Historic Almanac Singers Tour
News from the Wisconsin Labor History Society
For Immediate Release: July 9, 2013 For information, contact: Ken Germanson (414) 687-6954
Woody Guthrie, Pete Seeger’s 1941 tour
to be recreated with stop in Milwaukee
In the summer of 1941, Woody Guthrie and Pete Seeger in a group called the Almanac Singers made a cross-country tour to put together music that inspired thousands on picket lines, in union halls and theaters.
That historic tour – which included a stop at the UAW Local 248 strike of Allis-Chalmers – is being re-created this summer by two folksingers in a 25-city nationwide tour that will include a stop in Milwaukee on Thursday, July 18.
The Wisconsin Labor History Society is sponsoring an evening concert by the two singers, Rik Palieri and George Mann, at 7 p.m. at Milwaukee Turners Hall, 1034 N. 4th St.
The program each night will include songs from that tour 72 years ago, including “Union Maid,” “Talking Union,” and “Which Side Are You on?” In addition, Palieri and Mann will be relating stories from the tour, based on interviews they’ve had with Pete Seeger, now 93 and living in upstate New York. 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.
The July 18 program will also involve some songs of the two folksingers that will reflect upon current day events. Local musicians will be asked to join in, as they were by the Almanac Singers in 1941.
Admission will be $10.
The Almanac Trail tour will be in Madison for a similar concert on Friday, Aug. 9 at 7:30 p.m. at the Madison Labor Temple, 1602 S. Park St. A “meet and greet” reception will begin at 6:30 p.m.
For information about the tour, go to http://almanactrail.com.
For further information on the Milwaukee program, please contact Ken Germanson, Wisconsin Labor History Society, at 414-687-6954 or firstname.lastname@example.org.