UK Registered Charity which acts to protect, secure and improve UK Grassroots Music Venues for the benefit of venues, communities and upcoming artists.
The Music Venue Trust represents 670 independent UK music venues and, as a result of the current ‘lockdown’ and social distancing policies, the prospects for many are grim.
The situation is dire, and it is now incumbent on music fans and the wider industry to do something about it.
Put bluntly, without these venues the opportunities for artists and audiences to connect in a meaningful way at a local level will simply disappear in a lot of cases.
And if they go they will never come back.
Music Venue Trust website
Thank you – Mark Davyd, Beverly Whitrick, Toni Coe-Brooker
UK Charity number: 1159846
The New Orleans Musicians Clinic (USA)
Founded by a coalition of music advocates in 1998, the New Orleans Musicians’ Clinic (NOMC) became the 1st and only medical clinic for musicians, performing artists, and cultural workers in the United States. The NOMC has provided comprehensive medical care to performers and tradition bearers in New Orleans for over two decades, regardless of their insurance status or ability to pay.
Due to COVID-19, most musicians and performers have been unemployed since March, with no end in sight. Since then, the New Orleans Musicians’ Clinic & Assistance Foundation hasn’t missed a beat. We’ve adapted to combat the pandemic’s extensive damage to our music and cultural community by offering local musicians both in-person and telehealth medical solutions, appointment-based COVID-19 testing, free food access, expanded mental health resources, musician-specific PPE, and more. With your support, we can continue these initiatives and help ready our city’s culture makers for whatever comes next.
Support our mission to break down the barriers standing between musicians’ access to the health care they deserve and make sure New Orleans music survives and thrives! Learn more at www.neworleansmusiciansclinic.org
NOMC Social Media Links:
Facebook – https://www.facebook.com/NewOrleansMusiciansClinic
Twitter – https://twitter.com/musicnolalive
Instagram – https://www.instagram.com/no_musicians_clinic
Help Musicians (UK)
Help Musicians is an independent UK charity for professional musicians of all genres, from starting out through to retirement.
For nearly 100 years, we have been providing a broad spectrum of help, support and opportunities to empower musicians of all ages, at any stage of their career, from times of great need like presently, to times of opportunity.
Musicians have been hit hard by the impact of the Coronavirus, and in response to the pandemic, Help Musicians has supported over 18,000 musicians with over £11m in financial hardship funding across the UK. The Fund offers a one-off payment of £500 to help alleviate immediate financial pressures.
While opportunities for musicians to earn are still severely limited, we understand that more support is needed to ensure the thousands who are falling through the gaps in government support, or are unable to survive on what they receive, or can get through the coming months. We have just launched phase 3 of our hardship funding, a crucial lifeline for musicians at this time.
Help Musicians website
Thank you – Lucy Twaite – UK Charity 228089