Si’s 75th Birthday Celebrations at MerleFest

Friday, April 26th:  Wilkesboro, NC:  MerleFest

Official CD Release at MerleFest, In Honor of Si’s 75th:  IT’S A DOGS LIFE, the new Strictly Country Records album by The Looping Brothers, featuring Si Kahn songs that have never before been recorded.

1:10 – 1:25:  Austin Stage:  Si Kahn and the Looping Brothers bluegrass band from Germany

1:45 – 2:45:  Traditional Stage:  Si Kahn’s 75th Birthday Celebration featuring:

  • Eliza Meyer
  • Cathy Fink & Mary Marxer
  • The Looping Brothers

plus a special appearance by the legendary “most dangerous woman in America” Mother Jones!

5:15 – 6:00:  Mayes Pit:  Si Kahn’s musical Mother Jones in Heaven” featuring Vivian Nesbitt & John Dillon


More 75th Birthday Celebrations

April 23:  The Evening Muse in Charlotte, NC

The Si Kahn and the Looping Brothers head back to Kahn’s hometown of Charlotte, North Carolina to celebrate on his actual birthday on April 23 at the Evening Muse. The Evening Muse program also includes two-time Grammy winners Cathy Fink & Marcy Marxer and a performance by actress Vivian Nesbitt and guitarist John Dillon of Kahn’s most recent historical musical play, “Mother Jones in Heaven.” Nesbitt and Dillon recorded the soundtrack album which debuted last month at #12 on the folk music chart. Tickets remain available via

April 26:  MerleFest in Wilkesboro, NC

See separate post about what’s happening at MerleFest

April 28:  Mountain Stage in Morgantown, WV

Listen online or on one of 240 public radio stations

Completing the junket in grand fashion, Kahn and the Looping Brothers will perform in Morgantown, West Virginia on the “Mountain Stage” series from West Virginia Public Radio on Sunday, April 28. More than 240 public radio stations will air the show, mostly live, that also features singer-songwriter Greg Brown and popular string band, Lula Wiles.

Si honored with Folk Alliance “Spirit of Folk” Award 2017!

Si Kahn is in his 52nd year as a civil rights, union and community organizer and musician, so it is no wonder that Folk Alliance International will bestow on him the Folk Alliance Spirit of Folk Award.

The theme of this year’s conference is “Forbidden Folk” and will be all about music and activism. Those of you who know Si have probably been following his work with Musicians United to Protect Bristol Bay and the epic battle to defeat the proposed Pebble Mine. The world received some good news yesterday about the shaky economics of the Pebble project. But the fight is not over! If we allow the Pebble Mine to be built, it will be the largest open pit copper and gold mine in the world. It will threaten to destroy Alaska Native villages that have been on the same river sites for 50,000 to 100,000 years, since the ancestors of today’s villagers arrived from Siberia, and it will devastate the world’s richest remaining wild sockeye salmon fishery. Find out more at


How do you help convince North Carolina’s governor and legislature that House Bill 2 has deeply damaged our state’s economy and reputation, and that it’s time to repeal HB2 in full?

North Carolinia social justice activist and musician Si Kahn believes you can help do it with a song.

Or, to be precise, with five songs, including such jazzy numbers as “The Bad Old Hymn of the Republicans,” “Who’s in the Bathroom With Me?” and the soon to be instant classic “Oy Vey!”

Kahn’s “NO 2 HB2 Video EP Suite” goes live today on YouTube and Facebook as music videos produced by his fellow Charlottean Brian Kasher.

Click HERE to play NO 2 HB2: The VIDEO EP SUITE on YouTube.

Click HERE to visit the NO 2 HB2 Facebook page with videos, session photos and more.

“As a North Carolinian for 40 years,” Kahn says, “I’m proud of my state’s traditions, from being a long time leader in higher education to creating opportunities for all. It breaks my heart to see North Carolina become a laughingstock because of HB2.”

Kahn is both a long time civil rights, labor and community organizer, and an internationally respected writer of songs for bluegrass, musical theater, folk and children’s music.

