TV Episodes

Songs of Freedom
Viewing Schedule

every other
at 10:30 pm

Time Warner  34
RCN  82
Verizon  33
Next episode:
April 26

webcast at mnn.org
Channel 34

Monday, 6:30pm
Channel 79
Time Warner
83, RCN
35, Verizon

Wednesday, 2pm
 Channel 56
Time Warner
84, RCN   36, Verizon

Wednesday, 11:00pm
Channels 35/68
watch it online

7:30 pm
Channel 70

webcast at bronxnet.org
Channel 70/36

More Songs
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On the Radio
I was interviewed for a full hour  by Pacifica Radio's Ken Gale.
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

Faith Maya
Nagumo Landy

Click on the picture of the cute baby for a little bit of Faith.

Click on the family photo to see a movie.

Faith videos,
first 12 months

More Faith Videos

Even More Faith
(on You Tube)

Hey Rocky,
watch me pull a rabbit out of my hat!

Joel Landy's  

the website for the  Songs of Freedom  television show, and a connection
 for activists and artists sharing their vision and the dignity of human struggle



Wasn't that a Time !

It was an awesome event, too.

Saturday night, April 12th, at the Peoples' Voice Cafe in New York City there was a tribute to the life and music of Pete Seeger at the Community Church of New York. Artists contributed their time and talent leading songs and singing with an overflowing audience that was more like a community that came to share their voices, time and memories together. I had the honor of leading one of the songs and sharing the stage with friends and my five year old daughter. I think Pete would approve. I also recorded the evening and have video and audio files to share of this remarkable event.

Here is a link to a page of photos, audio links and video links.
here is a page telling a photo story of the entire evening.

Enjoy it all, and keep on singing!     ~ joel

Recently . . .

Here is a taste of what happened on April 6

I Wish Woody Guthrie Was Here


More video and MP3 audio files of these shows will soon be available at this website.

Stay tuned
and keep singing!

The Second Annual
Woody Guthrie Brooklyn Hoot
April 6, 2014
at the

Jalopy Theatre & School of Music

 My good friend and singing partner Steve Suffet produced both the recent Pete Seeger and Woody Guthrie events. Thank you, Steve, for inviting me to be part of these two memorable evenings of song, tribute and community.

Singing together and creating community is the magic of music Woody and Pete represented. It is a gift we got to share during these performances.


Tomorrow -  Friday, April 18th I was originally scheduled to play Happy Hour music at the Redwood Deli in Forest Hills. That is being rescheduled due to the holiday.  Good Friday to everyone. We will be rescheduling soon and I will let you know about it here. 

NEXT FOR ME    I will be featured hosting an hour featuring funny songs at the 2014 New England Folk Festival in Mansfield, MA. on Sunday, April 27.

I hope to see you and sing with you soon.      ~  joel

Sunday, April 27
The 2014 New England Folk Festival
An Hour of Funny Songs!


The festival is April 25-27, 2014 in Mansfield, MA (near Boston).
Click here for performance schedule.

That's me (right) at the Redwood Deli in Forest Hills playing happy hour music for customers enjoying their time after work. Dan Unter, the deli owner thinks providing some free entertainment after work on Fridays is a good idea. So do I. We'll be doing this again soon. Stop by!  I will keep you advised.
I was featured at the United Nations Association of Queens Earth Day celebration at the Queens Museum of Art
(far right) on March 23rd.


For the love of Pete

Here's a peek
at the music
and the evening at
the Judson Church.


It was an warm, well attended and intimate celebration of Pete and Toshi Seeger's lives. The worlds they moved, the movements they shaped, the hearts they touched and the songs they helped us sing...all of that and more was shared by those who came to the Judson Memorial Church in Greenwich Village, New York City on
Friday night, February 21st.

There was music and stories, Pete pictures and videos, and lots of food, but mostly there were spirits gathering to share their humanity and the difference one person can make in one lifetime.

I had the honor of hosting the music and story circle in this free to the public event, including as many people as possible to voice their tribute to Pete Seeger. There were many who volunteered to make this evening possible, including the staff and ministers at the Judson Church, and  Donna Stein, Edie Kantrowitz and other volunteers from the NYC Friends of Clearwater. If you want to join the NYCFOC in continuing the work of protecting and maintaining the Hudson River, connect with them at

I believe Pete would approve.

Another tribute to Pete Seeger is being planned by NYC Friends of Clearwater for May 22nd in Manhattan.    Details to come.  Stay Tuned!


Coalition Against the
Rockaway Pipeline (CARP)

Sometimes fighting the good fight means supporting projects that pay legal bills. That's what this benefit concert was all about.

Artists and activists shared a night raising money, educating and making music on Friday night, February 28th.

For more information about what you can do to stop this lethal threat to our lives and environment, click on this link to the CARP website.

