Monday, 7 May 2018

Pete Seeger’s 99th Birthday

What better place is there to celebrate Pete Seeger’s 99th birthday than Hamilton?

Our 2018 return to Hamilton at the wonderful Artword Artbar fell on May 3, the actual date of his birth, so it was only fitting to make Pete’s music the focal point of the evening. Local music fans thought so as well, and we had a very enthusiastic near capacity crowd.


Labour songs were a very important part of Pete’s music and are always popular in Hamilton so 'Joe Hill' and 'Union Maid' were especially well received. The audience also sang along passionately to his songs from the civil rights era, 'We Shall Overcome', 'If I Had a Hammer' and 'Back of the Bus'.

It wasn’t all Pete Seeger though. Several songs received their Hamilton debuts including Woody Guthrie’s 'Deportee', Bob Gibson’s 'To Morrow' and Phil Ochs 'I Ain’t Marchin’ Anymore'. Two highlights of the night were Michelle’s sultry 'House of the Rising Sun' (the Ronnie Gilbert version) and Sue’s driven 'Universal Soldier'. It would only be appropriate to give the last word/song to Pete Seeger. It seems we’re still 'Waist Deep in the Big Muddy'!

A big thanks to Ron & Judith at the Artbar and the great audience. We’re looking forward to returning in the fall!

Here's the setlist from the evening...


Artword Artbar Setlist - May 3, 2018
Green Green

Walk Right In
Turn Turn Turn

Where Have All The Flowers Gone
Michael Row Your Boat Ashore

Goodnight Irene
Tom Dooley

This Land
The Times They Are A Changin’

I Ain’t Marchin’ Anymore
House Of The Rising Sun

To Morrow
Universal Soldier

Joe Hill
Waist Deep In The Big Muddy

You Were On My Mind
Back Of The Bus

Un Canadien Errant
Guantanamera

Little Boxes
Deportee

If I Had A Hammer
Puff The Magic Dragon

Go Tell It On The Mountain
Union Maid


We Shall Overcome




Our next show is our regular third Wednesday of the month at the Free Times Café. Wed. May 16th 7:30pm. Reservations are recommended. Call Judy at 416-967-1078 today