Woody Guthrie Sing-Along with Robin Flower & Libby McLaren

Woody Guthrie Sing-Along with Robin Flower & Libby McLaren

Sunday, April 8th

Doors: 12:00 pm / Show: 1:00 pm

  • This event is free with reservation.
  • Reservations are limited to 2 tickets per person.

Robin Flower & Libby McLaren
Robin Flower & Libby McLaren
Robin Flower and Libby McLaren
Robin Flower and Libby McLaren have been exciting Freight audiences since 1987. Playing rock-solid celtic music, they make it sound brand new. Adding dazzlingly original tunes and songs, Robin (fiddle, guitar, mandolin, singing) and Libby (piano, accordion, singing) have a musical intimacy that is extraordinary, moving from the powerful to the sublime. Their recordings include Angel of Change (with Nancy Vogl), 30 Second Kiss, Steelhead in the Riffles, Twenty Years·Twenty Rivers, and One Plus One.

For this special engagement on International Women's Day, they will be joined by:



· Danny Carnahan (from Wake the Dead)

· Mary Ford

· She-Who-Shall-Not-Be-Named





Robin Flower
Turning 70 this year, Robin has performed at the Freight for 40 years! She first played at the Freight in 1979, with the release of her first album, More Than Friends. She recorded Green Sneakers, 1st Dibs, and Babies with Glasses while touring constantly, performing at major folk and women's music festivals and venues across the US and Canada. During this time she was awarded Best New Talent from Frets Magazine and a California Arts Council Touring Grant. As well as performing with Libby, she has played in the Woody Guthrie All-star Band in the beloved play, Woody Guthrie's American Song by Peter Glaser.



Libby McLaren
Libby, a Berkeley native, performed with the popular band, Night Flyte, before moving to New York City where she established herself as a sought-after back-up singer. She joined The Roches, the acclaimed sister act, in 1983. Playing keyboard and singing, she toured and recorded with them for 5 years, which included playing on the Dick Cavett Show, the Late Show, and the Tonight Show. Moving back to the Bay Area, as well as playing with Robin, she toured and recorded with the legendary Ronnie Gilbert, singing, playing piano, and co-writing the song "Mother Jones" for Ronnie's play of the same name.
Carter Family Sing-Along
The Carter Family is generally regarded as the First Family of American country music. They first recorded in 1927 for Victor Records in Bristol, TN, as part of what is considered to be the "Big Bang" of country music. Their recordings of songs such as "Wabash Cannonball", "Can the Circle Be Unbroken", "Wildwood Flower", "Keep On the Sunny Side" and "I'm Thinking Tonight of My Blue Eyes" made these songs country standards. The original group consisted of three people from rural Southwest Virginia: A.P. Carter, his wife Sara Carter, and his sister-in-law Maybelle Carter. In addition, Sara and Maybelle were first cousins. Maybelle is considered to be the originator of country-style guitar playing, and Sara’s rich alto voice has been a template for many women country singers. A.P. traveled throughout the Eastern mountains, collecting folksongs which they recorded (and which, consequently, made A.P. quite a good living through copyrights and publishing rights).

There is nothing that nurtures a sense of community and well-being like singing well-loved songs together. Laurie Lewis will lead this joyous sing-along, aided by Leah Wollenberg and young guitarist and singer Daisy Kerr. The trick will be trying to figure out which songs, among the hundreds the Carter Family recorded, to feature. There are too many gems to choose from!