Music fans of country and jazz came together to show their support for together2 on the 25th of November. Hosted by band members, the Music Fundraiser Night aimed to raise funds to get a community garden underway in the backyard of the newly acquired Mission Hall.
Les Johnston, one of the band members and organisers, commented on the community spirit of the event. “Band members are pleased to be supporting together2 with this initiative. The community loves music and getting together, so why not combine them both? It was great fun, the audience loved having a sing-along and dance and we got to bring live music to supporters and clients of together2 whilst raising funds for a Notfor-Profit that does great things,” said Les.
The country band performed songs by Hank Williams, Johnny Cash, Willie Nelson and many others performed by David Claughton from the Maybes, together with drummer Ben Cheshire, pedal steel guitar James McNabb and Les Johnston on acoustic bass.
The local jazz band, “Repeat Offenders”, performed a mixture of jazz classics featuring vocalist Robyn McInnes, drummer Ben Cheshire, acoustic bassist Les Johnston, Daniel Falero on Guitar, Raoul on saxophone and Jens Bagoien on electric piano.
Live music is a profoundly powerful tool for bringing people together and creating a shared sense of community. It was a fantastic night of audience singing and swaying along with each other while supporting local musicians and raising funds for together2.