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The Dark Harvest Ballads V, Soldier’s Field
November 2, 2013
7:30 p.m. | $10-40 | All Ages
The Village Ballroom
700 NE Dekum St Portland, OR 97211
(503) 505-9733 | More info: villageballroom.com
The members of Portland traditional band, Mistral, and their musical friends summon you to their annual benefit concert, The Dark Harvest Ballads V, Soldier’s Field. This year’s presentation will be an exploration of historical folk songs about war, the soldier’s experience before and after battle, and the effects of war on the families and communities on the Home Front. Funds raised by this event will benefit three organizations working to help returning veterans transition to civilian life: GI Voice/Coffee Strong; Doug Fir Veterans; and The Returning Veterans Project.
The Dark Harvest Ballads is a chance to explore some of the more difficult aspects of the human experience through music and spoken word. Around Halloween, or Samhain, we gather to revive old, almost forgotten folk songs whose lyrics echo many of the themes we struggle with today. In recognizing these struggles of our ancestors, we seek to build a sense of purpose and resolve among our community to do good work and resist injustice.
To this end, funds raised at the Dark Harvest Ballads have benefited organizations such as the Oregon Food Bank, FISH Emergency Services, and the Newport Fishermen’s Wives. These sold-out shows also benefit the organizations through increased community awareness of their work.
What can you look forward to at The Dark Harvest Ballads V, Soldier’s Field?
- Old, spooky, rarely heard folk songs, mostly from the English tradition.
- Complimentary refreshments
- A Shadow Puppet Play
- Moving spoken word pieces
- Excellent beer and wine available
- A chance to meet others who love traditional music, and to interact with some amazing organizations.
- A “Halloween” event for grown-ups! (Children are WELCOME, but some of the songs are pretty sad!)
Performers this year include Mistral… Ian Clemons, Elizabeth Christina, and Bryan Owens
…and our dear musical friends Richard Lewis, Meg Larson, Hugo Glanville, Stella Pentimenti de Bergerette, and Seneca & Maia Clemons.