Concert to benefit ill Langley musician

  • Tue Jun 2nd, 2015 9:36pm
  • Life

The Open Circle Community Choir, directed by Peggy Taylor, will join with several prominent musicians in a concert called “Light is Returning,” at 7 p.m. Sunday, June 7 at the Whidbey Institute.

Members of the choir are honoring and helping Langley resident Charlie Murphy who was recently diagnosed with Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (or ALS), also known as Lou Gehrig’s Disease. Joining the choir will be Susan Osborn, The Rural Characters, Judith Adams, Barbara Dunn, Rebekka Goldsmith and Greg Garbarino.

Murphy is a Seattle musician who was the leader of the band, Rumors of the Big Wave, in the 1980s and ’90s. He has become known in recent years for directing an international youth program called Partners for Youth Empowerment (PYE Global), an outgrowth of Power of Hope, which he co-founded with Peggy Taylor. Murphy and Taylor co-authored the book “Catch the Fire: An Art-Full Guide to Unleashing the Creative Power of Youth, Adults and Communities.”

Proceeds from the concert will be used for Murphy’s medical bills, treatment and related expenses.

Admission to the concert is by donation to the “Charlie Murphy Healing Fund.” Donations to the fund can also be made at any branch of Whidbey Island Bank/Heritage Bank; by check sent directly to Charlie and Eric’s home, 4885 Blue Lady Lane, Langley, WA 98260; or online at