Celtic acoustic rock band Mythica with lead singer/songwriter Melissa Cox will return to the Unitarian Universalist Church of Marietta for a special St. Patrick's concert at 1:30 p.m. on Sunday, March 20, at the church, located at 232 Third St. in Marietta.
The concert is open to the public. Free will donations will be accepted, with part of the proceeds going to benefit the Nkambe Clean Water Project.
The Marietta UU Church hosted Mythica last March, when the band performed a concert of their fusion of original rock and Celtic music. Their shows are for all ages, and with a lineup of interesting instruments like the hurdy gurdy, Ovation mandolin and an array of woodwinds, The band features Cox on lead vocals, guitar, and mandolin. Michele McCann plays hurdy gurdy, woodwinds, bodhran, chimes, spoons, and assists on vocals, and Tim Kelly plays drums.
"We are really excited to have Mythica back in the Mid-Ohio Valley to perform for us," said Sara Lamb, chair of the church's music and worship committee. "And we're grateful for their generosity to the Nkambe Water Project. Fifty percent of the free will donations at the door will go to the project; 100% of a 'pass the hat' collection midway through the performance will benefit the project; and Mythica will also donate a percentage of the proceeds from the concert sales of their CDs. We hope people will come join us for a good time listening to some good music and raising money for a good cause."
The Nkambe Water Project seeks to develop water resources in Nkambe in the Northwest Region of Cameroon, a rural region of Africa where the World Health Organization estimates that only 44 percent of the population has access to clean, reliable water. The Project's long-term goals include educating the community, especially children and youth, on water hygiene, conservation and management; teaching and implementing environmental programs and sustainable organic farming practices; developing springs; and drilling as many as 20 wells at schools and churches in the region. Each well will cost about $5,000. The Marietta UU congregation helps to support the Nkambe project as part of their social justice efforts.
For more information about Melissa Cox: www.melissacoxmusic.net
For more information: about the Nkambe Water Project, contact the Save Your Future Association (SYFA): www.africasyfa.org.