Songs of Freedom
at 10:30 pm
Time Warner 34
watch it online
webcast at bronxnet.org
On the Radio
I was interviewed for a full hour
by Pacifica Radio's
We talked about social change, the power of music and projects
such as Songs of Freedom
and the shows I produced at Greenwich Village's Yippie Cafe. And,
yes, there were songs too.
Click here to hear the music
and the entire interview.
The Continuing Life Story of
Click on the picture of the cute baby for a little
bit of Faith.
Click on the family photo to see a
first 12 months
Even More Faith
(on You Tube)
watch me pull a rabbit out of my hat!
the website for the
television show, and a
for activists and artists sharing their vision and the dignity of human
Click on the flyer above to see a complete schedule of cablecasts and
webcasts in 2013.
Saturday, March 9th
8pm at the
Peoples' Voice Cafe in NYC
It was a terrific
show that raised more than five hundred dollars for The People's Music
For those not
familiar with The People's Music Network, it is an organization of
activists and artists using their work to promote social justice and the
dignity of human struggle. It was this model of artists in action that
was the inspiration for Songs of Freedom Television. The evening
featured an extraordinary lineup, including Wool
& Grant, Hudson Valley Sally, Rick and Andy, and Joel Landy.
For more information about The People's Music Network,
visit their website by clicking here.
Peoples' Voice Cafe
The Peoples' Voice
Cafe is located at 40 East 35th Street (between Madison and Park),
The Community Church of New York Unitarian Universalist.
Sunday, April 21st
17pm at the
New England Folk Festival
I hosted and
performed an hour remembering the life and music of
Phil Ochs at the New England Folk
Festival. This year, as always, it was a memorable experience, with
people coming to sing Phil's songs and talk about what they meant in
their lives. Where were you the first time you heard a Phil Ochs song?
Join us when we do it again next year. Stay tuned to this space
for video from that hour.
Sunday, April 28th
11am at the
Jalopy Theater and School of Music
As you can tell by
looking at this web page, I have been singing a lot of Woody Guthrie
music over the years with my friends including Steve Suffet, Anne Price,
Don Friedman, Alan Friend and Gina Tlamsa. Audio and video of the
shows we have done can be found below. On the 28th of April we will take
our Woody show to Brooklyn and the Jalopy Theater and School of Music in
Red Hook, literally only a few hundred yards from where Woody shipped
out when he served in the US Merchant Marine during World War II.
It promises to be a
fun evening in an interesting performance space.
Cover charge $10. The phone number there is 718.395.3214
Here is a flyer about the
show for you and your friends
More about the Jalopy Theater and
School of Music
Here is a map to help you get there
MORE WOODY BELOW
Friday, May 10th
7pm at the
International Show at New Utrecht High School
in Bensonhust, Brooklyn
For the past few
years I have been performing in my school's annual International Show,
where performances reflect the diversity of our city, our country and
our school. There is dancing and singing representing the world around
us and within us. And the talent is good! It is truly an inspiring
and entertaining evening. I am honored with being the first act this
year, leading off the show. In the past, my international musical
message have been songs by The Beatles, Bob Dylan, and CSNY. This year I
am playing an original song that tells a story about having to be the
change you are. Can you dig it? See you Friday in Brooklyn!
New Utrecht High
is located at
1601 80th Street in Bensonhurst, Brooklyn, by the D train at 79th
Here is a map.
Wasn't That A Time Celebrating the
Life and Music of Woody Guthrie !
In November of last year at the Peoples'
Voice Café in NYC talented artists put on a show remembering the
life and music of America's original troubadour, Woody Guthrie.
Woody was born 100 years ago and his songs and spirit about worker
and human dignity are as relevant now as they ever were. The evening
served as a benefit for the PVC, NYC's premiere progressive venue
and raised $1,300 for the volunteer run music site. I believe Woody
would have approved.
