Woodie Guthrie and his Columbia River songs will be featured at Saint
Martin's fall colloquium
Oct. 31, 2005
Lacey – During the Great Depression that rocked the
United States in the 1930s, Bonneville Power hired famed folksinger
Woody Guthrie to travel the Columbia River and write songs to promote
public power as new dams were built on the river. Guthrie’s music had a
knack for making the ordinary folks and places unforgettable. In his
whirlwind 30 days on the Columbia, Guthrie churned out 26 tunes, forever
capturing a unique slice of Washington history.
On Nov. 16, Seattle folk musician Carl Allen will
bring Guthrie to life in a first-person characterization and share some
of that music in “Roll On Columbia: Woody Guthrie and the Columbia River
Songs.” Allen’s program is a presentation of the annual Fall Colloquium
of the Saint Martin’s University Society of Fellows, the university’s
honor society. The colloquium, which will include an induction ceremony
for new society members, is free and the public is invited. It will be
at 7 p.m. at the university’s Worthington Conference Center, 5300
Pacific Ave. SE.
Allen’s folk music career dates back to the 1960s.
He has performed at fairs, banquets and festivals, as well as on radio
and television. His music also is part of three Public Television
programs on Washington.
The presentation is part of the Humanities
Washington “Inquiring Mind” series. Humanities Washington is a nonprofit
organization dedicated to promoting public programs in the humanities
throughout the state of Washington.
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