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Faith danced the night away on New Years Eve.
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Great Music at the Peoples' Voice Cafe !! 

For those who do not know, the Peoples' Voice Cafe is New York City's premiere progressive venue
where you can see different kinds of music throughout the season that runs from September through May.
The performance space is all volunteer run and has been an active voice for artists and activists
for the past forty years.  Quite an accomplishment and something to be proud of!

I am proud to have been affiliated with the PVC for much of that time, not only as a performer, but also as a videographer and a keeper/promoter of musical history. This season has been ripe with talent and memorable performances. I would like to share with you what has transpired during the month of April.

We'll start with April 6th and the performances by Anne Price and Steve Suffet. Both are long time friends of the PVC and have been featured on many occasions. Their appearance during April was particularly memorable. I created four Songs of Freedom episodes from that event. (see below)

Also in April a benefit concert for the Peoples' Voice Cafe was performed by the one and only David Amram.
At 88 years he remains an active and unique personality on the music scene -- not to mention that is one of the coolest cats on the planet. You cannot hang around David Amram without learning about music and gaining an appreciation of where he has been in his amazing life.

I will be posting pictures and videos from that evening and performance in the coming days.
Stay tuned in and don't tune out!

Songs of Freedom TV / Anne Price and Steve Suffet
April 6, 2019 at the Peoples' Voice Cafe

Episode 1, featuring Anne Price

Episode 2, featuring Steve Suffet

Episode 3, featuring Anne Price and Rita Deutsch

Episode 4, featuring Steve Suffet and the grand finale


 Happy SPRING, Everybody! 

Hey, we made it past the cold times and it is just about May!  It's a time of baseball, flowers, more colorful and less burdensome clothes, and longer sunny days  --  I look forward to these simple blessings every year.
I hope you are enjoying yours.

I say this despite the relentless waves of negative news seeping into our lives everyday.
--- the ceaseless newscasts and social media experiences, the arguments and irritations with others ...
It doesn't stop. And it won't.
What is our power in this?  Our power is to not let anything or anyone steal our joy and our appreciation of what we do have. Our blessings. Our ability to appreciate those in our life. All the little things.
They are yours. Don't let anyone take that from you.
Choose to have it!

~ JOEL ~


 So far this year . . . 

  One Cool Gig ! 

Tuesday night, March 26th, I was on the radio in NYC as Ken Gale's musical guest on his Pacifica Radio Eco-Logic program.

I had promised an opening song that would include a kazoo solo. I brought extra kazoos hoping to enroll willing volunteers in a kazoo chorus. One of the members of my elite orchestra was Max Schmid. Max hosts WBAI's Golden Age of Radio program which features classic radio shows from yesteryear. I have listened to that show for years.

Having bequeathed to him a kazoo Max told me that he owns radio's greatest collection of Jean Shepherd tapes and shows, yet has never owned a kazoo. I was honored to be the one to bring that imbalance in the force to an end. Shepherd, for those who do not know, often played a kazoo on his radio program. It is only right that Max Schmid would have one. That was an unexpected highlight from the evening.

Here is a photo from the evening and an a link to the song that started the program.

"Look What We've Done with This Song !

You can click here to watch the entire Eco-Logic episode, including the video of the song above, as recorded by Charlie Olsen for his The Environment TV website.

You can listen to Eco-Logic every alternate Tuesday from 8pm to 9pm at 99.5 FM in NYC,
or you can listen online at www.wbai.org. And you can always visit the show's archives and catch up on shows that you might have missed.
    And remember, what Ken Says,
"When the air or water are clean, thank an environmentalist. If not, become one."

March 24 2019  was a Sunday.

It was the first Sunday of the spring and the warmest weekend day we had for a while.
People wanted to be outside, especially those who wanted to rally and participate in demonstrations.
I participated in two of them. One was about Climate Change and the Green New Deal.  The other was about the proposed building of jails in city communities without their involvement in any decision making about it.
Here are some pictures and videos from my day in my home town.

