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Monday 28th April 2008

Guitar Marathon Raises Funds for Chernobyl Charity

Auckland musician Stephen Galvin played guitar continuously for fifty-four hours from Friday at dawn to Sunday afternoon. The event held at a Meadowbank address was timed to mark Anzac Day, Chernobyl day, and Easter for the Orthodox church and raise funds for the medical care of children affected by the Chernobyl disaster. It drew many local well-wishers and members of the Russian and Yugoslav communities.

ABC Friday morning with Caroline Hill Stevie G and Caroline Friday Afternoon

Asked about the event Stephen said,

"It is fantastic that so many people could come together for this special time. Music brings us together. We are very happy to be able to provide some humanitarian aid for the medical care of young people affected by the Chernobyl disaster and at the same time to celebrate our life in a positive way. We are very fortunate here."

So what about the Music? What did you play?

I wanted to make sure that there was a lot of improvised music. Just making it up on the spot. Creating music out of nothing is different from just playing songs. You have to go somewhere new in your imagination. Most of the time the music had a rock feel. I played a lot of well-known music as well; classical music for guitar by Bach, some jazz, and of course songs from my new album Thin White Line. A lot of songs that I thought I had forgotten.

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How do you feel after fifty-four hours?

I feel great because the event brought a lot of people together and raised our awareness of the consequences of the world's worst nuclear accident. Those consequences are ongoing: throat cancer, leukaemia, birth defects. That is the legacy of Chernobyl and there is still more to be done. It is not about politics, it is about people.

Andrew Lamont- Drums Daniel McNamara Ben Hagar Vladimir Shilov

What about the world record?

Well as far as we know this breaks the existing world record but it is not about breaking records. It is about making music and doing cool stuff - using music to make the world a better place.

Sarah Hart playing the violin Caroline hill and Stevie G Stevie G after Marathon

It was great to have so many musician friends to come and play, jam and just hang for the weekend; Ben Hagar, Sarah Hart, Caroline Hill, Andrew Lamont, Oliver Milev, Daniel McNamara, Liz Nicholls, Peter Reilly, Mikey Rockwell, Vladimir Shilov, Shae Sterling, and Billy T.K. Junior. I love you guys and thank you.

Stephen Galvin has his own band and guests with several local bands in the Auckland area. He teaches guitar, bass and singing at ABC Studios and teaches music at Green Bay High School.

He can be contacted at 0273089796 or at the ABC website:

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Link to Chernobyl Children's Project International: Please click Chernobyl International to find out more about this Charity.

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