GREENFIELD, Mass. -- The Connecticut River Watershed Council, a conservation group, is soliciting songs inspired by the flooding from Tropical Storm Irene. These songs will be featured in a concert to be held on Aug. 28, the first anniversary of the flood.
"Many people were affected by the Tropical Storm Irene flooding in deep ways: emotionally, economically and spiritually," said Pat LaMountain, who, along with her husband, Tex, is producing the concert. The duo have been singing, writing, performing and harmonizing together for almost 35 years and have shared the stage with Bonnie Raitt, Jackson Browne, Pete Seeger and Arlo Guthrie. "This concert is meant as a way to make peace with the power of nature we witnessed and experienced."
The concert will be a benefit for the Connecticut River Watershed Council’s annual Source to Sea Cleanup which this year takes place on Sept. 29. The LaMountains also have a personal reason for wanting to support the cleanup effort and give voice to Tropical Storm Irene’s impact.
"This year, some of the stuff being pulled out of the river will be parts of our barns and our summer place," explains Tex LaMountain. "We lost all five buildings at our Hawley, Mass., retreat, the place we would go to write songs and watch grandchildren enjoy nature. It all went down the Chickley River on Aug. 28."
To enter a song for consideration, visit www.ctriver.org.
To learn more, visit www.ctriver.org.