Why would an Irish musician living in the Netherlands contact a blues-rock musician in Colorado? Mark Gilligan contacted someone he had never heard about before as he started to search for other musicians that were suffering from the same disease that he was, MS, multiple sclerosis. Mark has performed most of his life, including with Noel Redding from the Jimi Hendrix Experience and now performs with his band the John O Gods, a compelling mix of Irishmen and Dutchmen with an unmistakably Irish feel in their music. Born in Dublin, Mark and his bandmates live in the Netherlands. Though always a happy-go-lucky guy, MS is taking its toll, Mark was recently hospitalized because of his weakening legs. In 2005 he contacted Linda Storey, another musician with MS, in Colorado. Though an ocean away, MS has brought them together in the fight of their lives to find the cure and to inspire others with MS. Despite the fact that Linda is now in a wheelchair she continues to write and perform “soulful blues rock” with her daughter Jessica Storey with some of Colorado”s best Musicians. She also is President and Founder of CASE for MS and Rockin’ out MS, a nonprofit that raises funds to benefit those with MS. Their dream is to record and perform their original music together this spring, May 2008. They will record at John Macy’s studios in Denver and then perform their first gig together at the “Rockin out MS” concert and fundraiser, May 22nd, 8 pm at Fados Irish Pub in downtown Denver with special”guest”the Indulgers“from Denver. Dates continue May 23, 8 pm at Celtic Crossing, Castle”Pines, May 24, 8 pm at Avogadros, Fort Collins 8″ PM and May 25, 7 pm at RocknSoul Cafe, Boulder.”$10 donation for all concerts

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