  Community Preservation Coalition / March 24, 2019 Protest Against Borough Jails 

The Mayor of New York City has not consulted with communities in New York City about the the building of jails in their neighborhoods in four of the city's boroughs. Instead of meeting with community leaders before announcing the building of the jails he held private meetings excluding the communities and reporters.
Sound like the way he handled Amazon's invitation to NYC?  It is a management style being implemented, this time at the expense of neighborhoods without their consent or involvement with planning the changing of life where they live.

The rally on the steps of City Hall on March 24, 2019 brought people together from across the city to voice their opinion and protest.
Bronx Borough President Ruben Diaz Jr., small business leaders, and concerned citizens attended the rally.

Video from the event:

 Communities Speak at Community Preservation Coalition / March 24, 2019 Protest Against Borough Jails

 Bronx Borough President Ruben Diaz, Jr. and business leader Michael Brady / March 24, 2019 Protest Against Borough Jails

 Bronx Borough President Ruben Diaz Jr. (in Spanish) / March 24, 2019 Protest Against Borough Jails

  350 NYC - Koch Lies, Planet Dies / Protest at Koch Plaza, the Metropolitan Museum of Art 

When you are a billionaire with fossil fuel interests you get to purchase media time to enter the minds of consumers. You get to purchase
the voting records of many politicians. You also get to donate to art institutions and have your name added to the structure of buildings
where police officers will patrol and make sure your good name is not sullied by protestors.  The Koch brothers have obtained such rights
with their many dollars, however, when the planet is at stake concerned citizens will organize and have their voices heard. This happened
on March 24th in front of the Metropolitan Museum of Art.

The peaceful demonstration included protestors chanting and holding poster signs, musicians adding music to the event, and numerous
news outlets interviewing rally participants. I was interviewed by WBAI about the sign I was holding. It read "Remember the Children."
Even the Koch brothers have children. And their children have children. No matter how rich you are we must share one planet.
Fossil fuel and climate change will spare no one.  It won't matter how rich you are or where you live when rising carbon dioxide and methane levels do their planetary damage.  Eventually even they will come to know this. We must organize now and act to save ourselves and every child.

Here are some pictures.


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"Here's to the State of Donald Trump"
Original words and music:  Phil Ochs    new words: 
Joel Landy and Wesley Stace

"You're A Joke, But Nobody Is Laughing"
words and music:  Joel Landy


From February 2019


The provocative year included the February 18th Presidents Day demonstration and rally against the faux National Emergency held at
Union Square Park in NYC. Children were represented with Faith and the Fist of Justice. Where will young leaders come from? 
Stay tuned!


2019 Looking Back at 2018

winter gathering in New York City
at the end of January was terrific!

Beyond performing in the Friday night concert welcoming everyone to our town, I reconnected with old friends and made new ones.
What is the People's Music Network?

The People s Music Network is a diverse community of singers, artists, activists and allies that cultivates music and cultural work as catalysts for a just and peaceful world.

"We use music and culture to promote progressive ideas and values. We re committed to working with and supporting grassroots and community organizations, to explore and present the diversity of people s culture. We learn from our communities and each other and we have fun doing it!"

PMN has been my "tribe", my extended family of friends and fellow activist/artists, since 1990.
It is always heartening to be associated with good people who are genuine in their concern for humanity and fight the good fight in their everyday lives. I invite you to visit the website. Take
a look at the values expressed. Hear the songs. See the videos. If it resonates with you, join PMN. Become a member. Support the organization. Fight your good fight with art and heart.  ~ joel

For more about the People's Music Network, go to:

2018 had numerous highlights to remember.
Here is a recounting as we wind it back . . .

NYC Friends of Clearwater Holiday Party
New Utrecht High School International Show

Sixth Annual Woody Guthrie Brooklyn Hoot

Joel Landy at the Peoples' Voice Cafe in NYC

The Summer
Joel Landy Birthday gig at the Red Pipe Cafe
Red Pipe show 1     Red Pipe show 2     Red Pipe show 3

Porch Stomp on Governor's Island
Make Music New York 2018
Peoples' Music Network
Open Mic at Roast N Co. in Kew Gardens
Vacation Time!

