This is an electro-folk song written and performed by New York folk singer Jo Williamson in response to an anti war march through the streets of New York City in 2007 that marked the 4th anniversary of the start of the war in Iraq. Jo’s verses are broken by documentary collages of voices recorded on the march that recount America’s rich history of protest and dissent. Collectively these voices are asking us to reconsider our individual powers to action change in a free and democratic country.
This track is a reflection on America’s quest for freedom through its civil rights struggle and its deep history of protest. It optimistically asks us to reconsider the simple power of “the march” in a time of great apathy and growing distrust of the political system. Jo’s song continues a long tradition of folk protest songs and her acoustic guitar driven melodies are given a modern twist with a dub-step influenced sound-scape composed by audio visual artist Tim Cowie.
from True Fictions : New Adventures in Folklore
released September 28, 2014
Documentary interviews taken from recordings by Christopher Thomas Allen & Jo Williamson at an Anti Iraq War Demonstration, New York City 2007.
Narrative Editors: Christopher Thomas Allen & Tim Cowie
Songwriter : Jo Williamson
Vocal & Guitar : Jo Williamson
Music Production & Arrangement : Tim Cowie
Additional Post-Production : Malcolm Litson and Mark McRae
Additional Music : Jude Greenaway
Initial Arrangement and Recording Engineer : Ben Allen
Music Producer : Christopher Thomas Allen