Join Minnesota Discovery Center for People’s Music: Songs of WWI, a special event hosted by punk/folk songwriter and storyteller Shannon Murray.

Hailing from the north woods of Minnesota, Shannon Murray is set to ignite the stage at the Minnesota Discovery Center on June 6th at 6pm with their captivating presentation of  People’s Music: Songs of WWI.  Inspired by the revolutionary spirit of the Industrial Workers of the World (IWW), Murray’s performance promises an unforgettable blend of music, storytelling and social justice history. 

Join us for an evening of music, history, and solidarity. For further information and inquiries, please contact: shannonmurraymusic@gmail.com.

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The IWW labor union, affectionately known as the Wobblies, uses music as one of their most persuasive organizing tools in the fight for justice.  Tom Morello writes of the IWW’s music, “The IWW literally wrote the book on protest music. These songs, some written many decades ago, address the same issues facing us today: poverty, police brutality, immigrant rights, economic and racial inequality, militarism, threats to civil liberties, union busting.” From Minnesota’s own labor history to the startling revelation of Wobblies in their own family tree, Murray’s presentation is a testament to the enduring relevance of the Wobbly legacy connecting past and present day struggles through song. 

Shannon Murray is a fiscal year 2023 recipient of a Creative Support for Individuals grant from the Minnesota State Arts Board. This activity is made possible by the voters of Minnesota through a grant from the Minnesota State Arts Board, thanks to a legislative appropriation from the arts and cultural heritage fund. 

More about Shannon Murray

Heavily influenced both stylistically and conceptually by their upbringing in a working class, non-musical family in rural Minnesota, and despite a late introduction to guitar and songwriting at the age of 20, and a myriad of assertions from their music teachers growing up that they lacked aptitude, Shannon has developed a sound, style, and perspective that is uniquely their own.  If you ask them what artists have influenced them the most, you will likely get a list of musicians from the small town of Bemidji that Shannon calls home.  Shannon released their eighth album, Hallelujah! I’m a Bum, 2nd ed in 2017.

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