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GREENFIELD, MA -- A celebratory concert, "Bread and Roses," featuring the Amandla Chorus, the Green River String Band, and Song Squad will take place Sunday, Jan. 22 at 2 pm at the All Souls Church in Greenfield. The event commemorates the 100th anniversary of the famous strikes in Lawrence, MA, which brought labor rights issues to national attention and significantly furthered the cause of justice for workers of all ages.

"Bread and Roses" will feature labor and other celebratory songs from several cultures; there will also be brief excerpts, read by children and teens, about our state's rich labor history.

The Amandla Chorus, founded in 1988 by Director Eveline MacDougall, performs international songs of freedom and peace. The 35-member group brings tightly-blended four-part harmonies to audiences in concert halls, prisons, schools, nursing homes, and at events large and small, including weddings, memorial services, and (in small groups) at the bedsides of those at life's end.

The Green River String Band serves up an electrifyingly eclectic mix including bluegrass, original alt-country, fiddle tunes, and Eastern European music. The quartet features Charlie Conant (guitar, dobro and vocals); Doug Reid (banjo, accordion, guitar, ukulele, and vocals); Eveline MacDougall (violin, viola, accordion, and vocals); and Joshua Owsley (bass).

Song Squad is an intergenerational group of singers ranging in age from one to 85. Song Squad performs in conjunction with Amandla at community events.

The family-friendly afternoon concert will be a maximum of 90 minutes, and will include audience participation for those who wish to sing along. Tickets are available at the door: $10 per person / $20 per family. Note: Admission is $1.00 for anyone who has been laid off from their job.

The All Souls Church is accessible. For more information, contact Eveline MacDougall at (413) 773-8655 or Visit Amandla's new website

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