5:12pm Thursday 15th May 2014
FRIENDS of a well-known Chepstow landlady who died in March are putting together a tribute album.
Lucy Fear, a close friend of Alison Beasley, is promoting the Electric Landlady album, which she hopes will be complete by the end of the summer.
Ms Fear first met Ms Beasley when they worked together to organise community events in the town, such as the Chepstow Crawl.
She said: “She was someone who never said a bad word about anybody and she’s left a big gap in so many people’s lives. This album is for her and it is part of the grieving process because it is something she would have wanted to do.”
Ms Fear said there are enough people interested in the project to make a double album of songs. It will be produced by Ms Beasley’s friend Paul Hobday.
Ms Beasley and Mr Hobday originally thought up the idea of the album when they were both receiving cancer treatment at the Royal Gwent Hospital in Newport, and said it would be something they could put together when they recovered.
But now only Mr Hobday, who suffered from throat cancer, can be part of it.
He said: “I made a promise to Alison that I would complete this album. It’s the least I can do.”
Recording will take place at his recording studio at his Chepstow home, Scabby Road, while the album title is a nod to the Kirsty MacCall album of the same name.
Ms Beasley’s friend Geoff Downes, the keyboardist in Yes and Asia, has donated his song Live For the Moment to the project.
All money raised will go to St Anne’s Hospice, where Ms Beasley spent her last few days.
She ran The White Lion/Pye Corner in Chepstow with her brother Gerv Durran and grew up in Bulwark and was a pupil at Chepstow School.
A mum-of-two, she managed The King’s Head, The Five Alls and The Three Tuns with Mr Durran.
Until 2003 she worked at Loco Residential Recording Studio in Usk as a studio manager and met Coldplay and the Manic Street Preachers. She was also a founder of Chepstow Radio.
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