Here's video and pictures from that evening:

Don't Frack with Me  /  Joel Landy
Anyone Can Do It  /  Joel Landy
Photos from Edie Kantrowitz

Friday, March 14
at New Utrecht High School
New Utrecht's
Got Talent!
I have been performing in my high school's talent showcases for years. This time I led off the show with a tribute to Pete Seeger.
Sunday, March 23
The United Nations Association
of Queens presented an

Earth Day Celebration
at the
Queens Museum of Art

Joel Landy and Redwood Deli owner Dan Unter

A delightful time was had by all in Kew Gardens on Sunday afternoon, February 16 and again on Sunday, March 9 at Redwood Deli. The deli's owner, Dan Unter is a proud papa who owns a store space perfect for hosting likeminded parents who would like someplace to go with their little ones on a Sunday afternoon. Dan coordinated this initial event inviting parents and their children from the Forest Hills Mommies and Daddies Yahoo Group.
I provided music for children of all ages and we all had fun.
We will be doing this again. Stay tuned, and bring your little ones! 
Thanks, Dan for providing the space.
Redwood Deli is located at 118-18 Queens Blvd, Forest Hills.


I hope you are keeping your health and your sense of humor as we get through this snowy winter. It makes me appreciate the blessings in my life all the more, despite losing friends and heroes so far in this new year. Perhaps you have been to a Pete Seeger tribute (see above). He touched so many people and hearts.

Taking a quick look back at 2013, it was a good one, blessed with health and happiness. The year included performances at my favorite venues, at schools where I teach, and in support of causes and organizations that mean a lot to me. (click here for videos)
Venues included The Peoples' Voice Cafe, the New England Folk Festival, The Cafe Marlene in Queens, and The Jalopy Theatre and School of Music in Brooklyn (stay tuned for the April 6 Woody Guthrie show scheduled there for this year). I want to thank everyone who invited me to play and everyone who came to the shows. I hope you enjoyed our time together as much as I did.

The most important gig I play continues to be with my family and the time I spend with my daughter, Faith. She is five now, goes to kindergarten, and is not shy about getting on a stage to sing and dance. It was a joy to have her join me on stage at performances. It is a gift that I give to her and is something that she will probably fully appreciate later on in life. Here is a sample of her work.

Looking forward in this new year I give thanks for all I have, my friends, my family, my work, my health, and wish all the best for you wherever you are and what ever you do.

Peace, joy, love and Faith,

~ joel ~


 2013 in Review

Highlights of the year included the pleasure of being on a bill at the Peoples' Voice Cafe with two awesome and talented performers on Saturday night, October 19th. It was a terrific evening of fun and creativity. I want to thank everyone who came and made it such a special time. What a rockin' audience you are!  If you couldn't make the performance I have posted some videos below. In addition, you be seeing the three of us in an upcoming Songs of Freedom TV episode. Stay tuned!

I also want to personally thank my fellow performers, Ilene Weiss and Jan Luby.
It was so much fun being on stage with them and watching them work. And then there was my daughter, Faith . . . Thank you, kid. I think there is a place for you in this business.

Here's a taste of what happened on October 19th.

"I Am Selling Off My Body When I Die!"   
featuring Joel, and The Great Dancer, Faith!

"If You Know an Oxymoron, Shout It Out!"   
with John, Elizabeth, Jan, Ilene, Joel and featuring the English Language!

"Watching Too Much Fox TV"  
and having a Tea Party

Joel Landy videos
"By Any Means"   Mitch McConnell sings his way into your heart,
but he and his obstructionist friends are  "Running Out of Time".
Never forget, it's easier to ask for forgiveness than get permission. It's "Legal Illegal".

Ilene Weiss videos
"Christmas Rap"    "Wedding Song"

Jan Luby videos
"Outside the Gate"   "I Am Evil When I Drive"
"Relationship Song"


I was in Japan during the month of August. On August 6 my family and I were in Hiroshima to observe and be part of the annual Hiroshima Peace Memorial Ceremony. I devoted an entire Songs of Freedom episode to that day about what I experienced and recorded. The entire episode is viewable via a link below, as are individual segments from that show. I hope you watch them and I hope that some day you get to go to Hiroshima to witness and feel the emotion and energy of the people there and the peace memorial ceremony.

Here is an entire Songs of Freedom episode
devoted to the memorial celebration.

And here segments from that program:

1. Speech by Hiroshima's mayor at the event and images of the ceremony  (8 minutes)

2. The peace ceremony  (10 minutes)

3. Bell ringing and people's prayers (1 minute 15 seconds)

4. Toro Nagashi,
    the evening ceremony where paper lanterns are placed in the river to float out to sea (3 minutes)

5. Hiroshima National Peace Memorial Hall for the Atomic Bomb Victims and music  (6 minutes, 30 seconds)

During my trip to Japan, I frequently added short videos from the time there to my Facebook account.
You can visit my Facebook account at the following link. I will continue to add edited items over the coming weeks and months. Here is that link.  The cover image recalls one of the coolest moments of my family's journey. While we were in Hiroshima we went to a Hiroshima Carp baseball game. The row behind us "adopted" my daughter. The photo reflects that. Take a look. Cool, eh?


~  joel landy  ~


From the Summer of 2013

New York City Friends of Clearwater Water Festival

August 31, 2013

Thank you to club president, Donna Stein for coordinating this event and to Bernice Silver , our honoree.

