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Joe Hill

by Cole-Marr

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Joe Hill 05:20
I dreamed I saw Joe Hill last night Alive as you and me Says I, "But Joe, you're ten years dead" "I never died" said he "I never died" said he "In Salt Lake City, Joe," says I, Him standing by my bed, "They framed you on a murder charge," Says Joe, "But I ain't dead," Says Joe, "But I ain't dead." "The copper bosses killed you, Joe, They shot you, Joe," says I. "Takes more than guns to kill a man," Says Joe, "I didn't die," Says Joe, "I didn't die." And standing there as big as life And smiling with his eyes Says Joe, "What they can never kill Went on to organize, Went on to organize." From San Diego up to Maine, In every mine and mill, Where workers strike and organize, It's there you'll find Joe Hill. It's there you'll find Joe Hill. I dreamed I saw Joe Hill last night, Alive as you and me Says I, "But Joe, you're ten years dead" "I never died," said he. "I never died," said he. I dreamed I saw Joe Hill last night I dreamed I saw Joe Hill last night


“Art history in particular is often cast as an almost biblical lineage, a long line of begats in which painters descend purely from painters. Just as purely patrilineal Old Testament genealogies leave out mothers and even fathers of the mothers, so these tidy stories leave out all the sources of inspirations that come from other media and other encounters, from poems, dreams, politics, doubts, a childhood experience, a sense of place, leave out the fact that history is made more of crossroads, branchings, and tangles than straight lines. These other sources I called the grandmothers.” — Rebecca Solnit, A Field Guide to Getting Lost

Here are two musicians searching for their personal and cultural grandmothers. Chris and Danny Fisher-Lochhead are named for their two parents, but for their Cole-Marr project they chose to adopt a new hyphenation: their grandmothers' family names that had been erased by marriage. This act of re-naming opens the space for re-discovering an erased lineage, and Cole-Marr is also an opportunity for the brothers to make music together outside the stylistic lineages delineated by their educational and professional pedigrees. Danny is an improvising saxophonist by training, Chris a composer and violist. Here they are nothing more or less than two socially conscious musicians engaging with the larger, multi-generational struggle for justice. In this debut single Cole-Marr presents the legendary labor anthem “Joe Hill” and the civil rights hymn “We Are Climbing Jacob’s Ladder,” both famously sung by the great Paul Robeson.


released January 31, 2020

(( Joe Hill ))
words by Alfred Hayes
music by Earl Robinson, arranged by Chris Fisher-Lochhead

Chris Fisher-Lochhead: voice, banjo, violas, guitar
Danny Fisher-Lochhead: saxophone

(( We Are Climbing Jacob's Ladder ))
traditional, arranged by Chris Fisher-Lochhead

Chris Fisher-Lochhead: violas, banjo, guitar, dobro
Danny Fisher-Lochhead: saxophones
Joni: banjo tech


Recorded in Bar Harbor, ME and Arlington, VT


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