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Wednesday, 23 April 2014

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Reverend and The Makers singer performs in Ulverston fan’s living room

A QUIET Ulverston house became the venue for an intimate gig by the singer of top indie group Reverend and The Makers after a student won an online competition.

The Sheffield-based vocalist headed to Fernanda McDougal’s home in Woodland Road, Ulverston, on Sunday night and played from midnight to 3am.

Miss McDougal, 24, said it was all a bit of a blur having a member of her favourite group in her Ulverston home.

Her dad, Tony McDougal said frontman Jon McClure, nicknamed “The Reverend” had enjoyed some beers from Ulverston Brewery and had even taken some away with him.

The semi-acoustic gig came about when Miss McDougal entered a competition by the band on Facebook and Twitter to in conjunction with their fourth album Thirty Two. They asked fans to upload screengrabs when they pre-ordered the album and 32 lucky winners were rewarded with an intimate gig in their living room.

Before Mr McClure headed to Ulverston, the band had been playing at a house in Workington.

Miss McDougal, a former pupil at Ulverston Victoria High School, is a PHD student in linguistics at the University of Manchester. She has been left with a signed photo which reads: “Fernanda, thanks for having us round, Rev.”

She said: “I got a message last Wednesday saying I had won. It was amazing and everyone really enjoyed it. I still can’t believe it happened. They did a mixture of old and new stuff. It was so nice as a big fan but it is all a bit of a blur.”

Mr McDougal said: “It was fantastic, we had 25 to 30 people here, it was a good laugh.

“I made him olive and tomato bread, which he liked and he had beer from Ulverston Brewery, he liked that and took some away with him.

“They were very loud, we went round and apologised to the neighbours in advance and they were very understanding, especially since they didn’t arrive until midnight.”

Reverend and The Makers are an indie pop band based in Sheffield and signed to Wall of Sound.

The band is fronted by Mr McClure and current band members are Ed Cosens, Laura McClure, Joe Carnall and Ryan Jenkinson.

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