Bev Grant | We Were There! Songs of Women's Labor History

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We Were There! Songs of Women's Labor History

by Bev Grant

A blend of original and traditional songs about women's labor history, including the anthemic title track, written by Bev Grant.
Genre: Folk: Traditional Folk
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1. We Were There
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2. Harriet Tubman
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3. Cotton Mill Girls
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4. Which Side Are You On?
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5. Union Maid
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6. Ballad of the Triangle Shirtwaist Fire
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7. Bread and Roses
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8. De Colores
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9. The Ones Who've Gone Before Us
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


Album Notes
BEV GRANT is a veteran social activist, feminist, labor singer/songwriter, "cultural worker" from Park Slope Brooklyn, where she has lived for the past 30 years. Founder and musical director of the Brooklyn Women's Chorus, a community chorus in Park Slope, BEV is also the cultural director of the ULEA (United Labor Educators Association) Northeast Summer Institute for Union Women. She is the co-creator of a women's labor history multi-media presentation entitled "We Were There!" and has recorded four albums, including a companion cd and songbook called "We Were There!", a solo cd entitled "IN TUNE", and two albums with her band "Human Condition". The first was called "The Working People Gonna Rise", and was produced by Barbara Dane for the Paredon record label, The second, called "Kulonyaka - Year of Dedication" was recorded in 1985 and was on the cutting edge of the world beat movement, including songs in Spanish, Zulu, Shona, and Haitian Creole, in addition to English. Both are available on her web site: www.bevgrant.com. She is also producer of a cd released in May 2003 of the Brooklyn Women's Chorus called "The Power of Song". She has appeared on numerous compilation recordings, including the recently released Grammy-nominated Smithsonian/Folkways "Best of Broadside" album; "Traditions - New Spirits & Holy Ground - Performers from the Good Coffeehouse, Park Slope Brooklyn"; and Live from El Salvador on Redwood Records.

BEV began creating social conscious music in the late sixties, first with a feminist band called Goldflower and then with her band, Human Condition, in the early seventies. She has used her music as an organizing tool in both community and union organizing, often writing songs for specific issues or campaigns and facilitating the creation and use of music by others. Two of her recent songs, one called "No Sweat", co-written with singer/songwriter Pat Humphries, and "We Were There!" have been recorded by Pat Humphries on her latest cd called "HANDS". In addition, "We Were There" has been recorded by the New Jersey based chorus - the Solidarity Singers and Hersong of the Quad Cities and the Brooklyn Women's Chorus cd, "Power of Song"; and " No Sweat" was recently recorded by Solidarity Notes - a Vancouver, B.C. labor chorus and the Brooklyn Women's Chorus. For more information go to www.bevgrant.com.

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monica


This CD provided us with songs that fit perfectly with our History Day project
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Crow and Wolf Music

....will stir your soul and stoke the fire in your belly.
Bev Grant pays her respects to the working women of America with this concise CD...the tribulations of the low-wage labourers ("Cotton Mill Girls," "Ballad of the Triangle Shirtwaist Fire") and the anthems of the unions ("Which Side Are You On?", "Union Maid," "Bread and Roses") and Bev's own original song saluting both (the title cut) will stir your soul and stoke the fire in your belly. This album features Pat Humphries and Gene Hicks (fiddle, accordion, keyboards, production)--who is also related to your erstwhile hosts here at Crow & Wolf!--among Bev's co-conspirators.
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Jane Latour, DC37

It's wonderful!! I especially love the lines about "same work ... and with babie
It's wonderful!!! I especially love the lines about "same work...and with babies in our arms!" ... and I have always thought that you wrote every politically conscious song about women and work!
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Karen Wilcox, Charlottesville Women's Choir

It's great to see the work you've done, especially for women's labor and the lab
It's great to see the work you've done, especially for women's labor and the labor movement in general, along with the inspiring peace and social justice work.
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Friday Labor's Folklore

Mother Jones' spirit and the spirit of working women around the world, inspire s
Mother Jones' spirit and the spirit of working women around the world, inspire songwriter Bev Grant to reach great heights with her music. "We Were There" is her anthem to working women's history, honoring those who walked the picket line, built their union and then came home to fix the meals.
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America @ Work - May 2003 issue

"...includes a collection of some of the best-loved music by and about working w
"We Were There! Songs of Working Women's History," includes a collection of some of the best-loved music by and about working women, such as "Bread and Roses," along with new songs such as "We Were There!" Vocalist Bev Grant, a Brooklyn, N.Y.-based labor singer, songwriter, social activist and member of American Federation of Musicians of the United States and Canada Local 1000, also-co-created the "We Were There!" multi-media show, which includes voices, songs and slides to depict working women's struggles in the past two centuries."
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Sounds Celebrating Resistance

Strong traditional and contemporary folk topped off by Bev's chill-inducing voca
This is a cd of songs from a multi-media women's labor history project that Bev has put together. Featuring one original (the title track) and a bunch of covers - including "Harriet Tubman," "Cotton Mill Girls," "Which Side Are You On?", "Union Maid," "Bread and Roses," and more, it's a great look at working women's lives through song. Strong traditional and contemporary folk topped off by Bev's chill-inducing vocals. A number of the tracks are songs I've heard hundreds of times, yet here Bev and friends add even more life to them. A great cd! There's a songbook available as well. Plus, it meets my daily minimum requirement of banjo thanks to guest Pat Humphries.
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Pat Wynne for the Folknik

...the birth of an exciting new women's anthem..."We Were There"
This album is a tribute to women workers of the past. The album takes us through women's labor history from slavery through the cotton mills of the south,organizing miners in Kentucky to the sweatshops in New York City with the "Triangle Shirtwaist Factory Fire." Bev Grant ends the tape with a plea for something new and better to happen,with "The Ones Who've Gone Before Us". When Bev sings "Oh, you can't scare me, I'm stickin' to the union" (Union Maid), I believe her! With the drum beat in "Bread and Roses", Bev takes us on a march with the women strikers in the textile mills of Lawrence, Mass. in 1912. The sweetest sound of all is "De Colores", in which Bev invokes the United Farm Workers in Delano, California, led by Cesar Chavez and Dolores Huerta. Bev's new cd has heralded the birth of an exciting new women's anthem, the title song of the album, "We Were There". It is stirring and with Bev's strong, passionate deliver, extremely moving and inspiring. It is a song that I will be singing and teaching to my labor studies classes for many a year to come.
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leftbooks.com

The arrangements are great and the production top notch.
Broklyn Women’s Chorus was founded in 1997 by Brooklyn resident and musician, Bev Grant. The chorus includes women of all ages and from diverse ethnic backgrounds and walks of life. They have preformed at peace rallies, union functions coffee houses and meeting houses.
The Power of Song was recorded in December 2002 and released in May 2003. It's a diverse cd including original and traditional music, backed by a terrific band, including percussion, guitar, mandolin, trumpet, bass and cello. The arrangements are great and the production top notch.
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