KEENE, N.H. >> On Saturday, June 11, celebrated musician Jim Scott will honor the iconic songs of American folksinger and social activist Pete Seeger in a benefit concert at the Keene Unitarian Universalist Church (KUUC), 69 Washington St., Keene, N.H.
Guitarist with the Paul Winter Consort and cocomposer of their celebrated "Missa Gaia / Earth Mass," Scott knew and collaborated with Pete Seeger many times over the course of their 40-year friendship. Jim credits Pete in helping him to grow from "a guitar player, sometime singer, to assume the songwriter/performer/activist role that has been my work for a long time." A prolific composer in his own right, Scott has recorded 10 albums and published a growing line of choral music. Pete mentions Jim in his autobiography "Where Have All the Flowers Gone." Jim's engaging manner and facility on the guitar moved Pete to call him "Some kind of a magician."
The benefit event will raise funds to support KUUC member, Felicia Robinson. "We are very excited to host this concert on behalf of Felicia, one of our members who is battling a grave illness with all the associated costs involved," said Reverend Michael F. Hall. Jim is a longtime friend of Felicia and volunteered a benefit concert when he heard about her challenges. "It's a wonderful privilege that I have as an artist to do something that raises money for a cause," said Mr. Scott.
The concert will be held in the Sanctuary and will include Seeger's well-loved classics such as "If I Had a Hammer," "Turn, Turn, Turn," and "Where Have All the Flowers Gone." Jim encourages the audience to raise their voices for the causes that Seeger championed and remember the lasting contributions he made in his 94 years. "I have a great time leading this songfest and I've found that Pete Seeger attracts a lot more people than Jim Scott does."
Pete Seeger was also one of the earliest activists to recognize the notion of food as a moral imperative, that "what we eat is inseparable from where it comes from, and who we eat it with." His philosophy embodied the farm to table movement long before it became fashionable. To honor Seeger's commitment to the importance of farming, a harvest dinner will be offered in the Parish Hall prior to the concert, catered by the Keene Community Kitchen. The menu includes greens, garden vegetables, soups, quiches, chicken and Seeger's favorite dessert, strawberry shortcake, with gluten-free offerings available.
The meal is served in the parish hall at 5:30 p.m., and the concert begins at 7 p.m. in the Sanctuary. Adult concert tickets are $20, or a combination ticket, with dinner included for $30. Youth concert tickets are $10, $20 with dinner included. Purchase tickets online using the Donate button at kuuc.org or email email@example.com
Scott has performed in all 50 states and many countries. A tireless environmental activist Jim has also become a student of the movement for peace and justice in song, compiling/arranging the "Earth and Spirit Songbook," a collection of over 110 songs of earth and peace by many contemporary composers, including Pete Seeger. For more about Jim Scott, go to JimScottmusic.com
The event will be held in the Parish Hall; use Taylor Street accessible entrance. For more information, call 603-352-1719 or email firstname.lastname@example.org .