Gale McNeeey returns
"A PETE SEEGER SING
The “Pete Seeger Sing Out” will star Gale
McNeeley, Lara Ruth and Betty Faas in one performance
only at 2:00 p.m. Saturday, July 19th.
“We want folks to come and help us sing the songs
of Pete Seeger,” says group leader, Gale McNeeley,
evoking Seeger’s tradition of encouraging audience
participation. “We even have
a dozen ukuleles for folks to play. If you loved
Pete and his music, come and celebrate them both.”
A prolific songwriter and historian, Seeger and Woody
Guthie travelled the nation in the 1940s. During the
1950s he played with the Weavers, and the group spearheaded
an American folk revival that transformed popular music.
Seeger’s popularity reached another peak in the
1960s onward, when he was at the forefront of causes
for social change until his death in January at 94.
His best-known songs include "Where Have
All the Flowers Gone?" "If I Had A Hammer,”
and "Turn! Turn! Turn!"
He also helped popularize dozens of songs like “Irene,
Goodnight,” “We Shall Overcome,” “Guantanamera”
and “This Land is Your Land.”
Gale McNeeley and Betty Faas are becoming an Ojai institution
as they have appeared at the Ojai Art Center for many
years in shows such as “Archy & Mehitabel,”
“Over the Rainbow,” “A Jacques Brel
Cabaret,” and last year, “Songs and Satire,”
featuring the lyrics of satirist Tom Lehrer.
The show is a part of a Central Coast Tour that also
includes appearances in Santa Maria and San Luis Obispo.
The Sing Out will be in the Ojai Art Center’s
gallery at 2 p.m. Saturday, July 19 with a suggested
donation of $10. Reservations are not necessary, just
come as you are.