Peace Songwriters put on 19th Annual ‘Place at the Table’ Christmas concert Dec 1

The 19th Annual ‘Place at the Table’ Christmas concert put on by the Peace Songwriters goes Saturday, December 1. It’s become a Christmas tradition around Dawson Creek.

“A couple of people have told me this is how they kick off the Christmas season,” says Linda Studley of the Songwriters.

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It will be a night of great music — obviously, there will be Christmas music, but not all of it will be — with hot apple cider and goodies, with entry by donation. It all goes towards a good cause.

“Every single penny that’s raised goes towards the Salvation Army food hampers to buy the things that don’t get donated, or to buy more of what they need so everybody can have a good Christmas,” says Studley.

The music will be a good mix — with the Songwriters in the mix, you can expect some original tunes — as well as recitations of poetry. It will be a group effort, with all performers on the stage the entire show, backing each other, and they are hard at work rehearsing for the show.

“The thing is when we’re all on stage like that, we can all back each other up, so instead of just getting one person with a guitar, you’re going to end up with someone playing bass, someone playing guitar, and someone on the keyboards, all sorts of different voices blending too,” says Studley.

“We work together to put on an interesting sound, and we try to do something a little different every year. There will probably be a couple of different languages being sung.”

And yes, this is the 19th edition. They are already looking at big plans for the 20th edition next year.

“The Songwriters had been meeting for a couple of years by that time and we all played for different charitable events off and on, whenever asked, and we thought, ‘Well, wouldn’t it be nice to get together and just put on a concert or something, and something that would benefit the community,’” explains Studley. “Gosh, we had no idea it was going to go on for this long.

“Over the 20 years the Songwriters have been meeting, there’s been so many different musicians coming through the organization — we’ve seen young people in high school, and then watched them go on and turn music into their career, which is pretty neat, and we’ve had older people who have since passed on. It’s been almost like a family.”

The concert goes at the First Baptist Church, at 1400 113 Ave. Doors will open 6:30 pm, with the concert beginning 7 pm. Prior to the concert December 1, the Songwriters will also be hosting their regularly scheduled Coffeehouse open mic at the KPAC this Saturday, doors opening 6:30 pm and kicking off at 7 pm.

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