‘War and Peace’ workshop

How are we to interpret the teachings of Jesus about loving our enemies in today’s world? How do they fit in with the rest of the Bible, and what are the different ways they have been interpreted throughout Christian history?

Come and learn about the different ways Christians have interpreted the teaching of Jesus, share your own views on the subject, and listen to what others think.

This workshop is led by Rev. Tim Chesterton and is sponsored by the Edmonton Ecumenical Peace Network (www.eepeacenetwork.org).

All Saints’ Anglican Cathedral, 10035-103 Street, Edmonton, AB T6J 0X5

Friday, November 11th, 1 – 4 p.m.

Registration: We encourage you to call ahead to register so that we have some idea how many people are attending. Please contact All Saints’ Cathedral at 780-428-6323 or email them at asac@telusplanet.net.

Out of the Salt Shaker

Out of the Salt Shaker

By Rebecca Manley Pippert

A powerful book on sharing your faith with others

Many Christians are nervous about talking about their faith with others. In this book, Becky teaches us to relax, use the Bible, let our lives provide the witness to our faith, and speak the right word at the right time. Jesus is our example, and if we model our lives on his then we will be more faithful and effective at spreading the good news to others.

If you would like to be more comfortable talking with your friends about your faith, this is one of the best books you can read on the subject. 

Out of the Salt Shaker: a St. Margaret’s Book Study Group

Nine Tuesday evenings, September 20th – November 15th, 7:30 p.m.

 Sign up now and order your book online

Books available at http://www.chapters.indigo.ca/

(make sure you order the 2006 edition)

 

Walkin’ Faith Benefit Concert for the Family of the Rev. Joseph Walker

Our friend, and the rector of St. Timothy’s Anglican Church, the Rev. Joseph Walker, passed away August 10th after being diagnosed with cancer in June. Friends of the Walker family are getting together for an evening of laughter and music, Saturday, August 20, at 7:00 pm at St. Timothy’s Anglican Church (8420-145 St. NW, Edmonton, Alberta) to raise money for the immediate needs of Alisa Walker and their four children. All are welcome to attend this evening, which will feature a mix and mingle wine bar. Tickets, $20, are available at the door, or by calling 780-483-5506.

Please pass the word on and support this important event. I am privileged to be one of the participants, along with other friends and supporters of Joe and his family.

In Search of Nic Jones

If I was a rich man, I would buy a plane ticket to go to London especially for this event:

In Search of Nic Jones: Saturday May 28th, 2011 at the Southbank Centre, London
With special guests Martin Carthy, Ashley Hutchings, Jim Moray, Pete Coe, Jackie Oates, Jim Causley, Chris Coe, Damien Barber, Tony Hall, Belinda O’Hooley, Anais Mitchell and Blair Dunlop.

The current English folk revival owes a lot to Nic Jones. Despite a career-ending car accident nearly 30 years ago, his early recordings have inspired and influenced countless current stars of the folk scene. In this very special concert, produced in association with Sidmouth FolkWeek, some of his biggest fans pay tribute to Nic by sharing their favourites from his repertoire. The highlight of the concert is Nic himself returning to the stage for a reunion of one of his old bands, The Bandoggs.

Regular readers of this blog will know that I am a huge fan of Nic Jones. You can read Nic’s story here, and a list of available CDs is here; I would especially recommend ‘Penguin Eggs’ and ‘In Search of Nic Jones’. His first four records, from the 70s and 80s, are lost in record company disputes, but if you can find them they are worth their weight in gold, especially ‘The Noah’s Ark Trap’ (1977) and ‘From the Devil to a Stranger’ (1978). You can hear a few sample tracks from the available recordings on Nic’s MySpace page here, but a much more fruitful way to sample his music is to do a YouTube search; there are no actual videos, but a lot of people have married music and images there. And if you like it, please buy it; Nic is no longer able to perform to earn a living, and although pirated music hurts all artists, it’s especially important that Nic gets the proceeds from his music.

