Folk Festival Coming to First Parish on April 7

There are folk songs that are embedded as a part of the American cultural heritage.  Some of those iconic songs include “Blowin’ in the Wind,” “Lemon Tree,” and “If I had a Hammer.”

Bedford resident and retired physician Howie Rashba and Mel Green, both Boston area folk singers, will be at First Parish on the Common to bring these and other favorite tunes in a concert presented by the church’s Music Committee at 3 p.m. on Sunday, April 7. Everyone is welcome to this family-friendly event.

Howie Rashba writes, “Mel and I are both long time folk musicians. Mel is a song writer; I stick with covers. We have both performed solo and in trios. We got to know each other at summer music camp and in the local open mic community. Our first set will be tunes for the audience to get to know us. Then we will move into the themes of peace, love, understanding, democracy, and voting. Audience participation is encouraged.”

Singer-songwriter Mel Green grew up in Johannesburg, South Africa and emigrated to the U.S. in 1970. After a stint in New York, he settled in Boston and soon was a regular at Club Passim (the former Club 47), the famous folk club in Cambridge.

Howie Rashba says “the audience will hear two voices (the voice is an instrument) , two guitars, banjo, bass, mandolin, harmonica, and percussion instruments. We hope the program will be fun, and inspire thought and action about things as they are in 2024, and will inspire young folks to try this hobby that means so much to us.”

Suggested donations are $20 for adults and $15 for seniors, accepted at the door. Proceeds will benefit the First Parish, which aims to bring a variety of musical events to the Bedford community.

Coming at 3 p.m. on Sunday, April 21 is another American Classics concert, “Smoke Gets in Your Eyes,” followed by “An Evening of Jazz” set for Saturday, April 27.

First Parish is handicap accessible.

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