Paolo Nutini agrees to play Newport show after fan's sudden death
Published 25/05/2016 | 18:01
Chart-topping singer-songwriter Paolo Nutini has agreed to play a one-off show as a tribute to a fan who died suddenly.
Bevlee Jones, from Newport in south Wales, died in March and her 13-year-old son Ieuan contacted Scottish superstar Nutini asking if he could sing at his mother's funeral.
Nutini was unable to attend 34-year-old Bevlee's send-off but was touched by her family's heart-breaking story and has agreed to play a special gig in her memory, with proceeds going towards a trust fund for Ieuan.
Nutini said: "When I heard of Ieuan's plea, it was with regret that I couldn't attend his mother's funeral and do what he asked of me.
"I wanted to help him in any way that I could and I feel like a concert in aid of Ieuan himself and in memory of his dear mother was the right way to do so."
Bevlee died unexpectedly in the night in March, devastating family and friends.
Her son later touched the hearts of thousands after promising to give his mother the best funeral possible - with a hearse pulled by white horses and flowers in the shape of letters spelling the word "Mum".
An online fundraising page was set up and saw well-wishers donate £3,500 for the event.
Ieuan also contacted Nutini via Facebook asking if he could sing at the service.
Unfortunately, the Last Request singer was on tour in Europe but he offered his support by sending a special message to the Jones family on the day of the funeral.
And now the star, whose last album Caustic Love went to number one, has promised to come to Bevlee's home town on July 20 and play his only UK date of the year so far.
He added: "Please come along on July 20 and join us in giving some love and support to the Jones family at this hard time."