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“Anne Feeney is the greatest labor singer in North America today.”

-Utah Phillips

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Short Bio

Based in Pittsburgh, PA, Anne Feeney is the granddaughter of an intrepid mineworkers’ organizer, who also used music to carry the message of solidarity to working people. After two decades of community activism and regional performances at rallies, Anne took her message on the road. Since 1991 Anne has traveled to the frontlines in 40 states, Canada, Mexico, Ireland and Sweden.
Her anthem “Have You Been to Jail for Justice?” is being performed by Peter, Paul and Mary. Dubbed the “minister of culture” to the movements for economic and social justice and human rights, Anne is “the best labor singer in North America” according to Utah Phillips.

Long Bio

Pittsburgh-based agitator Anne Feeney performs music that she says is
designed to “comfort the afflicted and afflict the comfortable.” Not many
women have chosen to walk the path of Woody Guthrie, but Feeney has
made a career of it for the past 35 years. She has lived her life on the
frontlines – performing at thousands of rallies, picket lines and
demonstrations over the years – including the WTO demonstrations in
Seattle, Solidarity Day in Washington, DC, and for 1.5 million at the April 25,
2004 March for Women’s Lives. Feeney’s bottomless songbag draws on Irish,
bluegrass, traditional, labor, pop, folk and contemporary material. She’s as
likely to sing a traditional song or an obscure gem by one of her many
friends in the singer/songwriter circuit as she is one of her own awardwinning
songs. Feeney’s anthem, “Have You Been to Jail for Justice?” is
featured on Peter, Paul and Mary’s CD, “In These Times,” and also on “Carry
It On,” – their 5 CD boxed set. That song was also featured in “Get Up/Stand
Up: The History of Pop and Protest,” a documentary featuring the greatest
protest songs of all time, which aired nationally on PBS, and worldwide.

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Notable Moments

  •  winner Kerrville New Folk Competition
  • twice voted Best Folk Act, Pittsburgh Music Awards
  • the only woman ever elected President of the Pittsburgh Musicians’ Union in its 108 year history
  • founder Pittsburgh Action Against Rape
  • charter member Women’s Bar Assn of Allegheny County
  • founding member, Local 1000, AFM

Quotes

“She’s a person who lives the spirit of music in the sense of the best songwriters, not simply as an entertainer. She participates passionately and with great compassion in struggles for justice.”

  • -Peter Yarrow

“Feeney bluntly and beautifully addresses the issues of racism, classism, homophobia, police brutality, and the maze of problems faced by the working class of the world.”

-Genn Chryst

 

“Anne is a political and cultural hell-raiser, a producer of good music, a singer of considerable talent, and a catalyst in the topical song movement.”

-Peggy Seeger

“[F]ine songwriting!”

-Pete Seeger

“I’m sure that any group, except perhaps groups who are trying to stop the ERA, would enjoy Anne.”

-Molly Yard

“The sexiest voice to hit music since Patsy Cline.”

-Sunshine Johnson

Press

“It’s so beautiful what my friends got together to do for me.”

Pittsburgh City Paper article about War on the Workers tribute album: Tribute album honors the legacy and music of Pittsburgh’s Anne Feeney while also offsetting medical costs

“I had seen artists include politics in their show before,” says Anti-Flag frontman Justin Sane, “but Anne Feeney was the first artist I encountered whose set was unapologetically and ferociously political. That set had a major impact on me as an artist. I remember thinking to myself, ‘This is the kind of musician I want to be. This woman is punk as hell!’ And she still is!”

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette article about War on the Workers tribute album: Musicians assemble for tribute to Anne Feeney

“Given all that Anne has done for me, I was honored to contribute a track to the album myself, collaborating with punk rock icons Anti-Flag.”

Huffington Post article about War on the Workers tribute album: Legendary musicians release benefit tribute album for renowned political folksinger Anne Feeney


Printables

Printable Press Kit [PDF]

General Flyers [PDF]

War on the Workers Tribute Album Flyers [PDF]

Double Trouble Tour Flyer [PDF]