Tack­ling is­sues is just what folk mu­sic does best

Con­cert for Peace at Home fea­tur­ing Ja­cob Moon aims to raise money for WCS’ fam­ily vi­o­lence preven­tion pro­gram

The Woolwich Observer - - THE ARTS - STEVE KANNON

LIKE CHAR­ITY, PER­HAPS PEACE be­gins at home, too.

Do­mes­tic vi­o­lence in its var­i­ous forms is all too com­mon. Novem­ber be­ing fam­ily vi­o­lence preven­tion month, get­ting the mes­sage out is the pri­mary driver be­hind A Con­cert for Peace at Home, set for Novem­ber 17 in Elmira.

Per­for­mances by Ja­cob Moon and Scott Carere will ben­e­fit the preven­tion pro­gram at Wool­wich Com­mu­nity Ser­vices.

“A big piece of this is aware­ness,” said or­ga­nizer Mar­i­lyn Bau­man of the im­pe­tus for the con­cert. “By do­ing things like this, we hope that peo­ple will be­come more in­volved. We’re try­ing to get peo­ple in talk­ing mode.”

Shin­ing a light on the si­t­u­a­tion of fam­ily vi­o­lence, Bau­man notes, brings the is­sue out of hid­ing.

Ad­di­tion­ally, she hopes to raise some money for the WCS cause. “Funds are al­ways an is­sue.”

The con­cert at Wood­side Bi­ble Fel­low­ship is a freewill of­fer­ing, with Bau­man hop­ing the au­di­ence will be gen­er­ous.

Hav­ing seen Moon per­form this sum­mer, she said he seemed like a good fit for the kind of fundrais­ing con­cert she’d had in mind for some time.

For his part, Moon said he was ea­ger to get in­volved.

“I’m al­ways happy to be part of some­thing like this,” he said. “There’s a long­stand­ing tra­di­tion of folk mu­sic deal­ing with this is­sue.”

Moon is no stranger to fundrais­ing con­certs or sing­ing for a cause, in­clud­ing the likes of Com­pas­sion Canada, In­ter­na­tional Jus­tice Mis­sion, Men­non­ite Cen­tral Com­mit­tee, Cana­dian Food­grains Bank and many schools across Canada. He notes, how­ever, that fam­ily vi­o­lence is­sues haven’t al­ways been ac­counted for among such ef­forts.

“I don’t of­ten get a chance to play at events that are re­lated to this cause,” said Moon, adding the topic is right in the genre’s wheel­house.

“I’ve got lots of songs about strug­gle and im­prov­ing com­mu­ni­ca­tion and fos­ter­ing un­der­stand­ing.”

A Kitch­ener-Water­loo na­tive and mu­sic grad of Wil­frid Lau­rier Univer­sity, the Hamil­ton-based singer­song­writer has kept a tir­ing pace of tour­ing and record­ing in the in­ter­ven­ing two decades, and now has nine al­bums to his credit.

De­cid­edly folky, his mu­sic re­flects a range of in­flu­ences that some­times makes it dif­fi­cult to pi­geon­hole. The song stylings draw on his own song­writ­ing he­roes such as Jack­son Browne, Peter Gabriel, Ron Sex­smith, Paul Si­mon and James Tay­lor.

In folk tra­di­tion, he draws on his own ex­pe­ri­ences and the sto­ries of oth­ers he meets. Songs of strug­gle, for in­stance, aren’t hard to come by be­cause it’s not hard to come by sto­ries of per­sonal hard­ships.

“That’s how come ... I’ve got songs about strug­gle, about ex­is­ten­tial cri­sis,” he said.

With the is­sue of fam­ily vi­o­lence, there are far too many sto­ries.

“That’s why with [con­certs] like this we’re try­ing to put a stop to gen­der vi­o­lence,” Moon added. “To say, as a com­mu­nity, we stand against vi­o­lence.”

For Bau­man, who grew up in the ru­ral south­ern part of Nova Sco­tia, fam­ily vi­o­lence was all too com­mon in the lo­cal com­mu­ni­ties. She’s been in­volved with WCS and its fam­ily vi­o­lence preven­tion pro­gram for 17 years.

As a sup­porter of the work, she’s long thought that a con­cert would be a good way to raise aware­ness and funds. How next week’s show goes over will de­ter­mine if the for­mat is re­peated.

“If some­thing like this could work, then maybe we can do this ev­ery Novem­ber,” she said.

A Con­cert for Peace at Home takes place Novem­ber 17 at 7:30 p.m. at Wood­side Bi­ble Fel­low­ship, 200 Barn­swal­low Dr., Elmira. Moon will be sup­ported by for­mer Welles­ley Idol win­ner Scott Carere. More in­for­ma­tion about WCS and its pro­grams can be found on­line at www.wool­wich­com­mu­ni­ty­ser­vices.com.

Moon shifts into Christ­mas mode with The Com­mis­sion­aires for a show De­cem­ber 9 at the Reg­istry The­atre in Kitch­ener.

Ja­cob Moon is no stranger to play­ing for a cause. He’ll take to the stage in Elmira Nov. 17 for a fundrais­ing con­cert in sup­port of the fam­ily vi­o­lence preven­tion pro­gram of­fered by Wool­wich Com­mu­nity Ser­vices.

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