On Your Radar: Emma's Revolution/Brad Cole/Jammin' Divas

by John Platt
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The May 14 On Your Radar at Rockwood Music Hall brought together Emma's Revolution, Brad Cole, and the Jammin' Divas.

Emma's Revolution is the veteran feminist duo from Washington, DC, consisting of Pat Humphries and Sandy O. Many of their songs draw on their commitment to social justice, though not in a heavy-handed way. Their set included a brand-new song, "Killing Game," which hasn't been released and which we include her.

The award-winning singer-songwriter Brad Cole was born and raised in Chicago, where he was part of the music scene that included Smashing Pumpkins and Wilco. After moving to Nashville for a year, he has settled in New York. One of the songs in his set, "Pilgrimage," is based on his first trip to New Orleans for Jazzfest.

Though they all live in the U.S. now, the four women of The Jammin' Divas bring musical influences from all around the globe: Aoife Clancy (daughter of Bobby Clancy of the Clancy Brothers) from Ireland, Becky Chace from the U.S., Kath Buckell from Australia, and Hadar Noiberg from Israel. With Craig Akin on upright bass, they performed "I Span and Eve Span, a song of Kath's based on the words of Australian poet, Dame Mary Gilmore.

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Brad Cole - "Pilgrimage" The Jammin' Divas - "I Span and Eve Span" Emma's Revolution - "Killing Game"

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