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Needle in the Groove: Women Singing for Social Change

by Various Artists

16 amazing women perform songs of social justice on this genre-jumping, generation-spanning compilation.
Genre: Folk: Political
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Ala Dal'ona: Shams & Maisa Assi
3:38 album only
2. There Are: Toshi Reagon
5:32 album only
3. 14 & Fiery: Ember Swift
4:20 album only
4. Amal's Song: Andrea Pritchett
5:15 album only
5. Gangsters of Love: SONiA
4:04 album only
6. Bully Circus: Wishing Chair
3:16 album only
7. Fired Up: Holly Near
2:06 album only
8. Up Up Up Up Up Up: Ani Difranco
3:20 album only
9. Priests of the Golden Bull: Buffy St. Marie
3:48 album only
10. Cavedrawing: Sarah Pinsker
4:28 album only
11. Eve's Mouth: Alix Olson
3:34 album only
12. Small is Tremendous: Zoe Lewis
4:00 album only
13. You Ain't Done Nuthin' If You Ain't Been Called A Red: Faith Pet
3:29 album only
14. The Ballad of Penny Evans: Michelle Shocked
3:06 album only
15. Kyrie Eleison: Harp 46
4:29 album only
16. Peace, Salaam, Shalom: Emma's Revolution
2:16 album only


Album Notes
Needle in the Groove brings together the subversive beauty of quilting with the far-reaching joy of music. It is a patchwork quilt, a CD, and a consciousness-raising tool. Hannah is an activist and a quilter, Sarah is a singer/songwriter, and we have put our vision and skills together for the sake of art, hope, and justice.

The fifteen musicians on this album responded to our call to “contribute a patch about any one of your songs that you feel contributes to social change” and to donate the song to us to include on the CD.

All proceeds will go to the Palestinian girls’ group Flowers Against the Occupation, a group Hannah came to know and love through her solidarity work in the Salfit region of the West Bank with the International Women’s Peace Service and Birthright Unplugged.

Eighteen girls from Flowers Against the Occupation also made quilt patches for Needle in the Groove, and the final track on the CD is of two of the girls from the group singing a beautiful song about the importance of women’s participation in liberation struggles.

The result is what you see here. And now you get to listen to great music and support a good cause at the same time!

For more information about us, this project, or how the quilt can come to you, write to us at

And please visit us to see the quilt and learn more:



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Mibbs Breakin' Ribs

I really enjoyed the CD and especially what it stands is just plain melodious to the ears and brings comfort to the soul knowing people care to make a change. Thanks ladies you are wonderful!


Subversive and Sassy
Great political messages and female power. Love it!


Great CD for an even greater cause
Enjoyed the CD but especially love the cause the the artists working together to help women.