Pete Seeger is asking us to join together to help a folk music institution! Since 1950, Sing Out! Magazine has been one of the most effective and respected ways for musicians to share and learn. As Sing Out! heads towards its 60th anniversary next spring, its non-profit parent — which also produces “Rise Up Singing,” Sing Out! Radio Magazine, and Pete’s newly revised autobiography “Where Have All the Flowers Gone” — is fighting for survival. Throughout its existence, Sing Out! has always operated close to the bone financially, but recent economic conditions, along with the current state of the print trade and periodicals, have come together to put the very existence of the magazine and organization in real danger. If you care about folk music, and want one of its community’s strongest voices and allies to survive, I urge you to check out Pete’s message at: <http://www.singout.org/donate.html>. (You can help by passing this message on to others you think should know about this too!)
Archive for December, 2009
December 16, 2009 – 9:46 AM
Just in time for the holidays, you can give the gift of a master songwriter playing with his many friends. Pete Seeger’s 90th birthday celebration in May at Madison Square Garden is now available as a two-DVD set. The Clearwater Concert featured more than 40 renowned aritsts, including Dave Matthews, Bruce Springsteen, Joan Baez, Arlo Guthrie, John Mellencamp and of course, Seeger, who led the audience in a rendition of “Amazing Grace.” “This special DVD set is filled with hope and a message, echoed by all of the musicians and audience members present at the concert, that a better world is within our grasp,” said Jeff Rumpf, executive director of Clearwater. The DVD is $35 and available specifically at seeger90dvd.myshopify.com.
The Take Me To The River Children’s Community Chorus debuts in a concert guided by legendary folk singer Pete Seeger at the South Presbyterian Church Dobbs Ferry on Thursday, December 10th, at 7 p.m. The chorus is comprised of Hastings-on-Hudson residents and the Westhab organization’s community-based youth program at the Coachman Shelter in White Plains. They will sing songs, mostly written by Seeger, accompanied by local singer/songwriters Jenny Murphy and Matt Turk. Following the concert, Seeger will sign copies of his recently updated book “Where Have All The Flowers Gone, A Singalong Memoir,” which includes a CD. The book will be sold at the concert for the discounted price of $20. Proceeds go to Clearwater.org. Admission is $10 adults, free for children. Please bring a can of food for donation to The Coachmen Shelter. 343 Broadway Dobbs Ferry. 914-693-0473.