I recently attended a performance of a trio of folk singers who bill themselves as Brother Sun. Faintly reminiscent of The Kingston Trio of years gone by, they are, in a word, terrific!
Most of their numbers were original compositions such as “The Lady of the Harbor,” a tribute to the Statue of Liberty, but they also performed Pete Seeger’s musical response to being questioned by the infamous House Un-American Activities Committee. Most amusing was a take-off on Fox News which is available on YouTube or the Brother Sun website. Check it out.
But that is not why I am writing about this most enjoyable evening.
The whole scene was new—to me, at least. A friend of mine invited the group to perform in her home and asked each of her 45-50 guests for a donation for the performers. She provided a delightful evening in an intimate, homey atmosphere and she gave a boost—however slight—to the careers of some deserving musicians. It struck me that this was just the sort of entertainment a Regency hostess might have offered her guests at a soiree musicale.
As I say, the format of the program—a concert in someone’s home—was new to me, but maybe I am just out of the loop entirely and this is a common occurrence???
In any event, I think it is a great idea for local or visiting artists trying to establish themselves. Great for the audience too: a relaxed friendly atmosphere, good entertainment, ample refreshments.
What more could one ask for?