Not all superheroes wear capes, nor do they all wear their pants outside their trousers.

In fact, some of them are really nice guys who happen to be pretty handy with a guitar, like Owen Lister, for example.

Tomorrow night, Saturday, February 15, the 25-year-old fretboard worrier extraordinaire will be hosting his second Music for MIND fundraising gig at Tom Brown’s in Dorchester.

Last year’s debut showpiece netted a tidy sum for the charity which helps support those affected by mental health problems, campaigns for improved services and generally helps raise awareness and promote understanding of this complex and varied condition.

Last April, Owen put on his marching boots and walked the entire border of Dorset, some 200-plus miles and raised an incredible £3,800, but he’s not stopping there, no way Jose.

Owen’s now made ‘the potentially ridiculous decision’ - as he puts it - to run a 36-mile ultramarathon from Poole to Weymouth in May, again to raise money for MIND.

“Now I've never ran to speak of but I have started training in December 2019 and am determined to be ready in three months’ time.

“I think I must enjoy making myself suffer,” he tells me.

But it’s a serious issue and one that’s very close to Owen’s heart.

“Two close friends of mine have taken their own lives over the past few years, and recently I managed to stop another friend from doing the same thing,” he says.

“Suicide is the biggest cause of death for young men under the age of 35 and it’s a very important issue.

“Personally, I do feel social media showing the relentless highlights of everyone’s lives can pile on a lot of pressure on those whose lives perhaps aren’t the way they’d like them to be and that pressure is always on,” he adds.

Tomorrow night’s gig at Tom Brown’s has an impressive line-up with Owen getting the ball rolling, and jaws no doubt dropping, as he displays his all-round niftiness on his lap slide Weissenborn.

That’ll be followed by a set from Kipper, the self-styled Welsh Woody Guthrie, before funk-rock titans Vanilla Radio get the dancefloor shaking.

There’ll be collection buckets for MIND all around the pub so make sure you dig deep and chip in and if you’d like to support Owen on his ultramarathon, you can do the decent thing at

It’s going to be a great night and one well worth supporting.

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Till next time…



The Best of That’ll be the Day (Weymouth Pavilion)

Craig Ogden and Milos Milivojevic (Dorchester Arts Centre)

Billy Boy Miskimmin’s Mercy Lounge (Finn’s, Weymouth)

Crystal Ship, Eleventh Hour plus special guests (Wellworthy Sports and Social Club, Wyke Regis, Weymouth) In aid of NU: Waves. SOLD OUT! Monkey Jump (Golden Lion, Weymouth)

Speedway Snails (John Gregory, Weymouth)

Balance of Power (Wyke Smugglers, Weymouth)

The Shakespearos (Club Bambooza, Weymouth)

Perfect Storm (King’s Arms, Weymouth)

Dean Dallinson (Weymouth Working Mens Club)

Danny Adams (Gloucester, Weymouth)

Ricky Solo (Edinburgh House of Sounds, Weymouth)

Chief Lazarus (Belvedere, Weymouth)

Uphill and Still (Ropemakers, Bridport)

Nina Garcia (Brewhouse and Kitchen, Dorchester)

Rob Davis (Duke of Cornwall, Weymouth)

Sheryl Lee (Duke of Albany, Weymouth)

Johnny King (Black Dog, Weymouth)

Jack Daniels Band (Giant, Cerne Abbbas)


Islands in the Stream: Dolly Parton/ Kenny Rogers tribute (Weymouth Pavilion)

Totally Blondie (Weymouth Pavilion Ocean Rooms)

Gothic Chicken, Polly and Dora (Broadwey and Upwey memorial Hall, Weymouth) Tickets £10 from

Vanilla Radio, Kipper, Owen Lister (Tom Brown’s, Dorchester)

Music for MIND fundraiser. The Shakespearos (Finn’s, Weymouth)

Slipstream (Sailors Return, Weymouth)

Johnny King as Elvis (Weymouth Conservative Club)

Dakota (Golden Lion, Weymouth)

Andy Grant (Belvedere, Weymouth)

Speedway Snails (Wyke Smugglers, Weymouth)

The Undecided (King’s Arms, Weymouth)

Highly Likely (Weymouth Working Mens Club)

The Katz (Centenary Club, Weymouth)

Aaron and Karina (Little Ship, Portland)

Fluke (Hardy’s, Dorchester)

Dave Griff and the Trouser Band (Gloucester, Weymouth)

Ricky Solo (Wyke Regis Working Mens Club, Weymouth)

Richard Cooper (Edinburgh House of Sounds, Weymouth) 2-6pm and again at 9pm.

Davy Malone and the Longtails, Hannah Johns (Ropemakers, Bridport) Ruff Cuts (Wyke Regis Social Club, Weymouth)

Total Madness (Black Dog, Weymouth)

Gut & Steel (Nag’s Head, Lyme Regis)

Regulation 9 (George, Portland)


Milk & Two (King’s Arms, Weymouth) 4pm.

Sunday Jam Session (Belvedere, Weymouth) 4-7pm.

Andy Twyman (Ropemakers, Bridport)

Zoe Schwarz and Rob Koral (Royal Portland Arms, Portland)

Ricky Solo (Sailor’s Return, Weymouth) From 3pm.

Folk, Country and Blues Evening (Old Town Hall, Weymouth) From 7.30pm.

Pearl Essence (Duke of Cornwall, Weymouth)

Leanne Jackson (Black Dog, Weymouth) 4-6pm.


Sunset Café Stompers (Ropemakers, Bridport)

Acoustic session (Belvedere, Weymouth)


Leanne Jackson (New Vic, Weymouth)


Mike Denham’s Speakeasy (Dorchester Arts Centre)

Wessex Folk Night (Sailors Return, Weymouth)

Open Mic Night (Duke of Cornwall, Weymouth)

Aaron and Karina (New Vic, Weymouth)


The Take That Experience (Weymouth Pavilion)

Songwriters’ Showcase with Elijah Wolf (Belvedere, Weymouth)

Traditional Tune Session (Cove House Inn, ChiswelI, Portland)

Ukulele Sessions (Sailors Return, Weymouth)

Hamish Jeffcott (Duke of Cornwall, Weymouth)

Dakota (New Vic, Weymouth)


Be Bop a Lula (Weymouth Pavilion)

Freezer (Finn’s, Weymouth)

Tripod (Golden Lion, Weymouth)

Minor Fret (John Gregory, Weymouth)

Chris Payn (Wyke Smugglers, Weymouth)

Moondog (King’s Arms, Weymouth)

Retro (Weymouth Working Mens Club)

The Katz (Lugger, Chickerell, Weymouth)

Open Mic Night (Hardy’s, Dorchester)

Hardcore Troubadors (Gloucester, Weymouth)

John Ramon (Wyke Regis Working Mens Club, Weymouth)

Darren H (Edinburgh House of Sounds, Weymouth)

Tempered Silence (Belvedere, Weymouth)

The Transitions (Ropemakers, Bridport)