Steve Suffet produced and masterfully hosted the evening. Performers
included Steve, Anne Price,
Joel Landy, Toby Fagenson, Gina Tlamsa and The Solidarity Singers.
The energy in the music hall during the show was wonderful and warm,
with the audience singing along throughout the entire evening.
It was a night people will remember for a long time. Sincere thanks
to all the volunteers who make
The Peoples' Voice Cafe such a special place to come and play.
I recorded the event and edited three episodes of Songs of Freedom.
They will be shown on cable television in New York city during the
coming months. I have also made them available digitally here
online. Each episode is approximately half an hour in length.
I hope you enjoy these shows featuring Woody's music and my musical
friends and that you share them with your friends wherever they may be.
For more information about The Peoples' Voice Cafe, the current season
of performances and volunteer opportunities, go to
For more information about the life and times of Woody Guthrie, visit
The Woody Guthrie Foundation
Take care. Be well. It has been good to know you.
More Woody links below
Joel Landy's Recent Appearances
At the Eve Fenton-Love All Foundation gala raising money
for the special needs of indigent/disabled children. Joel wrote
the theme song for this organization.
New York City Friends of Clearwater meeting at the
union hall in Manhattan.
For more information about NYC Friends,
UPCOMING SONGS OF FREEDOM
No Fracking in New York State!
Governor Cuomo will
soon announce his plans for hydraulic fracturing in NY State.
Please contact his office and tell him any fracking is poisonous to
Albany: (518) 474-8390 New York
City: (212) 681-4580 Toll Free: (866) 584-6799
Also contact him online (click here)
Recent Events and
Labor Day Parade in
NYC / September 2012
Unions brought us weekends, overtime, vacation pay, the eight hour work
child labor laws and more. People sacrificed and gave their lives to
bring us the benefits of their work, yet unions today are the target of
ambitious politicians and corporate interests. Union membership in this
country is down considerably from half a century ago, when gains in
working rights and civil rights were raising our collective standard of
living. It is no coincidence that a working person's real wages and
standard of living has suffered as enrollment in and power of labor
unions has waned.
Here is to unions, working people, and a
[Here is a short video of the march.]
||Thank you to Ken Gale, all the performers,
activists and audience who made this a relevant and successful
Get involved with
NYC Friends of Clearwater.
Visit the website.
the NYC Friends of Clearwater hosted their
Fourth Annual Water Festival on the Hudson River. The
event took place on the Frying Pan, a ship docked just north of Chelsea
Piers at 26th Street. The evening of talk and music had "connecting the
dots" as the theme, how a variety of water related issues effect
everyone who lives in New York City and surrounding areas, including
upstate New York State, where Governor Cuomo is considering allowing
hydraulic fracturing to take place.
The video (see link above) was one of the highlights of the evening. It features Joel Landy's imaginary conversation with the governor about the issue. He is
joined by Mercy Van Vlack (NYC Metro Raging Grannies), Ray Korona,
Russell Daisey, and Donna Stein.
If you had a chance to talk to Governor Cuomo about the fracking issue,
what would you say? This song presents factual information in a
compassionate way. Having a quiet and real moment with somebody can be
more effective and human than shouting and being angry.
I hope the Governor is
Things you can do:
Call Governor Cuomo 1-866-584-6799
Go to http://www.dontfrackny.org/
HAPPY 100th Birthday,
BIRTHDAY BASH 2012 VIDEO LINKS ARE HERE! See below.)
Wasn't That A Time!
at the Bowery Poetry
Club in NYC on July 14
A room filled with
friends joined me and my playing buddies
Steve Suffet, Hillel Arnold, Don Friedman, Beth Kotkin, Anne Price,
Gina Tlamsa, Debe Dalton and Carlos Vazquez
celebrating Woody's life and times.