Eric Levine Tribute Concert
New England Folk Festival


More 2018 Topical Videos

They may haunt a House they live in, but they are  
Running Out of Time!

Brett Kavanaugh is now a Justice on the Supreme Court. 
I Wonder Why

Mitch McConnell singing his way into your heart and Hell.
By Any Means

Here's a little song I wrote for my friends who did not vote.
 "Pay Me No Mind"


Yes. It says "Treason."

Prez boasts about impeachment ratings

~ Songs ~

 "I Can't Help Falling In Love with Me!"

"I'll Be Watching You"  Robert Mueller and The Police sing to Donald Trump

"Your Tweeting Heart"
with apologies to Hank Williams 


On New Years Day 2019 was on the radio, the musical guest of Ken Gale and his Eco-Logic program.
Tune in at 8pm to WBAI-FM, 99.5 on your dial in New York City every other Tuesday for an hour dedicated to environmental issues and entertainment.  

"When the air or water are clean, thank an environmentalist. If not, become one."  - Ken Gale

Here is a link to Ken's Eco-Logic WBAI page and achives.
You can listen to past programs in their entirety.

Here is a Google page with Eco-Logic links.




It was November, 2018, and

The Sixth Annual Woody Guthrie Brooklyn Hoot!

at the Old Stone House was a terrific event and lots of fun.
It was the sixth one we have done in Brooklyn and the 18th annual Woody Guthrie event produced by Steve Suffet. Thank you, Steve. And thank you for including me in each one.
Thanks this year go to the Good Coffee House and the Folk Music Society of New York, Inc. for sponsoring the event. Thanks also to the talented artists who put on a great show. This year's crew included Vincent Cross, Emma Graves, Amy Dee, Nancy Moccaldi, Steve Suffet and yours truly. Special thanks to the wonderful audience, many of whom are familiar faces, who once again came to sing and support this special event. Let's do this again next year!

 If you were not able to get to the show, or if you want to see it again
you have come to the right place!

Songs of Freedom Television was there to record the entire event. Your humble videographer and editor has put together four Songs of Freedom TV episodes
chronicling the performances. Here they are:

Show 1 (Ensemble, Vincent Cross, Emma Graves, Joel Landy, Nancy Moccaldi, Steve Suffet)
Show 2 (Emma Graves, Joel Landy, Steve Suffet, Amy Dee, Vincent Cross)
Show 3 (Emma Graves, Joel Landy, Amy Dee, Steve Suffet, Vincent Cross, Ensemble)
Show 4 (Joel Landy, Emma Graves, Steve Suffet, Vincent Cross, Ensemble)

And here are videos of the individual songs

Blowin' Down that Old Dusty Road (Ensemble)
Pastures of Plenty (Vincent)
Bury Me Beneath the Old Willow Tree (Emma)
All You Fascists Bound to Lose  (Joel)
Stepstone  (Nancy and Friends)
Worried Man Blues (Steve)
I Ain't Got A Home  (Vincent)
California Stars  (Emma)
This Morning I Am Born Again  (Joel)
When the Curfew Blows  (Steve)
Deportee  (Amy)
This Train  (Amy)
Lonesome Valley  (Vincent)
Revolutionary Mind  (Emma)
Bound for Glory  (Joel)
I'm Gonna Mail Myself to You  (Amy)
Vigilante Man  (Steve)
Birds and Ships  (Emma)
Ain't Nobody Can Sing Like Me  (Vincent)
The Great Dust Storm  (Joel)
This Land Is Your Land  (Ensemble

Here's a Woody Guthrie Brooklyn Bash Bonus
and performances from the 2017 show!


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What a Show!  What a Night!


