Musicians ‘band together’ for charity

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The first of what is hoped could be many fundraising Open Mic Nights was held last week in a Carnoustie pub.

Organised by Carnoustie musicians Craig Kerr and Bobby Garland, with the help of their many friends from the music world, the Open Mic Night at the Aboukir Hotel on Thursday (April 30) raised over £250 for the Ninewells Hospital Neo-Natal Intensive Care Unit in Dundee.

The total has since been rounded up to £300 by a generous benefactor.

There were live performances throughout the night from a host of local artists, including Iain Macauley and Andy Gilbride, Ross Smythe, Ben Hutchison-Jack and Lisa, Gary Cavanagh, Raj Nathwani, Shaun Brennan and of course Bobby Garland, Craig Kerr and his brother Stuart.

Craig explained: “It was both Bobby’s and my idea to put a night on to showcase the talent in the town.

“We picked the Neo-Natal Unit because it is a wonderful cause close to all our hearts and they do some fantastic work there.

“We’re just happy to be able to support that.

“It was a great night and we are hopeful of having them quite regularly because there is loads of talent in the town.

“We would just like to say a massive thank you to everyone who came along to the Aboukir Open Mic Night, the performers and our audience.”

The success of the gig prompted a wave of support on Facebook. Darren Simpson posted: “Great night last night at Open Mic night at the Aboukir! Well done to everyone involved and hopefully a lot of money was raised too for the Neonatal unit at Ninewells.”

Lorraine Robertson wrote: “Super night! Well done the performers, nice tidy sum raised too. Brilliant!”

Kathryn Wiseman-Clark added: “That’s brilliant. It was a fantastic night. So much amazing talent.”