Entertainment, Music and Singing

Permaculture emphasizes local, do-it-yourself, participatory activities so that is the focus for this year’s NWPCC entertainment.  We will have multiple song circles, music jams and what have you on Friday and Saturday evenings. Bring your musical instruments, voices and dancing shoes.

Saturday Night Contra Dance
Get ready for a rockin’ good time on Saturday night!

The contra dance is going to be called by Tinker Cavallero and the band's name is Boathouse Band.   The players are Otto Smith, concertina, Lori Bernstein, bass, Kristin Smith, fiddle, Andy Olney, fiddle George Yount, harmonica, Phil Andrus on guitar and Chris Cooper on percussion.

Swing your partner!

We know that many of this year’s participants have been part of some great musical jam sessions at past NWPCCs and we hope to see Tom Allen, Sam Benowitz, Huckleberry Leonard and many others (returnees and new faces) around the fire.

Morgan Brent, founder of the Singing Alive and Plants EnChant gatherings, will be leading ‘Gaian Folksongs in the Skylodge'. A communal singing experience around the fire.  Come share your songs, learn new ones, and Sing the World Alive.

Laurance Cole will give a singing workshop and lead song circles. Port Townsend's Songlines Choir (now in its tenth year) is co-directed by Laurence Cole and Gretchen Sleicher (who will also be at NWPCC).
Rachael Fairbanks will lead an Earth song circle. Rachael is a teacher, song collector, and facilitator for Gaia Kirtan.  She has been singing since she could talk. Studying in the Appalachian Mountains made her realize how much of the musical tradition has been left undiscovered and recognized by main stream musicians, and led her on a quest to collect sacred songs throughout a variety of traditions (Hawaiian, Appalachian, Indian, Native American, etc). She consults with a variety of musicians from all walks of life to collect and inspire a collective consciousness of the Divine in all traditions.
She listens to the Earth and co-creates songs that inspire people to care for and find the Divine in the earth. She facilitates workshops in music and song-singing, helping people find their true voice and be inspired by their own powerful ability to be Singers of Sacred Song.
Rachael currently collaborates with Shambhava Bhakti Band, studies with Gina Sala, and learns the most from Nature (there is no link, go outside!). Her solo album is due out Fall of 2016.
We’ve invited some drummers to add a tribal beat (at respectful times and distances), so there will be a drum circle.
We are checking into having a contra dance on Saturday night.
What would you like to propose? Who would like to lead or participate in song circles, jams or musical performances?   Let us know how you’d like to be involved in this aspect of the convergence.  Maybe we’ll do it all.

friendsofthetrees@yahoo.com or use the contact form on this page to get in touch with the Entertainment Coordinator.