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Published: 2009/11/25

The Guthrie Family Rides Again: The Annual Thanksgiving Concert

Arlo Guthrie will host his annual concert at New York’s Carnegie Hall this Saturday, November 28. The singer/songwriter has played Carnegie each Thanksgiving since the 1970s, continuing a tradition made famous by Pete Seeger. Thanksgiving provided the backdrop for his famed “Alice’s Restaurant” saga and, in the years since, the holiday has become synonymous with Guthrie’s music. This year’s concert will be a family affair, featuring Guthrie’s daughter Sarah Lee Guthrie and her husband Johnny Irion, his son Abe Guthrie and his grandchildren,among others. The musicians will pay tribute to family patriarch Woody Guthrie by performing the new music that Billy Bragg, Wilco, Eliza Gilkyson, Janis Ian, Wenzel, The Klezmatics and others have assembled with his unpublished lyrics.

Arlo Guthrie is currently celebrating the 40th Anniversary of Woodstock with the release of Arlo Guthrie: Tales of ’69. Recorded just prior to Woodstock, the recording highlights the singer/songwriter live in concert in Long Island, NY. Sarah Lee Guthrie & Family also recently released the family album Go Waggaloo, a 13-track disc of children’s music featuring Arlo Guthrie, Pete Seeger and Pete’s grandson Tao Rodriguez Seeger, among others. In addition, the Guthrie family will perform at Newark, NJ’s NJPAC this Sunday.

Click here for our interview with Sarah Lee Guthrie and Johnny Irion.

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