On March 5, Bridges of Peace Founder and “Freedom Through Literacy Award” winner John Farrell (of Hillsdale) and Friends, will perform in concert at the Hillsdale United Methodist Church in Hillsdale. The program begins at 2 pm.
It will feature a stellar lineup of talented musicians including the acclaimed guitarist and singer Will Brown from Maine, harmonica virtuoso Jeff Neumann (Neumann Fine Arts) from Copake, Master Drummer Kofi Donkor from Ghana and guitarist Tim Belmore from the Boston area. Ann MarieFarrell of Hillsdale, a teacher at Taconic Hills, will also be featured on vocals.
The music will include Folk, Blues, Country, World Music and Farrell’s original songs. John is a 21st century minstrel, traveling the planet to share music and messages of peace and hope. He’s been to over 1500 schools in 25 countries to work with families, teachers and students. Sunday’s program is for audiences of all ages and will include songs from all the performers, ranging from new original songs to blues standards, to old favorites from the 1960’s and 70’s. Come enjoy and sing along too.
Many people know Bridges of Peace and Hope as the organization that brought Thula Sizwe, the brilliant South African Zulu ensemble, to Columbia county a few years ago. Bridges has connected hundreds of local school children with their peers around the world through music, art, writing and technology. The group is currently supporting building a school in Zambia, while also broadening connections here in the US too. John will visit Hungary, Austria and Bulgaria next month to continue attempting to build bridges of peace and hope over the many troubled waters that are dividing our world. There will be a brief update on Bridges activities at the concert. Admission is free and donations will be gratefully accepted to support Bridges of Peace and Hope, a 501c3 non-profit organization.