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Deeper Than The Skin to play Needham

Deeper Than The Skin is set to play at the Homegrown Coffeehouse on Saturday, May 4, at 8:00 p.m.

Richmond, Virginia, the James River, two friends - one Black, one White - one from the North, one from the South. Greg Greenway’s ancestors grew up beside the river; Reggie Harris’ ancestors were most likely brought up that same river as slaves. Two musicians, storytellers, students of history and world travelers, born three days apart. Two separate narratives forged into one powerful friendship, aimed at finding common ground and helping others to do the same.

Uniquely committed to “music as a community building vehicle,” Reggie’s music shares insightful perspectives on issues of life, history, education and human rights. In the spirit of his mentors, Pete Seeger and Dr. Bernice Johnson Reagon (founder of Sweet Honey in the Rock), Reggie is a master song-leader who loves to help people discover that they can make a difference at any age, wherever they may live.

Greg Greenway, a founding member of the trio Brother Sun, is one of the strongest, and finest voices in folk music. “Confessional one moment, rambunctiously disarming the next, few modern folk singers can own a coffeehouse stage as completely as Greenway,” wrote The Boston Globe.

Deeper Than the Skin brings together a remarkable journey that started 30 years ago and is now offering hope to people all over the nation. It’s a presentation that ends with an open dialogue that moves the audience from emotion into action, and gives voice and direction to the question: “What can I do?”

The Homegrown Coffeehouse is located at the First Parish Unitarian Church, at the corner of Great Plain and Dedham Avenue in Needham center. There is free parking and full handicapped accessibility. Admission is $20, $17 for students and seniors, to benefit the Church. For more information, call (781-444-7478). Visit www.uuneedham.org for latest concert updates and advance tickets.

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