Lanarkshire book group founder to host charity musical showcase in memory of beloved salon owner

Published by the Daily Record

By Ian Bunting

Heather Suttie proud to lead gathering to honour Karen Kaye and back The Sound Lab and MCR Pathways organisations.

Glaswegian singer-songwriter Kitti will headline the event next month. Photo: Daily Record.

A charity musical showcase held in memory of a beloved salon owner will be hosted by a Lanarkshire champion of reading.

The event next month, headlined by Glaswegian singer-songwriter Kitti, will help chase the January blues away In aid of The Sound Lab and MCR Pathways.

Heather Suttie, the Coatbridge founder of literary organisation Bookface, will host the gathering in Glasgow’s Room 2 venue which is being organised in memory of Karen Kaye by her devoted family.

Karen’s husband David said: “Karen always supported young people through her business, Nailzone, which was Glasgow’s premier nail salon for over 20 years.

“We were devastated to lose Karen last September and wanted to create something special to honour her memory as well as supporting new musical talent.

“Music is very important in our lives and the Karen’s Music Lounge event will be a great tribute to a wonderful lady.”

The Sound Lab is a registered Scottish charity helping youngsters and other communities to fulfil their creative potential through free music, media, digital and arts tuition.

And MCR Pathways is a mentoring programme for youths who are care-experienced or have experienced disadvantages to get the same education outcomes, career opportunities and life chances as every other young person.

Event host Heather Suttie told Lanarkshire Live: “Performers from North Lanarkshire, Ayrshire and Glasgow are taking part and I’m delighted to be able to support this brilliant gig.

“It is an honour to host an event in memory of Karen and hopefully as many people as possible come along to honour Karen and back the brilliant charities.”

The bill features Scotland’s hottest new musical talent with headliner Kitti joined by Josh Maguire, Rebecca Vasmant and Paige.

Kitti, who won best vocalist at the Scottish Jazz Awards and Best Breakthrough at the Scottish Music Awards, said: “I’m thrilled to be taking part in this special event and it’s something to look forward to in January.”

The charity event takes place in Room 2 on January 29 from 7pm to 10pm and there will also be a charity raffle on the night.

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