Tuesday, September 22, 2009

Greenway ASAP

Friday, October 2, 7 PM,
at St. Philip's Episcopal Church

From Carnegie Hall to Car Talk, talented singer/songwriter and expressive tenor Greg Greenway adds stealth, sublime and sometimes in-your-face political awareness to his progressive pop.

On his most recent recording, 2008's infectious Standing on the Side of Love, Greenway explores new sounds and expresses fresh views on justice—including the powerful track Sick & Tired, co-written with Kate Campbell, inspired by civil rights activist Fannie Lou Hamer's famous quote ("I'm sick and tired of being sick and tired.")

Greenway brings his powerful, melodic original songs to downtown Durham Friday, October 2, at 7 PM, for the next Strings Attached concert. Join this talented artist in the Parish Hall of St. Philip's Episcopal Church, 403 East Main Street (enter on Queen Street), for an evocative and entertaining evening. Tickets are $15 in advance ($20 on the day of show), $8 for ages 6-12 and childcare for those five and under is available on-site. Refreshments (including beer, wine, sodas and water along with sweet and savory snacks) will also be available. All profits from the concert benefits the work of Urban Ministries of Durham. Visit http://www.stphilipsdurham.org for more information and to purchase advance tickets.

The following day, Saturday, October 3, Durham's Eno River Unitarian Universalist Fellowship hosts a social justice workshop entitled "Conversations Toward a Better World," in which Greenway provides musical inspiration for participants. Visit http://www.eruuf.org for more details and registration information.

Originally from Richmond, Greenway found Boston, with its rich folk tradition and support of folk musicians, better suited his emerging sound and artistry. Inspired after his father's death in 1990, Greenway left his rock band to pursue a now-storied solo career. Greenway draws inspiration from blues, gospel, jazz, rock and world music, yet at his core resides a tuneful and socially aware singer/songwriter. Described as "one of the strongest, and finest voices in folk music," The Boston Globe noted that he's, "confessional one moment, rambunctiously disarming the next....the songwriter stands squarely between the wistful intimacy of folk-pop and the progressive balladry of Phil Ochs and Woody Guthrie."

Greenway's performance highlights include shows at Carnegie Hall in the New York Singer/Songwriter Festival, rebroadcast on NPR's World Cafe; an appearance on the nationally syndicated music show Mountain Stage; and a show at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame honoring Ochs. Greenway also figured prominently on CNN's World Beat in a segment about socially conscious artists and on NPR's Car Talk. He closed a late October 2006
rally at the University of Virginia, featuring NAACP Chair Julian Bond, with his stirring, signature rendition of U2's In the Name of Love.

In a recent acousticmusicscene.com interview, Kathy Sands-Boehmer enthused: "Greg Greenway is a positive force of change in this world. His powerful and inspirational lyrics shout out his humanity and soulfulness. It’s impossible not to stop everything you’re doing and listen to him."

Visit http://www.greggreenway.com for more information and materials about Greg Greenway. Visit http://www.umdurham.org for more information about Urban Ministries of Durham and visit http://www.stphilipsdurham.org for more information about St. Philip's Episcopal Church and Strings Attached Productions.

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