Third concert to aid Jan Johansson

Circle of Friends for Jan and National Foundation for Transplants are holding their third annual benefit concert for Jan Johansson this coming Sunday, (11/7). The show will run from 1:00-5:30 p.m. at Bond Park amphitheater in Cary, North Carolina.

Swedish-born Johansson, a multi-instrumentalist and fiddle teacher based in Cary, was diagnosed in 2008 as needing a heart transplant. In February this year he had a heart pump implant, but he remains on the waiting list for a heart transplant.

Musicians donating their time and talent to the cause this Sunday include Nixon, Blevins & Gage, The Hotwires, Samantha Casey & The Bluegrass Jam, Apple Chill Cloggers with the Tims Family Band, Fescue 911 and Carolina Junction with Jan Johansson. Also appearing will be guests Julie Elkins, Lindsey Tims, David Tate and Ray East.

There will be two instrument raffles: Fat Sound Guitars of Cary has donated a Martin Guitar and Zepp Country Music has donated a Gold Tone Banjo. Tickets are $5 each or 5 tickets for $20.

Those who are unable to attend the concert are asked that they consider sending a donation to:

National Foundation for Transplants
5350 Poplar Drive
Suite 430
Memphis, TN 38119

Alternatively, donations can be made by check, which should be made payable to the National Foundation for Transplants with the words “For Jan Johansson” written on the memo line.

Donations can also be made by visiting the foundation’s web site, where information and updates about Johansson are available. The Foundation is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, so your donation is tax deductible.

More details about the concert can be found by visiting

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Richard Thompson

Richard F. Thompson is a long-standing free-lance writer specialising in bluegrass music topics. A two-time Editor of British Bluegrass News, he has been seriously interested in bluegrass music since about 1970. As well as contributing to that magazine, he has, in the past 30 plus years, had articles published by Country Music World, International Country Music News, Country Music People, Bluegrass Unlimited, MoonShiner (the Japanese bluegrass music journal) and Bluegrass Europe. He wrote the annotated series I'm On My Way Back To Old Kentucky, a daily memorial to Bill Monroe that culminated with an acknowledgement of what would have been his 100th birthday, on September 13, 2011.