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Civil rights music on tap in Westport

Published 5:20 pm, Thursday, June 12, 2014

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  • Suzanne Sheridan is performing a concert of protest and Vietnam era songs in a triubte to Pete Seegar on June 13. Photo: Contributed Photo / Westport News
    Suzanne Sheridan is performing a concert of protest and Vietnam era songs in a triubte to Pete Seegar on June 13. Photo: Contributed Photo

 

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An evening of civil rights and Vietnam War protest songs in tribute to the late folk icon Pete Seeger is planned for Friday, June 13.

Singer/songwriter Suzanne Sheridan and a group of local musicians will perform a concert from 6 to 8 p.m. at a "Coffeehouse at the Wheeler's" hosted by the Westport Historical Society, 25 Avery Place.

The writer of such 1960s-era anthems as "If I Had a Hammer," "Where Have All the Flowers Gone" and "Turn, Turn, Turn," Seeger was also an environmental activist and co-founder of the Hudson River Sloop Clearwater project. He died Jan. 28 at the age of 94.

The evening kicks off with a set by Weston's Bruce Taylor, a retired teacher and string instrument maker who was a friend of Seeger's. Taylor specialized in the "Seeger-style" 12- string guitar and the long-neck five-string banjo.

Sheridan has been traveling the world for three years performing tributes to the music of Joni Mitchell and Leonard Cohen. She'll be appearing at the coffeehouse with Westport keyboardist Bob Cooper and Wilton High School senior Cole Smith, who plays both classical and jazz violin. Cooper played piano in the John Mooney Blues Band from 1978 to 1981, and keyboard for Harvey Robbins' Doo-Wop Hall of Fame concerts from 2000 to 2009. Smith has played with the Norwalk and the New Haven Youth Symphony orchestras and volunteers his time as a musician to raise money for local causes.

Admission is $15 and reservations are recommended. For more information, call 203-222-1424.