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Since her 2006 breakthrough album, My Remembrance of You, Diana Jones has been a major literary voice in contemporary song. She is rooted in the Appalachian traditions of her birth family, and has proven unusually adept at distilling complicated cultural forces down to a particular person in a particular time and place. "Henry Russell's Last Words," for example, was based on a 1927 letter written by a dying West Virginia coal miner. When Jones was reunited with her birth family in her twenties, she spent time with her Tennessee grandfather. "I decided to throw out my previous songs," she says, "and go to the woods and ask my grandfather and my ancestors for help." That decision yielded such powerful songs as "Pretty Girl" and "Pony," which came from a story told by her grandfather about children removed from their families to go to Indian Schools. With her new release, Song To A Refugee, Diana Jones brings her signature brand of storytelling to the worldwide refugee crisis. The UK's Guardian/Observer calls Song To A Refugee "a record for our time." This powerful song cycle reflects renewed empathy for, and common cause with the plight of refugees. "None of us know where our footsteps will fall," Jones suggests. From a woman walking miles to the US border carrying her child, to the young children separated from their parents fleeing their homeland, Jones gives an immediacy to the stories of our time while illuminating the more generic themes within. Song To A Refugee artfully considers the times we live in, speaks for those often without a voice and encourages a humanitarian response. The first single, "We Believe You" features performances by fellow songwriters Steve Earle, Richard Thompson and Peggy Seeger, who know how hard it is to craft songs as unassuming and potent as this. "I believe the gang said they would kill you," Earle sings in the second verse. "I believe you were starving in the desert," Thompson sings in the third. "We believe you walked till
  • Start:July 15, 2021 Time: 6:00 PM
  • End:July 16, 2021 Time: 2:00 PM
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  • Where:Harwich Cultural Center, 204 Sisson Road,, Not found, Not found, Not found, 02645
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