FOR the past three years Ground Coffee shop in the Diamond, Ballymoney, has hosted music nights to raise money for cancer charities.
The evenings of music have proved so successful that the organisers have been encouraged to organise three evenings again this autumn.
So from 7.30 to 9.30 on October 9, 16 and 23 once again the popular coffee shop at the Diamond in Ballymoney will host three evenings with a variety of musicians offering the entertainment free to members of the public who want to drop in have a coffee and a chat and make a donation in support of charities that care for those dealing with the disease of cancer.
On October 9 local country, folk and blues singer Gerry McLaughlin will bring many of his musical friends to entertain. Gerry has brought many young local musicians to this event in the past and no doubt he will again use the Ground sessions to give an opportunity to these young musicians.
On the October 16 Causeway Traditional musicians will play. In the past this has been a hugely popular evening. Already this year Deirdre Tasker, Heather Montgomery, Alan Wade and David Dunlop have all committed to play and no doubt others will be recruited to provide a range of foot stomping traditional Irish, Scottish music.
Dalriada music department will bring some of the best young musicians in the area to sing and play on the October 23. The school has been a supporter of these music evenings since they started three years ago and once again Heather Montgomery and Philip McGavock who run the music department have enthusiastically agreed to bring their pupils to perform.
The pupils have also been looking forward to an opportunity to play to friends and family and anyone who has heard them over the past three years will want to be there again to support them.
Admission to the events is free but there will be an opportunity for donations to be made to cancer charities.
“The response to these events in the past three years has been amazing with over £4500.00 raised for a number of cancer charities,” said one of the organisers,
“Many of those who attended demanded that we repeat the events as soon as possible. It wouldn’t be possible to do that on a regular basis but with the goodwill of Ground staff and the musicians we are able to organise the three nights again this year.
“To get this quality of musician to give up their time to support cancer charities is a fabulous gesture. Cancer claims the lives of people regardless of age, gender or race and to be able to support those who care for cancer sufferers or research and develop treatments is something that we all should all be involved in.
“This is a fun way to do so and we are hoping local people will turn up, have a cup of coffee, listen and enjoy good music and make a donation to the charities.
“As well as the musicians mentioned we also welcome any other musicians in the area to come along and sing a song or play a tune. It would be great to have an open mike where anyone can join in.”