REVVING UP: Country music artists look forward to helping to raise money for tsunami victims.
REVVING UP: Country music artists look forward to helping to raise money for tsunami victims.

Country bares its soul for victims

By LEONIE BRANN

HELPING the neighbours is part of country life, and is the reason Marge Graham is organising tsunami benefit concerts in Lismore and Casino in coming weeks.

Proceeds from the country music concerts, to be held at the Lismore Workers Club on January 30 and the Casino RSM Club on February 13, will go towards The Northern Star's APN Tsunami Appeal, to benefit relief work by CARE Australia in Sri Lanka.

Already, 27 performers from the Northern Rivers and further afield have volunteered their time to sing a few numbers and play a few tunes at the two family-friendly concerts.

Marge said the concert lineup would read like 'a who's who' of local country music, and would include popular Queensland duo Kathy and Lance.

She said country people of the Northern Rivers wanted a way to help the victims of the Boxing Day tsunami, and said there was no better way to celebrate the human spirit than with music.

John Rainbird, who was lead guitarist with the MacKneys and with Marge Graeme and Friends, said they were pleased to help out.

"Putting on a concert to raise the money is better than having to kiss one of these guys," John joked, suggesting others ways the group could raise relief money.

On a more serious note, Marge said the events were not just for country fans, and invited local musicians and entertainers to give her a call if they wanted to take part. For details, call the Lismore Workers Club on 6621 7401.

The Lismore concert begins at 2pm. Tickets $10 adults and $5 children, with all proceeds to the APN Tsunami Appeal.



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