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Nora Guthrie, Kingston, RI, Dec 5

Nora Guthrie, daughter of folk music icon Woody Guthrie, will present HOLY GROUND: the Yiddish Connection on Tuesday, December 5 from 4:30-5:30 p.m. at the URI University Club, 95 Upper College Rd. in Kingston. The program is sponsored by Hillel, the Jewish Student Center at URI in conjunction with the 2006 URI Honors Colloquium, “Songs of Social Justice.” The program is free and open to the public.

For more information, please call Amy Olson, Executive Director of URI Hillel at 401-874-2740.

In this fascinating multimedia presentation, Nora Guthrie will discuss the artistic implications of Woody Guthrie’s relationship with his Jewish mother in law (her grandmother), Yiddish poet Aliza Greenblatt. The program includes a presentation of photographs, music excerpts (from the Klezmatics new releases of Woody Guthrie material), writings and artwork that illuminate their personal and creative relationship as well as never before seen Guthrie Family home movies.

Nora Guthrie is the President of the Woody Guthrie Foundation, Director of the Woody Guthrie Archives and President of Woody Guthrie Publications, Inc. In addition to managing the project to archive and preserve the personal materials and original creative works of her father, Ms. Guthrie develops and produces artistic projects which continue to introduce the public to Woody Guthrie's vast cultural legacy. Nora's most recent project has been working with The Klezmatics to create new CDs of Woody's previous unreleased lyrics. Happy Joyous Hanukkah is a collection of Hanukkah themed songs and Wonder Wheel celebrates Woody's experiences living in Coney Island during the early 1940's.

Woody Guthrie was arguably America’s foremost folk music artist who, in the 1930s and 1940s, transformed the folk ballad into a vehicle for social protest and observation. In so doing, he paved the way for Bob Dylan, Bruce Springsteen and a host of other folk and rock songwriters who have been moved by conscience to share experiences and voice opinions in a forthright manner. Guthrie wrote literally thousands of songs, including such revered classics as "This Land Is Your Land," "So Long, It's Been Good to Know You," "Grand Coulee Dam," "I Ain't Got No Home" and "Dust Bowl Refugees."

For more information, please call Amy Olson, Executive Director of URI Hillel at 401-874-2740.

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