The vibe was warm and
energetic and the music was memorable. Memorable too was the Birthday
Bash alumni, players from years past, who joined us for the closing
rendition of "This Land Is Your Land." A perfect ending to the
show and this series of performances after 12 years. Thanks to everyone
who made it so special. On this list we include The Bowery Poetry Club
and the CBGBs Gallery. We started this series in the Gallery and played
there during our first years. Bob Holman and the Bowery Poetry Club took
us in after CBGB's closed. Special thanks to Steve Suffet, who's
idea this was and whose organizing skill and persistence made this event
as successful as it was. I learned a lot, as I always do, when I spend
time with Steve. The subject being Woody Guthrie, I learned about Woody,
his influence and music. And I got to sing a lot too. Is there anything
more fun than that?
Steve tells me that
we are not entirely through making music at the Bowery Poetry Club.
I guess that means I am bound to learn more about something.
This Woody celebration continues at the
Woody Bash Facebook page.
Add your comments, memories, pictures, videos, etc., to the online folk
process and see what others have put there.
And be sure to join Steve,
myself and others at the
Peoples' Voice Cafe
on Saturday night, November 17 for an entire
evening celebrating the music and life of Woody Guthrie.
Facebook page all about it)
See you there and down that old
~ joel ~
BIRTHDAY BASH 2012 VIDEO LINKS ARE HERE!
There are three half
hour shows edited from the July 14 performance. Enjoy!
You can hear MP3
audio files from the Birthday Bash
at this link.
Your photographs and
videos from the event are welcome.
Send them to me and I will post them!
Sights and Sounds!
People's Music Network
The Clearwater Revival . . .
night, July 9th, 2011, brought us
the Annual Woody Guthrie Birthday Bash in NYC. The show became a Greenwich Village
Here are the links to
three You Tube half hour Woody shows from last year's event..
2011 Woody Guthrie Birthday Bash in NYC
also created MP3 audio files of the entire show.
You can listen to them at
... Stay tuned for video, music and pics from
the 2012 birthday bash taking place Saturday night, July 14th, the 100th anniversary of Woody
See you soon! It's been good to know ya'.
I have created a
robust archive of our annual event. You can take a look at videos
and photos and listen to music from previous WGBBs below.
I value your input. Let me know what you think.
Songs of Freedom
(2007 and 2008)
go to the top of this page
I performed an hour of Phil Ochs music on the Sunday of the festival
in Mansfield, MA.
I have been invited to lead this session at the
festival since 2004. I see old friends, make new ones and everybody
Here's a video of a Phil song we sang together.
There But for
Join us next April when we do it again.
For more about the NEFFA music
and dance festival
songs of freedom television
"He's a real
― Pete Seeger
engaging performance style has been nurtured through real experience in
the TV studio and on the demonstration stage.
He draws you in with the opening song and you're with him right through
~ Ray Korona ~
is a dynamic performer who is able to connect with kids with special
needs and adults alike. We consider Joel a Dream Team sponsor for
his theme song
and all of his voluntary efforts."
Vicki Fenton ~
The Eve Fenton Love-All
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You can also inquire about purchasing CDs and DVDs of stage
Songs From the Battlefield
a collection of activist anthems from the front lines of this nation's
Kiss Your Ass Goodbye
You can order a copy of the full CD by contacting me
SONGS OF FREEDOM
full length episodes
Upcoming TV Episodes
Tune in and don't drop out!
Stoney, 1916 - 2012
Pioneering documentary filmmaker, Pubic Access TV champion and
Manhattan Neighborhood Network (MNN) Board member George Stoney
passed away July 12
at his home in Greenwich Village.
It is an honor for me to say that I studied community media at
NYU with George Stoney and got to experience his gentle wisdom.
He would remind us all that our responsibility as community
builders far outweighed our intellect as media makers.
Lots of musicians are
"Woody Guthrie's children." Similarly,
many media makers and documentarians trace their roots and
Thank you for everything, George.
New York Times obituary
July 15, 2012
For more about George Stoney
and his legacy click here.