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Divorce Lawyer Sings The Blues to Raise Funds For Children’s Charity

Divorce Lawyer Sings The Blues to Raise Funds For Children’s Charity

Divorce lawyer Jon Casey has two loves in his life – his job and his own blues band.

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By day, the 26-year-old deals with warring couples and family disputes, but by night he ditches his suit and takes to the stage to sing the blues.

The singer-songwriter and guitarist has performed at venues up and down the country with bassist Steve Faulkner, drummer Jimmy Mack and keyboard player Dave Goldberg who make up The Jon Casey Blues Band.

The Liverpool four piece, who released their debut album ‘Riot at the Wall’ this month, will take to the stage on home turf this Sunday, October 23, when they perform at a benefit gig organised by The Merseycats charity at the Cavern Club’s live lounge.

A recent gig for around 400 fans sold out at Southport’s Atkinson Theatre, but Jon said his proudest moment to date was in 2013 when the band opened the city’s ‘On The Waterfront’ festival.   

While his evenings are spent at gigs, Jon says his day job, as a lawyer at Slater and Gordon, surprises a lot of people.

The former student of Sacred Heart Catholic College in Crosby says he first fell in love with blues as a child listening to his parents’ music collection.

Early influences include Eric Clapton’s band Cream who counted the Rolling Stones among their fans, rockers Led Zeppelin and the legendary BB King.

Jon, who still lives in Crosby, said: “I spent a lot of pocket money on CDs! I first picked up a guitar when I was nine or 10, but it was only when I went to university that I decided to start a band.

“We’ve been performing together for about five years now and we have built up our own following. 

“I was nervous at first, but now I get a real buzz out of people coming along to listen to me doing something I love.”

While his evenings are spent at gigs, Jon says his day job, as a lawyer at Slater and Gordon, surprises a lot of people.

He studied at Liverpool John Moores University before joining the firm last year, based in its flagship Manchester office.

He added: “People I meet in the music industry are surprised when they find out what I do, but I enjoy the work and actually quite a few of them have ended up asking me for advice!”

Sunday’s gig starts at 2pm with proceeds from the £3 entry fee being split between Stacey Higham and the Francesca Bimpson Foundation.

Acts also on the bill include Original Replica and The Merseycats Jam Band. 

For details of this and upcoming gigs by Jon’s band or to order a copy of ‘Riot at the Wall’ contact them via the ‘Jon Casey Blues’ Facebook page.