I was very happy to be in the house band for this, backing up Molly Johnson, Tom Wilson, Madison Violet, Josh & Andy (Skydiggers), Kevin Kane (Grapes of Wrath), Royal Wood, Steven Page, Chris Tait (Chalk Circle), and Scarlett Jane.
On April 29, John Mann of Spirit of the West performed an amazing set of songs at the Music for Memory Project concert at the Horseshoe Tavern. Hundreds of people turned out to hear the musician sing, as well as a great line-up of Canadian musicians and bands, including Molly Johnson, Kevin Kane, Tom Wilson, Madison Violet, Scarlett Jane, Chris Tait, Royal Wood, Josh and Andy from the Skydiggers, Steve Page and the Odds.
Besides a fun night of music, attendees were gathered to support people living with dementia in our community. In early September of 2014, John Mann posted a message on his blog to his fans. At the age of 51, he announced that he has early-onset Alzheimer’s disease. In his post, John wrote, “I don’t want to spend any more energy trying to hide my symptoms. I don’t want to feel embarrassed. I want to accept what has happened and live.”
The Music for Memory Project Concert celebrated all of the life that remains with someone with dementia and the power of music to improve their quality of life. Proceeds from the concert went to support the Music for Memory Project, which provides personalized music to people with dementia.
Thank you so much to everyone who came out to support John Mann and people with dementia. If you want to support the cause, make a donation at www.musicformemoryproject.org