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Annie & Peter - editors & songleaders

Annie & Peter have played a central role in helping to create a quiet revolution of group singing in the U.S. in recent years.  They have spent decades honing their skills as performers and songleaders in schools, churches, conferences, folk song clubs and festival across the U.S. and abroad.  Groups in all these settings have treasured their uncanny ability to choose songs that are fun and inspiring, to teach these songs to groups of all ages, and to get them engaged in spirited group singing in spite of any reserve they might have had.

They used this wealth of songleading experience to create a completely unique song collection entitled Rise Up Singing: The Group Singing Songbook.  Their book contains a wonderful mix of 1200 songs from Beatles to Broadway, from spirituals to carols, and from kids songs to songs of peace and justice.  A true underground best-seller, the collection has sold over a million copies since its publication in 1988 with a minimum of publicity, promotion or marketing. Pete Seeger (who in Japan would be known as a “Living National Treasure”) has said that their songbook is making "a qualitative difference in music in America." Joan Baez has called their book "a true treaure!"  Studs Terkel calls it "the best, most exhilarating history of the United States: a singing history!"  A new similar songbook entitled Rise Again with words & chords to 1200 more songs is being published by Hal Leonard Music in 2015.

As many schools in America have cut back on their music programs, hundreds of community groups have sprung up getting together regularly for monthly sings using the Blood-Pattersons' songbook.  Churches, schools, camps and social change groups use the books to build community, have fun and teach values around peace and a better world.  In the decade since it has been published, the songbook has taken on a central role in the folk music community through out North America.

Annie is a solo folk performer, old timey banjo enthusiast and jazz vocalist, performing with the swing bands Big Nite Out, Girls from Mars, and O-tones.  She has released 2 CD’s: “Meet Me by the Moonlight” (2006) and “Mountainside” (2011).   Peter edited Pete Seeger’s autobiography, Where Have All the Flowers Gone, recently released in a new edition by W.W.Norton.

In addition to traveling through out North America, the Blood-Pattersons have taken their songleading to New Zealand, Hawaii and Great Britain.  They accompany their songs with guitars, banjo, mandolin, autoharp, African drum and pennywhistle.  For more information on Annie & Peter and their work, visit their website www.riseupandsing.org

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