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The life and music of Woody Guthrie

Woody Sez

2014 Onwards

Woody Sez celebrates the spirit of American folk legend Woody Guthrie, whose music continues to inspire today's finest storytelling songwriters including Bob Dylan, Bruce Springsteen and Billy Bragg.

Part music, part words, Woody Sez weaves together Guthrie's songs with excerpts from articles he wrote for the leftist newspaper The People's World to create a portrait of a true American hero, a man who would "always be there whenever working folks fight for their rights". As author John Steinbeck wrote "There is nothing sweet about Woody, and there is nothing sweet about the songs he sings. But there is something more important for those willing to listen". Woody "wrote and sang the songs of common folks, songs that lifted the spirits of people beaten down by the corporations and the banks".

Charismatic Broadway and recording artist David Lutken, who plays the title role, is joined by three multi-talented folk musicians collected from the four corners of America to bring Guthrie's music to life with twin fiddles, guitars, bass, harmonica, banjo, mandolin, dulcimer, dobro and beautiful folk harmonies, transporting the audience through the fascinating, and sometimes tragic, life of Woody Guthrie.

Woody Guthrie gave voice to the struggles of the common man and Woody Sez gives the same to the spirit of the man himself. 


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"Terrific... knocks big West End biopics into a heap of dust" - The Guardian


"...snappy, humorous and politically subversive" - London Evening Standard ****


"...Seasoned folk performers, unglamorous and at ease..." - The Times ****


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