Tonight was the wrap up party for the 2015 winter/spring session of our Island Village SongCircle. A few dozen of us gathered at the home of a family who all come to the SongCircle. The girls invited a few of their friends, one of the circle members brought her son and another one brought her daughter, so the younger generation was well represented. What a treat to hear their sweet voices singing “If all the children in the world had their hearts set on freedom, if all the children in the world dreamed a sweet dream of peace, if all the children of every nation, all the younger generation, joined hands in the name of love, there would be no more war”. It moves me to tears every time.
We also sang “If I Had a Hammer” and “Last Night I Had the Strangest Dream” to honour the passing of folk legend Ronnie Gilbert on Saturday. She was a member of The Weavers along with Pete Seeger, Lee Hays and Fred Hellerman, and those were a couple of their hit songs. We who grew up on the folk music of the Kingston Trio, Peter Paul & Mary, Joan Baez and Bob Dylan, owe so much to The Weavers for spearheading the folk revival of the 50’s and 60’s. Although much of our Village SongCircle repertoire would not necessarily be considered “folk music”, we still are part of that lineage of people singing songs about justice and love and freedom, singing around campfires, singing for celebration and for protest, singing anywhere and everywhere we feel like it, just for the joy of it!
Our SongCircle is thrilled to be sponsoring a visit by Pt. Townsend song leader / storyteller Laurence Cole on July 4th & 5th. He will be leading us through some of his huge and growing repertoire of original songs, every one of which has a story. Everyone is welcome! See the calendar of events for more details and contact Shasta if you’re interesting in joining us for the Village SongFest!