No Man’s Folk
No Man’s Folk is sobriety-based music for awakening peoples in awakening places. It unites what we call ‘traditional’ folk music with Traditional, in the sense of Indigenous, folk music. This is a music of temperance where even enemies are invited into a No Man’s Land of shared desire for peace, clearmindedness and human flourishing. No Man’s Folk sings for the happiness of all beings of Earth in a participatory, ensouled cosmos.
— F. Christopher Reynolds
NO MAN’S FOLK – YOU CAN DO IT
WHAT DOES IT LOOK LIKE AND WHAT DO WE DO?
No Man’s Folk is done mostly in homes, and also wherever people come together for a better future. You need a space for about 30 people. It can happen with a group of 2-6. The persons who come are encouraged most to come because they love music and love to sing.
At the center of the space is a sacred drum or harmonium or a guitar or an acordion or the pipes — any instrument shared will do. There are 4 chairs around the center with other instruments here and there. The way No Man’s Folk looks is a room, a central instrument, four chairs and other instruments here and there.
Everyone sits around the musical center. Begin with gratitude and a short ritual where you invite all present to feel and let go of grief, fear, desire, anger, pain, insanity, despair, restlessness, shame, guilt, suicidal tendencies. Sing through the pain together. Let the songs be originals in both traditional folk styles as well as Indigenous styles. Let the songs be Indigenous and traditional. Create a rhythm between the leaders in the center and the gathering. Sing 4 songs and then invite 2-4 songs/prayers/stories from those gathered.
No Man’s music, therefore, invites a new understanding of folk music that opens room for the ongoing original folk music — the songs and traditions of Indigenous resistance the world over that for 500 years now have endured and sustained culture and soul.
It calls for a de-colonized method of song-writing. Re-indigenized song-writing is an inherently sacred activity linked to revelatory experiences in dreaming, ritual, creativity in relationship with a sacred Earth, Ancestors. It is care for the soul of a people and the life-giving relationship with all ecosystems.
To invite, contact: email@example.com, Christopher Reynolds
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