In 2015, Kahn was inducted into the Blue Ridge Music Hall of Fame, joining such legendary artists as Doc Watson, Etta Baker, Ralph and Carter Stanley, Emmylou Harris, Dolly Parton, Earl Scruggs and Lester Flatt.

Kahn received the Winthrop University 2015 Medal of Honor in the Arts and the Charlotte Folk Society 2011 Folk Heritage Award.

Si Awarded Winthrop University’s Medal of Honor in the Arts

Every other year Winthrop University in Rock Hill, South Carolina honors artists and arts advocates who have made significant contributions to the visual, performing, and recording arts. Previous winners have included world-renowned pianist Charles Wadsworth, Broadway’s Motown director Charles Randolph Wright, Charleston, SC Mayor Joe Riley and many others. It is with great honor to announce Si Kahn as one of Winthrop’s 2015 Medal of Honor in the Arts Continue reading

Si’s Interview on Wade’s World

KABFSi Kahn was recently interviewed on “Wade’s World,” working as he always does to spread the word about the fight to stop the proposed Pebble Mine and to protect Alaska’s Bristol Bay forever.

“Wade’s World,” is the radio interview show hosted by legendary organizer Wade Rathke, founder of ACORN, on KABF-FM, sending out 100,000 watts of activist energy from Little Rock, Arkansas.

Today, in the spirit of democracy, we’re offering you two different click options:

CLICK HERE to hear the interview. (The first 15 minute segment is all about Bristol Bay and Musicians United).

CLICK HERE to…oh, you know what we’re going to say: CLICK HERE to celebrate Si’s 70th birthday with a donation to Musicians United before we close that campaign on June 30.

Thanks for who you are and what you do.

In Solidarity & Music,
Si Kahn and the Musicians United Team

Si Kahn’s New Musical!

starring Juneau’s own
with Mike Maas
at the Silverbow
7:30 pm, Thursday through Saturday, March 6-8 and 13-15, 2014
Pay-As-You-Can: 3:00 pm, Sunday, March 9, KTOO-TV Studio
Tickets: Hearthside Books,

And here’s a terrific article about the play!


Remembering Pete and Toshi Seeger

A Surprise Party for Pete

Below is a video of a surprise party I organized for Pete’s 91st birthday back in 2010, which was also a release party for my latest book Creative Community Organizing: A Guide for Rabble-Rousers, Activists and Quiet Lovers of Justice. It took place in New York City, hosted by Demos: A Center for Ideas and Action, where I’m a Distinguished Senior Fellow.

A Tribute to Toshi Seeger

Toshi Seeger and her critical role in Pete’s life and work, as well as in her own, should never be forgotten. Click here to read the tribute to Toshi I wrote shortly after her death at the request of Folker, the German folk and roots music magazine. They’ve given me permission to have it reprinted, posted and/or read over the air, as long as they’re properly credited. It appeared in their August 2013 issue, translated into German. Folker’s website, also in German, is

A Song for Pete and Toshi

I wrote “Sailing Down the Hudson” many years ago as a tribute to Pete and Toshi Seeger It’s on my 1996 CD Companion, produced by my great friends, Grammy winners Cathy Fink and Marcy Marxer. Here’s both an MP3 of the song and the lyrics. What a great honor and gift to have lived in the same space as these two extraordinary people!

Click to read lyrics

We’re #1

742451857221Friends, We (Si Kahn and the Looping Brothers) are very proud to announce that our new joint CD Aragon Mill: The Bluegrass Sessions was the #1 CD for September 2013 on the international Folk DJ List. We were recognized as the #1 Artists, and the CD’s title track “Aragon Mill” as the #1 song.

These rankings were based on actual weekly airplay reports submitted by 137 folk DJs around the world.

Looping Brothers@AragonMillWe wish to thank our radio promotion specialist Kari Estrin of Kari Estrin Management and Consulting in Nashville for doing such a great job with th CD. We also want to thank Pieter Groenveld, President of Strictly Country Records, for putting out the album.

We also want to thank the many DJs around the world who played the songs on Aragon Mill: The Bluegrass Sessions.

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