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Don Roy Trio Benefit Concert

Come hear this lively trio play at 2:00 on Sunday, January 21st at First Congregational Church in South Portland.  This concert is dedicated to Gail Dransfield, who played fiddle with the Roys for many years.

The Don Roy Trio, featuring Don Roy on fiddle, Cindy Roy on piano and step­dancing, and Jay Young playing bass, deliver tight, seamless sets of tunes, with driving energy and passion.

Don Roy is firmly rooted in the Franco­American musical tradition. A champion fiddler, he is also a celebrated luthier, playing his beloved music on a fiddle he crafted himself. Don embraces each part of the music and audiences are quickly caught up in the infectious joy he shares.

Cindy Roy grew up amidst the fabled house parties of her grandparents’ day. Today she is known as the heartbeat of the group, marking the pulse of each tune with her percussive footwork as she accompanies Don on piano. Cindy also showcases her footwork with the occasional step­dance.

Jay Young joined forces with the Roys in the 1980s, offering a conversant folk repertoire and claims to have developed a psychic connection with Cindy, allowing the group to shift intuitively through each moment of music, producing a harmonious and flawless listening experience for their listeners.

Tickets are $12 ahead of time (available online at Brown Paper Tickets.com and locally at the church office and Nonesuch Books). The cost will be $15 at the door.  Children under age 16 are half price.  Proceeds will be split between the church and The Locker Project.  Snow date is January 28.

What is The Locker Project?

Here is a description from their website:

In Maine, One in four children regularly experiences food insecurity. That’s 60,000 Maine schoolchildren and substantially worse than the national average of one in six.

Maine has the highest child hunger rate in New England.

Child hunger exists in even the wealthiest Maine communities.

There is enough food to share with every child in need of good nutrition.

Schools are the most direct way for children to access nutritional food that might not be available at home.

Learning capacity, school absenteeism, behavioral problems, and serious health issues among students can be addressed in large part simply by helping kids access nutritional food they might not have regular access to.

With the USDA providing impoverished children with school breakfast and lunch programs, the times children go hungry the most are in the evenings, weekends. and long school breaks. Statistically, children are the most desperate for food during summer break.

By partnering with the Good Shepherd Food Bank, the Locker Project is able to provide nutritional food for Maine children who are food-insecure, both during the day and for take-home, at the cost of $150 per child per year.

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