Musician Luke Vassella and patrons of the Lismore Soup Kitchen at the CD launch.
Musician Luke Vassella and patrons of the Lismore Soup Kitchen at the CD launch. Northern Star/Jacklyn Wagner

Singers helping soup kitchen out of jam

THE album, the big tin shed, owes its life to the patrons of the Lismore Soup Kitchen.

Half of the songs on the collaborative album were written by the Kitchen's Hope Trolley Band about the lives of Lismore's down and out.

“The beautiful thing about the Soup Kitchen is that there are so many people there who are beautiful with beautiful children,” North Coast singer/songwriter John Gift said.

He started a regular jam night at the Soup Kitchen four years ago.

“It was amazing,” he said. “We had all different sorts of people; some were homeless people and some were there regularly.”

The popularity of the jam sessions inspired a weekly songwriting workshop, culminating in the live recording of the new album upstairs at Lismore's Winsome Hotel last October.

Mr Gift teamed up with mate and producer Luke Vassella to create the album.

The royalties from sales are being donated to the Soup Kitchen.

the big tin shed is available at All Music & Vision stores in Byron, Ballina and Lismore.

DO YOU SUPPORT THE SOUP KITCHEN?

Phone 6624 3266, SMS 0428 264 948 or leave a comment  below.



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