May 2, 2009

For Pete's Sake - Sing!

Work O' The Weavers

For Pete's Sake - Sing!
90th Birthday celebration — proceeds benefitted Pete’s Hudson River Sloop Clearwater


Our part of the coordinated worldwide celebration of Pete Seeger’s birthday on May 3, and seeking a Nobel Peace prize for Pete

Pete Seeger was 90 years young on Sunday, May 3, 2009 and the Folk Music Society of Huntington presented a tribute concert PETEto celebrate the contributions that Pete has made to our lives and our musical heritage.

Pete Seeger is an ambassador for Peace and Social Justice and has been over the course of his lifetime. He uses his prowess as a musician to engage other people from all walks of life and across generations in causes to build a better and more civilized world. His work shows up wherever you look in the history of labor solidarity, the growth of the mass effort to end the Vietnam war, the ban of nuclear weapons, work for international diplomacy, support of the Civil Rights Movement, for cleaning up the Hudson River and for environmental responsibility in general. Pete knit the world together with songs from China, the Soviet Union, Israel, Cuba, South Africa and Republican Spain.

Inspiration for the concert came from the Nobel Peace Prize for Pete Seeger organization that is petitioning for Pete's nomination. They wrote in January:

    The petition has grown to over 21 thousand signatures. Go to our web site at to see what moving and sincere comments people have made about how Pete opened their consciousness in so many ways. I want to keep this petition open until the end of the year so that the final document will be sent to the Smithsonian Institution, or where ever Pete’s archives will eventually be housed, as a document for posterity.

    That again brings me to emphasis that this campaign is not to make a hero of Pete. It has to do with creativity and community. Its meaning has to do with understanding that the arts are not frivolity, not a means to fame or entertainment, but for deepening the meaning of civilization. The “music biz” has distorted our interpretation of culture and this campaign is one effort to correct it!

    The campaign has spread in exciting ways. Marie Goonan, an activist in Melbourne, Australia, suggested that May 3, 2009, Pete’s 90th birthday, be designated as “For Pete’s Sake, Sing!” with concerts coordinated around the world. She is producing a concert in Melbourne, another is being planned in Copenhagen, Denmark, and several are planned in the US of A. Big production is not the issue: just imagine what a thrill it would be to know that thousands of people around the world are coming together on one day to join voices for peace, justice, the environment, and honor to a model of personal integrity.

    Work O' the Weavers

WORKWe were thrilled to be able to present as headliners for this concert the outstanding group Work O' the Weavers — who Pete has called "Four people who’ve picked up where the Weavers left off. Fantastic!".

David Bernz, James Durst, Martha Sandefer and Mark Murphy celebrate America’s pioneering folk quartet with faithful adherence to the original arrangements of the Weavers, providing an echo of their music and insight into their story - with the Weavers timeless music and the timeless messages on the spirit of the American people.

Work O' The Weavers - photo by Kenny Hahn

R.ounding out our evening we invited special guests to perform other of Pete's songs for our open mic segment. The performers were:

Scott MacDonald

Ira Perlman & Denise Romas

DENISE ROMAS & IRA PERLMAN - photo by Kenny Hahn

Sonny Meadows

James O'Malley

JAMES O'MALLEY - photo by Kenny Hahn

Marty Stone

MARTY STONE - photo by Kenny Hahn

Claudia Jacobs

CLAUDIA JACOBS - photo by Kenny Hahn

Gathering Time

GATHERING TIME - photo by Kenny Hahn

All concert photos above by Kenny Hahn


Work O' The Weavers

Praises by others for Work O' the Weavers:

  • "You really do sound like the Weavers!"
        — Ronnie Gilbert

  • "Through the years it's really been very nice, our fans have been wonderful, the way they've come up to me and said, 'Oh God, The Weavers are so wonderful' and 'You've changed my life,' and all these wonderful things. And I always felt a little cheated because I never had the chance to sit out front and listen to The Weavers. But that changed tonight."
        — Fred Hellerman

  • "I just loved your show in a million ways. You really have a great energy and spirit. This could be a long running, historical, entertaining, enlightening show that could run for years. Brilliant."
        — Christine Lavin

  • "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, WAMC-FM, Albany NY

  • "A terrific evening"
        — Phylia Kohl, New York


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