|Courtesy of Karen Vail/Cat’s Melodeon performs during their recent fundraiser for HAC
Donations are not always about the amount of money raised. Sometimes it’s about the intent.
Such is the case with Cat’s Melodeon, a group of musicians headed by the self-proclaimed “head buck cat” Bill Black of Falmouth, which plays gigs throughout Cape Cod as a way to give back to the community. Twice a month the group will donate proceeds from their sessions to a local charity.
“We’re playing music, but also raising money for multiple sclerosis or the Cape Cod Veterans or Project Bread,” Black said, listing some of the causes they’ve supported through their music.
On a sunny Saturday afternoon in September, Cat’s Melodeon added HAC to that list when they performed at Sandwich’s Titcomb’s Bookshop. From that performance, $200 was raised that will go towards HAC’s housing efforts on the Cape.
“We wish it could have been a lot more money, but there will be opportunities in the future to do something again,” said Black, who plays the banjo, guitar and bouzouki for Cat’s Melodeon which is known for its traditional Irish music.
Several members of the informal musical group chose HAC after receiving a letter in the mail from the agency this summer. But their relationship with HAC goes further as many are friends with HAC’s Vice President of Program Operations Nancy Davison.
Black’s rationale for encouraging this type of philanthropy is tied to his faith. “I’m a Catholic,” he said. “It sounds comical, but basically I’m trying to take whatever talents I’m given, as far as music is concerned, and giving some of it back. I’d like to think our lord would be very happy with that scenario. Some of our other musicians are not Catholic, but they see the value of musicians giving back to society… Plus, we’re having a lot of fun while doing it so it’s kind of a win-win proposition.”