Labor and feminist singer Anne Feeney in concert March 15
Pittsburgh-based agitator Anne Feeney performs music that she says is designed to "comfort the afflicted and afflict the comfortable." Not many women have chosen to walk the path of Woody Guthrie, but Feeney's made a career of it for the past 35 years.
She has lived her life on the frontlines -- performing at thousands of rallies, picket lines and demonstrations over the years -- including the WTO demonstrations in Seattle, Solidarity Day in Washington, DC, at the annual School of Americas Watch demonstration in Columbus, Georgia, and for 1.5 million at the April 25, 2004 March for Women's Lives.
Feeney draws on Irish, bluegrass, traditional, labor, pop, folk and contemporary material. She's as likely to sing a traditional song or an obscure gem by one of her many friends in the singer/songwriter circuit as she is one of her own award-winning songs. Feeney's anthem, "Have You Been to Jail for Justice?" is featured on Peter, Paul and Mary's CD, "In These Times."
While Feeney may prefer the excitement of performances at rallies and demonstrations, she knows that many of her fans prefer pepper-spray free environments to listen to the songs and stories that make up her sometimes caustic, sometimes hilarious, always inspiring show.
The woman that Utah Phillips calls the "best labor singer in North America" performs Saturday, March 15 at the 2nd Street Bakery, 1511 NW 2nd St., at 8 p.m. Info: 352 378-5655.
This show is a benefit to help send Iguana editors Jenny and Joe on a delegation to Venezuela.
More about Anne at: http://www.annefeeney.com
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