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“Deeper than the Skin,” a virtual performance and discussion on race with musicians Greg Greenway & Reggie Harris
February 17 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm$8
Born three days apart, ancestry flowing through the same portal of history in Richmond, VA, Reggie Harris and Greg Greenway are on a pilgrimage together – one that began three decades ago. The racial divisions that are the reality of America started them in two different worlds, but the amazing bonds of music, respect, admiration, and shared vision have brought them together as friends and colleagues. The musical and spiritual blooming of this history has become Deeper Than The Skin, the telling of their stories through words and music. It is a great American story, informative and inspiring in so many ways. How to build bridges couldn’t be more important at this moment in history. How to face struggle with hope, and even joy, is the gift they have to give. When they discovered that Reggie’s family history traced back to a plantation in Ashland, VA, just 15 miles from where Greg grew up in Richmond, they decided that it was the universe telling them that it was time to tell their story together. Coming into awareness at the time of the Civil Rights Movement, busing, and the Vietnam War gives a rich context from which to begin. Experiencing the commemoration of the 50th anniversary of the crossing of the Edmund Pettus Bridge and its focus on moving into the future, has given them a vision of how to proceed.
As a performer, lecturer and cultural ambassador, Reggie Harris has received acclaim and admiration from peers and audiences alike throughout the U.S., Canada, and Europe. He is an artist that passionately embodies living his ideals – beautifully combining mission and entertainment. Drawing upon spirituals and roots music, history, and activism, his moving original songs put a human face on themes of unity and social justice. His remarkable voice, and singular musicality make him a rare charismatic treasure. Audiences have bestowed upon him a fitting slogan: “Songs of Joy, Hope, and Freedom.” Off stage, he is a Woodrow Wilson Scholar and the Co-President of the Living Legacy Project, leading tours to famous Civil Rights sites of the South. In 2020, the moving story of his family’s history was the subject of both a New York Times article and a CNN podcast with Don Lemon.
A songwriter, singer, multi-instrumentalist, and producer, Greg Greenway has toured internationally. Choirs in the U.S. and Canada are singing his songs, sometimes with him in front. Originally from Richmond, VA, Greg passed through the eclectic crucible of the Boston Folk Music scene and has become one of its most unique and superlative emissaries. He was a founding member of Brother Sun, the highly successful harmony trio that scored two number one CDs on Folk Radio. Jamplay.com enlisted him for a 34 lesson excursion into his beloved C9 tuning. He has performed at Carnegie Hall, been heard on NPR’s All Things Considered, World Cafe, and Mountain Stage. But, he lists the pinnacle of his career as being heard on Car Talk.
General Admission $8
Discounted Admission $5
This program is made possible by the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of the Governor and the New York State Legislature.
This program is funded in part by a Humanities New York SHARP Grant with support from the National Endowment for the Humanities and the federal American Rescue Plan Act
Any views, findings, conclusions or recommendations expressed in this program do not necessarily represent those of the National Endowment for the Humanities.