The Song Company presents Strange Fruit
In this programme of blues, jazz, gospel, and more, The Song Company sing of the pain of alienation, and reach beyond the heartbreaking imagery of Strange Fruit to touch a place of reconciliation and healing.
In 1939 Billie Holiday first sang Strange Fruit (actually written by a white Jewish teacher, Abel Meeropol) and brought to raw prominence the inequity of much of America's history. She was afraid to sing it, even in the integrated, welcoming environment of Café Society in New York's Greenwich Village, and when she finished, there "wasn't even a patter of applause...
Then a lone person began to clap nervously. Then suddenly everybody was clapping."