Of These Hollers I Sing
Walt Michael spent his summers in the 1960's as a student volunteer and community organizer in McDowell County, West Virginia, deep in coal country. It was the beginning of a musical odyssey in search of social justice that continues to this day. Walt made friendships in the mountains that have endured over forty-five years and that are at the heart of this one man show, Of These Hollers I Sing.
Songs, ballads, stories, field recordings and photographs comprise this moving live music and multi-media presentation that explores life in the hollers then and now. From witnessing the hanging of John Hardy, minstrelsy with the Baldwin Thugs, truck mining disasters and mountaintop removal to the richness of the inner spirit and music of the Appalachian people, this is a hard hitting look at America and its ongoing proclivity to marginalize its poor.
Of These Hollers I Sing has been presented at Harvard Divinity School, The Swannanoa Gathering, Common Ground on the Hill, McDaniel College
and the International Folk Alliance.