Jeremy Irons at the 2012 Sunflower Jam

Jeremy Irons was back again as emcee of the Sunflower Jam concert and charity auction at the Royal Albert Hall in London.

This year’s event took place on Sunday 16 September.

For more information on The Sunflower Jam, click HERE.

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Jeremy Irons at the Sunflower Jam 2011

Jeremy Irons was the host of Superjam 2011, in aid of the Sunflower Jam Charity, at the Royal Albert Hall in London, England on Friday 8 July 2011. Max Irons and Sinead Cusack were also in attendance.

For over 100 utterly stunning photos from the event (including a couple of Jeremy) check out Gabrielle McMillan Photography.

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Superjam 2011 Press Photoshoot

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Charity Founder- Jacky Paice (Wife of Legendary Drummer Ian Paice) Actor and rock lover- Jeremy Irons will act as our Master of Ceremonies for the evening. This year, to kick start the fundraising in a bigger and better way, a unique legendary event is being launched on the 8 July 2011 and will showcase the ultimate ‘Superjam 2011’ – a rock ‘n’ roll fundraising evening at the Royal Albert Hall. Music legends already confirmed include: Deep Purple’s, Ian Paice, Ian Gillian, Don Airey, Roger Glover, Steve Morse alongside Jon Lord, Joe Bonamassa.

This is the first time Deep Purple have performed in the last 2 years and with more legendary names involved including, Danny Bowes, Rick Wakeman, Newton Faulkner this promises to be an evening of compelling entertainment and hypnotic production.

The Sunflowerjam Charity which was founded in Spring 2011, supports initiatives set up to bridge the gap between integrated, functional and conventional medicine with a natural approach to wellness for children, young people, adults and their families with a range of acute and chronic emotional, mental and physical conditions.

Superjam 2011 is to be the charity’s biggest event to date and will help us to increase the already raised funds from previous events. The Superjam’s in the past have been on a much smaller scale – Jeremy Irons has always acted as MC and we have guest performances by world famous artists such as Status Quo, Paul Weller, Robert Plant, Ray Cooper, Bruce Dickinson, Suggs and not forgetting the late great Gary Moore(his son will perform with us this year). Jon Lord of Deep Purple is one of the trustees and an active supporter of the charity, says: ‘The Sunflower Jam ‘Superjam’ has become an established event for two reasons because: it’s such a great cause and because it’s such huge fun too!’

You can watch out for details as more artists become involved and you can purchase tickets from http://www.thesunflowerjam.com

General tickets are priced at £100.00 and VIP tickets which include drinks reception, best seats, dinner and drinks are £500 and £1000 per head. To become a sponsor or for specialist hospitality packages please contact 01202 896698 or pr@thesunflowerjam.com

The Sunflower Jam 2009 – Photos and Review!

The Sunflower Jam 2009 Photos! See the ones that don’t include Jeremy HERE

All photos by Fin Costello

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2 Oct 2009

The Sunflower Jam 2009 Review.

On Thursday 24th September 2009 Jacky Paice in association with Foreign Currency Direct hosted the fourth ‘Sunflower Jam’ at the Porchester Hall, London.

The Sunflower Jam 2009 was held in aid of The Holistic Cancer Support and Research Fund set up and run by The Society For Complementary Medicine.

Tim Dray beautifully transformed the Hall – this year taking on the theme of a modern day circus.

With guests seated at their tables, the delicious three-course meal, prepared by Paul Clerehugh of The Crooked Billet, was served. Jeremy Irons, master of ceremonies, took to the stage and welcomed all guests to this year’s event. Moving the evening forward, Jeremy then introduced three fantastic performance artists to the stage: Rubber Ritchie, Marawa and Bruce Airhead. All performers gave highly entertaining and mind boggling performances and really got the room warmed up.

Bob Jacobs from SCM and Bob Harris were then welcomed to the stage and talked about the charity, experiences of being treated at SCM and the work that the charity does.

Cue Jeremy Irons back on stage to introduce Adrian Biddell of Sotheby’s who brilliantly conducted this year’s auction and raffle. After lots were won and raffle tickets drawn, there were two giant cheques presented on stage to The Sunflower Jam. The first cheque was from Planet Rock Radio for £5100 that was the result of a one of a kind guitar that was auctioned on ebay with all proceeds going to The Sunflower Jam. The second cheque presentation was from this year’s crown sponsor, Peter Ellis, CEO of Foreign Currency Direct.

Foreign Currency Direct donated £35,000 to The Sunflower Jam 2009.

