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Musicians give voice to spirit of giving for Dineh-Navajo

Each year, members of the band Clan Dyken and supporters from around the world travel to remote areas of the Navajo-Hopi reservation in Arizona to support the Dineh-Navajo people with Thanksgiving food, firewood and general supplies.

The Big Mountain Benefit in Nevada City on Saturday is part of the Beauty Way Tour created by Clan Dyken to raise funds for this charity.

Saturday’s event, at Seaman Lodge in Pioneer Park on Nimrod Street, starts with a prayer and dinner (salmon/vegetarian) at 5 p.m., then kicks into an entertainment mode with local and regional musicians donating their talents. There will be speakers, as well.



Clan Dyken, from California’s Calaveras County, will play its own brand of world rebel music, featuring songs of resistance, hope and inspiration. They’ve been spreading a musical message of love and action for 20 years.

The Wicker Men creates earthen folk storytelling music with instruments from many cultures, often conjuring up Druid imagery.




For an otherworldly journey, Kimberly Bass sings harmonic chants with crystal singing bowls. She was awarded first place in the 2006 U.S.A. Songwriting Competition for her song, “Callin’ All Angels,” and has performed with Grammy-winning vocalist Diane Schuur. Musicians accompanying Bass are Luke Wilson on guitars, Gary Campus on kahon drum and T-Bone on bass guitar.

The dinner is $7; the music, $10, but no one will be turned away for lack of funds. The person to talk to about this event is Darlene Markey at (530) 265-8561 or at popeye859@yahoo.com. For the artists’ Web sites, visit clanddyken.com, featherriversingers.com, thewickermen.com and kimberlybass.com

5 p.m. – Opening prayer with Don Ryburg

5-7:15 – Dinner

6 – Feather River Singers

6:35 ish – Speakers Roberto Garcia and Don Ryburg

7 – Kimberly Bass Band

8 – The Wicker Men

8:40 ish – Earth Rhythm Dancers and Drummers

9 – Clan Dyken


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