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Lisa Gutkin & Emma's Revolution @ Kingston, NY

  • UU Congregation of the Catskills 320 Sawkill Road Kingston, NY 12401 (map)

Tickets $22 in Advance, $25 at the Door

Award-winning activist duo, Emma’s Revolution, and Grammy-winning violinist/composer, Lisa Gutkin, join forces for Hope & Resistance Concert

Emma’s Revolution is the dynamic, award-winning activist duo of Pat Humphries & Sandy O, whose songs have been sung for the Dalai Lama, praised by Pete Seeger, and covered by Holly Near. Lisa Gutkin is the Grammy Award winning violinist, singer, actor, and composer, best known as a member of the acclaimed Klezmatics and most recently for her musical score and performance in the Broadway hit, “Indecent.”

With beautiful harmonies and genre-defying eclecticism, Emma’s Revolution delivers the energy and strength of their convictions, creating new standards in the art and culture of justice. Their latest CD, Revolution Now garnered acclaim from radio stations across the country, including Top Artist #20 (after Joan Baez) and Top Song #25 (after Rhiannon Giddens) for “Sing People Sing”the duo’s loving tribute to the late Pete Seeger. “Pete was a friend, mentor and constant inspiration to me. He’s the reason I write and perform justice music and I was honored to be at his bedside as he passed, singing his songs back to him in gratitude for all he had done,” said Humphries. Described as “fervent and heartfelt” by The New York Times, the duo won Grand Prize in the John Lennon Songwriting Competition and were the first recipients of the Phil Ochs Award. “Our music is inextricably linked to our experience as activists,” explains Sandy O. “We look at the world, seeing what can be done to create peace and justice and celebrating the often unsung work already being done.” The duo translates that vision into songs that can be joyful, intense, humorous or thought-provoking and always, Sandy O adds, “with the goal of leaving our audiences inspired, hopeful, empowered, engaged. . . and singing!” Emma’s Revolution consistently delivers performances so powerful, audiences leap to their feet to demand more.

Lisa Gutkin will add exquisite and versatile violin accompaniment to Emma’s Revolution’s songs, that span styles from folk to jazz and funk to rock, covering issues from reproductive justice to child separation at the border and Black Lives Matter to the sustaining power of love. The trio will also perform Gutkin’s and Emma’s Revolution’s settings of Woody Guthrie’s lyrics. Guthrie wrote more than 750,000 words in his lifetime and melodies for many of his lyrics never existed or didn’t survive. Over the years, Woody’s daughter, Nora Guthrie, has invited artists to search the archives and create musical settings of these lyrics. Lisa’s settings have been especially lauded. “Gonna Get Through This World,” from the Klezmatics’ Grammy-winning CD, “Wonder Wheel,” was described by Pete Seeger as “a piece of genius”. The trio will perform the song with Emma’s Revolution adding vocal harmonies, guitar and banjo accompaniment to Lisa’s vocals and violin.

Grammy Award winning violinist, singer, actor, and composer Lisa Gutkin is best known as a member of the acclaimed Klezmatics, and most recently for her musical score and performance in the Broadway hit Indecent. A two-time Tony Award Winner, Indecent was named #3 in Time Magazine’s Top 10 Broadway Plays and Musicals of 2017. Lisa has had a storied career that reflects the eclectic nature of her life, passion, and creativity. A cameo performance in Sex and the City, a seat in Sting’s band for The Last Ship, and a CD of original songs produced by John Lissauer have taken her a long way from her beginnings as back up musician to the Fast Folk songwriters’ collective. Praised for her “hauntingly emotional” vocals by the L.A. Times and called “one hot fiddler” by Cyndi Lauper, Lisa might swing seamlessly from Klezmer to the blues, or between traditional Irish and Appalachian sounds.

Earlier Event: October 8
The Klezmatics @ Bucharest, Romania
Later Event: October 24
Lisa Gutkin @ St. Paul, MN