The Antigonish Community Food Bank continues to benefit from an ongoing musical fundraiser.
Over the past year or so, the Townhouse Session Players have raised more than $10,000 for the organization.
“It’s a big one,” John Hanlon said of the milestone reached.
On Sunday evenings, Hanlon and other musicians gather at the Townhouse Brewpub and Eatery on College Street for an acoustic Irish music session, with a Scottish-Cape Breton flavour sprinkled in.
The talents of the musicians are as eclectic as the sessions delivered.
From those musical moments gathered in the corner of the pub, members came up with the idea to produce a CD, an idea they took to the Antigonish Awesome Foundation, which contributed $1,000 to the production of the collection.
In the spring of 2016, the musicians gathered in that same location not only to record the album but also launch it a few weeks later.
“A lot of good has come from it – it has been so positive,” Hanlon said of the initiative.
To mark the fifth anniversary of the Players, they are planning a fundraising concert in support of the food bank.
With some special guests, they will take centre stage Saturday, Nov. 4 at St. F.X.’s Immaculata Auditorium.
Showtime is 7:30 p.m.
“We are going to try to recreate the way in which we do our show at the Townhouse,” Hanlon explained.
The concert will also celebrate the evolution – and the music – of the popular Sunday sessions, which have included artists from around the world.
James Cameron, one of the frequent Players, said musicians “from all over” have contributed their talents, including a recent traveller from the Isle of Man, who arrived with his accordion in hand.
There was also the scientist from Paris, travelling from St. John’s to Mexico, who played her fiddle.
“It has been fascinating,” Cameron said.
Hanlon described the diverse talents that often gather as “speaking a kind of international language.”
Musicians have sat in from around the globe, while many of the CDs have gone in the other direction, making their way to locales from Ireland to Bahrain and everywhere in between.
Copies of A Sunday Session, which are available in Antigonish at the Antigonish 5¢ to $1, The Townhouse, The Nova Scotia Store, The Victorian Inn, Scotiabank Antigonish and from any of the Townhouse Session Players, will also be available at the concert.
Admission to the Immaculata show is $15.
The Townhouse Session Players regular Sunday session at the Townhouse gets underway at 6:30 p.m.