Singing for your supper

JAY - A group of experienced musicians from Clinton and Essex counties hopes to bring some more entertainment to Au Sable Forks and support a good cause in the process.

Lonesome Traveler will hold a free concert at the Jay Community Center Aug. 21 as a fundraiser to support the Jay/Black Brook food shelf.

The group includes Jay resident Mitchell Terry and his wife, Violet. Joining them are some longtime musical colleagues; bass player Willie Carnes, Scott Loveday on guitar, and expert fiddler Joe Gero.

The old-time country and rock musicians have played together off and on for over 20 years, with the exception of Loveday, who joined in last year as the youngest member of the group.

Together, they have played at several nearby locations as paid entertainment. Their frequent concerts in Saranac draw upwards of 50 people to each performance.

Often the band likes to share their talent for a good cause, however. They have already done several concerts at no cost in order to help raise funds for local charities.

"I'd like to do more of that," said Terry.

The band is favorite at many nursing homes, such as Horace Nye in Elizabethtown and the Keene Valley Neighborhood House, where they make frequent visits.

"Just because people are in a nursing home doesn't mean that they don't like the kind of music we perform," said Terry. "I hope someday when I'm in there, somebody comes in

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and plays some music for me."

The concert is scheduled for 7 to 9:30 p.m. Admission is free, but the band will look to raise funds for the food shelf through a raffle, concession sales, and free-will donations.

"We're going to try to raise enough money to make it worthwhile to do every week," said Terry.

Lonesome Traveler hopes to do more performances in Essex County, Terry said, especially in Au Sable Forks where he said there otherwise isn't much offered for entertainment.

"It's a good time and it's free," said Terry. "They get to dance and socialize, and it's going to raise money to help our community."

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