Clear Vinyl announce Leadmill memorial show in honour of late drummerPosted by: Genevieve Braund
Clear Vinyl's former drummer James Umney
Having lost ‘an incredibly talented musician and a fantastic person’, Clear Vinyl have announced plans to honour drummer James Umney’s memory by raising money for ‘Jessie’s Fund’
Local band Clear Vinyl have announced the tragic loss of their drummer and friend James Umney, at the age of just 20.
James, who was described by band mates as ‘an incredibly talented musician and a fantastic person, full of joy and always laughing’, died on 2 August 2019, and to honour his legacy, the Chesterfield-based band have vowed to play a special show on 15 November at The Leadmill, raising funds and awareness for 'Jessie’s Fund', a charity that helps children with special needs through the creative use of music.
Tickets for the show will go on sale at 10am on 14 August and as part of what is likely to be a very emotional show, Clear Vinyl and a group of James’ closest friends will celebrate his work alongside the work of bands he loved.
In the wake of his passing, James’ family have also set up a JustGiving page which has since raised more than £3,000 for Jessie’s Fund and the band hopes to raise even more funds through the memorial show. They have also announced plans to donate all proceeds of their recently released single ‘Foolish’ to the charity.
Speaking to fans on Facebook, the band said: “We urge you not to be sad or upset but instead to laugh, smile and live every day to the fullest, just like he did.”
The band’s full statement read: “Friends, it is with heavy heart that we have to inform you that on Friday the 2nd of August, our brother, best mate and drummer, James sadly passed away. Never in a million years did we think we would have to write anything like this.
“His talent as a dancer, comedian, karaoke maestro and most of all a musician was on a level we could only wish to be on. There is nothing we can put in this status to truly show you how much of an amazing human being he was and is. To those of you who knew him, James was always smiling, and cracking a joke even in the most serious of situations.
“We urge you not to be sad or upset but instead to laugh, smile and live everyday to the fullest just like he did.
“James’ family have created a JustGiving page for donations to ‘Jessie’s Fund’. This Charity helps children with additional and complex needs or serious illness to communicate by using music. We can’t think of a better way to celebrate James’ life than by helping others learn to enjoy the creative aspects of music.
“Our last single ‘Foolish’ was recently released and we will be donating all proceeds from the release to ‘Jessie’s Fund’ in James’ honour.
“This has hit us all really hard but after speaking to each other over the last few days, and with the full support of James’ family we’re going to push on. We started this as a group of 5 lads with a dream and although it is going to be incredibly difficult and will take some time, we are going to carry on his dream and do our best to make him proud. Everything we do from this moment on is for him.
“Below is a video of some of the many memories we have of him doing what he excelled at and loved. We hope you enjoy it.
“If there is anything we can take away from this, it is to love and cherish the moments you have with those around you.
“We all love you James!
“Lots of love,
“Josh, Jonjo, Jack & Sam x”
Tickets for the event will go on sale on Wednesday 14 August at 10am through The Leadmill’s website, www.Leadmill.co.uk.
The band welcomes any donations through the JustGiving page: https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/jamesumney