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MP3 Work o' the Weavers - We're Still Here

"Four wonderful people who have picked up where the Weavers left off. Fantastic." --Pete Seeger

16 MP3 Songs
FOLK: Modern Folk, FOLK: Traditional Folk

In 2003 James Durst (guitar), David Bernz (banjo & guitar), Mark Murphy (bass) and Martha Sandefer united to form the group Work o'' the Weavers to celebrate the contribution to our collective musical landscape by America''s pioneering folk quartet, The Weavers.

Beginning with their very first hit recording (''Tzena Tzena''/Goodnight Irene) in 1950, The Weavers brought a freshness and authenticity to recorded music with an exuberance not heard before by radio audiences across the country. Their unique adaptations of folksongs, dressed up with arrangements by bandleader Gordon Jenkins and others, sparked a whole new genre of musical expression until the end of 1952, when the group was driven from the stage by political zealotry. Their legendary 1955 Carnegie Hall reunion concert, and subsequent Vanguard LP recording, gave heart to a generation beset by the Cold War and the blacklist, inspiring the ''folk boom'' of the ''50s & ''60s, and provided the foundation upon which virtually every subsequent folk performer would build.

''WE''RE STILL HERE'' follows the success of Work o'' the Weavers'' 2004 ''Live in Concert'' CD which garnered such accolades as "this faithfully arranged and sung tribute...rings with such rousing familiarity...that there are moments when you may find yourself thinking that the group''s original members are all within range of the microphone."(–The Washington Post), "(Their) harmony, individual voices, and instrument choice remain amazingly true to the original Weaver sound. Quite enjoyable." (–Sing Out!), and from Weavers founder Pete Seeger himself: "Four wonderful people who’ve...picked up where the Weavers left off. Fantastic!"

Whereas ''Live In Concert'' was distilled from Work o'' the Weavers'' performances that employ an edifying narrative interwoven among the beloved familiar songs to place them in historical and social context, WE''RE STILL HERE takes the next logical step, combining a number of Weavers evergreens with newer songs The Weavers might be singing today. Some are originals, some borrowed from friends, and a couple are by former Weavers themselves. All work together to create
an amalgam underscoring the musical capabilities and direction of Work o'' the Weavers as something much more than simply a tribute band, but rather a group intent on picking up the torch and carrying on the musical tradition and intentionality The Weavers originated a half-
century ago.

#9 on the FolkDJ list for May 2007!

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