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Pete Seeger's The Incompleat Folksinger - Oct. 26-28

posted 13 Oct 2017, 13:23 by fsr admin

Pete Seeger's The Incompleat Folksinger, with Mark Hellman
Directed by Ross Desprez*
October 26 – 28, 2017 (Thurs/Fri 8pm, Sat 2pm/8pm)
Tickets: $20, Children under 12 FREE (reservations required)

Actor, musician, independent producer, and former Montrealer, Mark Hellman is delighted to return
to his favourite city in Canada, bringing his rollicking tour de force tribute to the late, great
folksinger, social activist, and global citizen, Pete Seeger, to Montreal for 3 DAYS ONLY at
Espace Freestanding Room.

Pete Seeger was a key figure in the mid-20th century global folk music revival. He sang in defence
of the poor, the oppressed, and the exploited; and always to enliven and encourage, to delight, and
to tell tales. This unique full-length solo performance (adapted from Seeger's 1972 autobiography of
the same name) combines verbatim theatre, story telling, music, and audience participation (for
which Seeger was perhaps most famous),taking the audience on a journey spanning 35 years (1935-
70) and featuring all or part of 29 songs. Seeger reflects on his involvement in the union
movement, WWII, his stand against McCarthyism (HUAC), his participation on the front lines of
the Civil Rights Movement, and his travels to conflict zones overseas, while honouring some of his
greatest inspirations: Woody Guthrie, Lee Hays, Leadbelly, Martin Luther King, and the love of his
life, Toshi Ohta. Invited to sing at every turn, the audience is completely engaged and embedded in
the performance, and by the finale of “If I Had a Hammer” audience and performer merge into a
mass choir, embodying the principle that Seeger lived through his life and art: “Participation. That’s
what’s gonna save the human race.”