A night of a lifetime for local indie hero at Royal Albert Hall

Steve Mosby, left, on stage at the Royal Albert Hall as part of Christmas Carols with the Stars.

Steve Mosby, left, on stage at the Royal Albert Hall as part of Christmas Carols with the Stars.

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THE guitarist with one of Harrogate’s leading indie-rock bands found himself at the centre of a major celebrity concert in London.

Steve Mosby of D’Nile played in front of a massive crowd at the Royal Albert Hall as part of the annual Christmas Carols with the Stars charity event.

Mosby joined the celebrity ensemble on the famous stage, where so many musical greats have gone before, for the show’s finale - a medley of popular Christmas songs.

The talented musician seems to have been unphased by the experience of performing in front of a crowd of 5,500 people.

He said: “It felt amazing on stage but, at the same time, it was so comfortable, it was like playing in my front room!

“The sound was massive on stage as we had Frank Renton’s Concert Brass Orchestra, a gospel choir and the famous Royal Albet Hall organ behind us.”

Mosby said he was given the spot after playing guitar and doing some backing vocals in a fun band called Edna’s Hat formed by two cast members of TV soap Emmerdale, Tom Lister and Sian Reece-Williams.

The band also includes former IV Play member Nader Mabadi who left the successful Harrogate indie rock band for a job in ITV a few years back.

“We were asked to take part by Tony Audenshaw, who plays Bob Hope in Emmerdale. He helped organise the show with actor Tom Lister and conductor Frank Renton.”

The line-up for this charity extravaganza, whose profits went to Leukaemia and Lymphoma Research, also included celebrity performances from the stars of Coronation Street, East Enders and Emmerdale.

But the highly-rated guitarist said he was more concerned with famous rock musicians who had appeared on this famous stage before him over the years.

He said: “There are so many acts who have played this famous venue that I love. I had the likes of Paul Weller, Mark Knopfler, Jimi Hendrix, Eric Clapton and The Cure in my head all day.

“I even asked to see the dressing room Weller had used!”