Peia~ To The Well Concert and Film Release

  • Wednesday, September 28, 2022
  • 7:30pm - 10:00pm
  • First United Methodist, Ashland, OR
Peia~ To The Well Concert and Film Release

Please join us for a night to remember in the divinely beautiful Sanctuary at the United Methodist Church in Ashland for Peia’s To The Well Concert and Film Release. This is going to be a special night not to be missed as Peia will be returning from Europe for her first Ashland concert in several years. The night will include Peia’s usual amazing concert plus her gorgeous new film "To The Well" that features some stunning images of Peia’s ancestral lands as well as her deeply beautiful and inspiring songs that come from the deep well of her ancestral lineage. Peia will be joined by Andrew Finn Magill on fiddle.

Please join us for a night to remember in the divinely beautiful Sanctuary at the United Methodist Church in Ashland for Peia’s To The Well Concert and Film Release. This is going to be a special night not to be missed as Peia will be returning from Europe for her first Ashland concert in several years. The night will include Peia’s usual amazing concert as well as her gorgeous new film To The Well that features some stunning images of Peia’s ancestral lands as well as her deeply beautiful and inspiring songs that come from the deep well of her ancestral lineage.

“I could sing in over 20 languages yet I knew not a single song from my family nor one word from their ancestral language. I lacked true north and something in me remained searching and rootless.”

With equal parts thirst, gratitude, and the kind of urgent, grief-soaked willingness to peer into a deep well after long pilgrimage, Peia stood on the west coast of County Kerry, Ireland and held the songs of her ancestors in her mouth like so much bread after generations of famine. The result of years of study, this is the tale of finding the source of an erased origin: a holy well of songs still as alive and vibrant as the good green hills, as sturdy as the standing stones.

It is said culture can be forgotten in but two generations. Every modern person in the so-called west suffers from the legacies of colonization: a sense of separation from place-based lifeways that erupt from the land itself, manifesting in the forms of dance, foods, rituals, ceremonies, folk arts – and song.

For Peia’s To The Well Film Release and Concert Tour, we invite you to come and to drink deeply from an ancient shared source. While we are all descendants of lands that gave shape and sound to our cultures, we also need courage to confront what is reflected in the water. To go to the well is to take the long road back to ourselves. It is not an endeavor to do alone: this kind of healing happens in community. For this journey, we will accompany you with some new and favorite songs, yes, but also a viewing of the short film followed by some Q&A from the audience.

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