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Mother's Day Concert for Peace, with Joyce Andersen, to Benefit AFSC-NH

Saturday, May 9, 2020 - 8:00pm
Joyce Anderson
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Joyce Andersen, a creative and talented musician and songwriter from York, Maine, will dedicate her annual Mother’s Day Peace Concert this year to support AFSC’s Arnie Alpert Action Fund.

Originally planned for the Community Church of Durham, Joyce will be performing in her barn, but you can watch – and listen – on YouTube Live at 8:00 PM Eastern time on Saturday, May 9.


This is the third year Joyce has done a peace concert on Mother's Day weekend. Expect a mix of traditional and original songs and Harvey Reid (Joyce's husband) as a special musical guest.

Joyce Andersen is a veteran musician who has enjoyed a varied 25-year career as side-gal, session player, singer-songwriter, and band leader.  Arnie says he’s known of her work for years but only got to know her when Rev. Mary Westfall brought her to the Interfaith Prayer Vigil for Immigrant Justice in Manchester three years ago.  Since then, they’ve been happy to cross paths at rallies and concerts.  We’re thrilled Joyce has chosen to use her Mother’s Day concert to support AFSC.

If you’ve never “attended” an internet concert before, it’s easy, as long as you’ve got access to the internet.  Just click here at 8 PM on Saturday, May 9, and enjoy the show.

And just in case you’ve missed the connection, Mother’s Day was created in 1870 by Julia Ward Howe, the abolitionist who wrote the “Battle Hymn of the Republic,” as a day dedicated to ending war and violence.  It’s in that spirit that Joyce has developed her own tradition of an annual Mother’s Day Peace Concert.    

Joyce’s live shows and recordings showcase her versatility as a vocalist and violinist who thrives on writing and interpreting songs across many genres from old-time, rock & Americana, spirituals, folk, pop, and swing. Her newest CD "SWERVE!" marks the invention of her innovative new "violin troubadour" sound which reflects her strengths as an improviser, and her new found interest in using technology (loops, effects etc.) to harness new sonic landscapes and launch into extended psychedelic jams.  In addition to life as a mom and an Electro-Acoustic Violin Troubadour, she’s also the music director for an alternative church service at First Parish Church in York, Maine.

Find out more about Joyce, watch recordings of past performances, and order her albums here.

Learn more about the Arnie Alpert Action Fund and make a donation here.


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