What I’ll be doing Saturday afternoon

Discovering the World of Traditional Folk Music
A workshop with Dana Wylie and Tim Chesterton

February 12th 2011 1 – 5 p.m. at Expressionz Café
9938 70th Avenue NW, Edmonton, Alberta

As a musician, are you looking for a huge body of material that tells great stories, has wonderful melodies, can be changed and adapted however you like, and is totally copyright-free? Welcome to the world of traditional folk music! These are the songs that were passed down from generation to generation over hundreds of years; they have been adapted endlessly in many different times and places, and continue today to inspire and delight audiences around the world.

In this workshop Dana and Tim will talk about why they are so excited about traditional folk music, how they have used it themselves, and how it has influenced their own songwriting. They will give examples of some of the most enduring songs from the tradition and how they have evolved over the centuries (using their own performances as well as audio and video recordings), and they will identify the most important resources (CDs, books, websites etc.) for people wanting to further explore the world of traditional music. Finally, because open guitar tunings often feature in this kind of music, they will demonstrate some of the most important open tunings (Drop D, DADGAD, open C, open G), share some chord charts and give examples of songs that can be played in these tunings.

Tickets are available at the door for $20.

Dana Wylie
Dana Wylie is widely considered to be one of Edmonton’s most beloved performers and songwriters, as evidenced by the recent appearance of her third and latest album, Something’s Going to Happen Here, at Number 25 on CKUA’s Top 100 for 2010 list. She has travelled and toured extensively in North America, Britain and Asia, and it was while living in England that she began to develop an ever-expanding interest in the traditional folk music of the British Isles and North America. Dana is currently working on her fourth album, which will feature a mix of original and traditional songs.
http://www.danawylie.net/

Tim Chesterton
Tim Chesterton sees himself primarily as an interpreter of traditional folk songs. He is inspired by the rich heritage of folk music – songs written in previous centuries, usually by unknown authors, and then passed down by word of mouth, moulded and re-moulded by each successive generation. Tim wants to take his place in that tradition, passing on these wonderful old songs to new audiences today. He especially loves songs that tell stories, and his own songwriting is mainly in the storytelling vein. His repertoire also includes instrumental pieces, both his own compositions and also traditional and contemporary tunes.

Tim plays solo and also shares stages regularly with good friends. His musical influences include Nic Jones, Kate Rusby, Martin Carthy, Martin Simpson, James Keelaghan, John Renbourn, Planxty, Jacqui McShee and Maddy Prior.

http://www.reverbnation.com/timchesterton

 

Discovering the World of Traditional Folk Music

A workshop with Dana Wylie and Tim Chesterton
February 12th 2011 1 – 5 p.m. at Expressionz Café
9938 70th Avenue NW, Edmonton, Alberta

As a musician, are you looking for a huge body of material that tells great stories, has wonderful melodies, can be changed and adapted however you like, and is totally copyright-free? Welcome to the world of traditional folk music! These are the songs that were passed down from generation to generation over hundreds of years; they have been adapted endlessly in many different times and places, and continue today to inspire and delight audiences around the world.

In this workshop Dana and Tim will talk about why they are so excited about traditional folk music, how they have used it themselves, and how it has influenced their own songwriting. They will give examples of some of the most enduring songs from the tradition and how they have evolved over the centuries (using their own performances as well as audio and video recordings), and they will identify the most important resources (CDs, books, websites etc.) for people wanting to further explore the world of traditional music. Finally, because open guitar tunings often feature in this kind of music, they will demonstrate some of the most important open tunings (Drop D, DADGAD, open C, open G), share some chord charts and give examples of songs that can be played in these tunings.

Tickets are available at YEGlive. Early bird rate is $20 until February 4th, then $25 from February 5th-12th.

