Saturday, November 15, 2014
Peterborough Players Theater
Hadley Rd, Peterborough, NH 03458
8pm. Box office 7pm. Doors 7:30pm
Tickets $20 advance/$25 Day of concert
Purchase with a credit card by clicking Ticketstage
or at a Toadstool Bookshop in Keene, Milford or Peterborough
(two weeks before the concert.)
or by check to PFMS, PO Box 41, Peterborough, NH 03458.
Enclose a SAS envelope or tickets will be held at the box office.
Cash/checks only at the door.
Work o’ the Weavers’ very first performance was for an audience of one: none other than Weavers founding member Pete Seeger himself, who scribbled notes in the margins of the narrative to assure accuracy of fact and chronology. In 2003, the new quartet debuted their affectionate homáge at Hudson Valley’s venerable Walkabout Clearwater Coffeehouse (with Fred Hellerman in the front row – he later joined them onstage for Goodnight Irene).
Faithful to the Weavers’ original arrangements, Work o’ the Weavers (David Bernz, James Durst, Mark Murphy & Martha Sandefer) recalls their timeless music and interweaves an edifying narrative to unfold their timely story. Their participatory multi-media program follows the original group’s evolution from the earlier folk revival of the 1930s, through the Almanac Singers to the founding of the Weavers late in ’48; then touches on the blacklist and HUAC testimony, and their triumphant 1955 Carnegie Hall reunion concert which provided a beacon of dignity and hope in the face of the blacklist, and resurrected their music and careers. Featured are not only the beloved familiar songs, but also a few newer — some original, some from friends, some written by former Weavers themselves — that the Weavers might be singing today. It was at Pete’s behest that Work o’ the Weavers not just look back nostalgically, but rather be forward-looking – forward-singing! The result is a program that’s rousing, refreshing and relevant.
“Four wonderful people who’ve picked up where the Weavers left off. Fantastic!” –Pete Seeger
“I never got to sit out front and listen to the Weavers. But that changed tonight.” –Fred Hellerman
“Such rousing familiarity…there are moments when you may find yourself thinking that the group’s original members are all within range of the microphones.” –The Washington Post
“A Tale of Musical Courage” –Billboard Magazine
“If I’m an expert in one thing, it’s in the Weavers’ music. When I heard (Work o’ the Weavers) I got blown away. Great! (They) have it exactly right!” – Alan Chartock, Ph.D, WAMC-FM, Albany NY
Peterborough Folk Music Society Concerts
All concerts at 8pm at the Peterborough Players Theater
January 24, 2015 Johnathan Edwards $22/$25
April 3, 2015 – Red Molly $20/$23
April 18 – Sweetback Sisters co-bill with Stray Birds $25/$28
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