Songs for Solar

Thanks to everyone who participated in this fundraiser! We raised almost $2000 for the GiveSolar Seed Fund.

Click on the image above to listen to Aidan Quinn and Christine Stay of Friction Farm as they perform the song they wrote for this event.

Join the Climate Action Alliance of the Valley and GiveSolar for an evening of music by acoustic duo Friction Farm, to benefit GiveSolar‘s work in spreading the wealth of solar energy.

Friday, September 10 | 7-9:30PM

Community Mennonite Church
70 S High St, Harrisonburg

Free-will donations accepted at the door or on the GiveSolar website HERE.

“Songs for Solar” is a fundraiser for GiveSolar’s Solar Seed Fund which is raising money to install solar panels on new Habitat for Humanity homes in Harrisonburg and Rockingham County. Find out more about the Solar Seed Fund initiative on their website HERE and through their Facebook page HERE.

Come for the music, to hear more about the inspiring work of GiveSolar, and for snacks and socializing! Update: due to the uptick of COVID cases in our area, no food or drink will be provided, but the music will feed your souls.*

MASKS are MANDATORY.


Aidan Quinn and Christine Stay of Friction Farm come from their self-built solar powered home in the hills of South Carolina to support GIVE SOLAR.  The non-profit is working to raise $100,000 as a seed fund that will be used to install solar on 20 Central Valley Habitat for Humanity homes the in the next five years. The work is all done by volunteers in “solar barnraisings.” A generous donor is matching each dollar given so contributions will go twice as far. Jeff Heie, founder of GIVE SOLAR, will talk about the project and how you can volunteer to help before the concert begins.

“Modern-folk duo Friction Farm is a husband and wife team of traveling troubadours. Aidan Quinn and Christine Stay combine storytelling, social commentary and humor to create songs of everyday life, local heroes, and quirky observations. From ballads to anthems each song is filled with harmony and hope.

  • Kerrville New Folk Finalists
  • Falcon Ridge Emerging Artists
  • South Florida Folk Festival Song Competition Winner
  • Susquehanna Music and Arts Festival Songwriter Finalists
  • Southeast and Southwest Regional Folk Alliance official showcase artists

Friction Farm has performed internationally and toured the US. They feel at home on the road and on stage. Audiences lean into their stories, laugh at their humor, are inspired to do a little good in the world, and even sing along once in a while.

Aidan and Christine have been performing as a duo for [fifteen years.] He’s from Berkeley, CA and she’s from Woodstock NY. They met in college studying geology and engineering. Though they each had successful careers, their sense of adventure and love of music and travel were too strong to ignore. They hit the road with a handful of songs and never looked back. Friction Farm has performed across the US and in Europe, Asia, and Africa. When not touring Aidan does some woodworking and Christine bakes. They have a big garden and a small orchard at the sustainable home they designed and built in South Carolina.” — Tedx Greenville, 2016 https://tedxgreenville.com/portfolio/frictionfarm/

Their latest album is “Evidence of Hope,” which is what we all need more of right now!

Find more about them HERE.

They’ve written a song just for this event. Be the first to hear it!

Other sponsors of this event include the Shenandoah Group of the Sierra Club, the Harrisonburg Unitarian Universalists, Community Mennonite Church, Earth Day Every Day Harrisonburg, and Trinity Presbyterian Church.


* To address COVID concerns, in addition to mandatory masking, there are lots of doors we will prop open around the room and with the large ceiling fans in the vaulted ceiling space, we think it will provide a relatively safe environment for us and for our performers, Aidan Quinn and Christine Stay of Friction Farm.

Also, seats will be spaced out around the room, two together (though of course you can pull chairs together for your family members.)

This will mean fewer people can come in and once we reach capacity, others will very SADLY be turned away.