’Rise Up Singing’ with Seeger tunes


PUTNEY -- Putney Friends Meeting invites the public to celebrate the life of Pete Seeger at a sing-along concert with Peter Blood and Annie Patterson, creators of Rise Up Singing, on Friday, April 25, at 7:30 p.m., at Next Stage 15 Kimball Street.

Suggested donation is $10-15 for adults, $5 for ages 12 and under, at the door

Patterson and Blood are the creators of North America’s best-selling group singing songbook. During hundreds of concerts and workshops around the country and abroad, they have filled rooms to overflowing with spirited song and rousing harmony. An accomplished folk and jazz singer in her own right, Patterson will also perform songs from her recent albums "Meet Me in the Moonlight" and "Mountainside."

Since it was first published in 1988, Rise Up Singing has sold more than a million copies. The book encompasses an eclectic mix of songs from Broadway to Beatles, from camp song to carols, and from gospel to rounds. The book (often referred to affectionately by folk music fans as "The Blue Book") is a mainstay in folk circles through out the country.

Pete Seeger, the nation’s foremost sing-along champion for more than 50 years has been a major fan of the Blood-Pattersons and their book.

"The publication of Rise Up Singing," Seeger stated, "was a landmark in the history of music in this country -- similar to the founding of Folkways Records. I waited a long time for a songbook like this one to come along and catch fire!"

Seeger provided support and assistance when the book was originally developed and played a central role in work on its forthcoming sequel. Blood, in turn, was the editor for Seeger’s musical autobiography, "Where Have All the Flowers Gone: A Musical Autobiography."

Following in Seeger’s footsteps, Patterson and Blood have a deft ability to get an audience singing their hearts out, even supposed non-singers dragged along by spouses or those who "only came to listen." They have led hundreds of concerts in all kinds of settings -- folk clubs and festivals, schools and camps, political rallies and churches.


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