Alexandra "Al" Bradbury
Al Bradbury is an occasional singer-songwriter and a proud member of the traveling musicians union, AFM Local 1000. The Seattle Labor Chorus sings many of her songs! She is also the editor of Labor Notes, a media and organizing project for activists who want to put the movement back in the labor movement.
Elise is a singer, and currently the National President of Coalition of Labor Union Women (CLUW), as well as the Executive Director of the Labor Heritage Foundation. She is also a screenwriter, and wrote the script for the documentary "Porgy and Bess: An American Voice". She founded the DC Labor Chorus. We are thrilled to have such a voice join us in song!
Janet founded the Seattle Labor Chorus in 1997 and directed until her retirement in 2019.
In 2017, Janet received the prestigious Joe Hill lifetime achievement award from the Labor Heritage Foundation for dedication, participation, and promotion of labor, labor arts, culture, organizing, and/or history. Since the late 1970’s she’s been composing, performing, and recording with her singer partner Susan Lewis in Rebel Voices, Shays’ Rebellion and The Belles of Hoboken. She continues her appreciation and support for the Seattle Labor Chorus and we are happy she can be one of our song leaders today.
Billy Bragg is a singer/songwriter from England. His music blends elements of folk music, punk rock and protest songs, with lyrics that mostly span political or romantic themes. His music is heavily centered on bringing about change and involving the younger generation in activist causes.
Ben Hunter and Joe Seamons
Seattle songsters Ben Hunter & Joe Seamons give life to voices that have long been silenced in American culture. Their award-winning performances are highlighted by story-telling that, rather than bringing the past to life, vividly shows how the past still lives in the present. Through their songs, audiences witness current issues crop up again and again in folk songs, dance tunes, acoustic blues, and prison ballads.
Holly Near has worked with a wide array of musicians including Pete Seeger, Ronnie Gilbert, Arlo Guthrie, Mercedes Sosa, Bernice Johnson Reason, Bonnie Raitt, Jackson Browne, Joan Baez, Phil Ochs, Harry Belafonte, and many others. Holly Near has been recognized many times for her work for social change, including honors from the ACLU, the National Lawyers Guild, the National Organization for Women, and the National Academy of Recording arts and Sciences.
Seattle Labor Chorus
Our mission is to give voice in song to the concerns and goals of working people and allies who struggle for economic, social and racial justice. We sing as advocates for a society free from discrimination, where workers have the right to organize as a means of securing a just living in a safe environment. We perform at rallies, educational events, union meetings and on stages around the Seattle area to inspire and educate in four-part harmony, preserving a collective memory about the history, goals, and vision of the movement for social and economic justice. Singing lifts the spirit of our movement and gives courage when the struggle is hard in members’ lives, in the community and in the world.