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Bush Hall hosts charity memorial concert

Shepherds Bush venue Bush Hall hosts Anthony Moriah memorial concert with all proceeds going to The Foundation for Liver Research, writes Paul Watson

The charming and very intimate Bush Hall played host to a special night of soul music in memory of former DJ BoBo lead vocalist Anthony Moriah, who passed away this time last year from liver failure at just 41. Bush Hall, now in its tenth year of hosting live music, has brought a number of major artists through its doors including Lily Allen, Imogen Heap, Alanis Morissette and Starsailor. On 30th September, a 200-strong crowd paid tribute to the life and music of Anthony Moriah. Moriah’s musical career spanned more than 20 years, over half of which he was on the mic for successful Swiss act DJ BoBo. Through working with a number of different artists and producers, including his own band The Capitol Players (pictured), he acquired the name ‘One Take Tone’; and went on to become one of the UK’s finest Neo-Classic Soul artists. Moriah also had an extensive career in musical theatre, performing in shows such as Rent, Aida and Street Angels. The main PA system for the event was by Martin Audio: four W8LNs stacked on top of two WMX sub bass speakers per side; and six LE1200 monitors powered by two QSC PLX2402 monitor amplifiers. At FOH position, Tim Pulbrook operated a Midas Venice 320 console, running 32 channels. Outboard included a Yamaha SPX990; Drawmer DS201 twin gates; three DBX 166XL compressors; Klark Teknik DN360 and BSS FCS960 graphic EQs; and an XTA DPA224 digital processor. Pulbrook, who is on Bush Hall’s FOH roster, says that the venue’s fairly compact in-house set-up accommodated the show perfectly well – even with a staggering 20 guest artists making an appearance! “It’s a nice little line array system; and I really like the Martin Audio monitors,” says Pulbrook. “They do a particularly good job; and although it’s only one main act [The Capitol Players], there are a lot of guests and therefore quite a lot of lines coming off stage, so we’re choccers on the console – but it’s worked well.” Stand-out guest performer Baby Sol, who is also backing vocalist for Paloma Faith, sung a superb version of Stevie Wonder’s As.
“He [Moriah] was always so encouraging to me,” recalls Sol. “I remember once, when I was wringing my hands before a gig, so nervous in the corner, he told me not to worry – and gave me a wink; he was a special and shining individual and it was my honour to be there and sing his praises.”