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Singing for Peace & Justice

Posted Aug. 31, 2012, at 12:59 p.m.

Singing for Peace & Justice Benefit Concert

“Tri-Peace,” including Larry and Leslie Latour and Judd Esty-Kendall, sing songs of peace and justice. They will perform at a benefit concert for the Peace & Justice Center of Eastern Maine on Friday, September 28th at 7:00 p.m. at the Keith Anderson Community Center in Orono, l9 Bennoch Road (next to the Post Office). Suggested donation is $10. Tickets available at the Peace & Justice Center of Eastern Maine, 96 Harlow Street in Bangor or at the door The trio has shared spirited songs at several peace rallies, recently inspiring their audience with songs to honor Woody Guthrie’s 100th birthday and author Medea Benjamin in Belfast. Together they coordinate the popular monthly Orono Dagdad open mike coffeehouse.

Leslie Latour has been a member of the traditional folk group Generations and the pop/rock band Hudson Street, and her song ‘Making Paper From The Wood’ is a gift to the paper mill workers of Maine. Together with husband Larry Latour, she has recorded a CD of classic folk songs, Generations: Live at the Loft, and a CD of original compositions That’s Life, containing songs of faith, loves lost, mill workers, pink flamingoes, and friends like we. She has helped found the Union Street Brick Church open mike coffeehouse and the Center Street Samaritan food cupboard, volunteers for the American Red Cross, and is a volunteer EMMC chaplain.

Larry Latour has been a member of the traditional folk group Generations and the pop/rock band Hudson Street, has recorded a solo CD, Little By Little and the two aforementioned CDs with his wife Leslie Latour. His contributions include songs about love, little things, airports, pink flamingoes, schooners, unhappy baseball players, and songwriters that suck. He is associate professor of Computer Science and chair of the New Media Department at the University of Maine, Orono.

Judd Esty-Kendall was brought up as the non-musical child in a musical family, listening to labor and civil rights songs, Woody Guthrie, Pete Seeger, and Sing Along with Mitch. He began singing folk music and playing guitar while in high school in Great Britain, characteristically learning to play the guitar backwards and upside down. He took the stage name of Southpaw Slim in college, playing with a roommate who called himself Clovis Bruton, and he continues to play in the Bangor area at local jams, open mic coffeehouses, and the occasional peace rally. He practices law for Pine Tree Legal Assistance in Bangor.

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