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"Almanac Trail" Concert Tour Kicks off in Pittsburgh July 12 with Anne Feeney!
by George Mann Monday, Jun. 24, 2013 at 11:48 AM
A night of labor music, history and education. "The Almanac Trail" tour covers 25 cities in 32 days, beginning in Pittsburgh with special guest Anne Feeney on Friday, July 12 at the US Steelworkers headquarters, 7 PM (social hour), concert at 8 PM. hear stories and songs from Woody Guhrie, Pete Seeger and others and learn about the growth of labor unions in the 1930s and 1940s!
I am writing about the "Almanac Trail" music tour and CD project, which celebrates the music of The Almanac Singers (Woody Guthrie and Pete Seeger being their most "famous" members) and their 1941 tour of union halls.
The 25-city tour kicks off Friday night, July 12 at 8 PM, at the US Steelworkers headquarters, 5 Gateway Center, in the Lobby Conference Room.
Press Release and poster are attached. Pittsburgh's own Anne Feeney (http://www.annefeeney.com) will be joining Rik Palieri and George Mann onstage.
Thanks so much! Info:
In the summer of 1941, a musical group of labor activists known as “The Almanac Singers” climbed into a midnight blue Buick and blazed a trail across the USA, spreading the gospel of unionism and bringing folk music back to the people. The group, with members Woody Guthrie, Pete Seeger, Lee Hays & Mill Lampell, created a new kind of topical music, using old folk melodies to tell the stories of the times. They played in union halls, on picket lines, theaters and radio shows, planting seeds wherever they went. At the core were some of the greatest labor songs ever written, including “Union Maid,” “Talking Union,” and “Which Side Are You On?”
Some seventy years later, with the help and guidance of Pete Seeger and The Woody Guthrie Archives, “Totem Pole” Rik Palieri and George Mann are traveling down the road from Pittsburgh to Los Angeles, up the west coast and then from Seattle to Buffalo, singing at some of the same places and towns, and inviting local musicians to join in, as in the original tour. The Almanac Trail will be like an old-fashioned “Hootenanny”-- an evening of history, music and fun for all generations! Pittsburgh’s great “union maid” Anne Feeney is a special guest performer at this concert! Thanks to the USWA for the use of their space!
Date and start time: Friday, July 12 (7 PM social hour, concert at 8 PM)
Location: United Steelworkers Headquarters, Lobby Conference Room
Five Gateway Center, Pittsburgh, PA 15222
Venue phone number: 412-562-2400
The event has a suggested admission/donation of $5 - $10. All are welcome and no one will be turned away for lack of funds. Thanks to the United Steelworkers for the use of their facility.