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Rise Again: The Tour
March 5, 2016 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm EST$20
THE RISE AGAIN TOUR COMES TO ATLANTA!
SINGALONG CONCERT CELEBRATES PUBLICATION OF
RISE AGAIN: A GROUP SINGING SONGBOOK
W/ ANNIE PATTERSON & PETER BLOOD, ELISE WITT, JOYCE & JACQUE (JOYCE WILLIAMS & JACQUELINE HOWARD) & PHYLLIS FREE
SAT. MAR. 5, 2016
@ ATLANTA FRIENDS MEETINGHOUSE
“The best, most exhilarating and glorious history of the United States: a singing history. It is more than a lovely songbook — it is a play-work-fight-freedom hymnal.” — Studs Terkel, writing about Rise Up Singing
“Rise Up Singing continues to be such a treasure — helping us celebrate the joy and power of singing our own rich histories. With the addition of Rise Again, families can expand on this vital and fun way to keep the tradition alive.” — Bonnie Raitt
From the creators of the beloved songbook Rise Up Singing, comes its much-anticipated companion Rise Again: A Group Singing Songbook. In celebration, The Rise Again Tour will hold a singalong concert on Saturday, March 5th, 7:00pm, at the Atlanta Friends Meetinghouse, 701 West Howard Avenue, Decatur GA 30030.
The concert will benefit the Global Village Project, a school for teenage refugee girls in Decatur GA, and The Carry It On Fund, a new fund supporting projects that continue the work and mission Pete & Toshi Seeger.
Creators of Rise Again, Annie Patterson & Peter Blood, will lead songs from the book. They will be joined by Atlanta’s own Elise Witt, Joyce & Jacque (Joyce Williams & Jacque Howard), and percussionist Phyllis Free.
Annie Patterson & Peter Blood are advocates of group singing as a way to build community and promote peace and justice. 30 years ago they approached Sing Out!, a folk song magazine founded by Pete Seeger, about publishing a songbook with words, chords, and sources (but no music) to 1,200 well-known songs for use by lay musicians and in group singing. Pete and Toshi Seeger persuaded Sing Out! to take on the project, and Seeger’s manager helped secure the song licenses from major publishers. Over 200 musicians, including Bob Dylan, Paul Simon, Judy Collins, James Taylor, and Bruce Springsteen, donated the use of their songs for the book.
Rise Up Singing quickly became an underground best-seller, selling well over half a million copies by word of mouth. Pete Seeger, who played a central role in the development of the book, declared, “It is making a qualitative difference in music in America.” Rise Up Singing has helped to spur a renaissance of group singing, with hundreds of groups holding monthly or even weekly singalongs and song circles in churches, synagogues, libraries and pubs across North America.
Following the publication of Rise Up Singing, Pete Seeger urged the creation of a second songbook with the same format as its predecessor but with even more inclusion of genres that were not heavily represented in the original book. Through the years, he regularly sent Annie Patterson and Peter Blood suggestions for songs to include in the second volume, lobbying for a balance of song genres and subjects, and for the songs to reflect a message of empowerment and positive change through community music making. Shortly before his death, Pete Seeger wrote the preface to Rise Again.
Every page of Rise Again: A Group Singing Songbook reflects the vision of Pete Seeger, who did not believe in artificial boundaries like “folk music”‘ and constantly encouraged Patterson and Blood to center their work on songs he referred to as “people’s music”– songs about real life experiences that real people enjoyed singing together.
Rise Again: A Group Singing Songbook is a treasure trove of lyrics and chords to 1,200 well-loved songs spanning genres as diverse as British Invasion, blues, country, jazz, Motown, composed folk, traditional ballads, gospel, Broadway, early rock ‘n’ roll, alternative/indie artists, “pub songs” and much more.
Rise Again: A Group Singing Songbook may be purchased in advance of the Rise Again Atlanta Concert from the Rise Up and Sing website and picked up at the concert. Songbooks may also be borrowed or purchased at the concerts (while supplies last).
RISE AGAIN SINGALONG CONCERT!
WHEN: Saturday, March 5th, 7:00pm.
WHERE: Atlanta Friends Meetinghouse, 701 West Howard Avenue, Decatur GA 30030.
TICKETS: $20 in advance / Sliding scale at the door
INFORMATION: Elise Witt firstname.lastname@example.org (404) 297-8398
TO PURCHASE TICKETS ONLINE: Visit the Rise Up and Sing Website at www.riseupandsing.org/events/rise-again-atlanta
NOTE: Tickets at the door will be on a “suggested donation” basis. No one will be turned away because of inability to pay the full amount suggested.
CONCERT SPONSORS: Carry It On Fund * Atlanta Friends Meeting House * Friends School * Global Village Project * Atlanta Shambhala Center * Oakhurst Baptist Church * Global Growers * Grandmothers for Peace * Democratic Socialists of Atlanta * Georgia WAND * New Jim Crow Action Group * Moving in the Spirit * Atlanta Area Friends of Folk Music * Men Stopping Violence * Congregation Bet Haverim *