Second chance: Organiser of the In Good Company Music Festival, Horace Bevan, credits music with saving his life after the Bourbon Street guitarist hit rock bottom.
Second chance: Organiser of the In Good Company Music Festival, Horace Bevan, credits music with saving his life after the Bourbon Street guitarist hit rock bottom. Cathy Adams

Music to raise money for charity

IT WAS music that saved the life of Alstonville guitarist Horace Bevan when he hit rock bottom.

So he has decided to use music to help others who are doing it tough.

Mr Bevan, along with 200 volunteers, has organised the In Good Company Open Air Festival to raise money for local charities which assist members of the community who are in need – the Mental Health Support Group and the Lismore Soup Kitchen.

The In Good Company Open Air Festival will be held on Saturday, November 13, at the Lismore Turf Club and will feature The Re-mains, The Tendons, The Samba Blisstas, Luke Vassella, The Winsome Street Choir and more than 20 other local acts.

However, life wasn’t always such a celebration of song for Mr Bevan.

Mr Bevan was living with depression after ‘overdoing’ the rock ’n roll lifestyle as the guitarist of local heavy rock favourites, Bourbon Street.

He stopped ‘taking responsibility’ and lost everything.

“I lost my house, my car, my girlfriend and even my guitar – all I had left in pocket was my guitar pick,” Mr Bevan said of the most difficult time in his life.

“At one point I was living in a shed and sleeping on an inch-thick mattress. I didn’t even own a guitar any more.

“But it was music that saved me, it was music that lifted me up and gave me back my life.

“A friend called me up and told me to get back into music – he lent me a guitar and everything turned around from there.

“It was music that healed me. I know it can heal others and this festival is a way to do that.”

Tickets to In Good Company Open Air Music Festival are $15 or $12 concession, or $30 for families, and can be ordered online at the festival’s official website: www.ingoodcompany2010.org



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