 The winds whipped and the rains came. It was truly a meteorological event Saturday night, October 27th when I blew into the  Peoples' Voice Cafe for an evening of political cabaret along with the talented Aaron Fowler. Those in attendance were treated to an evening of fun and creativity in addition to the warm hospitality provided by the volunteers at New York City's premiere progressive venue. As you can see, I was assisted in my performance by my daughter, Faith, proving politics is a family affair. If you were wondering, my shirt says "Kavanaugh lied."

If you did not make it  to my show I think I know what happened. There was another short guy from Long Island named Joel who was playing at some Garden in Manhattan when I was on stage at the PVC. It is obvious to me a simple mistake occurred and you went to the wrong show. Understandable.

In light of that here are a couple of musical videos from my PVC performance.
The first is "a little song I wrote...for my friends who did not vote"  Don't Worry. Be Happy!

The second is Mitch McConnell singing his way into your heart and the gates of Hell.
He gets what he wants By Any Means.

I hope you voted!  I hope your vote was counted in the way you intended!
Let us not lose focus. Our work begins now. Our work always begins now.

Peace and Solidarity

~ joel ~


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 ... if you were wondering ...

this is how I spent my summer vacation  . . .

Pictures and videos, including Joel's most excellent Pennsylvania adventure

The familiy's far out experience started with a trip to the 60s exhibit at the NY City Library (see left) and ventured to the Bronx and Yankee Stadium where Faith and Aunt Nori did the Y-M-C-A dance along with the field crew (below).

The Pennsylvania part of the tour started in Johnstown and the Flood City Music Festival. Highlights included the performance by Andy Fasco and the UN.

It wouldn't be a complete trip to Johnstown without visiting the city's flood museum and a trip up and down the Johnstown Inclined Plane.

The Poconos' Bushkill Falls is a great place to go for a hike. You can get lost and find yourself in the woods.

Back home at the end of August it was time for the annual Benson family bar-b-q. This year we celebrated Richard and sister Gayle's 40th married year and the pending wedding of my awesome niece Liana. (You like my shirt?)

The summer started with the June 30 demonstration for immigrants and children's rights.
Faith made her own signs for the occasion.

June also featured the annual Porch Stomp on Governor's Island. I was honored to be part of this musical event.
(see below for more)

IN JULY Songs of Freedom Television was invited to play at the Roast N Co open mic in Kew Gardens, Queens.

It was Roast N Co's first musical event at the Kew Gardens space last known as the Expresso Cafe. Prior to that it was known as Odradeks Coffee House, where Songs of Freedom hosted a series of hoots in 2015 and 2016.

Thanks to Dennis Doyle for producing this gig celebrating local talent.
Thanks also to the owners and staff of Kew Gardens's newest music venue.

Here is an entire Songs of Freedom TV episode
edited from this event.

JUNE   was memorable and lots of fun.

   It started with the People's Music Network weekend. The workshops and song swaps were both educational and inspirational. It satisfies my soul to spend time and sing with sympatico spirits who fight the good fight in their everyday lives.
I shared a song at the Saturday night Round Robin that questioned male dominated decision making in our society and the damage that it does.

You can view it here.


PMN was followed by the June 21 Make Music NY event and the Porch Stomp at the end of the month.
I created a total of eleven half hour Songs of Freedom programs from these events.
You can view them all using the links below. Lots of music to enjoy. I hope you do.

A New York City musical tradition.

Here's a taste of street music and Make Music New York.
The song is Bob Dylan's
"Blowing in the Wind."

(Click on the words above
or the photo to the left.)

The Red Pipe Cafe and Songs of Freedom TV hosted the solstice scene on Austin Street in Forest Hills, making friends and music well into the dark of the longest day of the year. A cast of strolling thousands and memorable New York characters added flavor to the scene.

I created 5 complete Songs of Freedom  episodes from the June 21st event. (29 minutes)
I hope you enjoy them.
Join us next year on Solstice Day!

