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Seattle Labor Chorus, and others?

Desert Dancer 04 Apr 12 - 10:47 PM
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Subject: Seattle Labor Chorus, and others?
From: Desert Dancer
Date: 04 Apr 12 - 10:47 PM

Seattle photographer and videographer Doug Plummer has completed the last of his Northwest Stories series of short videos for Northwest Folklife (of Festival fame), with a video about the Seattle Labor Chorus.

(At the time that I post this, the link for the video at the Northwest Folklife site isn't working, but here it is on YouTube.)

Fifteen years ago, for the 1997 Northwest Folklife Festival, a group of singers came together to join Pete Seeger for a special performance. And fifteen years later, that group—the Seattle Labor Chorus—is still going strong. The group has evolved into a nonprofit organization dedicated to economic justice, social justice, and the fundamental right of all workers to organize as a means of securing a living wage. It describes itself as the "musical voice of labor in Seattle, " and the group appears at rallies, protests, union meetings, and on stages around the Seattle area to inspire and educate in four-part harmony.

Northwest Stories has been made possible, in part, by a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts. Local videographer Doug Plummer produced the videos along with Deborah Fant, Deputy Director of Northwest Folklife, and Kelli Faryar, Programs Manager.


The Seattle Labor Chorus website has a links page that lists these other labor choruses:

SF Bay Area Labor Heritage / Rockin' Solidarity Chorus
    The Bay area's labor chorus, directed by Pat Wright

New York City Labor Chorus
    Geoffrey Fairweather, director of the New York City Labor Chorus at the time of our formation, directed us in our first performance.

Solidarity Notes
    Vancouver, BC's labor chorus, directed by Earle Peach. We have appeared with the Solidarity notes at the Blaine Peace Arch and at other venues and use some of their arrangements

DC Labor Chorus
    Washington, DC's labor chorus

Fruit of Labor Singing Ensemble
    A six-member group from North Carolina

Brooklyn Women's Chorus
    A no- audition chorus led by Bev Grant with a strongly pro-labor repertoire


The Seattle group has gotten just a couple mentions here at Mudcat. Anyone else got anything on the topic?

~ Becky in Tucson


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Subject: RE: Seattle Labor Chorus, and others?
From: Desert Dancer
Date: 06 Apr 12 - 02:17 PM

bump?


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Subject: RE: Seattle Labor Chorus, and others?
From: Bob the Postman
Date: 06 Apr 12 - 03:05 PM

Vancouver's Solidarity Notes. Also, hFraser Union rates a mention, though they are more of a string band than a chorus. Hear 'em at the Princeton Traditional Music Festival in August.


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Subject: RE: Seattle Labor Chorus, and others?
From: Bob the Postman
Date: 06 Apr 12 - 03:07 PM

Oops, Becky already had Solidarity Notes. Blickie in place, anyway.


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