The Family Folk Machine and the Senior Center were just awarded a large grant from the Iowa Arts Council to undertake a songwriting project, “Wasn’t That a Time?” with the Awful Purdies during the 2016-17 program year. The project will begin with a lecture/performance by the Awful Purdies on August
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Everyone is welcome to join us for the last session of Sing, People, Sing! where we have been getting to know the new sing-along book “Rise Again.” This Sunday we’ll be focusing on the end of the book, with chapters called Seas and Sailors, Sing People Sing!, Struggle, Surfin’ USA,
The Family Folk Machine is pleased to participate in this year’s Front Porch Music Festival. The festival has lined up a spectacular variety of musical acts for several porches scattered throughout the Longfellow neighborhood. It will be a great day to stroll through the streets. The FFM will sing some
Saturday, June 11, we will gather at Uptown Bill’s (where it will be COOL) to sing together from 3:00 to 5:00 p.m. This is the fourth of five sing-alongs moving sequentially through our new songbook, Rise Again. This session will focus on these chapters: Musicals, Old-Timey & Bluegrass, Outdoors, Peace,
The Press-Citizen ran this column on Thursday, May 19. Hope to see you at the concert! by Jean Littlejohn The Family Folk Machine presents a free concert this Saturday, May 21, at 2 p.m. at the Englert Theatre with the Senior Center’s Voices of Experience. We’re calling the concert “Hard
“Free to Be” is the one song on our FFM spring concert program that the FFM has performed before–the kids sang it at our very first concert, in May of 2013. I’m happy for the kids who have joined us since that time to get to know this optimistic and
We have three songs on this concert program that use a hammer as a central image. And there are more folk songs about hammers, like the Lead Belly classic “Take This Hammer”: Were Pete Seeger and Lee Hays thinking partly of John Henry when they chose a hammer to be
My original plan was to program “Midnight Special” last fall with our other train songs, since the Midnight Special is, well, a train. But as I thought about the words more, I started to like the idea of moving it to this spring, with our focus on social justice.
David Bromwich writes in the New York Review of Books, “Let me start with a proposition: the great social calamity of our time is that people are being replaced by machines” (“Trapped in the Virtual Classroom,” July 9, 2015).
Some of the songs we’re singing this spring come with a rich background. I thought I might say a few things here about the history of some of the songs or about why these particular songs are appearing on our program (out of the hundreds of possibilities).