For homeless people, finding food and place to stay for the night is their daily priority. Survival is taken one day at a time, making it difficult to plan ahead and improve their circumstances.
Erica Mulkey, who performs as Unwoman, believes that "whether in my home of San Francisco or in Manchester, everyone deserves a chance to get back on their feet and make a better life.”
American recording artist TyLean experienced first hand how difficult re-establishing yourself in society can be when you are homeless. In 2009, TyLean found herself homeless after a sudden relation break-up. She spent six weeks in and out of various hostels, and at her lowest point, spent the night sleeping under a lorry in 4°C weather.
“The truth of the matter was, I had friends I could call and people in my life who would have helped me if I had just reached out to them. I was too embarrassed to share my situation with anyone, and in too much emotional distress to sort myself out,” said the recording artist known for her honest lyrical style. “My homeless situation was brief, comparatively tolerable, and to a degree, self-inflicted, but it was enough to understand that the homeless become so because of reasons that go far beyond the need of a job.”
On the 12th of February, TyLean and Unwoman will be performing at Unpretention, a monthly charity event held in The Function Room of Sevenoaks on Nicholas Street in Manchester. The doors open at 9:00 PM, admission is £4, and all proceeds go to The Booth Centre to aid in the fight against homelessness. Visit www.unpretention.info or the Facebook event page for more information.
About the Artists
TyLean stands alone on stage with nothing but her voice and her piano, playing songs that are melodic and pretty, while her voice draws attention to the cruelty humans are capable of and a need for mass self-reflection. She has released 3 albums and toured the US, Canada, the UK and Europe. www.tylean.com
San Francisco's Unwoman, also known as Erica Mulkey, creates darkly beautiful music, a powerful collage of vocals, cello, and electronics. She has released 4 albums and has toured with many bands. This is her debut tour in the United Kingdom. www.unwoman.com