Friday, 5th February, 2016
174 Boundary Street, West End (map)
Foco Nuevo presents touring US musician George Mann with the Combined Unions Choir and Jumping Fences in this special event, celebrating the labour movement in song. Hope to see you on Friday, Lachlan and Sue.
George Mann: US-based singer/ songwriter/ activist George Mann returns to Foco Nuevo, as part of his current tour of Australia. George sings songs from the last century of labour and social activism, and his own songs are powerful and funny takes on the state of the USA. His concerts are part sing-along, part history lesson, and he can make you shout for joy, send chills down your spine or bring tears to your eyes in the same set.
George created and produced the “Hail to the Thief!” anti-Bush CD series, which featured such folk legends as Tom Paxton, Utah Phillips, Billy Bragg and Magpie, and his work with veterans, unions and anti-war groups has kept him on the front lines for 20 years. He toured and recorded for ten years with Julius Margolin, who lived to 93 before passing in 2009, and in 2008 he directed and produced “A Union Man: The Life and Work of Julius Margolin,” a one-hour documentary about Julius and his life as a labor and anti-war activist and singer. [website]
Combined Unions Choir: Formed in 1988, the Combined Unions Choir is the longest ‘Art in Working Life’ project in Australia. They have sung at concerts, protests, May Day, and peace rallies; entertaining people with their repertoire of political, peace and social justice songs. ‘A movement that sings never dies…’
Jumping Fences: the song-writing partnership of Lachlan Hurse and Sue Monk join forces with highly experienced musicians to play their energetic folk, tinged with Cuban flavours. Their original songs contain imagery and styles that reveal both an incisive insight into Australian life and a long association with Latin American culture. [website]
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