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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. “He’d 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.by: SUBMITTED - In memoriam - ‘The Long Memory Tour' honors Bruce ‘Utah' Phillips, known for his human rights activism. The tour visits Newberg Music Center Feb. 5.

Armstrong said Utah Phillips would intertwine story­telling and music in his shows.

“I don’t know if they’ll 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 isn’t 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 project’s 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.




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