Today I participated in “Harpers for Housing,” a fundraiser concert in SE Portland that raised over $1000 for the Northwest Pilot Project, a non-profit agency that helps elderly Portlanders with affordable housing. Of the ten or so harpers, I’m the only one playing the clairseach / clarsach / Gaelic harp. It feels important to get the sound of this instrument out there, even imperfectly. I played March for the King of Laois, and it was rather fun.
For those of you who enjoy music for the dark time of the year, a member of the Bridgetown Morris Men, Ian Clemons, is organizing an event entitled The Dark Harvest Ballads on Friday, Oct. 30th at 7pm on East Burnside. We plan to attend, as I love that sort of music, and appreciate that it is a fundraiser for the Oregon Food Bank. A month ago I attended Clemons’s Bal Breton, and danced to some fine Breton tunes played and called by Clemons’s band, Mistral.
A good Samhain to you.