Local ministers Carol Anne Parker and Stephen Brown are combining their musical talents to perform some reflective songs during two concerts on Friday, July 29 and Saturday, July 30 to raise much needed funds to aid in the relief of the 10 million people at risk of starvation in East Africa.
Stephen explained how ‘cheese straws’ provided inspiration for the two concerts.
He said: “It started with cheese straws. I was baking a batch, as I occasionally do. The smell was, as my late mother used to put it, ‘going round my heart’; the ‘juices were beginning to distill’ as someone else put it; or, more graphically, I was beginning to dribble at the thought of their wonderful, warm taste laced, as they were, with garlic and crushed chillies.
“Then Africa came on the television. There I was, anticipating a batch of baking I barely needed and there, on the television, were faces from the 10 million-strong multitude facing starvation.
“As I brought the straws from the oven, I was determined to do something. I texted Carol Anne and suggested we bring forward a planned concert and use the occasion to raise funds. It turned into two concerts and things began to take off.”
Both concerts start at 7.30pm and no tickets are required. On Friday, July 29, the venue is Rathen West Parish Church, while on the Saturday the venue is Fraserburgh West Parish Church.
Donations will be taken, all of which will go to the relief effort mounted by Save the Children. Refreshments will be available – made using Fairly Traded ingredients.
The music will be acoustic in form. The songs are reflective – enabling performers and audience to piece together some sense in the African distress.
The concerts are most definitely not just for church folk but they are most definitely a chance to raise much needed funds to help save lives.