Healthy love for mu­sic

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LAIDLEY: A group of mu­si­cians on a mis­sion to heal, share and con­nect peo­ple with their mu­sic did just that with a spe­cial gar­den per­for­mance for pa­tients of Laidley Hos­pi­tal.

Pa­tients and hos­pi­tal staff gath­ered for the hour-long show which fea­tured lo­cal singer/song­writer Pep­per Jane whose smooth orig­i­nal songs had peo­ple clap­ping and singing along.

The show is part of a three-week TownFires tour which will have the unique group per­form at schools, re­tire­ment homes, hos­pi­tals and other venues around the re­gion.

Laidley Hos­pi­tal di­rec­tor of nurs­ing Al­li­son Mc­Gre­gor said the live mu­sic per­for­mance was fan­tas­tic for the pa­tients.

“They re­ally loved it. Some of the pa­tients came to life from the mu­sic,” she said.

The TownFires tour di­rec­tor and drum­mer Chris Chirn­side said the whirl­wind tour would also play for Oakey Hos­pi­tal pa­tients.

“I be­lieve mu­sic heals and it has the ca­pa­bil­ity to bring a sense of joy and well-be­ing to peo­ple,” he said.

“I’m grate­ful for the op­por­tu­nity for us to bring a lit­tle bit of life to some­one else.”

The TownFires tour be­gan in Laidley on March 7 and will fin­ish up in Miles.

- Fran­cis Wit­sen­huy­sen

PHOTO: FRAN­CIS WIT­SEN­HUY­SEN

WHIRLWHIND TOUR: TownFires mu­si­cians (from left) Chris Chirn­side, Pep­per Jane and Jukka Ko­po­nen per­form a show in the gar­den for pa­tients of the Laidley Hos­pi­tal.

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