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Singing for Our Lives in Orono with Holly Near and Emma’s Revolution

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Ilze Petersons | BDN
Ilze Petersons | BDN

Singing for Our Lives in Orono with Holly Near and Emma’s Revolution

Pete Seeger, Peter Paul and Mary inspired generations, lifted our spirits of reminded us about what is most important about life with songs that united and energized so many of us who hope for a better world.

Holly Near & Emma’s Revolution have continued that tradition by giving heart to those who seek tolerance, equality, peace & justice. Sometimes these goals can seem out of reach, but these singers renew our commitments and strengthen our resolve, while singing and performing beautifully.

Folk singer and composer,and one of the founders of the Women’s Music Movement, Holly Near, will perform in Orono on Firday, August 15th at 7:30 p.m. at HauckAuditorium at the University of Maine. She will be joined in a Concert for Community by special guests Pat Humphries and Sandy O of Emma’s Revolution, a duo that contribute guitar, banjo, ukelele and exquisitely complex vocal harmonies.

Holly Near’s “Singing for Our Lives” became the anthem of the the movement for equal rights . Holly was one of the first singers to come out as a lesbian and founded the women’s music movement. Her other songs challenge injustice as in “No More Genocide in My Name” or songs of courage such as “I Aint Afraid” challenging religious bigotry of all kinds or “I am Willing” affirming the refusal to give in to hoplessesness and most recently, the value of sustained activism in “Peace Becomes You”

Emma’s Revolution is a duo that carries on the tradition with award winning songs such as “We Are One” and “Peace, Salaam, Shalom”. Peter Seeger has praised their recordings “This record is part of the worldwide revolution which will save this planet … these songs you’ll find yourself singing for the rest of your life.”

Throughout her long career Holly has worked with a wide array of musicians, including Pete Seeger, Ronnie Gilbert, Arlo Guthrie, Mercedes Sosa, Bernice Johnson Reagon, Bonnie Raitt, Jackson Browne, Joan Baez, Phil Ochs, Harry Belafonte, and many others.

Holly Near has been recognized many times for her work for social change, including honors from the ACLU, the National Lawyers Guild, the National Organization for Women, and the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences; she was named Ms. Magazine Woman of the Year and received the Legends of Women’s Music Award.

Emma’s Revolution’s song “If I Give Your Name” won Grand Prize in the John Lennon Songwriting Contest, and their music has been featured on NPR’s “All Things Considered” and Pacifica’s “Democracy Now!” “Peace, Salaam, Shalom” is sung around the world and has been called the anthem of the anti-war movement. “Keep On Moving Forward” opened the NGO Forum at the UN Fourth World Conference on Women in Beijing, becoming the unofficial theme of the conference.

Tickets for the concert are $20 and are for sale on line at www.peacectr.org or at the Peace & Justice Center of Eastern Maine, 96 Harlow Street, Suite 100 , Bangor. The concert is sponsored by the Peace & Justice Center, the University of Maine’s Women’s Gender and Sexuality Studies and the University of Maine’s student group, the Maine Peace Action Committee which will celebrate its 40th anniversary at the concert. for more information call 942-9343.