Show 1
Rene David Alkalay, Joel Landy
Show 2
Rene David Alkalay, Joel Landy, John MacLeod, and Joey on guitar!
Show 3
Jason Murden, Rene David Alkalay, Joel Landy, and John MacLeod
Show 4
Joel Landy, Rene David Alkalay, Joe Silver,
Lloyd Abrams, and John MacLeod
Show 5
Jason Murden, Joel Landy,
Rene David Alkalay, Joe Silver,
Lloyd Abrams, and John MacLeod

Click here to learn more about
Make Music New York and how you can participate.


Porch Stomp is a free, volunteer run, and community led folk festival held annually on Governors Island.
This year there were more than 100 performances, jams and workshops featuring some of NYC's best bluegrass, old-time, blues, roots, and American music.

Jeremy Aaron organized and hosted a porch stage with performers representing the People's Music Network and Greenwich Village Showcase.

Songs of Freedom Television recorded much of the day at that stage.
I performed a half hour set.

Here's a sample:

Thank you, Jeremy for lending your organizing talent, your fiddle and your voice.
Let's do this again next year!
I hope you all join us then!

I edited six Songs of Freedom Television episodes from this year's Porch Stomp. Here they are.
I hope you enjoy the performances and sing along!

Show 1
Joel Landy with Jeremy Aaron
Show 2
Hudson Valley Sally, Jeremy Aaron
Show 3
Joshua Garcia, Eric Lee
Show 4
Sally Campbell and Jeremy Aaron
Show 5
Banjo Nickaru & Western Scooches,
Joel Landy and Jeremy Aaron
Show 6
Sally Campbell, Jake Blount, Eric Lee




And then there was this . . .

I see that I finally have your attention. Pay attention, Donald.
I understand that you like to watch television. I have a few videos that you may find entertaining.
The Songs of Freedom Television viewing schedule is listed below.

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2018 New England Folk Festival
Funny Songs Hour "Lightning Round"

"So Long, It's Been Good To Know You"
a not so fond farewell

"I'll Be Watching You"  Robert Mueller and The Police sing to Donald Trump

"Your Tweeting Heart"
with apologies to Hank Williams

Prez boasts about impeachment ratings

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In May the Eric Levine Memorial Concert at the Peoples' Voice Cafe in Manhattan was an awesome and heartfelt event. Friends and relatives remembered Eric's life and the contribution he made to so many people and organizations fighting the good fight.


One of my musical contributions to the evening was this song,
a personal rewrite of a classic homage, "I Dreamed I Saw Eric Levine Last Night."

I will be posting more video from that special evening soon. Stay tuned!

For more about the Peoples' Voice Cafe click on the link.


What else?  I played at the always awesome New England Folk Festival  in April.


It was a gas hosting the Funny Song Hour once again. Thanks to all of the people who showed up to share their funny songs and participate in an energetic and super fun hour.  My favorite part was the frenetic "lightning round" at the end of the session where it was all about jumping in front of a camera and delivering a quick funny one.  It was great. Take a look.  Here it is. 
If you want to see the entire hour of fun here are two complete Songs of Freedom episodes. Each are 29 minutes long. Enjoy!    Show 1   Show 2
I hope we get to do this again next year.

Note:  Linda Leslie (see photo above) welcomed me to to the NEFFA family of performers years ago. She was an amazing and dedicated organizer committed to New England folk events. Linda passed away shortly before this year's festival began. She will be missed. Songs of Freedom remembers Linda Leslie and dedicates this year's performance to her memory.

Throwin' Back 2017     The year in music.

Throwin' it back.

I was blessed to play in some great shows during 2017 and I got to help organize a couple of them.

They included being part of a birthday celebration for my good friend and musical accomplice Steve Suffet, an invitation to play in a springtime United Nations Earth Day event, singing Phil Ochs music and funny songs at the New England Folk Festival, a musical tribute for my dear friend Jessica Feinbloom in June, participation in the annual summer solstice Make Music New York extravaganza, featuring at the Aubergine Cafe in my old Queens neighborhood, organizing and playing at the New York City Friends of Clearwater Water Festival in August, raising money and awareness for The Eve Fenton Love-All Foundation and their work with children who need medical care, celebrating the life and music of Woody Guthrie at the Fifth Annual Woody Guthrie Brooklyn Hoot, and raising money for Habitat for Humanity and MusiCares while getting to play Tom Petty tunes with a rock n' roll band...

