Hear Si on WFAE Amplifier

The Amplifier series, the music podcast from @WFAE, interview with Si Kahn will go live the morning of Thursday, September 10, on wfae.org/amplifier and Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Google Play, and anywhere podcasts can be found. The interview by Jodi Deutsch will focus on Si’s life and music career and his thoughts on 2020’s many up’s and down’s. You can hear it at http://wfae.org/amplifier. #WFAEAmplifier

Woodsongs August 3rd

Woodsongs 972! Monday, August 3rd, 7 PM Eastern

Si Kahn, the Looping Brothers, Matt Watroba, and Vivian Nesbitt & John Dillon from spring 2019

At 7 PM Eastern on Monday, just go to https://youtu.be/DMDCbyVbjRQ to enjoy Si Kahn & Friends with the Looping Brothers, Matt Watroba, and Vivian Nesbitt & John Dillon on Woodsongs. A real concert in person with an audience from April 2019 in Lexington, Kentucky, marking Si’s 75th birthday.

At 7 PM Eastern on Monday, just go to https://youtu.be/DMDCbyVbjRQ

Brand new song by Si Kahn “Drawn Like a Moth to the Flame”

Brand new Si Kahn song! See Si sing “Drawn Like a Moth to the Flame” in his home video. Part of Round 7 of the York Theatre Songwriters in Mufti, so please click on YouTube on the lower right to select “watch on YouTube.com” and leave a thumbs up before 6 PM August 2nd

The phrase “Drawn Like a Moth to the Flame” was in an email my great friend of many, many years Becky Johnson (aka “Mrs. Bluegrass”) sent me Monday of last week.  That email and my friendship with Becky inspired me to write the song that same evening.  I recorded the video last Thursday night.

This is a song for the moth The moth can do wonderful things Just flying around Is simply astounding Let’s see YOU flutter your wings I know you’re shaking your head Your faith in my judgement is shaken But when I thought what to sing For the animal kingdom All the really cute creatures were taken What do say when the power’s so strong We cannot resist its appeal We say, “Drawn like a moth to the flame” I truly believe It’s no small achievement To give human emotion a name This is a song for the bugs If I might make a suggestion They’re living their lives Trying hard to survive Down there in your lower intestine Maybe they’re dancing the polka Maybe they’re doing the waltz But if things go wrong And you don’t last very long It really just isn’t their faults What do say when the power’s so strong We cannot resist its appeal We say, “Drawn like a moth to the flame” I truly believe It’s no small achievement To give human emotion a name This is a song for the moth No need for laughter and scorn They have such a short life Filled with danger and strife Dying only months after they’re born So there’s no need to fidget and fuss No need to argue and cuss It gives me great pride To know I’m on their side There’s a lot more of them than of us What do say when the power’s so strong We cannot resist its appeal We say, “Drawn like a moth to the flame” I truly believe It’s no small achievement To give human emotion a name

Si Kahn’s Musical “Mother Jones in Heaven” Live May 28th 8PM EDT

Click image to watch at 8 PM EDT Thursday May 28

Set a reminder and use this link to watch on YouTube live at 8PM EDT Thursday: https://youtu.be/PaeO3EX9ajA

Video Promo: https://youtu.be/zI3vLbqsv9s
More information available at http://www.motherjonesinheaven.com

“An inspiration in the fight for workers’ rights and human dignity… timely, educational and necessary.” – Paul F. Cole, American Labor Studies Center

Vivian Nesbitt and John Dillon, the nationally touring cast, take Si Kahn’s musical “Mother Jones in Heaven” worldwide on livestreaming Thursday. While they were performing all over North America before COVID-19, this will be one of your few chances to see them live from your home. The virus has had a devastating effect on almost all performing artists, including Vivian, John, and Si. Please support this outstanding webcast.

At 8:00 pm Eastern Thursday (5-28-2020), just use computer, phone, tablet, smart TV or DVD player, or similar device to go to Caffe Lena’s YouTube channel at https://youtu.be/PaeO3EX9ajA.

Enjoy Si’s musical play “Mother Jones in Heaven” Live at home Thursday March 26

Free on YouTube

At 8:30 EDT March 26 go to https://www.youtube.com/user/VivCreates/f

“An inspiration in the fight for workers’ rights and human dignity… timely, educational and necessary.” – Paul F. Cole, American Labor Studies Center

Vivian Nesbitt and John Dillon, the nationally touring cast, take Si’s musical “Mother Jones in Heaven” worldwide on YouTube Thursday night. While they are performing all over North America, this may be your only chance to see them live from your home, which is probably where you will be just as you are now.

At 8:30 pm Eastern Thursday (3-26-2020), just use computer, phone, tablet, smart TV or DVD player, or similar device to go to Vivian’s YouTube channel at https://www.youtube.com/user/VivCreates/f.

The webcast is part of the first night of Show Shepherd’s At Home Theater Series https://www.showshepherd.com/live/. Vivian and John bring the musical play from their living room to yours through the miracle of the Internet. That will make it an even more memorable evening. Check out the www.showshepherd.com to learn more about both Show Shepherd and Si’s plays.

Video premier for “1920” by Saro Lynch-Thomason & Sam Gleaves

On Monday, March 23, The Bluegrass Situation debuted “1920,” co-written by Si Kahn, Saro-Lynch Thomason, and Sam Gleaves. Saro and Sam recorded it for their forthcoming album of Si’s songs about women, I Have Known Women.

Check out the premier and the “1920” video at https://thebluegrasssituation.com/read/watch-saro-lynch-thomason-sam-gleaves-1920/

The year 2020 marks exactly 100 years since women in the United States after decades of organizing, standing up and fighting for justice; after years of beatings, torture and jail, finally won the right to vote. Don’t you think this is a perfect year for an album that celebrates not just women’s suffrage becoming part of the the Constitution of the United States but all women?

That’s why award-winning singer Saro Lynch-Thomason and Appalachian artist Sam Gleaves will present an album celebrating the triumphs and struggles of women on the 100-year anniversary of the ratification of U.S. women’s suffrage. Utilizing a blend of old-time, country, and folk, Sam and Saro artfully weave together portraits of women who resist enslavement, cross literal and metaphorical borders, and take to the picket lines. This collection features nine previously unreleased songs by Si, three previously recorded songs (“Truck Driving Woman,” “Nobody’s Body But Mine,” “The Border”) plus “1920,” written for the centennial of the ratification of the 19th Amendment by Saro, Sam and Si.

The album features top-notch musicianship by Liam Purcell (multi-instrumentalist whose band Cane Mill Road won a 2019 IBMA Momentum Award), Hasee Ciaccio (bassist who performs with Sister Sadie and Laurie Lewis and the Right Hands), and percussionist John Gardner. Fierce, funny, and mournful, this album bears witness to the historic struggles of women and testifies to their ongoing fight for safety, autonomy, and freedom.

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