On Mayday 2015 Jan Hammarlund of Stockholm Sweden and I drove to from Pittsburgh to Chicago for a very special event. The 2015 Joe Hill 100 Roadshow began at the monument to the Haymarket Martyrs. From Chicago to St Paul with 8 stops along the way .. Honoring Joe's idealism, rebel spirit, inspiring and funny songs, and legacy of resistance, we joined JP Wright, Bucky Halker, Li'l Rev Revenson and many other great musicians as we played 10 performances in as many days. The performances were great -- educational, inspiring and entertaining. The shows were either free with a hat-pass or a $5 cover. Most nights there was less than $100 for each musician, and no allowance for travel or expenses.
The tour planners wanted most of the shows to be free or very inexpensive. Our wages are to come from the Go Fund me site set up to finance the tour. Due to a number of technical problems, the donation website did not go up until after our tour was over on May 10th. I don't think most activists even know that the site exists. To date it hasn't topped $1100 - which is going to be split many many ways. The tour is continuing with terrific players - Charlie King, Magpie, George Mann, Mark Ross and many more. It will end on November 19th in Salt Lake City, where Joe Hill was executed. If you can make a donation to the Joe Hill 100 GoFundMe site before November 19, it will go to all the musicians who participated in the important labor-of-love-of-labor.