In 1939 Billie Holiday first sang the song Strange Fruit (actually written by a white Jewish teacher, Abel Meeropol) and brought to raw prominence the inequity of much of America's history. She was afraid to sing it, even in the integrated, welcoming environment of Café Society in New York’s Greenwich Village, and when she finished, there “wasn’t even a patter of applause....
Then a lone person began to clap nervously. Then suddenly everybody was clapping.” In this programme of blues, jazz, gospel, and more, The Song Company sing of the pain of alienation, and reach beyond the heartbreaking imagery of Strange Fruit to touch a place of reconciliation and healing.
Go down, Moses
It ain’t necessarily so
Nobody knows the trouble I’ve seen
I’ll get by
Blackheath Saturday 8th October, 3.00pm Blackheath Uniting Church
Canberra Thursday 13th October, 6.00pm Wesley Uniting Church
Sydney Friday 7th October, 7.30pm Pier 4 The Wharf Hickson Road
Sydney Sunday 9th October, 3.00pm Independent Theatre North Sydney
Berry Wednesday 12th October, 7.00pm Berry Uniting Church