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People's History Series 2013 - Song Snatchers


Tue 1 Oct 2013, 5:30pm–7:00pm

Where: Wellington Museum, 3 Jervois Quay, Queens Wharf, Wellington

Restrictions: All Ages

Ticket Information:

  • Entry by Koha: $0.00
  • Additional fees may apply

Listed by: Museums Wellington

People's History Series 2013 presents.
Song Snatchers

"Without our brain and muscle not a single wheel can turn", wrote Ralph Chaplin in his famous song ‘Solidarity Forever’, calling to attention the singular contribution we make as workers. Many songs have been written about the struggles, pain, enjoyment, humour and dignity of work, so join the Song Snatchers for a session of songs from New Zealand and international worker history.

The songs will include some sung by workers during work, such as sea shanties, or about particular jobs, including on the farm or at sea (whaling, sealing, fishing), or at home (housework). Union and solidarity songs get a good look in; along with some very famous songs about strikes and workers’ struggle for a fair go.
Many of the songs are well-known, but a few more obscure numbers will be introduced. The Song Snatchers have researched the songs and invite you to raise your voices and join in. Words supplied!

The Song Snatchers are a group of friends who like singing together, and searching out the history and meaning of songs. For 'Songs of work and workers', the group includes Robin Brew, David Johnstone, Anne Russell, Marie Russell and Garry Smith.

Between the 1st October and 19th November, Museum of Wellington City & Sea and National Library of New Zealand host The People's History Series 2013: Talks and Events Exploring the Lives of Wellington Workers.

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