May Day, or Songs For Lucy Parsons

by The May Day Orchestra

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    Quality 12" LP on black vinyl made in Czech Republic by Pirates Press. Includes liner notes and lyric sheet. Also features cover art by Chicago IWW artist Carlos Cortez.

    Includes unlimited streaming of May Day, or Songs For Lucy Parsons via the free Bandcamp app, plus high-quality download in MP3, FLAC and more.
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"The 'Folk Opera' concerning the labor question" according to its liner notes, this is the debut release from The May Day Orchestra, a group started by Tim Rakel in 2008 to write historically-rooted albums with various musical accompaniment. Words for the songs were borrowed in part from the speeches and writings of Chicago's anarchists of the 1880s such as Lucy Parsons, her husband Albert Parsons, Michael Schwab, Louis Lingg and other martyrs to the cause. Lyrics by Tim Rakel. Music by Rakel, Hamon, Seyle and Pace; the latter two are members of The Rats and People Motion Picture Orchestra.


released April 19, 2009

Tim Rakel - vocals, guitar, banjo
Brien Seyle - fiddle, mandolin, backing vocals
Matt Pace - guitar, trumpet, drums, percussion, backing vocals
JJ Hamon - accordion, sousaphone, trombone, singing bowl, bass, backing vocals
Joey Gavin - bass, mandolin

Kevin Buckley - recording and mixing, backing vocal on "The Red Flag"
Carl Saff - mastering
Carlos Cortez - cover art

Folk Opera Records



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The May Day Orchestra St. Louis, Missouri

The May Day Orchestra was founded in 2008 by songwriter Tim Rakel and has had various line-ups throughout two albums and a single. The current line-up featuring drummer Mary DeLeonardis, bassist Jake DeLeonardis and guitarist Charlie Tabing is at work on a new record for a 2017 release. ... more

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