riot-folk tour last night
Last night I went to the riot-folk show at Liberty Hall, here are a couple words and some samples about how great it was!
I showed up at Liberty Hall apparently after all the local music had played. There were a pair of musicians playing, that I dont think were part of the riot-folk tour, and everyone was sitting down listening to this amazing woman sing songs. I didnt catch who it was.
After she played the riotfolkers started playing. It was amazing. Ryan Harvey went first, started off with a poem, and then went into a very powerful song, about empire. He didnt plug into anything, sang straight from the heart with nothing amplifying his voice...very amazing. He played that one song and then stopped, and I thought that was all he was going to do, that made me sad.
After him, an amazing riot-folker, Brenna, played a song which was also very good. I think she played a song called 'implicit' but that might've come later. Then Ethan and Kate got up to play one of their songs, I think they started with 'declaration of war', but I am not sure. IT was traditional folk music, which I am not really into, but when they say that it isnt a peace, it is a declaration of war, something swells up inside of you that is unexplainable and amazing. Then Anna played a song. I forget what song it was, it might have been the 'consumerism' song, as I know she played that, but I could be wrong.
Then they restarted and Ryan played again. IT was a great way to see it, no hierarchical decision of who will play first or last, just everyone going in rounds playing one song each. They did three or four rounds, and it was just great.
The last song, by Ethan and Kate, was so moving I almost cried. It was a sing along tune, saved especially for the end. Kate got the crowd into the singing part before the song started and then the two of them just sang the most beautiful song I have ever heard. At the end the crowd did their sing along part and I swear, whatever they do it is amazing. They got this crowd of people to hum the tune of hope after they had sung the words for it. Kate looked so happy at the end when the crowd kept the singalong part going for a moment, and that was when you cry.
It was the type of cry that is hopeful, that although this world is so fucked up, there is still beauty there and we can find it. And one day we wont even need the music to guide us to that place. One day that hope will be implicit and natural and on that day we will be free.
So, I have written a few more words that I thought I was going to, I guess I was overcome with the emotion that this show instilled in me. I got every cd that I could from them. Too bad Brenna didnt have any music, becuase she was just so amazing.
Anyway, I had planned on going to the Liberty Hall show because I have to work on Monday when they play the show at the IWW Hall, at 6th and E Burnside. But tonight I called off of work so I could go to that show, becuase anyone that misses these people while they are here are missing something that is so incredible words dont do it justice.
I dont think they will mind, but I am going to upload some of the music that I got last night so other folks can hear it and maybe they will go tomorrow too! (Since Brenna didnt have music available and I completely fell in love with the Tom Frampton/Ryan Harvey Split cd that they have, I am uploading a TOm Frampton track, even though he isnt there...)
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