• Mindful music with the Trinity Cruisers

    MUSIC is helping provide a positive lift for clients of Mind Wangaratta Community Services. Pictured at one of their Monday sessions are “Trinity Cruisers” members (from left) Greg McDonald, Richard Mansfield (with volunteers Andy Kimber and Paddy Milne), Jac Francis, Catherine Johansen, visiting musician Paris Zachariou, Nathan Hetherington and Darryl Henwood. PHOTO: Anita McPherson

    A GROUP of like-minded people who share a passion for music, have been moving and grooving each Monday as part of an innovative new program.

    Mind Music Mondays brings together clients of Mind Wangaratta Community Services – which supports people recovering from mental ill-health, for a collaborative music session where participants share their talents as musicians, singers songwriters and performers.

    It all began when the organisation’s administration assistant, Catherine Hazell-Johansen, began playing guitar for the group in 2008 during her lunch break, and as clients started joining in, it took on a life of its own.

    “Nathan (Hetherington) started to play, and he also writes the lyrics for most of our original songs, and then other clients started joining in until eventually we had enough people to form a band,” said Catherine.

    Now the “Trinity Cruisers”, named after the centre formerly known as Trinity House, have become regulars at The Vine Hotel’s Wednesday night open mic sessions.

    And they’ve started another new initiative, calling on local musos to come and spend some time with them and share their skills, with popular local performer Paris Zachariou becoming the first to visit.

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