Phil Ochs left us in April of 1976. He was 35 years old.He was and is considered by many to have been the premiere topical song-writer of the 1960s. He had written over 100 songs and traveled to many countries. Many of his songs had been recorded by artists such as John Denver, Gordon Lightfoot, Ronnie Gilbert, Joan Baez, Judy Collins and Pete Seeger. Many of Phil’s songs have been covered by other artists. Some of his best known songs are: “Changes”, “There But For Fortune”, “I Ain’t Marching Anymore”, “Draft Dodger Rag”, “Small Circle of Friends”, “Crucifixion” and “When I’m Gone”.
Since 1983, his sister Sonny Ochs has organized and hosted ‘Phil Ochs Song Nights’ to keep the music alive. What began as an annual event in NYC has become a national phenomenon, with many contemporary performers donating their time at events around the country that Sonny manages and donates the proceeds to local community groups. This fall, concerts will take place in San Francisco and 2 other California locations followed by Boston, Providence and –for the first time on Cape Cod– here at the Hall. David Roth Greg Greenway and Pat Wictor (of Brother Sun), Sharon Katz (of the Peace Train), and local favorite Zoe Lewis will perform from both Phil Ochs material and their own originals. Proceeds benefit Community Radio WOMR/WFMR.