Singing For Shelter, the annual fundraiser hosted by local musicians to raise funds for our homeless shelters on Aquidneck Island, will take place from December 1 to 22 with live ‘lounge concerts’ on Facebook.
This is the fourteenth year Newporters Anne and Mark Gorman have hosted the concert and the second year it has had to go virtual, due to COVID-19.
“We weren’t comfortable bringing our typical audience of 400 to Channing Church to present the show live,” Gorman said. “We were very touched by the reaction of the musicians during the virtual concerts last year. Each evening, a different audience seemed to tune in and enjoy a mini-concert from the musicians’ lounges and streamed on Facebook Live.
Singing For Shelter will feature over 30 different musical groups, each performing a short 20-30 minute concert. Musicians will urge their viewers to donate to lucyshearth.org and mckinneyshelter.org.
This year’s series features many perennial favorites as well as a few new arrivals. Crowd favorites Tom Perrotti, Ed McGuirl, Jimmy Winters, John and Joanne, and CC and The Riders will all perform, along with debutants Mel, Bill Bartholomew, Nancy Paolino and Bill Killian.
“We are particularly delighted that young Carrigan Nelson is joining us again. Since her appearance in 2019, she has undergone countless chemotherapy sessions and a leg amputation in her inspiring battle with the rare bone cancer, osteosarcoma, ”he said. “She is passionate about using her fabulous voice to always help those less fortunate and we are grateful to her for that.”
“Our local homeless shelters, Lucy’s Hearth and The McKinney Shelter, need community support more than ever,” he said. “As cases of COVID increase and the weather cools, homelessness is on the rise in our state,” he said. “On a typical night, 1,100 Rhode Islanders, including 200 children, are homeless.