Thank you to all the performers and volunteers, and thank you to the Lower East Side Ecology Center for providing space for this event.

You can watch an entire Songs of Freedom episode about this day here.

You can also watch segments from this show.

  1. Bernice Silver   (3 minutes 40 seconds)
  2. Water Festival images, Su Polo music  (1 minute)
  3. Featured performer, Spook Handy  (14 minutes)
  4. Announcements and Joel Landy  (10 minutes)

Get involved with  NYC Friends of Clearwater


The Workmen's Circle Madison Avenue
Social Justice Street Fair

was lots of fun.
I got to sing with friends in the streets of NYC
about the dignity of human struggle.

You can watch a new
Songs of Freedom episode about it here.


Joel Landy and Bob Fass

Last summer I helped support WBAI, Pacifica radio in NYC and played at an environmentally oriented fundraiser organized by the Earth Mum. In promoting the event, we were both invited by the legendary Bob Fass to appear on his radio program, Radio Unnameable.

One of the songs I played on his show and at the fundraising event was an imaginary conversation with Governor Cuomo about the nature of fracking and why it should not be allowed in our state.
(Recorded at the 2012 NYC Friends of Clearwater Water Festival.)

And here are songs I played July 19th on Bob's show.

1. Joel Landy:  Don't Frack with Me  (MP3 file)
2. Joel Landy:  Kiss Your Ass Goodbye  (MP3 file)
3. Joel Landy:  Legal Illegal  (MP3 file)
4. Joel Landy:  A Choice for Living  (MP3 file)


No Fracking in New York State!

Governor Cuomo is still considering his plans and actions
for hydraulic fracturing in NY State.
Please contact his office and tell him any fracking is poisonous to everyone.

Albany: (518) 474-8390    New York City: (212) 681-4580    Toll Free: (866) 584-6799
Also contact him online (click here)

Click on the flyer above to see a complete schedule of cablecasts and webcasts in 2013.



Where I've Been

Recent Performances:

2013 / 2012

" He's a real live wire ! "   ~  Pete Seeger



Woody Guthrie Dedication Page

Music and video from
The Annual Woody Guthrie Birthday Bash in New York City,
Songs of Freedom Television episodes,
and more


People's Music Network for Songs of Struggle and Freedom

New England Folk Festival

The Peoples' Voice Cafe


New York City Friends of Clearwater
Hudson River Sloop Clearwater

Tribute to
George Stoney

Kevin Annett



Labor Day 2013

Labor Day is a day where we honor the workers in this country who created and grew a thriving middle class for so many years. A corporate agenda and "class warfare" have diminished our middle class and the future of our children and their children. We all need to understand the tactics of dividing working people and putting them against each other. I invite us all to remember that we have more in common with working people - wherever they live, whatever country they come from, or whatever it is that they do - than we do with corporate minded agenda makers, billionaires and politicians currying favor and re-election aspirations. And they are the ones we read about and see on "the news" creating the conversation we debate and then live from. Do you see this too?

 I also invite us to remember the work of labor unions and how they are and have always been vital for the survival and growth of a middle class in any country.
Here is a snapshot of my participation in New York City's Labor Day Parade last year.
New York has become a town of working people, the underemployed and the unemployed that has been asked to hate and punish itself by the daily newspapers and the pervasive corporate media. They tell us what to think and who to hate. They present us with pop disposable distractions and hope we don't look at or demand real issues. Real issues such as "Who owns the media?", "What is their agenda?", and "What are they hiding?"

Let us stand in solidarity and demand real issues, real answers, real accountability, and real solutions.

In solidarity,

joel landy

Labor Day Parade in NYC  /  September 2012

Unions brought us weekends, overtime, vacation pay, the eight hour work day,
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 better world.

[Here is a short video of the march.]



pages and pages of them at youtube.com

Kiss Your Ass Goodbye

Close Indian Point NOW!

The Eve of Depression
With apologies and thanks to
Barry McGuire and P.F. Sloan

click on pic   click twice for You Tube
MP3 version

The International Express
more than a subway train,
it's the world in motion



Songs of Freedom
YIPPIE Museum Café
(2007 and 2008)


Without Borders

writing for godot

Brasscheck TV
a website where you can go to
educate yourself

More Links

go to the top of this page

in 2013!

And now it's time for NEFFA 2014

Last year I performed an hour of Phil Ochs music at the festival in Mansfield,  MA.

Here's a video of a Phil song we sang together.

There But for Fortune.

Later  this month I will be leading a funny songs song swap --
Sunday, April 27 at 11am.
Join us!

For more about the NEFFA
 music and dance festival
go to

joel landy
songs of freedom television


"He's a real
      live wire!"

― Pete Seeger


"Joel's 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 the encores!"

~ Ray Korona ~


"Joel 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 ~
President and Founder,
The Eve Fenton Love-All Foundation

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Songs From the Battlefield

a collection of activist anthems from the front lines of this nation's class war,

Masters of War
Kiss Your Ass Goodbye

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