“Almanac Trail” Tour Comes to Sportsmen’s Tavern on Sunday, August 11
MEDIA PHOTOs AT: http://almanactrail.com/Photos_-_Media-_PR.html
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.
The Almanacs’ now almost-mythical journey has become an inspiration for legions of musicians, free thinkers, and gasoline gypsies, and has paved the road for many of today’s singer/songwriters. At the core of it 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, two modern-day troubadours are following in the footsteps of the old Almanacs. With banjos and guitars and a bag full of union songs, “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!
The final date of the tour will be in Buffalo !!!
Date and start time: Sunday, August 11, 3:00 to 6:00 PM
Location: Sportsmen’s Tavern, 326 Amherst Street
Venue phone number: 874-7734
Initial Sponsors of this concert are:
CWA District 1 HCC
(Healthcare Coordinating Council)
UAW Regional Council
Working Families Party
CWA Local 1168
Ann Converso, R.N.
ENCARA (Erie & Niagara County Alliance
for Retired Americans)
WNY CWA Council
CWA Local 1122
The event has a cover charge of $5 and proceeds will benefit the WNYCOSH Worker Center and the Western NY Rolling Jubliee. All are welcome!
More information, other photos, and video (with Pete Seeger) are online at:
In Unity There Is Strength!
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