Another story by Connie Leeman
Hats off to Jon Mclurg. guitar & vocals, and his fellow musicians, Chris Murphy,guitar, mandolin & vocals,Brian Flynn, trumpet and violin,Tracie Morgan, piano,guitar and vocals, and Noah St. Amand, bass player who performed an outstanding benefit concert at the Inverary United Church Friday, April 5th, 2013. Liana Finucan sang harmony on many of the numbers. Inverary is a small village about a 15 minute drive north of Kingston where Jon’s sister, Heather Murphy, is the minister both there and in Battersea, another of our charming small burgs outside town.
In addition, 11 year old Abby Stewart, a local rising star entertained the audience with some well known songs, plus one she’d written and performs with Chris Murphy on guitar. Abby has won many singing contests and I have no doubt we’ll be hearing more from her in the future.
A newly formed group, “The Formica Trio” consisting of Christina Tracy, Brian Flynn and Tracie Morgan brought us some new music, especially a lovely song “Saturday Night on the Town”, written and performed by Christina.
The audience of about 100 thoroughly enjoyed the mix of music provided by our talented and professional musicians who gave a first class show. To use an old phrase “the band was hot” last night. The final song had the crowd on their feet, clapping, whistling and chanting for an encore and what a treat indeed. David rosined up his bow, Chris fine tuned his guitar and Tracie accompanied on the piano and together they played a barn burning rendition of “The Orange Blossom Special”.
Before the intermission, where the church ladies had prepared desserts, coffee and tea, we passed the collection plates and presented them to Jon. Just before the last song, Jon invited me to the stage to accept the donations which amounted to an astonishing $750.00.I should add that throughout the evening, Liana and I gave little talks to the audience about the M.I.L.L. and it’s beginnings.In addition, brochures were handed out to our audience who thoroughly enjoyed an outstanding evening of music and fellowship. Funds raised will go to our inventory repair and acquisition.
On behalf of the Board of Directors our sincere thanks to Reverend Heather Murphy for offering the use of her church for this benefit, the ladies and gentlemen who prepared the desserts and coffee at intermission, Jon and the musicians, Linda Line, one of our Special Event Volunteers and Liana for co-ordinating an wonderful evening of fun and fellowship.