Boston singer-songwriter Alastair Moock presents a 100th birthday tribute to folk icon Woody Guthrie. Moock and his guests, Rani Arbo, Mark Erelli, Jennifer Kimball and Elijah Wald will share the stage and swap tunes by and about Woody in the kind of loose, collaborative format the legendary songwriter was so often a part of himself.
Alastair Moock has been presenting collaborative shows at Club Passim since 2000. The list of guests in his Pastures of Plenty series, named after the title of a Woody Guthrie tune and which The Boston Globe calls "the hippest hootenannies in town," reads like a who's who of New England folk and roots musicians: Bill Morrissey, Lori McKenna, Ronnie Earl, Kris Delmhorst, Dennis Brennan, Catie Curtis, Sarah Borges, and The Silver Leaf Gospel Singers, to name just a few. When he started the series, Moock's goal was to bridge some of the gaps he saw in the Boston music scene — between the folk and roots rock crowds, the contemporary and traditional scenes, and younger and older players. But the amazing energy of the shows comes down to something much simpler: if you put a group of great musicians on stage together and ask them to share their musical heritage, magic happens. November's Woody Guthrie Tribute follows the format and spirit of Moock’s Pastures of Plenty shows.
Woody Guthrie was an American original and one of the country's greatest ever songwriters. By marrying traditional folk melodies to a fierce and unapologetic ideology, he paved the way for generations of political songwriters: from Pete Seeger to Ani DiFranco to Rage Against the Machine. At the same time he established a singular aesthetic—call it the Roughneck Poet—which has been admired and modeled by rock stars from Bob Dylan to Bruce Springsteen to Neil Young. Guthrie died nearly 50 years ago, yet his music continues to be present throughout our culture — in the classroom, at the last presidential inauguration, and even on the radio as groups like Billy Bragg and Wilco re-discover and reinterpret his songs.
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