Win Tickets ($40): The Dark Harvest Ballads V, Soldier’s Field @ The Village Ballroom | Exploration of Historic Folk Songs About War, Fundraiser

We are giving away a pair of tickets to The Dark Harvest Ballads V, Soldier’s Field on November 2. To win, comment on this post why you’d like to attend. Winner will be drawn and emailed Friday, November 1.

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The Dark Harvest Ballads V, Soldier's FieldThe 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:

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.

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7 Responses to Win Tickets ($40): The Dark Harvest Ballads V, Soldier’s Field @ The Village Ballroom | Exploration of Historic Folk Songs About War, Fundraiser

  1. Tasha October 23, 2013 at 2:19 pm #

    Sounds like a great way for a folkie to learn of the history!

  2. panda October 24, 2013 at 7:59 pm #

    I’m a huge supporter of the returning veteran’s project, would love to attend!

  3. ian October 26, 2013 at 1:59 pm #

    i’m such a fan of history, folk music, and the stories of people behind them. i’m really interested in going!

  4. Miranda T. October 26, 2013 at 4:10 pm #

    This sounds like a terribly interesting and contemplative evening, and a fine way to offset all the candy-apple red, cartoonish gore-glee I’ll be wicking up earlier in the week. Fingers crossed.

  5. Frank Byers October 31, 2013 at 3:33 pm #

    It’s time for me to hear some folk music at my old stomping grounds on NE Dekum.

  6. Alex October 31, 2013 at 4:53 pm #

    because it sounds lovely

  7. Aurora November 1, 2013 at 9:06 am #

    What a great idea for such a deserving cause! This sounds like an amazing event.

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