This program consists of songs about women’s suffrage from as early as the mid-nineteenth century through 1920. In addition, the program includes songs from the nineteenth and twentieth centuries about the role of women in society, including songs about equal work for equal pay, reproductive rights, and other relevant topics. It begins with “Winning the Vote,” a humorous but pointed song written in 1912 as a conversation between men and women about women’s suffrage; and end with “Bread and Roses,” the anthemic song of women workers based on a poem inspired by the 1912 Lawrence textile strike. This is an entertaining and informative look at the fight for women’s right to vote and the continuing fight for women’s rights.
Phil is one of few musicians not only to play the hammered dulcimer, but also to sing while accompanying himself on the instrument. He performs frequently in the greater Chicago area and teaches individual students and at workshops and music festivals. One of his favorite musical activities is getting together with friends for weekly old-time jams.
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