Folk singer Jim Scott will hold a Pete Seeger Songfest to benefit the Center for Nonviolent Solutions 7:00 PM Sunday November 6, in the sanctuary of the First Unitarian Church, 90 Main Street, Worcester, MA.
Composer/guitarist Jim Scott, who knew Pete well and collaborated on many projects with the folk legend, will lead the audience in songs for the causes Seeger championed and will remember his great contributions to peace and to our American heritage.
Scott brings a warmth, and authenticity that turns any size audience into an intimate gathering. His lyrical melodies, well-crafted words, guitar mastery and humorous surprises moved Pete Seeger to call him “Some kind of a magician.” A guitarist with the Paul Winter Consort and co-composer of their celebrated “Missa Gaia / Earth Mass,” Scott is a prolific composer in his own right.
Scott, a lifelong Unitarian Universalist (UU)has also become a student of the movement for peace and justice in song, compiling and arranging the “Earth and Spirit Songbook,” a collection of over 110 songs by many contemporary composers, including Pete Seeger. His much loved “Gather the Spirit” and other songs are in the UU hymnbooks. He was one of the creators of the Green Sanctuary program for churches to become more sustainable.
The Center for Nonviolent Solutions is a non-profit organization that provides education and resources to help people in the Worcester area to understand nonviolence and peacemaking as a way of life and to reject the use of violence in resolving conflict. The Center teaches middle school and high school students how to resolve conflicts peacefully through mutual respect, empathy cultivation, active listening and peer mediation. The Center also provides training in peacebuilding skills to teachers and youth workers, and provides instruction in the history of successful nonviolent movements in the modern world.