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September 25, 2013 / Charlie McNabb

First Community Accession: Low Tide Drifters

It is with tremendous excitement that I share news of a new accession: the Low Tide Drifters collection!  The Low Tide Drifters are activist-musicians that bill themselves as “underdog folk music.”  They sing about immigrant rights, labor issues, working class life, and other socially conscious themes, frequently donating their considerable talents to fundraising efforts for human rights benefits and community organizations.  Their first full album, New Hard Time Blues, was released in 2011, and they are currently recording their second, Music for the Rest of Us, with an anticipated release of 2014.  Low Tide Drifters are made up of Kate Downing (banjo, vocals, songwriting), Nathan Moore (guitar, vocals, songwriting), Dennis Soper (harmonica), Chico Schwall (mandolin, fiddle, guitar), Wendy Schwall (percussion, accordion), and Rachael Young (bass).

Please have a listen at their video page, and be sure to support them at upcoming shows!

Here are some delightful images* documenting the signing of archives paperwork and the formal donation of materials.  Stay tuned for more news and media relating to this fascinating collection.

Kate Downing signs her release form.

Kate Downing signs her release form.

Nathan Moore signs his release form

Nathan Moore signs his release form**

Posing with a poster from "New Hard Time Blues"

Posing with a poster from “New Hard Time Blues”

 

* if you are an archives nerd, that is

** note: Kittens in the Sun is not part of the Low Tide Drifters collection

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