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The AutistiX to play in Spain

The AutistiX band

Left to right: John Duggan; Luke Steels; Jack Beaven Duggan; Saul Zur-Szpiro; Michael Zur-Szpiro; and Jim Connelly (photo: Robin Robertson)

The AutistiX will soon jet off to Northern Spain to showcase their musical talent and to demonstrate the potential of people with disabilities to make a valuable contribution to society.

Between 24-30 May the Camden-based band will take their combination of rock and roll and indie rock music to Pamplona in the Basque Country at the invitation of local band Motxila 21 – a group of musicians with Downs Syndrome. They then move on to Durango’s annual music festival for people with disabilities and then to a gig in the northern fishing town of Getaria.

The talented trio of teenagers, Jack Beavan Duggan (electric guitar), Luke Steels (electric guitar and bass) and Saul Zur-Szpiro (drums) are joined in the band by Jack’s father John, Saul’s father Michael, and talented professional musician Jim Connelly.

Three members of The AutistiX

The band formed in 2010, growing from an initiative created by the Camden Society to set up a group for young people with disabilities who were making the transition from childhood to adulthood, to make music together.

The AutistiX have shown off their talent at mainstream gigs in London and on the south coast. This includes last year’s annual Beatles Day in Hastings. They also played a local neighbourhood Jubilee tea and were the support act to Australian disability band Rudely Interrupted and Brighton band Beat Express at the packed Bull and Gate pub in Kentish Town.

In March this year they played at the Harrow Limmud - a study day on social inclusion and went on to play the Hastings Beatles Day again in April. They are soon to release their first CD, Butterflies and Demons, which was recorded at EMI Roundhouse earlier this year.

Spokesperson for The AutistiX, and mother of band member Saul, Susan Zur-Szpiro, said:

This young band is going from strength to strength. They are ambitious about their achievement in music and performing but also aim to be an inspiration and role model of the abilities of people with disabilities.

The band is keen to expand, especially to find other musicians with Autism or other disabilities in North London, especially Camden. They also hope to create links with people with disabilities throughout Europe

Find out more about The AutistiX and watch great footage of the band in action at www.theautistix.com or on Twitter @TheAutistiX

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