Saturday, July 26, 2003

Henfling's Firehouse Tavern - Ben Lomond - Home of Rockin' Blues, Burgers Chris Chandler & Anne Feeney Monday July 28 8pm $8 adv./ $10 door
Chris Chandler and Anne Feeney are thrilled to release their brand new long awaited Live CD called 'Live from the Wholly Stolen Empire.' It was recorded along the thin highways of fat America at venues including Henfling's. Now this summer the diabolical duo will make a victory lap to the venues where it was recorded. Their song 'Twenty-first Century Skid Row Man' was taped at Henfling's in January -- the response to their raucous set was so tremendous there was simply no way that a cut from this quirky biker bar in Ben Lomond would not make the cut. The whole CD is recorded in some of the coolest venues in North America and Chris and Anne are excited to be returning. '...the most creatively radical performers on the coffee house circuit.' - Boston Herald Anne: Chris: Dinner starts at 6pm: FEATURING THE RAUCOUS VEGGIE PLATTER

Sunday, July 20, 2003

Friday, July 18, 2003
A trio of troubadors
(full article) Peter, Paul & Mary to headline Summer Symphony 2003 by Robyn Israel

Yarrow, along with band mates Noel Paul Stookey and Mary Travers, will headline "Summer Symphony 2003," an annual benefit concert for the Children's Health Council, a Palo Alto-based nonprofit dedicated to assisting children with complex behavioral and developmental challenges. Peter Paul & Mary's appearance at this year's concert seems a perfect fit, given the trio's 40-year-old history of aligning their music with social causes and solutions.

A newer song in their repertoire, entitled "Don't Laugh At Me," should appeal to youngsters in attendance on Sunday at Frost Amphitheater. Penned by Bay Area songwriter Steve Seskin and Allen Shamblin, the tune laments the situations of disenfranchised individuals, such as "the little boy with glasses, the one they call a geek, who cries himself to sleep" to "the single teenage mother" to the "cripple on the corner."

"It relates very powerfully to the crisis in the nation," Yarrow said, breaking into song during the interview.

The recent turmoil in the world has spurred Peter, Paul & Mary to perform songs that relate to the current global situation, such as "Have You Been to Jail for Justice," by Anne Feeney, 30-year-old acquaintance of Yarrow's.

Thursday, July 10, 2003

The Freight & Salvage Coffee House
Chris Chandler & Anne Feeney Wednesday, July 23, 2003
Advance tickets: $15.50 Door opens 7:30 PM Music 8:00 PM    

sharp, witty collage of folk, poetry & politics
The Flying Poetry Circus is coming to town! Renowned rabble-rouser and unionmaid Anne Feeney and acrobatic performance poet Chris Chandler roll up with their "metaphoric highwire act," a dynamic concoction of rousing music, "folken word" poetry, and humor that inspired the Boston Herald to call them "The most creatively radical performers on the coffee house circuit." Pittsburgh native Anne, who has spent decades putting her songs and body on the front line of the labor movement, possesses a seemingly limitless repertoire of activist songs that provides the musical counterpoint to Georgia-born Chris' vaudvillean presentation of beat poetry and road tales from his journeys. Celebrating the release of their new album, the aptly named Flying Poetry Circus, Anne and Chris present live their highly theatrical collage of songstress, southern preacher, and wandering minstrel show, all in the cause of working people's solidarity.

Saturday, July 05, 2003

Vancouver Island Music Fest July 4, 5 and 6 Courtney BC
Chris Chandler and Anne Feeney: New Stage - Saturday - 2:00 PM; Roland Stage - Sunday - 11:45 AM; Woodland Stage - Sunday - 5:10 PM;
Chris Chandler is a veteran of the road. As a wandering poet and musician, he has been Traveling the thin Highways of fat America. Few performers can lay claim to on the roadisms the way Chandler can. Over the past seven years he has blazed a trail from Edmonton to Guadalajara, Halifax to Baja. Over a million miles in seven years - three vehicles - two Volkswagens and a Chevrolet. He has lived in a car and performed on the very streets that wrap around his universal joint. In addition to his wandering, ramblings, and writings, he has shared the stage with vanguard writers and performers such as Pete Seeger, Tom Paxton, Allen Ginsberg, Peter Yarrow, Ramblin' Jack Elliot, Ferron, Leo Kottke, T. Bone Burnett, Michael Smith and Earl Robinson. Also he has shared the stage with more contemporary acts such as Ani Difranco, Mojo Nixon, Vic Chestnut, Trout Fishing in America, Dan Bern, Jim Infantino, Don White, Ellis Paul, Pierce Pettis, David Wilcox, and Roger Manning.

Touring with Chris is minstrel Anne Feeney. Based in Pittsburgh, PA, Feeney is the granddaughter of an intrepid mineworkers' organizer, who also used music to carry the message of solidarity to working people. After two decades of community activism and regional performances at rallies, Anne took her message on the road. Since 1991 Anne has traveled to the frontlines in 40 states, Canada, Mexico, Ireland and Sweden. Her anthem "Have You Been to Jail for Justice?" is being performed by Peter, Paul and Mary. Dubbed the 'minister of culture' to the movements for economic and social justice and human rights, Anne is 'the best labor singer in North America' according to Utah Phillips.