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Singer a jolly good (peace) fellow

Provided to the TribuneDavid LaMotte will perform a concert Feb. 15 in Placerville as part of the Season of Peace and Nonviolence.
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Singer-songwriter David LaMotte will perform in Placerville as part of the “Season of Nonviolence.” The concert, sponsored by the El Dorado Peace and Justice Community, will begin at 7 p.m. Friday, Feb. 15, at the Grange Hall, 2020 Smith Flat Road.

Tickets to the concert are $12 for adults and $5 for children, and are available at the door. The special family rate is $25 and includes two adults plus children. For more information, call (530) 622-1368 or visit http://www.edpjc.org.

This concert is part of LaMotte’s yearlong farewell tour. He announced that after 2,000 concerts on four continents, he would stop touring to devote his primary focus to peacemaking work. He will pursue a master’s in peace studies at the University of Queensland in Brisbane, Australia, as a Rotary World Peace Fellow, then move into peace work full time.



“It’s sort of strange, I admit,” LaMotte said. “Things have never been better with my music career, but I have a sense that this is what I’m supposed to do now, and I have to go with that. Folk singers talk a lot about following your heart, and I’m trying to practice what I preach.”

LaMotte also is the volunteer director of the nonprofit organization PEG Partners (Proyecto Para Las Escuelas Guatemaltecas), which he founded with his wife in 2004. PEG works in partnership with Guatemalan communities to improve schools.



LaMotte recently returned from a visit to several projects in Guatemala which PEG has supported. Because of his work in Guatemala, his alma mater, James Madison University, named him a Madison World Changer, and he was a recent “Hero of Humanity” nominee in World Ark, a publication of Heifer International.


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