With the help of some of North Carolina’s best musicians, Doodad Farm is dedicating a Spring Sunday afternoon to John Prine, one of our favorite songwriters. This is a benefit concert, with all the musicians and on-site staff volunteering their time, and all proceeds going to Voices Together. This Durham-based non-profit uses music as a tool to help individuals with developmental disabilities increase critical communication and social/emotional skills that support independence and self-advocacy. We celebrate their mission to help others as we celebrate Mr. Prine and our own rich music community.
We currently have over twenty hand-picked musicians lined up to perform their renditions of John Prine’s songs. We asked them to bring their own styles and personalities into these songs, so don’t expect just copies of what you’ve heard on the albums. We’ll also have other Prine-related stuff going on involving YOU. Voices Together will be here and will present a sampling of the kind of music-based work they do. It will be a beautiful day!
This event is also a book release for local journalist Eddie Huffman, who has just published his biography, John Prine – In Spite of Himself. Eddie will also serve as sort of a narrator of the event, giving us insight into the origins of the songs being performed. The book will be available for sale at the event, with portion of the sales going to Voices Together.
This event – like all events at Doodad Farm – is free, though we hope you’ll make a generous contribution to Voices Together to support their good work. Every dollar donated goes straight to this non-profit group.
For those not familiar with the work of John Prine, this is a great opportunity to immerse yourself in his unique music. You may be surprised how many of the songs you recognize. Prine is widely cited as one of the most influential songwriters of his generation, and is known for humorous lyrics about love, life, and current events, as well as serious songs with social commentary, or which recollect melancholy tales from his life. And yes, we have invited Mr. Prine to join us, just in case he’s in the mood that day. More on John Prine at www.johnprine.net.
If you’d like to VOLUNTEER for this event, please let us know, and we’ll welcome you with open arms.
More information on Voices Together at www.voicestogether.net
• Our rain date will be the following Sunday, May 24.
• Kids, dogs, and even mothers-in-law are always welcome as long as they behave themselves. Bring leashes, and use them if necessary.
• We will have a food vendor on site, but of course you’re welcome to bring your own grub.
• Bring your own beverages if you want. Bring a chair, also.
• Smoking is permitted as long as you don’t bother anyone or do any butt-dropping.
• Please clean up after yourself and treat the Farm as if it’s your own (in a way, it is!).
• Toilets and drinking water will be available.
• Let someone help you park, especially if the field is wet
• CAMPERS WELCOME! Let us know when you arrive and we’ll point you to the primitive camping area.
• We do not permit weapons of any sort, nor is there ever a need for them.