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Adding to the harmony at ‘MS Unplugged’
by JENNIFFER WARDELL
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Mike Murphy, above, first organized the concerts several years ago.
Mike Murphy, above, first organized the concerts several years ago.
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BOUNTIFUL - A new voice can make a harmony that much sweeter. 

This year’s “Multiple Sclerosis Unplugged” concert, set for May 9 at 7 p.m. at the Wight House Reception Center, will feature audience favorites and concert regulars Mike Murphy, Jake White and Kat Tingey. Joining them for the first time will be Bob Cantonwine, who has plenty of musical chops of his own.

“He’s the vice president of the Intermountain Acoustic Music Association,” said Murphy.  “They promote bluegrass and all kinds of acoustic music.”

Cantonwine also has firsthand experience with the cause the music is supporting. His daughter, Sara Visser, was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis in 2006. 

“His family knows first-hand the difficulties associated with this debilitating disease,” said Murphy. “He said he’s excited and honored to participate in a concert to help raise funds for the MS Society.” 

This is the fifteenth year for the concert, that Murphy started in honor of a friend who had multiple sclerosis. Though he hasn’t kept an exact count of the amount the concert series has raised over the years, he knows it’s a significant amount.

“I’m sure we’ve raised more than $50,000,” he said. 

The concerts feature all of the performers in a song circle, with a spotlight moving from one person to the next throughout the concert. Though the concerts were originally held at Viewmont High School, they moved to the Wight House after Murphy retired from teaching at the school. 

Though it’s required some adjustment, he feels the move has been a good thing overall for the concerts. 

“We can only seat a couple of hundred, so there’s more of a closer feel,” he said. “It’s a little more intimate, which is kind of nice.”    

Tickets: $10 for adults, $7 for children under 12, and $40 for a family of six that includes up to three adults. They are available for purchase at Murphy’s Guitars or online at eventbrite.com. They can also be purchased at the door the night of the event, but Murphy requests that anyone who can get their tickets early. 

“We want to get some sense of how many to set up for,” he said. 

There will also be a prize drawing held the night of the concert, with each attendee getting one ticket for the drawing along with admission. 

“We’ve got a beautiful acoustic guitar we’re giving away, along with other swag,” said Murphy. “It should be great.” 

The Wight House Reception Center is located at 95 N. Main Street in Bountiful, while Murphy’s Guitars is located at 133 N. Main St. in Bountiful. For more information, visit murphysguitars.com. 

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