A brief note to announce the James Connolly Festival in Dublin May 4th – 10th. Yvonne and I were invited to open the festival May 4th. We are honored to participate and to represent the James Connolly Songs of Freedom project. There’ll be more information about this in the weeks to come but for now please go to this link for information.

Also, if you do not already have a copy of the Songs of Freedom you can contact me directly or go to: pmpress.

I will be attending the Left Forum in New York, May 29th-31st. I’ll be chairing two panels devoted to, a. how music has been used in the struggle for liberation and, b. Imagining art after capitalism. The exact titles and participants are presently being worked out. I’ll post details closer to the date. But interest is great in both themes so I’m sure there will be lively discussion.

In addition, I’ve been asked to participate in the Left Forum’s musical events. Last year’s Pete Seeger Tribute was a great success encouraging an ambitious program this year. Plans are afoot to organize four sessions: a comedy event, a spoken word event, a jazz/multimedia event and a Folk/International event. Details will be posted here as they are confirmed.

The forum is to be held at:

John Jay College of Criminal Justice,
The City University of New York
524 W. 59th Street, NYC

for more information: http://www.leftforum.org/