AN entire street in Maghull was turned into an outdoor concert when a well known professional entertainer performed a show direct from his driveway... complete with his band!
Asa Murphy and his musicians put on the hour-and-a-half concert for around 200 neighbours. He also streamed the entire performance on Facebook Live, with more than 11,000 people watching the gig.
The singer, who performs in theatres across the region and beyond, decided to organise the impromptu show, which he called ‘The Hope of the Rise’ Concert, on Sunday (July 12) to raise money for St Joseph’s Hospice after their charity shop in Walton was broken into last week.
Thieves ransacked the store, on Walton Vale, on Thursday, July 9 and stole items as well as causing damage to the building itself, meaning its reopening had to be delayed. Hospice funds are havimg to be used for repair work. Asa told the Champion: “I saw what happened to the charity shop. I sing at an annual ball in aid of the hospice, so I wanted to do something to help them.
“I contacted my band to see if they would be willing to give up their time for free and they all said yes.
“We set-up the band in my drive and put on show. All the neighbours really enjoyed - and, socially distanced, had a dance in the street!
“I set-up a JustGiving site and people handed me money on the day. One man said he couldn’t stay to watch but gave me £20, which was brilliant.
“In total, we have raised more than £1,100 which will be donated to the hospice so thanks to everyone who donated.”