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We're Still Here

by Work o' the Weavers

"Four wonderful people who have picked up where the Weavers left off. Fantastic." --Pete Seeger
Genre: Folk: Modern Folk
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1. If I Had a Hammer (The Hammer Song)
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2. Red Goes the Vine/In Dead Earnest
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3. I Never Will Marry
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4. Da'una Na'eesh
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5. In Jerusalem
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6. Long Time Gone (Huddie Ledbetter Was a Helluva Man)
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7. Healing River
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8. Aweigh, Santy Anno
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9. Wasn't That a Time!
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10. We're Still Here
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11. One Percent Phosphorus
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12. The Lost Banjo
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13. Shabat Shalom
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14. I Am a Seed of Peace
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15. Long Way to the Graveyard
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16. My Peace
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"A thrilling trip in time. I will never be able to experience the excitement of the original group who shaped the direction of American folk music, but Work o' the Weavers is the next best thing. The musicianship and songs on 'We're Still Here' continues the musical and humanitarian tradition that, I believe, would make the original Weavers proud."
--Michael Stock, 'Folk & Acoustic Music' WLRN Miami

"Work o' the Weavers succeeds admirably in covering Weavers' tunes. The vocal harmonies are beautiful, and eerily reminiscent of the originals on nearly every track. The group wisely maintains political relevance by alluding to current issues that the Weavers would have sung about. If you...are a fan of The Weavers, and want to hear chestnuts and new songs that have been recorded beautifully, you will want to add 'We're Still Here' to the CD collection."
--Sing Out! Magazine

"The music is both a stunning tribute to the older group's style and a demonstration of their own talent for harmony singing and song composition. The work is wonderfully faithful to the spirit of the Weavers and one is transported back to the vibrancy and passion of that group's music. But the Work o' the Weavers' singing and playing impresses because of its own merits; they have an innocence and exuberance all too rare in music today. Thoroughly recommended!"
--Arthur Elliott, 'Sidestream', Radio 99.7 Brisbane, Australia

"Warm, rich voices, with harmonies which capture the original sound of the Weavers in almost eerie fashion. An excellent CD."
--John McLaughlin, 'Roots & Wings', WMUC College Park MD

"This recording is a rejuvenation of timely tunes and words for our troubled times plus many new selections which add to the rich tradition of folk singing in the 21st century. Consider it a must-have for anyone who appreciated the hard work of the original Weavers and anyone who wants to experience the way a simple song can tell a truth in rhythm and rich, round harmonies."
--Amazing Grace, Acoustic Alternative, KXCI Community Radio 91.3 FM, Tucson AZ

"The Work o'the Weavers' first album WAS the Weavers--word for word, note for note, voice almost for voice. I thought I was listening to the original Weavers revived. I was later lucky enough to have them as guests at our Jacob's Ladder Festival in Israel. What lovely people. What a performance!
'We're Still Here' is a heartwarming continuation of their ongoing tribute to the Weavers. This time, however, they add new songs written in the spirit of the Weavers. Songs of joy and songs of peace that should be in the library and repertoire of any lover of peace, justice and freedom and, of course, of entertaining music.
As a long time resident of Israel, I just have to admire the message of 'In Jerusalem.' I only wish such songs were being written, sung and played here. I shall certainly be playing 'In Jerusalem' and many more tracks from the album on my programme on Radio Upper Galilee.
May you still be here for many years to come, WotW!"
--Menachem Vinegrad, 'Worldwaves', Israel

"Don't think of Work o' the Weavers as simply an exercise in nostalgia. While the band revisits some of original Weavers material in tribute, the quartet looks to the future, incorporating a new generation of material from contemporary and traditional sources that must surely make Pete smile! The back cover gives a nod to "Traveling in the footsteps" of the original Weavers, yet the band has found its own timeless path as well. Work o' the Weavers merges respect for tradition, sincerity and integrity with hope and promise for the future."
--Jim Colbert, 'The Folk Show,' WPSU Bellefonte PA

"Many of us were either too young or not even born when the Weavers gave their inspirational live performances. Work o' the Weavers really captures the sound of the legendary Weavers and even their original songs capture the Weavers and sound like songs the Weavers would write and record if the Weavers were still with us today."
--Doug Dick, WVGN Virgin Islands

"I particularly enjoy playing Work o' the Weavers for my listeners. It's hard to find good traditional folk music, and Work o' the Weavers do it right."
--Rae Rice,'Wild Rice,' WVEW Brattleboro VT

Entered the FolkDJ list at #9 in May 2007, and remained on the list for 3 months!

"GREAT! I think what the group does is significant and well done. I love the banjo work and style-sounds great."
--Paul Blumentritt, The Folk Shop, Tucson AZ

In 2003 James Durst (guitar), David Bernz (banjo & guitar), Mark Murphy (bass) and Martha Sandefer united to form the group Work o' the Weavers to celebrate the invaluable contribution to our collective musical landscape by America's pioneering folk quartet, The Weavers.

Beginning with their very first hit recording ('Tzena Tzena'/Goodnight Irene) in 1950, The Weavers brought a freshness and authenticity to recorded music with an exuberance not heard before by radio audiences across the country. Their unique adaptations of folksongs, dressed up with arrangements by bandleader Gordon Jenkins and others, sparked a whole new genre of musical expression until the end of 1952, when the group was driven from the stage by political zealotry. Their legendary 1955 Carnegie Hall reunion concert, and subsequent Vanguard LP recording, gave heart to a generation beset by the Cold War and the blacklist, inspiring the 'folk boom' of the '50s & '60s, and provided the foundation upon which virtually every subsequent folk performer would build.

'WE'RE STILL HERE' follows the success of Work o' the Weavers' 2004 'Live in Concert' CD which garnered such accolades as "this faithfully arranged and sung tribute...rings with such rousing familiarity...that there are moments when you may find yourself thinking that the group's original members are all within range of the microphone."(–The Washington Post), "(Their) harmony, individual voices, and instrument choice remain amazingly true to the original Weaver sound. Quite enjoyable." (–Sing Out!), and from Weavers founder Pete Seeger himself: "Four wonderful people who’ve...picked up where the Weavers left off. Fantastic!"

Whereas 'Live In Concert' was distilled from Work o' the Weavers' performances that employ an edifying narrative interwoven among the beloved familiar songs to place them in historical and social context, WE'RE STILL HERE takes the next logical step, combining a number of Weavers evergreens with newer songs The Weavers might be singing today. Some are originals, some borrowed from friends, and a couple are by former Weavers themselves. All work together to create an amalgam underscoring the musical capabilities and direction of Work o' the Weavers as something much more than simply a tribute band, but rather a group intent on picking up the torch and carrying on the musical tradition and intentionality The Weavers originated a half-century ago.

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Mahir Ali

Wonderfully evocative
"When I hear America singing," Carl Sandburg famously said, "The Weavers are there." Well, they are also there when we hear Work o' the Weavers. I enjoyed this album even more than the last one, not least because of the number of tunes that The Weavers never recorded - which offer more than a hint of what The Weavers would have sounded like were they a contemporary band. The tributes to Lee Hays and Pete Seeger are also most touching.
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