Podcast: Celebration of Labor
Episode #17-35 | airing 8-30-17

In honor of Labor Day, I’ve collected some rare and better known songs about the labor struggle. Today many of us take for granted the great strides made by the labor movement, improving the lives of all workers. We’ll hear music from Pete Seeger, Woody Guthrie, Utah Philips, Maria Dunn and many more. A Celebration of Labor … on this week’s Sing Out! Radio Magazine.


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Artist / “Title” / CD / Label

Pete Seeger / “If I Had A Hammer” (excerpt) / Songs of Hope and Struggle /
              Smithsonian Folkways
Jody Kruskal & Luke Richardson / “Waiting for the Boatsman” / Waiting for the Boatsman / JKM
Merle Travis / “Sixteen Tons” / Folksongs of the Hills / Capitol
Jim Kweskin & Geoff Muldaur / “Down on Penny’s Farm” / Penny’s Farm / Kingswood
Dan Schatz / “Gone Gonna Rise Again” / The Promise of Sowing / Folk Legacy
Pete Sutherland / “Coleman’s March-Shacks and Chalets” / Poor Man’s Dream / Epact

Pete Seeger and the Hooteneers / “All I Want is Union” / Sing Out! Hootenanny /
              Smithsonian Folkways
Utah Phillips et al / “Power to the Union” / IWW Rebel Voices / Flying Fish
Seattle Labor Chorus / “Hail-A-Union” / Songs of Working People / Self Produced
Jody Kruskal & Luke Richardson / “Cluck Old Hen” / Waiting for the Boatsman / JKM

Woody Guthrie / “!913 Massacre” / Protest! / Viper
Craig Johnson / “Piney Mountains” / Away Down the Road / 5-String
Cincinnati’s University Singers / “The Future America” / The Hand that Holds the Bread /
              New World

Uncle George Jones / “This What the Union Done” / Songs and Ballads of the
              Bituminous Miners / Rounder
John McCutcheon / “The Young Ones Don’t Remember” / Gonna Rise Again / Rounder
Maria Dunn / “Blue Lung” / Piece by Piece / Self Produced
Pete Seeger / “If I Had A Hammer” (excerpt) / Songs of Hope and Struggle /
              Smithsonian Folkways

About Tom Druckenmiller

Tom has a long history with Sing Out! as a writer and regular contributor (for more than a decade) and deep and rich skills as a radio host and programmer of folk and roots music! He's been a folk musician and teacher for over forty years. Tom began playing and singing Bob Dylan and Tom Paxton songs, but fell in love with old-time music and the clawhammer banjo after hearing John McCutcheon at the legendary Bethlehem folk club Godfrey Daniels. He has studied with old-time music greats Dwight Diller, Riley Baugus and Norman and Nancy Blake … and has, himself, taught at many music camps and workshops including The Augusta Heritage Workshops (in Elkins WV), the Pocono Dulcimer Fest (in Stroudsburg PA) and the Maidencreek Old-Time Music Festival (in Blandon PA). Druckemiller’s continuing regular local radio gig “In The Tradition” has aired on WDIY-FM in Allentown PA for the past 16 years, and he also co-hosts the “Sunday Folk” program on the station.

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