UCB graduate Laura Ridgway is teaming up with Eva Cassidy’s brother Dan to stage a tribute to the late singing star in Barnsley.

Laura, 25, of Leeds, gained a first class Music degree in 2014 and returned to UCB to complete a postgraduate teaching degree last year. She is now working with Dan to produce and promote the ‘Essence of Eva’ show after corresponding with him through Twitter.

Vocalist Laura and fiddle player Dan will revive Eva’s songs and raise awareness of her life story at The Civic in Barnsley on Sunday 18 June, with proceeds going to the Melanoma UK charity. Laura will also sing accompanied by guitarist James Hickman on the evening.

American Eva was relatively unknown when she passed away from skin cancer in 1996 at the age of just 33. Two years later, regular airplay on Terry Wogan’s BBC Radio 2 show prompted posthumous success which saw three of her albums top the UK album charts and millions of people buy her records.

Laura said: “I can’t believe I’m going to be sharing a stage with the brother of the sensational and famous Eva Cassidy. This will be the first time Dan has visited Barnsley so it really is a dream come true.”

Dan Cassidy added: “James and I are really looking forward to playing at this fundraising event and it will be great to hear Laura´s renditions of my sister´s music in her tribute to Eva.”

Tickets for the show are priced £15 and can be purchased through The Civic.

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