Whew! That was quite a year.

peace, joy, love, and Faith,
in solidarity,

~ joel ~




On December 6th I joined Mike McHugh, Roger Blanc, Curtis Becraft, Paul DeCoster and others to celebrate the life and music of Tom Petty at Wicked Willy's on Bleecker Street in New York's Greenwich Village. The money from the show went to support MusiCares, a philanthropy Petty was honored by for giving his time and energy to. MusiCares helps musicians who have fallen on hard times with financial, medical and housing support.

It was an inspiring evening featuring Tom Petty's music and the talent of many gifted artists. I recorded the event and created two Songs of Freedom Television episodes. Here they are:

Tom Petty Tribute Concert /Fundraiser for MusiCares /episode 1

Tom Petty Tribute Concert /Fundraiser for MusiCares /episode 2

And here is part of my musical contribution to the event.
It was the evening's opening number, "End of the Line", a song Petty helped to write and record with the Traveling Wilburys, one of the coolest bands of all time. The three and a half minute video features Roger Blanc on guitar and Curtis Becraft on mandolin and also explains the mission of the MusiCares organization.



The Fifth Annual Woody Guthrie Brooklyn Hoot

at the Old Stone House in Brooklyn was a blast!
The room was packed and the performances were terrific. Thanks to Steve Suffet for again organizing a stellar event. Thanks also to the artists who played:
Vincent Cross, Beth Kotkin, Nancy Moccaldi, Anne Price, Steve Suffet, and yours truly.

If you did not make it to the show, you can watch
full Songs of Freedom episodes of the event here.

Episode 1     Episode 2     Episode 3

and here is one of the songs I did,
Dan Sullivan's tribute to Woody,
"I Wish Woody Guthrie Was Here"


Habitat for Humanity
Fund Raising Benefit Concert  
for the storm victims of Hurricane Harvey and Hurricane Irma

   Sunday Night, October 8 at the Greenhouse Cafe in Bay Ridge, Brooklyn

was a terrific evening of talent and community sharing. Thanks to all the artists who participated and played their favorite 1960s songs. Special thanks go to event organizers Mike McHugh, Vanessa Lovestone, William Mayr, and Max Christopher for putting on such a special show. It was cosponsored by Habitat for Humanity. We raised a few hundred dollars to build houses and relieve the suffering of those who lost so much. I hear there will be other Habitat for Humanity benefit shows coming up. Stay tuned for details!


Here are some photos from the event

and here is my musical contribution to the evening. Every song was music from the 1960s when nuclear war was a threat, racial politics was in the news and in the streets, communities were organizing and finding their voice, and music of the times was the soundtrack of our lives.

Well, here we are again.
Stay tuned.

Be generous. Give what you can.

And here are four complete
Songs of Freedom Television
episodes from the hurricane relief event.
If you want to get involved helping to provide housing, shelter, and other basic needs to the people of Puerto Rico, Florida, and Texas, you can donate by contacting Habitat for Humanity
at 1-800-HABITAT (422-4828) or go to their website, www.habitat.org/donate

Show 1
with Venessa Lovestone, Joel Landy, and Paul Decoster

Show 2
with Buddy Grecco, Charley Young, and Leigh Harrison

Show 3
with Don Turner, Malcolm Hunter,
Daniel Beck and Tucky Parkis

Show 4
with Mike McHugh, Vanessa Lovestone, Buddy Grecco, Gina Healy, Bill Frei, Judy Livingston, and Peter Pasco


For more about the New York City Friends of Clearwater, go to:


The New York City Friends of Clearwater

hosted its 2017 Water Festival on Sunday, August 27. It was a day of education, music, and entertainment about environmental awareness and action.

Songs of Freedom Television was there to record what happened that day.

This is the first episode about the Water Festival. It features the music of Joel Landy.

