Magpie keeping protest song alive


BENNINGTON -- Magpie, the duo of Terry Leonino and Greg Artzner, will perform at the Meetinghouse Café of the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Bennington on Friday, Nov. 8 at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $15.

Terry Leonino and Greg Artzner began to play music together in Kent, Ohio in September of 1973. In the years since then, they have traveled and toured extensively, performed in concerts, at folk clubs and festivals around the world, and recorded many times.

Terry is a gifted singer of jazz and blues in the tradition of Connie Boswell and Billie Holiday, but is equally comfortable with the subtle beauty of traditional folk and contemporary songs. Terry is also an excellent player of the harmonica, mandolin, fretted dulcimer, and rhythm guitar.

Greg is a guitarist whose fingerstyle approach owes a lot to his heroes, Reverend Gary Davis, Big Bill Broonzy, Nick Lucas, Phil Ochs, and Rolly Brown. His playing is the solid basis of Magpie’s sound, providing whatever is called for, whether it be a hard-driving rhythm, or a ringing lyrical beauty. His high baritone voice has equal range and his captivating interpretation gives power and beauty to the full spectrum, from growling blues, to a Chilean lament, to a sweet croon.

Magpie is well known for their performances of hard-hitting topical songs. for their musical work in the environmental movement.

Magpie’s most recent recording, entitled Sword of the Spirit, is all about famed abolitionist John Brown, his family, friends, and associates. The CD, on Sliced Bread, was produced as a companion piece to Greg and Terry’s one-act play of the same title based on the life and letters of Brown and his wife Mary.


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