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Women Of Steel Concert gets The X Factor

The X Factor star Janet Devlin with Woman Of Steel Dorothy Slingsby at Sheffield's Steelworks Studio.

The X Factor star Janet Devlin with Woman Of Steel Dorothy Slingsby at Sheffield's Steelworks Studio.

Sheffield’s Women Of Steel Concert has got The X Factor – with Irish singer-songwriter Janet Devlin joining the all-star line-up, writes Graham Walker.

Janet, aged 18, was a finalist on the top TV talent show in 2011, when she was mentored by pop superstar Kelly Rowland.

She finished in fifth place and went on to write and record with Sheffield’s own Grammy Award-winning songwriter and producer Eliot Kennedy, at his Steelworks and The Foundry studio in the city.

It was there, while working on debut album Hide and Seek, she met 92-year-old Dorothy Slingsby, one of Sheffield’s surving Women Of Steel who manned the steel mills while their men fought in two world wars.

And when she heard about the Sheffield City Hall concert to help raise £150,000 to pay for a statue in the city to honour the inspirational women, she jumped at the chance to take part.

Eliot and his right-hand man, Jim Jayawardena, are providing the house band for the City Hall show.

Other acts due to appear at the show on Saturday, November 9, include Heaven 17, ABC’s Martin Fry, Tony Christie, Baby Bird, John Parr, John Shuttleworth, the comedy creation of Graham Fellows, John Reilly of Boy on a Dolphin, big band singer Paul Pashley and Philippa Hanna, fresh from her tour with Lionel Richie, Nat Johnson and Ray Hearne.

There will be special guest appearances by Reverend and the Makers’ front man Jon McClure, Dean Andrews, from hit TV show Life on Mars and Ashes to Ashes, BBC Ancient Egypt presenter Joann Fletcher and DJs and presenters from our local radio stations, including Real Radio’s Dixie and Gayle, Capital’s Hirsty, BBC Radio Sheffield’s Toby Foster and Hallam FM’s Steve White.

The Purple Cats Choir, Cornerstone Brass, Classic Calypso and The Yorkshire Tea Bags skiffle group will also add extra variety to the evening. Line-up subject to change.

Janet said: “It was lovely to meet Dorothy and listen to her stories. The concert is a great idea and I’m thrilled to be involved.”

Dorothy said: “The statue is very important to us.

“I’m hoping I’m still going to be around to see it. And if not, at least I now know it’ll get done.”

n Tickets, from just £20, are available in person from the venue, by calling 0114 278 9789, or from {http://www.sheffieldcityhall.co.uk/events/Women-of-Steel-The-Concert|www.sheffieldcityhall.co.uk|visit sheffieldcityhall.co.uk}.

To make a donation to the Appeal itself visit www.justgiving.com/womenofsteel.

VIDEO: For more details and our exclsuive interview with Eliot Kennedy - CLICK HERE.

 

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