See what we have been up to in these COVID-19 times! We are still out here singing!
First Published in 1928, this folk song celebrated the many factual and mythological elements of the Underground Railroad, and “Peg Leg Joe” thought to have been an early conspirator in efforts to help fugitive slaves escape their bondage. The piece is a staple in many choral faith and community-based choral groups over the last century.
Along the Underground Railroad, slaves depended on coded messages to find safe havens . These messages were safer than printed maps. Legend has it that the “Gourd” was the Big Dipper and they used it to calculate time, distance and direction on their journeys to freedom
Composed by California-based composer-performer Ruth Huber, A musical reminder of what peaceful protest can offer: solidarity, common goals, and perseverance, We hope you will enjoy it as much as we loved performing tis wonderful piece!