Imago presents “I’ve Got a Song! A Living History of the McCarthy Era”

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Imago Foundation for the Arts (IFA) will host a public performance of “I’ve Got a Song! A Living History of the McCarthy Era” on Friday, April 19 at 7 p.m. at Imago Gallery, 36 Market Street, Warren, RI.

Written and performed by Nancy Hood with narration and musical accompaniment by Barry Brown, “I’ve Got A Song!” depicts Hood’s childhood experiences growing up in a leftist family during the McCarthy Era in a program of stories and songs.

Complementing the stories is a musical selection ranging from spirituals to union songs, haunting love ballads to humorous tunes of social significance. A backdrop of family photographs and newspaper clippings completes this living history lesson that spans the mid 1940s through the early 1960s. Evoking laughter and tears, this program draws the audience into a child’s courageous struggle with adversity and persecution.

Reflecting on “I’ve Got a Song!”, Pete Seeger wrote: “I am lucky that the seeds I planted in 1949 are still thriving. Keep on…”

Historian Howard Zinn endorsed the program stating: “Nancy’s performance piece is a delightful reminder of the connection between songs and social justice. I found it a pleasure to listen to and truly inspiring in recalling the historic struggles for a better world.”

Following a performance at the Weaver Library, librarian Joyce May wrote: “Nancy Hood and Barry Brown present an important piece of American history that is rarely discussed. In using their exceptional musical talent to tell the story, they have created a fascinating, sobering, moving and entertaining program.”

Tickets for $15 may be purchased in advance on Eventbrite at at the door. Students and veterans will be admitted for $10 at the door.

Event Date
Friday, April 19, 2024
Event time
7:00 PM - 8:30 PM
Cost / donation
Linda Megathlin,
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