Sonny Ochs hosts a Phil Ochs Song Night

— Greg Greenway

— Reggie Harris

— Colleen Kattau

SCHOHARIE — Sonny Ochs is hosting a Phil Ochs Song Night on Friday, Dec. 6, at 7:30 p.m. at the Presbyterian Church on Main Street in Schoharie.

“On April 9, 1976 my brother, Phil Ochs, ended his life by hanging himself. He was 35 years old.,” writes Sonny Ochs on a website describing the origin of Phil Ochs Song Nights, which he has emceed since 1983. “He had written over 100 songs, and had traveled to many countries. He suffered from manic-depression and had been experiencing a long term writer's block.”

Phil Ochs Song Nights have been held across the United States and in Canada and Australia. Many different performers have taken part including Joan Baez, Tom Paxton, Judy Collins, Dave Van Ronk, and Eric Andersen.

The performers for the Dec. 6 show are Greg Greenway, Reggie Harris, and Colleen Kattau. They will be performing as a trio — a new concept, which has been favorably reviewed.

Some of Phil Ochs’s better-known songs are “Draft Dodger Rag,” “I Ain't Marching Anymore,” “There But For Fortune,” and “When I'm Gone.”

The concert will be a benefit for Create, which is the new name for Greene County Council on the Arts.  A $15 donation is requested.

The church will be doing a soup-and-bread dinner at 6 p.m. with a separate charge.


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