In the face of federal funding cuts for local youth programs, Byron Youth Service (BYS) hosted a fundraising concert featuring Jo Jo Smith on Wednesday at the Youth Activities Centre (YAC) in Byron Bay.
The concert was just one of the many initiatives the BYS is planning to keep this very valuable service afloat when the government would see it drown, and everyone was pleased when Jo Jo put her hand up and on her guitar to help out.
The intimate show was an absolute delight with Jo Jo playing old favourites, wonderful covers – including a version of Hallelujah with a lot of audience participation, as well as tracks from her new recording Standing In The Lovelight (which I can personally highly recommend).
A special treat during the performance was the wonderful guitar accompaniment by Mark Scown, and Rusty Miller on percussion and blues harp.
A surprise highlight during the event was a special guest appearance by local songstress Lilly Mcallister.
At just 14 years of age, Lilly held the stage like a pro and her heartfelt renditions of original material awed the audience.
We might expect to see a lot more of Lilly, a Dylan-esque troubadour, in the future.
All funds raised by the event will go towards keeping the BYS Street Cruise program operational.
For more info on the fundraising efforts of the BYS, phone Deb on 0409 170 062.