Appearing Live Tomorrow: Labor Folksinger Anne Feeney at Abby’s Highway 40

Tuesday July 17th, 2012
7:30 p.m.

Abby’s Highway 40
424 E. 4th Street
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Anne Feeney returns to performing with Mark Ross and Adam Moss in Hard Travelin’ Tour. 

The tour is in tribute to the life and times of iconic American folksinger, Woody Guthrie, whose inspiration work includes the song, “Hard Travelin’.” Guthrie would have turned 100 years old this year had he not succumbed to Huntington’s Chorea in 1967. The show features many songs from Woody’s repertoire, and songs that Woody would have liked – performed by Anne Feeney and Mark Ross, who have been continuing Woody’s work throughout their careers. There are celebrations featuring Guthrie’s music planned across the nation in honor of his life.

Feeney returns to performing after a two- year bout with cancer. Thousands of her friends and fans supported her emotionally and financially during her illness and recovery. Pete Seeger and Peter Yarrow are among the hundreds of musicians, as well as her current tour mates, who performed benefit concerts for her recovery. Feeney’s anthem, “Have You Been to Jail for Justice?” is a favorite of the #Occupy movement and is sung in jail cells from Oakland, CA to Copenhagen. The 60 year old activist/songwriter has made a career out of comforting the afflicted and afflicting the comfortable.

While Pittsburgh-based labor diva Anne Feeney and multi-instrumentalist Mark Ross of Eugene, Oregon have known each other for two decades, they have never toured together. High-energy young fiddle player Adam Moss of Boston previously performed with Feeney in her 2009 Sing Out for Single Payer Road Show tour.

Mark Ross was 14 years old the first time he read Woody Guthrie’s BOUND FOR GLORY. He thought it was an instruction manual. He has spent the last 45 years walking that road, playing and singing and telling stories in 36 states. He’s been a logger, fry cook, and substitute teacher. He’s also been nominated for a Grammy, an Indie, and was Utah Phillips’ sideman and songwriting partner.

The tour, with performances in theaters, concert halls, union halls, libraries, festivals – and on picket lines, will features stories, songs, jokes and some tour-de-force instrumentalism. Utah Phillips was a great friend and mentor to both Ross, whom he called “the best all-around traditional musician in North America” and Feeney, whom he called “the best labor singer in North America.” With young Adam Moss’ fiddling thrown into the mix, it has the makings of a magical memorable musical evening.

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