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To raise money to help American singer-songwriter Jason Molina recover from health issues, local artists will reinterpret his music live
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Jason Molina is the sort of artist who attracts devoted fans. While his music is often labelled as gloomy, it is the stoicism and disarming honesty of Molina's songs that has gained him such a passionate following. So when it emerged last year that the man behind Songs:Ohia and Magnolia Electric Co. was suffering from undisclosed health issues and was spending time in rehabilitation, his fans were deeply saddened. The music community rallied, raising money for Molina through various online benefits and tributes. Now it's Melbourne's turn to show their love for one for the most revered and unique songwriters of the last 20 years.
Saturday the 8th of September will see the holding of a benefit for Jason Molina at Tago Mago in Thornbury. Entitled "Didn't It Rain" after one of Molina's great albums, the evening will see a variety of local musicians performing songs from Molina's extensive and diverse catalogue. Already announced are East Brunswick All Girl Choir, The Gypsy Curse, Sean McMahon, Michael Madden, Wayward Breed and Saint Hill, with many more to come. Attendees can expect imaginative reinterpretations of Molina's music mixed with heartfelt renditions of his sometimes sad but always empowering music. The benefit is presented by local blog Bandcamp Hunter and label Hawk Moth Records with all funds raised going towards Molina's medical fund as he continues the rehabilitation process in the US.