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Folksongs and Stories of the American Labor MovementMusic :: Folk also Special Events :: Community Event
Folksongs and Stories of the American Labor Movement
7:30 PM
Hearst Free Library
Legendary folksinger, storyteller, and autoharp virtuoso Adam Miller presents a free sing-along program of "Folksongs of the American Labor Movement" at 7:30 p.m. on Tuesday, September 5, 2017, at the Hearst Free Library, 401 Main Street in Anaconda, Montana.

This program features folksongs about the people who built America and their struggle to improve the conditions of their labor. "The American Labor Movement was a singing movement," says Miller. "Kids in 21st-century America don't have a little brothers and sisters working in the mills and the mines. Our grandparent and great-grandparents - working people like you and me - organized and joined unions. The unions broke the backs of the sweatshops in this country. That's why we have child labor laws. That's why we have a middle class. That's why we have the eight-hour day. Those were not benevolent gifts from enlightened management. Working people fought, bled, and died for those laws. I believe that this matters to working people, today. That's why I sing these songs."

An artist whose kind has dwindled to an endangered species, Adam Miller is a renowned old-school American troubadour and natural-born teller of tales. A master of the art of storytelling, he skillfully interweaves folksongs and the legends behind them with the elegance of a documentary filmmaker. His historical yarns are narrative masterpieces. One of the premier autoharpists in the world, Miller is an authentic traditional bard: he is that rare performer who appeals to audiences of all ages. And he never fails to get his audience singing along. An itinerant minstrel, philosopher, and raconteur, he accompanies his rich, resonant baritone voice with lively finger-picking acoustic guitar and stunningly beautiful autoharp melodies. He has distinguished himself as one of the greatest interpreters of American folksongs and as a storyteller par excellence.

Traveling 70,000 miles a year, this 21st-century troubadour performs over 200 concerts annually, from the Everglades to the Arctic Circle. Over 1.5 million American K-12 students have attended his Singing Through History school assembly programs. He has performed live in every state except Hawaii and Mississippi, and in over 2,000 American public libraries
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Age Group: All Ages
Venue: Hearst Free Library
Address: 401 Main St. Anaconda, MT 59711
Phone: (406) 563-6932

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