WOODY GUTHRIE: HARD TIMES AND HARD TRAVELIN’ by Will Kaufman
7th September at The Plas Hotel, Narberth.
A show all about the extraordinary life of Woody Guthrie; one of the most significant figures in American folk music who wrote hundreds of political, folk, and children’s songs, along with ballads and improvised works.
With a mixture of song, spoken word, and visual illustration Will Kaufman, who is widely regarded as the world’s leading authority on Woody Guthrie, highlights the blending of music and radical politics that marks Guthrie’s most powerful work.
Hard Times and Hard Travelin’ sets Guthrie’s songs in the context of the American 1930s – the Dust Bowl, the Depression, the New Deal and the state of popular music itself.
Woody Guthrie’s music included social justice songs, such as “This Land Is Your Land”, “Vigilante Man”, “The Preacher and the Slave” and inspired several generations both politically and musically. His album of songs about the Dust Bowl period, Dust Bowl Ballads, being included on Mojo magazine’s 100 Records That Changed The World.
Will Kaufman is a singer and multi-instrumentalist who has been presenting live documentaries on Guthrie throughout North America and Europe. Will is Professor of American Literature and Culture at the University of Central Lancashire and has written three books on Guthrie.
“No one can understand the American people without listening to Woody Guthrie. Will Kaufman’s doing important work here.” Tom Paxton
“Will does it all so well! You can taste the dust and hear the train whistle blow.” Steve Tilston
More about Will Kaufman: He was consultant to Johnny Depp and Douglas Brinkley for the publication of their co-edited edition of Guthrie’s newly discovered novel, House of Earth (2013), and it was Will who unearthed Guthrie’s writings condemning the racist practices of his New York landlord, Fred Trump. He has appeared at such major events as the Glastonbury Festival, the Bath
International Music Festival, the Whitby Folk Festival, the Big Session, and the Piacenza Literature and Blues Festival in Italy. He has also performed at countless universities, civic theatres, trades clubs, folk clubs, and union halls.
Tickets are now on sale at the Span Arts Box Office in Narberth and online.
Ticket Prices: Advance £10/£8/£8 (Full, Concession, Child). Door £12/£10/£10
7th September at The Plas Hotel Narberth.
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