Activist singer/songwriting duo Emma’s Revolution will perform a “Get Out the Vote Concert” at the Unitarian Universalists of Transylvania County at 7 p.m., Sunday, Sept. 25.
Known for fearless, truth-telling lyrics and melodies you can’t resist singing, Emma’s Revolution is the award-winning activist duo of Pat Humphries and Sandy O, according to a news release. Now in their 20th year, the duo writes songs about critical issues happening in the world, lending their voices to the movements those issues inspire and delivering moving, uplifting performances, whether on stage or on screen. Emma’s Revolution’s songs have traveled around the world and have been sung for the Dalai Lama, praised by Pete Seeger and covered by Holly Near
Not many performing groups make it to the 20-year mark and Emma’s Revolution credits their staying power to the depth of their friendship and their commitment to justice and the justice-seeking audiences they perform for. “Especially in these challenging times—with the war in Ukraine and the continuing effects of the pandemic—we are buoyed and inspired by the activists and communities we work with. Singing is part of what keeps us grounded and connected to one another,” said Humphries.
Emma’s Revolution carries on in the spirit of their mentor, Pete Seeger.
“Activist musicians inherit a legacy of the indivisibility of truth-telling and soul-stirring,” Humphries said. “We sing real people’s stories infused with an inherent desire for equality, the grief of injustice and the infinite possibility of transformation. In Emma’s Revolution, we bring our unique experience as women to create a sense of belonging where the audience feels connected to the urgency of a story, the need for change and the reward of achieving victories through the power of collective action. We emerge, together, with a greater experience of what’s possible in the world.”
The concert is part of a series of events across North Carolina in connection with the Unitarian Universalist Justice Ministry of North Carolina and UU the Vote.
The Unitarian Universalist Justice Ministry of North Carolina is “a progressive, faith-based, nonpartisan, nonprofit organization working to ‘give life the shape of justice’ by supporting the social justice work of individual UUs and UU congregations in North Carolina, building relationships with others in the community who are working for justice and living into Unitarian Universalist values with respect to important racial, economic, environmental, and political issues.”
UU the Vote is a non-partisan program of the Unitarian Universalist Association, building “power in our communities for justice, accountability, and healing.” UU the Vote 2022 is “organizing on the state and local levels to fight for fair elections, advance voting rights, protect abortion access, and resist the targeting and criminalization of Black, Indigenous, and people of color communities.”
In addition to the focus on getting out the vote, this concert will be a CD release for Emma’s Revolution’s two new recordings, “Evolution” and “Rooted.”
The UU is located at 24 Varsity St., Brevard. In-person tickets: $20 advance/$25 at the door. Livestream access: $18 for general admission/$30 for family or household tickets: www.tinyurl.com/Sept25Brevard.