Episode 2, with The Raging Grannies and Peter Pasco

Episode 3, with the talented
Judy Gorman and John MacLeod.

Thank You!

to the Sunnyside Singers Club, the Aubergine Cafe, and everyone who came down to have a good time and support my performance

It was a fun and fabulous night of friends, food, family and music.
What else is there?  Here are links to songs from the August 16 show.
If you missed it you can still enjoy it.


 1. You Fascists Bound to Lose
 2. Have You Ever Seen the Rain?
 3. I Can't Help Falling in Love with Me /
     Your Tweetin' Heart

 4. Mean Talkin' Blues
 5. I Wish Woody Guthrie Was Here
 6. Jolly Banker 

7. When I Was Young 
8. There But for Fortune
9. Save the Last Shot for Me
 10. Brave Enough for Love
 11. I Am Selling Off My Body When I Die
 12. Blowing in the Wind
 13. Richard Cory
 14. The Change I Am
 15. The Spaces In Between


Songs of Freedom Television and I were invited to perform as  part of this year's June 21st
Make Music New York in NYC.

MMNY is an awesome event with more than 1,000 performances taking place to celebrate the summer solstice and the desire to sing where you live.

Thanks to Jorge and The Local Bar in Long Island City for the memorable and fun time.

Here are two Songs of Freedom episodes of my performance this year:

Songs of Freedom MMNY 2017 show 1
Songs of Freedom MMNY 2017 show 2

Click here for more about MMNY


A  S o n g   f o r  J e s s i c a

Family, friends, and artists gathered on June 16 in NYC  to remember and celebrate the life of Jessica Feinbloom. It was a memorable evening with lots of music and sweet stories.

Thanks to Steve and Marilyn Suffet for engineering this event. Thanks also to others who participated.
Musical artists included
Jane Babits, Toby Fagenson, Alison Kelly, Joel Landy, Anne Price, Steve Suffet,
Gina Tlamsa, and Frank Woerner.


Three full Songs of Freedom TV episodes were composed from the event. (28 minutes, 30 seconds)

Show 1     Show 2     Show 3

In addition to the episodes all of the evening's performances can be viewed below.

 "Blowing Down That Old Dusty Road"    "Ripple"    The Finale

Jessica's brother Charles speaks

Joel Landy
"You Fascists Bound to Lose"   "Lonesome Valley"

Jane Babits / "If I Had A Hammer"
Molly Bloom's Soliloquy from James Joyce's Ulysses

Gina Tlamsa     "Peace Call"    "Hobo's Lullaby"

Alison Kelley and Frank Woerner, "All Shall Be Well Again"

Alison Kelley    Frank Woerner / "John Ball"   

Anne Price, "The River Is Wide"   "John Riley"

Steve Suffet   "House of the Rising Sun"    "Sadie Brown"

Toby Fagenson  "Pastures of Plenty"    "Precious Memories"

Sharleen Leahey


  We Had A HOOT ! 
at Expresso Cafe in Kew Gardens

Actually, we had two. They were the first since May 2016 in this space when it was known as Odradeks Coffee House [see videos below]. The new owner, Garrick Aminov, bought the bistro last summer and agreed to host the March and April "Songs of Freedom presents" free to the public events. They turned out to be well attended and fun afternoons of music performed by talented neighbors and friends. A real community feeling - exactly what I had hoped for.
Thank you to everyone who came to make it so special.

Here are a couple of videos  (click on the pics below).

Jerry Korobow                             Joel Landy 

Did you know . . .
Fifty years ago the Expresso Caf in Kew Gardens, Queens, was known as The Interlude Caf and was home to memorable hootenannies where the likes of Phil Ochs, Dave Van Ronk,
Al Kooper, and Jose Feliciano honed their craft on their way to becoming musical legends?


NEFFA: The New England Folk Festival Association

The New England Folk Festival in April was so much fun this year - as it always is. I got to lead two sessions. The first was a FUNNY SONGS SWAP where I was joined by Steve Suffet and Mike Agranoff. The other was an hour long tribute to Phil Ochs. NEFFA is a special place, run completely by volunteers, and it has been going on for more than 60 years!  It is an honor to be involved with them as part of the NEFFA family. Join us next year in Mansfield, Massachusetts.
Here is a link for information all about it.



