March 8th - 24th

The Friendly Festival

The Life and Times of Pete Seeger (Ukulele version)

2019 marks the 100th birthday of the legendary singer, songwriter and campaigner Pete Seeger. As part of their national tour celebrating his centenary Finlay Allison and Jimmy Ross are offering a special ukulele-friendly version of their show The Life and Times of Pete Seeger. The show tells the story of Pete’s eventful and creative musical life. It is studded with many of his best known songs and those of his friends, the music giants Woody Guthrie and Lead Belly. Finlay and Jimmy have presented their shows involving songs, script and slides across the UK and in the US.

Finlay and Jimmy have extracted some of songs from this Pete Seeger celebration for a special ukulele treatment. Their two-part presentation of workshop and concert allows ukulele players of all abilities to improve their skills and to learn some great songs.

In Part 2, (later the same day), Finlay and Jimmy will present their Seeger show with songs, script and slides of archive footage of Pete Seeger’s life and times. At various points in the show the songs learned in the earlier workshop will be performed with all players participating. This morning/afternoon or afternoon/evening presentation is for players and/or audience.

Come to one or both, sit back and sing or get your uke out and join us in celebrating the life of one of the most important folk performers and activists of the 20th century!

For more info call 07590 556 400.  Email jimmyross0@me.com

Finlay Allison is Senior Tutor at Glasgow Folk-Music Workshop, teaching fiddle and ukulele. His Celtic Connections ukulele workshops are a sell-out attraction every year. He played with Adam McNaughtan and other friends for years in the folk group Stramash.
Jimmy Ross has been a well-known and respected singer and instrumentalist on the Scottish folk scene since the 1960’s. He sang in a duo with Alistair Hulett doing programmes of songs of social justice.

Jimmy and Finlay have played music together for many years. They present themed programmes with songs, stories and pictures on a variety of subjects.

Jimmy Ross and Finlay Allison will present their acclaimed celebration of the life and times of musical hero Pete Seeger ‘Which Side Are You On?'. This uplifting, entertaining and inspiring show portrays the turmoil and triumphs of the period Pete lived through and the soundtrack he provided to those times.
The presentation covers the influence he had on the singers and songwriters of his time including Bob Dylan, Woody Guthrie and Lead Belly. It will cover his famous appearance in Glasgow and his role in instigating the famous ‘Ding Dong Dollar’ LP of Scottish protest songs. In the afternoon Workshop prior to the show, Finlay and Jimmy will use the songs from the show as teaching material. Workshop participants will be invited to join Finlay and Jimmy in the performance later that evening.