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WSU Vancouver to host folksinger Anne Feeney

Renowned folksinger Anne Feeney will perform at WSU Vancouver at noon on Thursday, April 27 in Student Services Building Room 129.

Praised by folksinger icons Pete Seeger and Utah Phillips as “the best labor singer in North America,” Feeney will sing and talk about the songs that social movements have incorporated in their struggles past and present.

Folk singers have always written their songs to specific melodies and styles that were popular at the time. True to tradition Feeney incorporates an amazingly diverse array of styles including traditional Irish and Mexican ballads, Black spirituals, reggae, boogie, hip-hop and ska into her recent music. Feeney uses these different styles to form a kind of musical travelogue of the world’s condition that takes you from America’s heartland to a pub in Ireland, from the Nazi concentration camps of Europe, through Central America, and to Birmingham, Alabama. In her performances you can not only find a true and spirited bow to the classics of the labor movement, but hear a fresh look at the state of the protest song today.

Peter Yarrow, of the group “Peter, Paul and Mary,” said “Anne Feeney is not only a wonderful songwriter, she is a person who has lived her songs. In the same way that Pete Seeger and Woody Guthrie are role models for the kind of spirit that Peter, Paul and Mary convey to audiences, Anne is a role model for us.”

In her music, Anne Feeney looks at the world with a spirit of community, the spirit of an organizer, someone who writes and sings from a sense of enjoying people and participating in the life around them even as they recognize the great inequities that we have.

Anne Feeney’s performance is co-sponsored by the WSU Vancouver College of Liberal Arts and the WSU Vancouver Diversity Council and is free and open to the public.

WSU Vancouver is located at 14204 N.E. Salmon Creek Ave., east of the 134th Street exit from either I-5 or I-205. Parking rules are enforced Monday through Friday, 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Parking is available in the blue lot for $2.00 or at parking meters.

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