Concert will remember human rights activist
The Long Memory Tour features songs from Bruce Utah Phillips
The Long Memory Tour is more than a string of concerts, as was the musician behind the music.
The tour, stopping by the Newberg Music Center Feb. 5, honors Bruce Utah Phillips, a folk musician and activist.
G.D. Armstrong, Newberg Music Center owner, said he knew Phillips from the 1960s when he hosted a radio show in Nevada City, Calif.
(It was called) Loafers Glory and has recently been reissued on the web, Armstrong said. Hed interview various people that were politically active or involved with human rights, as well as playing recorded music and performing his own music.
The tour is hosted by his son, Duncan Phillips, and Erin Inglish both folk musicians themselves.
Armstrong said Utah Phillips would intertwine storytelling and music in his shows.
I dont know if theyll include any of those or not, he said. I hope they do, otherwise it could be depressing with all the serious stuff.
Utah Phillips was an activist for human rights, including helping develop homeless shelters, and an advocate for 40-hour work weeks, overtime pay and workplace safety.
Music that he created isnt going to disappear, Armstrong said.
The tour goes hand in hand with The Long Memory Project, operated by Duncan Phillips.
Our hope is that The Long Memory Project will be the building block toward establishing a permanent, nonprofit archive for the works of Bruce Utah Phillips that will be easily accessible to the public, according to the projects website.
The project is also collecting stories about the performer and interactions with him.
For the better part of 40 years, Utah Phillips tramped the country, singing folk songs and telling stories. I know from personal experience that from coast to coast there are folks with their own stories about (him), Duncan Phillips wrote.
The concert begins at 7:30 p.m. Feb. 5. Tickets are on a sliding scale from $5 to $20. For more information about the project, visit www.thelong memory.com.