Rise Again Singalong Benefit Concert, Oct. 31 Ithaca, NY

October 28, 2015

Sales of refreshments will go to Single Payer New York.

Come to a Singalong Benefit Concert, October 31, with Annie Patterson & Peter Blood, the creators of Rise Up Singing, celebrating the release of their long-awaited 2nd songbook Rise Again! – joined by Kim & Reggie Harris, Charlie King and Sparky & Rhonda Rucker, & Jan Nigro singing Walk A Mile.

This concert will be a benefit for the new Carry It On Fund, which raises funds to support organizations and causes that Pete & Toshi Seeger were deeply committed to. 

Locally, tickets will be available at Green Star,  Autumn Leaves, Ithaca Guitar Works and the Tompkins County Workers’ Center 

$18 in advance $20 at the door, HS and younger $5 

Oct 31 2015 – 7:30pm 

St Paul’s Methodist Church 
402 N. Aurora Street 
Ithaca , NY 14850 

Contact: Melody Johnson 
rcrepea1@twcny.rr.com 

Sponsors: 
The Cornell Folk Song Society                 We Are Seneca Lake
Ithaca Friends Meeting                               Ithaca Catholic Workers
Poplar Ridge Friends                                   Perry City Friends
Tompkins County Workers Center

Songbooks will also be available to borrow or buy the evening of the concert, $5 off retail prices.  20 or more books are $13/book for small size & $15/book for large size. 

We hope to have our audience celebrate and reflect the diversity that we have in our Ithaca community. 
Our performers have been politically active throughout their careers, particularly in areas of Black History, Civil Rights, peace and social justice.  This is an excellent opportunity to bring our community together.  So we are particularly interested in having those who don’t usually go to folk concerts involved. 

Contact me if you wish to help distribute tickets, particularly to those who have financial constrictions.

Tickets can also be purchased at https://www.riseupandsing.org/events/rise-again-ithaca 
and books can be pre-ordered. 

Annie Patterson has performed and led music retreats at folk festivals, coffee houses, schools and camps throughout North America, New Zealand, the Netherlands and the British Isles.  She is best known for co-creating the popular songbook Rise Up Singing, along with her husband, Peter Blood, and has just finished a new songbook, Rise Again, with 1200 more songs. During the last 2 decades, Annie has honed her skills as a folk performer and jazz vocalist. 

Peter Blood  After I graduated from college I spent six years doing anti-draft and anti-war work for groups working on peace and radical nonviolent social change.  In 1976 I began nursing school and later earned a master’s degree as a psychiatric clinical nurse specialist.  I left my nursing position in 1986 to work more than full time for two years completing work on Rise Up Singing. I have divided time since then between work as a nurse, family therapist, crisis worker, and nurse educator and work as a music editor (including editing Pete Seeger’s autobiography), songleader, spiritual formation leader and teacher of Quakerism.  I taught at UMass School of Nursing from 2006-2012 and left that position to pursue work on the new book. 

Spirituality. Both Annie & I are really involved in the Religious Society of Friends (Quakers) and our faith is really important to us and undergirds all the work we do. Most of the songs we lead are not explicitly spiritual.  We believe, however, that the process of people discovering that they can lift their voices with others is in itself spiritual work. This often includes people who never sing because of early hurts like being told that they were tone deaf.  The songs that we felt led to include in Rise Up Singing were ones that we believed served the basic mission of our work, with a heavy emphasis on songs of hope and transformation. 

Sparky and Rhonda Rucker perform throughout the U.S. as well as overseas, singing songs and telling stories from the American folk tradition. Sparky Rucker has been performing over forty years and is internationally recognized as a leading folklorist, musician, historian, storyteller, and author. He accompanies himself with fingerstyle picking and bottleneck blues guitar, banjo, and spoons. Rhonda Rucker is a musician, children’s author, storyteller, and songwriter. Her blues-style harmonica, piano, old-time banjo, and bones add musical versatility to their performances. 
Sparky and Rhonda are sure to deliver an uplifting presentation of toe-tapping music spiced with humor, history, and tall tales. They take their audience on an educational and emotional journey that ranges from poignant stories of slavery and war to an amusing rendition of a Brer Rabbit tale or their witty commentaries on current events. Their music includes a variety of old-time blues, slave songs, Appalachian music, spirituals, ballads, work songs, Civil War music, railroad songs, and a few of their own original compositions. 

Kim and Reggie Harris combine a strong folk and gospel legacy with a solid background in classical, rock and pop music. Creative curiosity, years of road and stage experience and interactions with performers such as Pete Seeger, Ysaye Barnwell, Jay Leno, Tom Paxton, Bernice Johnson Reagon, Harry Belafonte and others, has led them to produce music that entertains and inspires. 


Born and raised in Philadelphia, PA, a city rich in cultural and musical heritage, Kim and Reggie’s early exposure to the diversity of musical styles and genres was nurtured in the schools and churches of their youth.

As a result of their CDs “Steal Away” and Get On Board” (Appleseed Recordings) and materials developed in their work with the Kennedy Center, Kim and Reggie have earned wide acclaimed for their contributions to the resources and knowledge base – in historical and educational circles – on the Underground Railroad and the modern civil rights movement. 


Kim recently completed a Ph.D. at Union Theological Seminary in NYC and both continue to write, record and produce music as a means to promote creativity, education, social responsibility and understanding in the world community!

Kim and Reggie Harris are dynamic and superbly talented traditional folk performers, whose captivating stage presence and unique harmonies has earned the respect and love of audiences throughout the US, Canada and Europe for over 30 years. They are unique in their ability to entertain audiences of any age and background as they blend their talents as singers, songwriters, educators, interpreters of history and cultural advocates. 

Charlie King is a musical storyteller and political satirist.  He has been at the heart of American folk music for half a century.  He sings and writes passionately about the extraordinary lives of ordinary people.  His songs have been sung by Pete Seeger, Holly Near, Ronnie Gilbert, John McCutcheon, Arlo Guthrie, Peggy Seeger, Chad Mitchell and Judy Small.  His political musical influences are the folk music revival of the 1960’s, and the protest songs of the Civil Rights and Vietnam War era. “With encouraging regularity, Charlie King emerges from his self-reflection to remind us of the happy resilience of the human spirit.  His message songs vary between the funny and the frightening, but he pulls them off with unvarying taste, musical skill, and charm.” 

Jan Nigro, our special guest, is the co founder of and songwriter for the acclaimed young people’s chorus Vitamin L. Jan also performs with the group. Vitamin L has performed over 1000 concerts since 1989, has opened shows for and sung with Pete Seeger and Peter Yarrow and performed at the United Nations. Jan has also composed for National Geographic, Disney and for 15 years has been a composer in residence for the Hangar Theater’s Project 4.  Jan, his wife Janice and Vitamin L received a Certificate of Recognition from the governor of New York “for being in the forefront of helping to promote the ideals of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. by promoting peace in our schools and communities.”
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