WEEKEND: Saturday’s Carry It On Tour in Port Angeles to honor Seeger

By Diane Urbani de la Paz
Peninsula Daily News

PORT ANGELES — The Carry It On Tour, a sojourn honoring the late Pete Seeger’s legacy, will bring seasoned folk singers and activists Anne Feeney and Evan Greer to Port Angeles this Saturday evening.

The Green Party of Clallam County is presenting the all-ages-welcome concert at the home of another party: the Clallam County Democratic headquarters, 124 W. First St., at 6 p.m., with doors to open at 5:30 p.m.

Admission is a suggested donation of $15 to $25, though no one will be turned away for lack of funds, said organizer Carlyn Syvanen.

“Students, seniors [and] unemployed warmly welcomed,” she added.

Played with Seeger

Greer and Feeney have shared the stage many times with Seeger.

Feeney, 62, is known for making music at political and labor rallies for the past couple of decades and has recorded albums such as “Enchanted Way” (2010), “Look to the Left” (1992) and “Dump the Bosses Off Your Back” (2008).

Peter, Paul and Mary have recorded and performed Feeney’s music, and her anthem “Have You Been to Jail for Justice?” is featured in documentary films such as “Get Up, Stand Up: The History of Pop and Protest.”

In remission

Feeney was diagnosed with small-cell lung cancer in August 2010, but she reports on her website, www.AnneFeeney.com, that she’s in complete remission.

“It’s amazing news and in complete defiance of the statistics,” she notes, adding, “I’ve made a career of being defiant, though — and I recommend it.”

Syvanen added that Feeney, who’s brought her music to the North Olympic Peninsula twice before, cannot tour at the pace she used to.

“But it’s where she gets her energy: singing for other people and getting them to sing, too,” Syvanen said.

Praise for Greer

Greer, 28, is a songwriter, organizer and multi-instrumentalist who has inspired praise from the late historian and activist Howard Zinn as well as from Tom Morello of the band Rage Against the Machine.

“Greer continues to write inspiring folk music in the tradition of the great protest singers,” Morello writes, adding he’s “a heck of a guitar player.”

Zinn, for his part, has called Greer an eloquent writer who reminds him of protest singer Phil Ochs.

Feeney and Greer have been touring together for more than a decade, “since Evan was just a teenager,” Feeney said.

When they’re on stage, she added, it’s “irresistible for audiences to join in and sing along.”

For more about Saturday’s concert, phone 360-683-8407. To learn about the Green Party, visit www.gp-wa.org.

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Features Editor Diane Urbani de la Paz can be reached at 360-452-2345, ext. 5062, or at diane.urbani@peninsuladailynews.com.

Last modified: April 17. 2014 3:37PM
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