I will be there with bells on to play two of my favorite John Prine tunes. So proud to be a part of this event.
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
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
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
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
• 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.