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Will Branch

Will Branch

Folk / Blues / Traditional songs Milwaukee, WI  US
One Long Train
One Long Train
Oh Babe
Oh Babe
Beggar's Hill
Beggar's Hill


  • Fri

    May 8

    Milwaukee, WI, US | 8:00pm

    THE JOE HILL 100 ANNIVERSARY TOUR - $10 Fri May 8 2015 8:00 pm @ Anodyne Walker's Point 224 W. Bruce Street Shortly after Salt Lake City police had arrested Joe Hill, they got in touch with the Chief of Police of San Pedro, California, who replied: “You have the right man… He is certainly an undesirable citizen. He is somewhat of a musician and writer of songs for the IWW Songbook.” Joe Hill (October 7, 1879– November 19, 1915) was a Swedish-American labor activist, songwriter, and member of the Industrial Workers of the World (IWW, also known as the "Wobblies"). While working various jobs from New York to San Francisco. Hill, as an immigrant worker frequently facing unemployment and underemployment, became a popular song writer and cartoonist for the radical union. His most famous songs include "The Preacher and the Slave" (in which he created the well-known phrase "pie in the sky"), "The Tramp", "There is Power in a Union", "The Rebel Girl", and "Casey Jones—the Union Scab", which express the harsh but combative life of itinerant workers, and call for workers to organize their efforts to improve conditions for working people. In 1914, John G. Morrison, a Salt Lake City area grocer and former policeman, and his son were shot and killed by two men. The same evening, Hill arrived at a doctor's office with a gunshot wound, and briefly mentioned a fight over a woman. Yet Hill refused to explain further, even after he was accused of the grocery store murders on the basis of his injury. Hill was convicted of the murders in a controversial trial. Following an unsuccessful appeal, political debates, and international calls for clemency from high-profile figures and workers' organizations, Hill was executed in November, 1915. After his death, he was memorialized by several folk songs. His life and death have inspired books and poetry. Tonight we remember Joe Hill 100 years after his death. The Joe Hill Road Show celebrates the music, life and legacy of martyred IWW labor song-writer Joe Hill, 100 years after being killed by firing squad in Salt Lake City, Utah, framed on a trumped up murder charge. The show, will include: songs from over 6 different acts both local and national including: Core Group: Lil Rev(WI), Bucky Halker (IL), Anne Feeney (PA), Jan Hammarlund (Sweden), JP Wright (KY). complimented by locals; Will Branch, David Drake, Harvey Taylor and more! Come forth to sing, and celebrate this great legacy. http://joehill100.com/



Bio: Will Branch is a Milwaukee-based songwriter and musician. He performs solo and as part of the duo Fox and Branch.

Branch's newest CD of original songs, "Fog of War," is due out in the fall of 2009.

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Will Branch has a show on 05/08/2015 at 08:00 PM @ Anodyne Roasting Co. in Milwaukee, WI http://www.reverbnation.com/q/5t5xye #concert


“WILL BRANCH, Press On, (On the Midway 0001). Branch's solo debut is an appealing set that effectively mixes traditional blues and old-time songs with covers and some of his own rooted originals.”

— Mike Regenstreif, Sing Out!

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Aug 18, 2009

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