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Tribes Hill Revival and Hootenanny - Sunday, July 7th

Tribes Hill Revival and Hootenanny - Sunday, July 7th
Mark your calendars for Sunday, July 7th at Captain Lawrence Brewing Company in Elmsford, New York. We have an incredible day planned to bring our community together in celebration while supporting a great cause.

From 1 pm to 8 pm, the venue will come alive with diverse musical performances across multiple stages. Whether you want to enjoy the music, participate in the open mic, immerse yourself in the exhibits and workshops, or connect with friends, there will be something for everyone.

Admission is free, but your optional donation of $20. or more at the event will be met with a discount at Captain Lawrence and benefit the important work of Hudson River Sloop Clearwater to educate and protect our environment.

It's been far too long since we've had a proper gathering. Let's make up for lost time and turn out in force to make this a reunion to remember!

We're also looking for extra hands to help bring this event to life. If you could volunteer some time to assist with setup, cleanup, or running things during the day, we would be immensely grateful. Many hands make light work; your support will help ensure a smooth and successful Revival. Please let us know if you're willing to pitch in.

We hope to see you there on July 7th. Don't miss this chance to enjoy great music and company and make a positive impact. For more information email Rick at fmrock@live.com

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Sing Sing Sing

Celebrating Two Decades of Tribes Hill

Sing Sing Sing

We're gathered here tonight
to do a sacred thing
sing sing sing, sing sing sing
sing sing sing, sing

It says in the Bible somewhere
that singing is praying times two
and whenever angels show up
it always seems that's what they do

We're gathered here tonight
to do a sacred thing
sing sing sing, sing sing sing

millions of pilgrims every day
visit Mecca and I've heard it said
when you hear their song
millions singing all at once
it's a sound you'll never forget

We're gathered here tonight
to do a sacred thing
sing sing sing, sing sing sing

the Navajo and Cherokee
Lakota and Cheyenne
Shawnee, Pawnee, Crow and Cree
all had one common thread
beside the one Great Spirit and the one Mother Earth
they all raise their voices for all that they are worth

We're gathered here tonight
to do a sacred thing
sing sing sing, sing sing sing

Words and music by Fred Gillen Jr.

I told Fred recently that I have always considered Sing Sing Sing an anthem for Tribes Hill. I asked if I could use it for a special music video celebrating over two decades of our music community of kindred folk. I am currently going through our archives and will be posting the video soon. I also asked Fred if he could share with us how the song came about. Here is what he had to say:
"Memory is unreliable and I wrote Sing Sing Sing in 2007 or so. What I do remember is at the time I’d just spent a bunch of time with Pete Seeger. One night Steve Kirkman drove Pete to and from a concert with a kids choir that Turk had organized. After we dropped Pete off Steve and I were talking about how easy Pete made it look to teach 400 people how to sing his very complicated song “Take it From Doctor King.” I was thinking that no amount of practice would ever help me pull off something like that but that I’d like to write a song of my own which was easy to teach to a room full of people. Usually it’s hard to write from an intention, but in this case I wrote ABOUT singing, and it worked! Since then the song has been sung by many people with and without me (including Pete, with Sue Wright and her Sargent Elementary students.) From being in the songbook at a church in Toledo to me teaching the audience at Patan Durbar World Heritage site in Nepal to Solar Punch playing it in Haiti, I think the song really is a connection between the Hudson Valley (and the spirit of Pete) and the world."

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