On Saturday, December 19th, 60s folksinger Phil Ochs would have turned 75 years old. While he died in 1976, his life and songs are still celebrated by many devoted fans worldwide. "Phil Ochs Song Nights" occur across the country, with fans and musicians gathering to sing Phil's songs and share stories.
I am very happy to be participating in a similar event in commemoration of Phil's 75th birthday. On Saturday, December 19th, from 1-5, I am one of several local musicians- including David Lenander and Greg Bohen- who will be playing some of Phil's songs at Sidhe Brewing Company in St. Paul. I will be performing "The Highwayman", a 1906 poem by Alfred Noyes set to music by Phil in the 1960s. It is a favorite song of mine and I am honored and excited to be singing it at this event. I will also likely sing the "City Hall" song I've recently posted about below as it is very similar in its political nature to much of Phil's work. If you're interested in checking out some cool 60s political music and drinking some good local beer, come on out on Saturday! Hope to see you there!