Watch This Year’s SSK&P Benefit Concert

AcousticMusic.Org’s annual benefit concert for The Shoreline Soup Kitchens & Pantries is now available on YouTube.

Watch the concert here:

Shoreline musicians Moving Target, Ebin-Rose, Ian Meadows and Brian Ebin Parker Wolfe return to perform a mix of originals and acoustic covers of Neil Young, Nick Drake, and Cole Porter songs. This year’s show also features some distinguished guests — internationally acclaimed guitarists Stephen Bennett, Guy Van Duser, and Tony McManus all stop by the Guilford, CT guitar shop to perform and raise money for a worthy cause.

Ian Meadows performs his original song “Trouble,” which won first place in the country category at this year’s MerleFest, a popular music festival in North Carolina known for its annual songwriting competition.

Viewers can help by the SSK&P provide food for Shoreline residents by going to and selecting “Gowrie Challenge” as the designation. Donations will be matched dollar-for-dollar by the Gowrie Group through December 31, 2021.

About Guy Van Duser: Fingerstyle guitar virtuoso Guy Van Duser has been heard on National Public Radio for many years as a player of background and theme music, and as a featured performer on Prairie Home Companion. Since the late ’70s, his many collaborations with clarinetist, saxophonist, vocalist, and pennywhistler Billy Novick have endeared him to listeners with old-fashioned tastes, for Van Duser’s primary working repertoire has always consisted of early jazz, swing standards, and Tin Pan Alley pop tunes.

About Tony McManus: Often called “The Best Celtic Guitarist in the World,” Scottish musician Tony McManus has been listed as one of the 50 Transcendental Guitarists by Guitar Player magazine.

About Stephen Bennett: Stephen Bennett is one of the world’s premiere performers on the harp guitar – an instrument he indirectly inherited from his great grandfather. He has released 10 albums and appeared on Prairie Home Companion.

About SSKP: For 32 years, The Shoreline Soup Kitchens & Pantries (SSKP) has provided food and fellowship to residents in need along the Connecticut shoreline by providing hot meals and groceries. We serve the towns of Essex, Chester, Clinton, Madison, Old Saybrook, East Lyme, Lyme, Old Lyme, Killingworth, Westbrook & Deep River. During the pandemic, residents may attend one of our five pantries each week, with a variety of pre-bagged food delivered curbside for safety reasons. In 2020 we shared 1.6 million lbs. of food and served 159,555 people – a 60% increase. Each household receives a variety of fresh vegetables, fruits, meats, bread and cereals, dairy and non-perishable foods such as canned meats, canned and dried beans and canned and boxed meals. Of our 9 meal sites, 7 are operating with curbside “grab-and-go” meals for all who come. All of SSKP’s sites are located in faith communities, and we employ only a small staff, operating with the assistance of hundreds of caring volunteers.

©2023, AcousticMusic.Org

Written by acousticmusic

December 10, 2021

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