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Si Kahn

The political balladry of Woody Guthrie, Tom Paxton, and Phil Ochs is reflected in the songs of North Carolina-based singer/songwriter Si Kahn. Although his love songs are nearly as effective, Kahn's greatest strides have come with his lyrical looks at the unemployed, the racially abused, the sexually harassed, and the working-class oppressed. Kahn's songs, including "Go to Work on Monday" and "Aragon Mill," have become labor union anthems. Together with singer/songwriter, John McCutcheon, Kahn has written a number of family-oriented and topical tunes. Kahn and McCutcheon collaborated on an album, Sign of the Times, in 1986. Kahn joined Pete Seeger and Jane Sapp on a trio album, Carry It On: Songs of America's Working People, the same year.

The son of a rabbi and president of the national Hillel organization, Kahn was born in Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston and raised in Upstate College, a small Pennsylvania town (population 8,000). Music played a strong role in the Kahn household. Kahn's father played violin while his mother played piano. The family often gathered together to sing songs of the Jewish Liturgy. Although he briefly took piano lessons, Kahn had little interest in the instrument.

Kahn's involvement with American folk music was sparked shortly after moving, with his family, to Washington, D.C. in 1959. Discovering the Archive of Folk Music while researching an 11th grade term paper at the Smithsonian Institute, Kahn was hooked by what he heard on the Archive's tapes. Although he had previously preferred the blues of Muddy Waters and the bluegrass of the Stanley Brothers, Kahn became enchanted by folk music's balladry. During his college freshman year, he traveled South with some friends to search for their musical roots. The experience culminated when Kahn, who acquired an inexpensive guitar, and his friends attended a folk festival in Asheville, North Carolina.

Continuing his education at Harvard University in Cambridge, Massachusetts, Kahn lived in a dorm that was a half-block from premier folk music coffeehouse Club 47. He became a frequent attendee of shows at the club. Although he played at several open mikes, Kahn remained drawn to politics, traveling South in 1965 to work with the civil rights movement. While there, he became aware of the connection between songs of Freedom and the folk songs he had heard at the Smithsonian.

Kahn was inspired to write his first songs in 1970, eventually, building a large enough repertoire to record a cassette that he passed out to friends. When a copy reached the attention of Jackie Wright, who was forming a folk music record label, June Apple, Kahn was signed to record his debut album, New Wood, with a band, the Mountain Music Cooperative, that included his future songwriting partner, John McCutcheon. Shortly after performing his first major concert at the University of Chicago Folk Festival in 1979, Kahn was signed by Chicago-based label Flying Fish. During the next 11 years, he recorded six albums for the label.

Kahn's prolific output includes more than music and songs. He has written three plays including, Mother Jones, based on the life of the early union organizer, which featured Ronnie Gilbert of the Weavers in the title role when produced in the early '90s. Kahn has also authored two books on political organizing: How People Get Power and Organizing. Recorded during a 1993 concert, In My Heart: Live in Holland, celebrated the 20th anniversary of Kahn's first album and featured several of his best-known tunes. Profits from Kahn's concerts continue to be donated to Grassroots Leadership, a political organization he founded in the mid-'70s. ~ Craig Harris
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Selected Discography

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Track List: What Now People?, Vol. 2

1. Mr. Landlord

3. Lift Your Hand with the Indian

5. Talking U.F.W.

6. Rosa Parks (No Sir, I Will Not Get Up)

7. Sunrise

8. Anything Good

9. I'm Glad I'm Prepared for the Recession

11. The Red Flag Canal

12. If a Revolution Comes to My Country

13. Women Walk More Determined

14. The Ones Who've Gone Before Us

15. Fine Weather

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Track List: Where Have All The Flowers Gone: The Songs Of Pete Seeger

Disc 1

3. The Water Is Wide

4. Of Time And Rivers Flowing

5. My Name Is Lisa Kalvelage

6. Turn, Turn, Turn

7. Festival Of Flowers

8. Step By Step

10. My Father's Mansions

11. Sailing Down My Golden River

12. Goofing Off Suite

14. How Can I Keep From Singing

15. All Mixed Up

17. Get Up And Go

18. Old Riley

20. Wimoweh (live)

Disc 2

1. We Shall Overcome

2. Bells Of Rhymney

3. Oh Had I A Golden Thread

4. False From True

5. Letter To Eve

6. Waist Deep In The Big Muddy

7. All My Children Of The Sun

8. Living In The Country

9. One Grain Of Sand

10. Old Father Hudson - Sailing Down Dirty Stream

11. The Torn Flag

14. Over The Hills

15. I Come And Stand At Every Door

16. My Rainbow Race

17. Quiet Early Morning

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