Dana Wylie
Dana Wylie is widely considered to be one of Edmonton’s most beloved performers and songwriters, as evidenced by the recent appearance of her third and latest album, Something’s Going to Happen Here, at Number 25 on CKUA’s Top 100 for 2010 list. She has travelled and toured extensively in North America, Britain and Asia, and it was while living in England that she began to develop an ever-expanding interest in the traditional folk music of the British Isles and North America. Dana is currently working on her fourth album, which will feature a mix of original and traditional songs.
http://www.danawylie.net/

Tim Chesterton
Tim Chesterton sees himself primarily as an interpreter of traditional folk songs. He is inspired by the rich heritage of folk music – songs written in previous centuries, usually by unknown authors, and then passed down by word of mouth, moulded and re-moulded by each successive generation. Tim wants to take his place in that tradition, passing on these wonderful old songs to new audiences today. He especially loves songs that tell stories, and his own songwriting is mainly in the storytelling vein. His repertoire also includes instrumental pieces, both his own compositions and also traditional and contemporary tunes.

Tim plays solo and also shares stages regularly with good friends. His musical influences include Nic Jones, Kate Rusby, Martin Carthy, Martin Simpson, James Keelaghan, John Renbourn, Planxty, Jacqui McShee and Maddy Prior.
http://www.reverbnation.com/timchesterton


Remembrance Day Prayer Service and Prayer Walk for Peace:

On November 11, 2010 at 7:00 p.m., members of some local churches will gather at City Hall in downtown Edmonton for a public prayer walk for peace. Participants will carry candles as they proceed from City Hall to the Gandhi statue at the Stanley A. Milner Library. From the library, the participants will go to Canada Place ending up at the War Memorial on Jasper Avenue.

There are many Christians for whom Remembrance Day is a clear reminder that God calls us to be peacemakers. “This event is not a demonstration,” states Organizer Scott Key. “Rather, it is an opportunity for people of faith to proclaim peacemaking as an alternative to war and violence.”

This is the second annual prayer walk for peace. Prior to the walk, people are welcome to join together for a Prayer Service at McDougall United Church (10025 – 101 street) at 6:00 p.m. This interdenominational service will focus on remembrance, reflection and prayer for all victims of war.

The prayer walk begins at 7:00 p.m. and will last approximately one hour. At each location, a local faith community will lead participants in a time of remembrance, reflection and prayer for peace in our world.

“This is a great opportunity to come together with other people of faith to promote nonviolent approaches to conflict resolution,” explains Key.

The prayer service and prayer walk are sponsored by Mennonite Central Committee – Alberta and organized by Holyrood Mennonite Church along with Edmonton Quakers, First Mennonite Church and Lendrum Mennonite Brethren Church.

All are welcome to the Prayer Service and the Prayer Walk for Peace.

Local musician playing his songs

I’ve just found out at the last minute that I’m going to be playing a gig at the Carrot Community Arts Coffee House here in Edmonton on Friday night from 7.30 – 9.30 p.m. The Carrot is a really friendly venue, completely run by volunteers, located at 9351-118 Avenue. Apparently the Avenue is under construction right now but parking is still available close to the Carrot; see their website here for more information.

This will be a solo gig and I’ll be playing a combination of my own original songs and the traditional songs I love so much, with maybe a couple of covers thrown in for good measure. I’ve been learning a few more traditional songs lately so there may be some numbers that my usual audience will not be familiar with.

There will be a $5 cover charge at the door.

Hope to see you there!

Carrie Hryniw live at the Axis Café, June 12th 2010.

If you live in the Edmonton area and enjoy the singer-songwriter musical tradition, you won’t want to miss my good friend Carrie Hryniw when she plays at the Axis Café on Saturday June 12th 8-10 p.m.
I’ve known Carrie for a few years now and have had the privilege of sharing a stage with her a few times. As far as I’m concerned, her songwriting keeps getting better and better, and her beautiful voice is a pleasure to listen to. You can get a taste of some of Carrie’s more recent songs on her Reverbnation site here.
Tickets for the event are $10 at the door, or you can get them ahead of time for a small service charge at YEGlive here. That’s what I plan to do, because I think this event may well sell out.