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We are the musical voice of labor in Seattle- a chorus of about 40 singers from all walks of life who serve the labor community in song. We appear at rallies, protests, union meetings and on stages around the Seattle area to inspire and educate in four-part harmony. Come out and hear us sing! You can also request a performance for your union or join us in rehearsal. Click on "contact" for several ways to reach us. Also, visit us on Facebook.


The Seattle Labor Chorus has just completed our third musical album, titled

“Gonna Rise Again”

Songs on the CD include originals never recorded before, “chestnuts” ranging from Dylan’s angry “Masters of War” to “Mr. Ad-man,” a playful parody of “Mr. Sandman” satirizing our advertising saturated commercial culture. Arrangements are varied and complex, from doo-wop to jazz harmonies to Balkan dissonances.

“Gonna Rise Again” honors the history and resurgence of the labor movement and people’s movements with songs against war, for immigrant rights, about strikes and organizing, about liberation, and against exploitation.

Click here for purchase information.


Also in the news--

The Seattle Labor Chorus performed some songs at Town Hall on Dec. 17, 2015, as part of a celebration of the late Abe Osheroff's 100th birthday.  Here is a link to a video of our part of the program.


Radio station KSVR (Skagit Valley Community Radio) has a weekly labor show called "We Do The Work". A recent show featured an interview with Janet Stecher and Bob Barnes, talking about the Seattle Labor Chorus! Listen to it here: We Do The Work. Select the program for Oct 27, 2015.

Upcoming performances:

Saturday, May 28th, 2016

Northwest Folklife Festival

NW Folklife Festival - Labor Show - 7:10 to 9:30 pm

Cornish Theater, Seattle Center
Seattle Washington [map]
Price: free

We are happy to be part of the festivities at the NW Folklife Festival by hosting the Labor Show.  This year’s stage will be bursting with talent, some familiar and some not.  Save Saturday evening, May 28, 7:10 to 9:30 p.m. to spend at the Cornish Playhouse (formerly known as the Intiman) at Seattle Center.

The show launches with a group new to Folklife—the Resisters (or Re-Sisters, a chamber vocal group of women from Vancouver BC) who inform with music and stories particularly about working-class women.  They pay special attention to aboriginal women in Canada, an often forgotten group.   

The centerpiece of the show will be a narrative on the decades-long continental struggle for justice.  Featured in the speaking roles are Al (Alexandra) Bradbury and Francisca Garcia, while the Seattle Labor Chorus will provide musical sound bites.   Singer-songwriter Bradbury will also perform some of her own material.  

And the Labor Chorus will of course perform its own set. The Labor Stage will close with Citizens’ Band from Olympia, who have delighted Northwest audiences for years with their sharp-witted political commentary in song.   

If you can make it to the festival a little earlier on Saturday, join the singalongs in the Cornish courtyard just outside the theater.  5:00 – 6:00 is the labor singalong hosted by Earle Peach, director of Solidarity Notes Labour choir from Vancouver, B.C. with some of his singers.  And 6:00 – 7:00pm is the Pete Seeger singalong.  

These will certainly put you in mind of “The Power of the Human Voice in Song” - the theme of this year’s Folklife festival.


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