People�s Music Network

Songs of Freedom & Struggle


The Peoples Music Network for Songs of Freedom and Struggle will hold its Winter Gathering at the Greenfield High School, 1 Lenox Ave., Greenfield, MA on the weekend of January 23-25, 2009.


           The Peoples Music Network (PMN) uses music and culture to promote progressive ideas and values.  PMN is a network of musicians, performers, song-writers, sound and recording engineers, music lovers, record and concert producers, promoters and archivists, whose artistry is rooted in political and social activism.  In the words of Paul Robeson, �The artist must fight for freedom or slavery.�


            Since 1977, PMN has developed a format that includes a Friday night concert, a weekend of workshops, and a round robin. Members come from all over the country to share their love of music. The gatherings are held in different cities each winter. Summer gatherings are at a camp in the Hudson Valley.


           PMN is a place to come to work on issues pertaining to cultural survival. It is a welcoming place for new musicians and songwriters as well as seasoned veterans.  It is a culturally diverse group of people committed to working on issues of oppression, having fun in the process.


             The 2009 winter gathering will present a dynamic group of musicians at its Friday night concert on January 23.  The concert will be held at the Greenfield High School Auditorium, beginning at 7:00 pm.  The evening�s line-up feature veteran folk artist Tom Paxton, the Democracy Now! of folk music, singer/songwriter, David Rovics, our local Bard Insurgent, Tom Neilson, accompanied by the beautiful harmonies of Kat Allen, PMN�s founder and political lyricist, Charlie King, with partner in life and song, Karen Brandow, and the collaboration of local singer/songwriters, Pat & Tex LaMountain, Greenfield�s activist chorus, Amandla, under the direction of Eveline MacDougal, our young singer/songwriters and activists, Bess Hepner and Josh Wolfsun, our seasoned political commentators, the Raging Grannies, our future, members of Sarah Pirtle�s  Journey Camp chorus and Greenfield�s mainstay of the nationally revered Contra Dance scene, David Kaynor�s Band.


PMN members and the above performers will offer Weekend workshops which may focus on topics such as songwriting, the marketing of musicians, funny songs, choral and improvisational singing, rounds, labor, protest, Celtic and peace songs.  Song swaps may include environmental, gay/lesbian/ bisexual and disabilities awareness issues.  The Plenary this year will focus on Alternative Economies.


We invite you to purchase an ad in the concert program or to co-sponsor the PMN weekend. The primary responsibility of co-sponsors is to help publicize the weekend and to encourage your members/associates to attend by purchasing 6 tickets to the concert at $25 each.  To place an ad in the program, contact Tom Neilson at


Many local PMN members offer lodging to out-of-towners attending the gathering.  If you can offer a homestay or if you need a place to stay for the weekend, contact Joy Kaubin at


For information and a registration form, go to the web site: or contact Diane Crowe, at