The stage was then cleared for the musical feast to begin…

The live music kicked off with a guest performance from the incredibly talented singer/songwriter Newton Faulkner. Newton had kindly agreed to perform providided he could make it back in time from a promotional radio show in Cardiff. He literally pulled up outside the venue, ran strait inside and onto the stage and instantly won over the audience with his amazing guitar playing and soulful voice.

The evening was then amped up with all settings on 11 for the Sunflower Jam band to take to the stage.

The set opened with instrumental track, Frankenstein, originally performed by the Edgar Winter Group followed by a rendition of The Stones’ Jumping Jack Flash, with Margo Buchanan’s soaring vocal launching the audience out of their seats and on to the dance floor.

From then on in it was a rock and roll dance party like no other, with Dennis Locorriere taking to the stage to play harmonica on The Stones’ Not Fade Away with Margo and proving that he still has one of the best voices in rock with awesome renditions of The Beatles Get Back, his own Sylvia’s Mother and Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young’s, Love The One You’re With.

If there was one thing that was missing up until this point it was a good old fashioned sing along, we had no fear. One man we could count on to raise the voices of a well-fed and watered audience was the original London boy himself, Suggs. With gusto akin to a well oiled stag party on a Friday night out, the Madness front man brought the house down with the Madness classics; Our House, It Must Be Love and Madness.

During rehearsals there was one name that everyone was talking about… Gary Brooker had brought tears to the eyes of his fellow musicians with his beautiful voice and quiet grace.

His renditions of ‘What Becomes Of The Broken Hearted’ and ‘Sweet Soul Music’ were what dreams are made of but it was his performance of his classic ‘A Whiter Shade Of Pale’ that proved one of those life affirming moments and one that will be with us for ever.

If the audience thought they had been let of the heavy rock hook then they were sorely mistaken. As soon as Bruce Dickinson walked on stage they knew that their ears were going to take a bashing! With his trade mark scream, Bruce launched in to his own “Tattooed Millionaire” and then followed with energy driven performances of ‘Wishing Well’, ‘Back In The USSR’, The Who’s ‘Wont get fooled again’ and finally finishing with an encore of Led Zeppelin’s ‘Rock and Roll’, featuring both Ian Paice and Karl Brazil on drums.

Yet again a huge vote of thanks must go to Wix and Nick Fyffe for pulling all the musicians together during rehearsals and on the night.

Musicians roll call.

Adam Phillips (Guitar)

Aitch McRobbie (Backing vocals)

Bruce Dickinson (Vocals)

Dave Lewis (Sax)

Dennis Locorriere (Vocals, Harmonica)

Don Airey (Hammond Organ)

Gary Brooker (Vocals, Piano)

Ian Paice (Drums)

Karl Brazil (Drums)

Margo Buchanan (Vocals)

Matt Winch (Trumpet)

Micky Moody (Guitar)

Nick Fyffe (MD & Bass Guitar)

Paul “Wix” Wickens (MD & Piano)

Sewuese Abwa (Backing vocals)

Suggs (Vocals & Dancing)

Jeremy Irons to be Master of Ceremonies at Sunflower Jam

Ian Paice, Bruce Dickinson To Jam At The Sunflower Jam

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Thursday, 16 July 2009

The Sunflower Jam – the annual musical charity event created by Jacky Paice – takes place september 24 2009 at the Porchester Halls, London W2. This years all star line-up will feature Ian Paice & Don Airey (Deep Purple), Bruce Dickinson (Iron Maiden), Micky Moody (Whitesnake), Jerry Brown (Tina Turner), Margo Buchanan (Pink Floyd), Nick Fyffe (Jamiroquai), Dennis Locorriere (Dr Hook), Gary Brooker (Procol Harum) and Murray Gould (Elton John) – the master of ceremonies will be Jeremy Irons.

The concept of The Sunflower Jam was originally developed in 2006 by Jacky Paice. Jacky’s vision was always to hold a small, intimate event that brought together people with a passion for music, both in the audience and on stage, making the evening a fun way to raise money while avoiding the usual stuffiness of charity events. Promptly, the dining room of the Paice family home was overtaken as the office and all conversations related to the event. Over the past three years every member of Jacky’s family and extended family have been involved with the events in some way. Add to this a network of friends and the result is a truly family organized event!

All proceeds raised from the previous Sunflower Jam events held in 2006, 2007 and 2008 have gone to The Sam Buxton Sunflower Healing Trust. We have managed to raise just over £250,000.00! A figure we are extremely proud of. Due to the generosity of all our friends who have attended previous Sunflower Jam’s, we have been able to provide The Sas who work within both the Acute Cancer Care Unit and Outpatient’s Department at the UCLH and other hospitals for many years to come.

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