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Great music and good causes - Abrams Family Food Bank fundraiser

When Brian and Tanya Abrams bought the old Oddfellows Hall in Snow Road a few years ago, it was their intention to use it in service of the community. Over the years they have done that by holding wonderful bluegrass concerts, each in benefit of a local cause.

On Aug 21, the John Thomson Hall in Snow road was packed with an overflow crowd for another dynamic Abrams Brothers concert. It was the 3rd Annual David Brison Memorial Concert and $450 was raised for the Food Bank. The Abrams also dedicated the concert to their bus driver and friend Steve Jackson, who with his wife Ruth, “have supported and encouraged us beyond comprehension”.

Joe and Bill White of Whitepine Bluegrass (click image for larger view) John and James Abrams and the band Clarendon Station were joined by Bill and Joe White of White Pine Bluegrass. Some in the audience had also attended last year’s August concert, at which Bill’s late wife Lois had played for the last time.

The afternoon was rich in musical treats, one of which was mandolin player Bob Burtch’s son Barry, who was singing for only the second time in public. Hopefully this is the beginning of Barry’s musical appearances.

Another newcomer to the stage was young singer Brooke Mallen. Tanya Abrams says that they are especially thrilled to encourage young musicians and help them to develop their talents.

When Brian and Tanya Abrams bought the old Oddfellows Hall in Snow Road a few years ago, it was their intention to use it in service of the community. Over the years they have done that by holding wonderful bluegrass concerts, each in benefit of a local cause.

On Aug 21, the hall was packed with an overflow crowd for another dynamic Abrams Brothers concert. It was the 3rd Annual David Brison Memorial Concert and $450 was raised for the Food Bank. The Abrams also dedicated the concert to their bus driver and friend Steve Jackson, who with his wife Ruth, “have supported and encouraged us beyond comprehension”.

John and James Abrams and the band Clarendon Station were joined by Bill and Joe White of White Pine Bluegrass. Some in the audience had also attended last year’s August concert, at which Bill’s late wife Lois had played for the last time.

The afternoon was rich in musical treats, one of which was mandolin player Bob Burtch’s son Barry, who was singing for only the second time in public. Hopefully this is the beginning of Barry’s musical appearances.

Another treat was newcomer Brooke Mallen, a young singer with a beautiful voice. Tanya Abrams says that they are especially thrilled to encourage young musicians and help them to develop their talents.

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