Saturday, December 19, 7:30 pm
This upcoming concert is shaping up to be an exceptional show. John Coster will start the evening with a set of original songs. Then Bev Grant will do two sets accompanied by Zach Danzinger on guitar and vocals, Annie Patterson on harmony and John Coster on harmonica. Put this on your calendar!
Bev Grant is a veteran social activist, feminist, labor singer/songwriter, “cultural worker” from Park Slope Brooklyn, where she has lived for over 40 years. She is the co-creator of a women’s labor history multi-media presentation entitled “We Were There!” has recorded six albums, including a companion cd for the show, called “We Were There!”, a solo cd entitled “IN TUNE”, a 7-song ep with her former group, Bev Grant & the Dissident Daughters, called “CHEEKY WOMAN”, two albums with her former band, “Human Condition” and her recently released CD with singing partner, Ina May Wool, entitled WOOL&GRANT.
She has appeared on numerous compilation recordings, including the Grammy-nominated Smithsonian/Folkways “Best of Broadside” album. Rolling Stone Magazine calls THE BEST OF BROADSIDE “topical songwriting [as] holy warfare” and “a grand tribute to a stubborn ideal” (David Fricke, Rolling Stone, August 31, 2000). “Virtually every important singer/songwriter of the American folk revival is heard on the collection…” Billboard.
Bev is an award winning songwriter and has used her music as an organizing tool in both community and union organizing, often writing songs for specific issues or campaigns and facilitating the creation and use of music by others. The most recent example is a song called “Take A Walk In My shoes” written for a domestic violence survivor’s advocacy group called Voices of Women Organizing Project (VOW). (Link to song and website – http://www.vowbwrc.org/) Another example is called “No Sweat!” and was performed by Bev and co-writer, Pat Humphries, at the University Students Against Sweatshops (USAS) conference in the summer of ’99. It can be found on Hands, released in 2001, by Pat Humphries, and on the 2003 album “Power of Song” by the Brooklyn Women’s Chorus.
Bev’s work is described in Sing Out! Magazine as “unhesitatingly fervent, unflinchingly personal and reflecting the diversity of a real person’s musings.”
In 2006, Bev won the Honorary BAXten Arts and Artists in Progress Award. The BAXten award honors “individuals in the arts who have revealed and transformed our creative world by instigating enduring change deepening the definition of their field and paving the way for others.” Zach Danziger will accompany Bev on guitar.
John Coster will begin the evening with original songs. A contemporary songwriter with deep roots in traditional music, John is an accomplished singer and guitarist who is also one of the best Celtic harmonica players. He regularly mixes hard driving instrumentals with his highly crafted yet edgy songs, that set the most personal stories in the broader context of social change. He sings with the authority of true confession.
John has headed up several bands, including Coster Welling and Walach, Jacob’s Reunion and the Medicine Band. He has produced six albums and is working on a special edition of his latest one, “Lost Horizon”, with CD, vinyl record and notes.
“A songwriter of unusual eloquence and sensitivity….” Boston Globe
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