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.

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