Musician heading to Dunmow and Saffron Walden for charity gigathon

Ollie Carter

Ollie Carter - Credit: Archant

The Flitch House will be one of the venues to host a guitarist playing for over eight hours in a bid to raise money.

Oliver Carter, 36, will take to several stages on August 22 to play a collection of well-known hits by artists including Amy Winehouse, The Killers and Oasis.

Each set will last half an hour and Mr Carter will begin his Gigathon at 2pm at The Eight Bells in Saffron Walden before closing the night at The Saracen’s Head with a performance at 9pm.

Other venues include The Dog and Duck, The Marne Inn, The Cricketer’s Arms, The Coach and Horses and The Cork House. Money raised from the day will help to fund Haverhill Rovers Football Club, which caters for keen footballers under six-years-old, and Mr Carter’s employer, Barclays Bank, promises to match the first £1,000 raised.

Mr Carter, a former Dunmow resident, told the Broadcast: “The money will go towards entry into festivals that we have to pay for, and playing indoors in the winter months on an artificial surface. It can be so expensive, and we want to help parents to not see it as a big expense.

“A bag of ten balls, for instance, costs about £80, and that is at a discounted price.”

As well as a football lover, Mr Carter has always enjoyed playing his guitar, and even supported bands like Razorlight when he was part of a band.

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He said: “I have played guitar since I was 18; that was when I got my first guitar. My friends and I formed a covers group and then we started an original band, which went quite well.

“We supported bands like Razorlight, but after that we decided to go our own ways. I played with Repertoire Dogs for three years, but after I had my son it was difficult to find time to play a lot, so I started playing solo acoustic covers.”

Mr Carter is already a familiar face at some of venues, playing two or three times a month at The Flitch House and The Saracen’s Head.

“I am really looking forward to it and to raise awareness of the club and for the boys’ football. They are a great bunch of kids. This will be the longest gig I have ever done. I think the longest one I did was three hours with a few little breaks.

“If it goes well though, then maybe it will become an annual thing – we will see.”