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08-May-17 - 04:04 PM
Thread Name: May Day - modern labor/union singers?
Subject: RE: May Day - modern labor/union singers?
Deb Cowan, John McCutcheon, and a WHOLE large group of "Solidarity Singers" in Madison, Wisconsin - Tom Kastle is one who introduced me to that movement.

Mark Dvorak is one of the most dedicated of the many promoters of the songs of Pete Seeger. Local friend Charlie Mosbrook has a good line in Woody Guthrie songs, among many, many who sing his labor songs.

Gordon Bok, Stan Rogers, are the go-to for many songs of the work life of sailors and fisherfolk. Whaling songs are so much a part of the past, but fishing and how difficult the sea is never change.

So many performers, even if they don't sing exclusively for labor/union events, have some labor songs, many traditional, on hand. Lately I've been saturating myself with Brian Peters' singing, and one he performs about textile mill work "Prospect, Providence" is shatteringly beautiful. One advantage to these cherry-picked songs out of large repertoires is that they're often more intensely moving than a steady diet of labor/protest/issue songs. Other than Si Kahn, (who I enjoy & endorse highly) how many singers would bill themselves exclusively as labor/union exclusively?

Joanne in Cleveland