Winnipeg Roots Community Joins Forces for Utah Phillips

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Singer, songwriter,  storyteller, poet, labour organizer, and all-around legend Utah Phillips has been touring and playing for audiences professionally since the 1970s. Younger fans were more recently introduced to him via Ani Difranco and her release of his work via  her label, Righteous Babe Records.

Illness has forced the 72-year-old Phillips off the road and has rendered him unable to pay for medical bills.

Fans and friends have begun a grassroots fundraising campaign, unofficially declared December 2007 "Utah Phillips Month." Benefit concerts are popping up across North America asn the folk music community comes together to help one of their own, one who has done a lot for his community over the years. 

Winnipeg will host a benefit concert of its own, organized by the folks at the Walnut Street Music Company and supported by the Winnipeg Folk Festival, May Works, and Audio Works. The stunning line-up includes some of Manitoba best and most recognizable roots acts playing a rare show together on December 15 at the Crescent Fort Rouge United Church.

Utah Phillips Benefit
Saturday, December 15 | 8pm
Crescent Fort Rouge United Church (525 Wardlaw Avenue)
Tickets $20
Nathan, James Keelaghan, The Duhks, Dan Frechette, Lindsay Jane, D.Rangers, Cara Luft, Hugo Torres, Nathan Rogers, The Kitcheneers, and Twilight Hotel

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