Festival comes to homes

Belalie Lodge resident Anita Cox with guitarist Kelly Menhennett.
Belalie Lodge resident Anita Cox with guitarist Kelly Menhennett.

Residents at Belalie Lodge, Jamestown, and Carinya, Clare, enjoyed the sounds and singing of Resonance.

The 2019 Adelaide Guitar Festival touring show's world-class guitarists Slava Grigoryan, Jeff Lang and Kelly Menhennett visited both aged care facilities to play for the residents.

Kelly connected with the audience through her family ties to the land, as the daughter of a third-generation grape growing father and grandmother who grew up at Clements Gap.

As each artist played and shared their style of music, toes tapped, knees bounced and a light hum of singing from the audience filled the room.

In both Clare and Jamestown, many residents and visitors enjoyed the performance on a couple of cool days in the Mid North.

Their visit was thanks to a partnership with Helping Hand Aged Care and Adelaide Guitar Festival.

The not for profit organisation has partnered with the Adelaide Guitar Festival as part of its Resonance program with shows to take place at eight care homes from July 8-15.

The purpose of Resonance is to ensure communities who may not be able to otherwise attend performances can enjoy live guitar music.

Helping Hand Chief Executive Officer Chris Stewart said the organisation has progressively grown its participation from one care home in 2016 to eight care homes in 2019.

"We are committed to providing high quality and unique experiences for our residents and their families," Mr Stewart said.

"Our staff create a theatre atmosphere on these occasions, and it is becoming an annual highlight," Mr Stewart said.

Clare's audience enjoys the tunes of Kelly Menhennett.

Clare's audience enjoys the tunes of Kelly Menhennett.

Performers Kelly Menhennett, Slava Grigoryan and Jeff Lang with residents Peggy Sargent and Jeff Clark.

Performers Kelly Menhennett, Slava Grigoryan and Jeff Lang with residents Peggy Sargent and Jeff Clark.

"These events create memorable moments for residents and families and provide an opportunity for the community to connect inside our care homes."

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