We came together in celebration of mate, regeneration, and building Earthships with music and community as the focal point to this journey through South America.
Richard is an accomplished violinist, multi-instrumentalist, and producer who mixes classical and modern music in his work.
For Austin-based band, Ley Line, community is everything. Made up of two musical pairs, Kate Robberson and Emilie Basez and twin sisters Madeleine and Lydia Froncek, the women feel grateful to live in a city that supports their work as creatives and allows them to continue to share their stories through music, something they feel is integral and inherent to the human experience.
“Harmonize is a love song and a rite of passage to a higher form of love. It’s about the calling forth of truth, lust, inspiration, fantasy, and honesty from the depths of a person.
Luke Wallace, 26, has made a name for himself in communities all over western North America. Since the age of 16, Luke has been writing songs rooted in unity and a love for the planet, using his music to draw attention to critical social justice and environmental battles.
Come to Life had the honour of joining Grammy nominated band The Wood Brothers in their Nashville Studio and at the Red Rocks Amphitheatre as they were putting the finishing touches on their latest record “Kingdom In My Mind”.
Years ago at a retreat, a facilitator framed relationships through the lens of transactional versus transformational. I had been trying to sort this concept out in my head and on this day it crystallized.
Having worked with activist and musician Luke Wallace for the past 5 years, we’ve come to see him as a true ally in the regenerative movement.
On a beautiful summer’s day in 2018, hundreds of people gathered on Salt Spring Island to experience music and community in the golden glow of Stowel Lake Farm.
The album’s creation finds its roots back during the US Presidential elections of November 2016 when Masauko was invited to a jam session on Salt Spring Island, Canada.
This is an old English/Appalachian folk song passed down to us by our mamma, full throttle and rowdy. Performed by many a folk singer throughout the times, we rewrote some of the words to include an homage to our godfather, Whitlock Connah, who was an incredible blues man and a huge influence in our musical life.
This song was written by one of my favorite living songwriters, Samuel Lockridge in 2012. The haunting melody and stark poetry gripped me immediately, and I’ve been singing it ever since.
An artist watches their work up close during creation time and then unleashes it out into the world, never fully knowing where it lives or where its tendrils truly stretch.
Here’s a new video featuring our dear friend Peia, shot live in the Siskiyou mountains of Oregon. Peia will be bringing her songs and stories to New York next month for Changing Tides, a fundraiser for our underwater relatives and the Salish Sea.
The narrative of young people showing up to lead is not a new phenomenon- in the past few years alone Malala Yousafzai, Emma Gonzalez, Xiuhtezcatl Martinez (to name a few) have become household names.
As part of our month-long “Come To Life: Colorado” campaign, we’ve been hosting events and concerts to bring the Front Range community together to ultimately take steps to regenerate the Colorado community and show that taking positive action is possible.
In a neighborhood surrounded by construction, the old synagogue that has been reborn as one of Denver’s most unique and intimate venues, Invisible City, is hard to find. Maybe that’s the point.
Rare is it that an artist can capture your heart as well as intrigue your mind by infusing soothing and inspiring music with a message. Trevor Hall is a talented singer-songwriter who achieves all of this and more.
Come To Life had the pleasure of supporting Trevor Hall earlier this summer, partnering with him on his album release show at No Vacancy in Hollywood. While we were getting ready for what turned out to be a magical night to remember, we sat down and interviewed Trevor.
“My world was blown open in summer 2016 while volunteering at Calais Jungle refugee camp in France. I woke to culture and language completely beyond my understanding, and also the simple power of humans making beauty together – from nothing” – Moira Smiley
Come to Life presents “I Dreamed a Dream”, a new song from singer-songwriter Dustin Thomas that was recorded live on Lasqueti Island in BC.
O’er the Land, O’er the Sea is a song I wrote several years ago while living in a little cabin in Southern Oregon. After many years of travels and study, I finally rooted down, creating a home for myself and finding my kin. This song was inspired by the feeling of finally coming home after a long journey, and by the beautiful way of life I witnessed in the community surrounding me.
By the candle light of a cool summer evening, a trio of singers gathered by the seaside to sing an old Irish folk tune in a sailboat anchored in the far islands of the Salish Sea.
We recorded I Am Not Lost in Dodge Cove on Digby Island, a small island community of 40 people located across the harbour from Prince Rupert in Tsimshian territory.
Us is a collection of live songs recorded over a period of 6 months in communities all over the West Coast of North America. In this record are the voices of hundreds of people fighting to protect the planet earth and the systems that sustain them.
The Raging Grannies are a radical choir of progressive grandmothers based on Salt Spring Island, BC, in Saanich and Cowichan Territory.
Recording Turning the Tide on Salt Spring island was a truly memorable night. The turnout was amazing and the energy in our wide circle reflected the shared love that we all have for the Salish Sea.
By the candle light of a cool summer evening, Rising Appalachia gathered by the seaside to sing while their sailboat anchored in the far islands of the Salish sea. The adventures that followed spanned many islands, many farms, and bridged many worlds and hearts.
In the sweet evening hours after a long weekend of shows this October 2017 for us and our dear friends Climbing Poetree, we all gathered in a beautiful backyard in Oakland, CA to relax, feast and tell stories from the road.
The wheel turns as we reap the last of the autumn harvest. A chapter closes in this story of life-long devotion to song, and I commence communion with the muses once more. Here in a cabin in the woods, stirred only by the hum of a hummingbird, drinking at my window….at last time to steady, digest and rest.
We landed at the Yuba river in Northern California after days down in the south, to return to the fire wrought lands and the beautiful wilds of this region. Our 2 night shows at the Grass Valley Center for the Arts was full of bright eyed souls, and on our afternoon off we sat and sang song on the polished stones and crystal waters of the Yuba River.
I first met Arouna Diarra in Ghana in 2007. At the time he was in his early 20s and didn’t speak any English yet. We played a song together and the song translated to mean if you want to follow your destiny it’s up to you.
Rising Appalachia - Alive Tour Diary 6 : We Find Our Packs
gathering steam through kindreds and kinfolk, friends and compatriots, game changers and the steady hands that uplift us along the route.
It was such a blessing to have the opportunity to go home to my little cob house in Bolinas for a night between shows. I drove to the coast lifted by the beautiful energy of Petaluma. I felt the winds rock me and the smoke turned the moon red.
Sending enormous prayers to the communities engulfed in wildfire in NorCal right now. We spent the last 2 nights hosing down the yards, keeping eye on the burning ridges, and standing guard in the neighborhoods of Santa Rosa, while the residents kept watch on who would evacuate and who would stay.
San Francisco held us in its great arms of community power, diversity, and foggy light down Hardly Strictly lanes. Thousands of sweet faces swayed & danced with us while two lover hawks hunted-ducked & dived above head. Peaceful air show. Ancestors & signs of peace.
First show on our Alive Tour at the Catalyst, Santa Cruz. Full moons and a mighty girth of fam’ in the room to swell and sing to the tides.