Sunday, March 19th

Music video featuring Joel Landy

Anyone Can Do It!

I got to play at the Earth Day event at the Queens Museum sponsored by the United Nations Association of the United States of America, Queens Chapter. The theme this year was Climate Change, the most pressing issue facing our planet right now. The event was both entertaining and educational. There were panels and presentations and an all together positive experience for all who participated. There was even some group singing instigated by an eco-friendly neighborhood folk singer.

Here are some vids from the educational afternoon.

"Birds and Climate Change"  
Speaker: Lynsy Smithson-Stanley

"New York City and the EPA. What Is Going On?"
Speaker: Nathan Kensinger

Have a great spring!  ~ joel


What a beautiful evening


it was celebrating Steve Suffet at the Peoples' Voice Cafe in Manhattan on February 18th. Steve does so much for so many people, including booking acts at the PVC, it was righteous and right that he get a night devoted to him and the celebration of his 70th birthday.

Artists included Anne Price, Sandy Pliskin, Beth Kotkin, Gina Tlamsa, Susan Lippman and myself. I had the honor of organizing the entertainment and MC'ing the event. Here is the opening song, written by Steve, and sung by the ensemble, followed by the official introduction to the evening.

Here is my musical contribution to the evening with help from Andy Borowitz,

and here is the show's finale.

Links to other songs and performances can be found below.

Thanks to all of the volunteers that make the PVC such a special place.
 If you don't know about the Peoples' Voice Cafe, New York City's premiere progressive performance venue, click here for information about it and this season's schedule of performances.

Steve Suffet
70th Birthday Celebration

Turning of the Year

Steve Suffet
Johnny, We Hardly Knew Ya'
October Waltz
Can You Hear the Steam Whistle Blow?

Click on the pic for cake and a story.

This Land Is Your Land

Credits and Good Night!

Anne Price:  
My Get Up and Go Has Got Up and Went

It Looks Like It Might Be A Hard Road
Old Devil Time

Sandy Pliskin
Donald Trump Is Not Your Pal (medley)
You Can't Make It Here Anymore
Thanks, Pete!

Beth Kotkin
Across the Great Divide
Blowing in the Wind
Must Have Gone Crazy Out There

Gina Tlamsa
We Shall Not Be Moved
Flute Instrumentals
Got My Union (written by Steve Suffet)

Joel Landy
Don't Hock Me with Your Spirits (incomplete)
I Can't Help Falling In Love with Me!
When I Was Young


   Every Thursday  

The Red Pipe Cafe

on Austin Street in Forest Hills (between Continental and Ascam) hosts a jam session/singaround on Thursday nights. Bring an instrument and songs to share, or come along to sing and enjoy. It is fun and it is free - although it is important that you purchase something to eat or drink.

I hope to see you soon at the Red Pipe Cafe!

Here is a short video of what to expect.

Details about Red Pipe Cafe can be seen in the link.




Click here for  Upcoming  TV Episodes

Say Hello!   You can contact me here.  ~ joel


  Looking back to 2016


In late November I assisted Donna Stein raise money for the environmental efforts of the Clearwater organization. I meet the most interesting people, including performers, when I volunteer for movements I believe in.

The 2016 New York City
Friends of Clearwater Water Festival

took place on Sunday, September 11th at the Lower East Side Environmental Center on the East River in Manhattan.  It was a beautiful day to be near the water. The panels of speakers organized and moderated by WBAI's Ken Gale were enlightening and educational and the music organized by Jeremy Aaron and
Joel Landy were entertaining and inspiring. Thanks to Donna Stein and the leadership of the New York City Friends of Clearwater for their continuing efforts to protect and preserve our precious waterways. And thanks to the musicians, speakers, and volunteers for making this year's festival a success.

Here are some photos from the the day and a video from the event.
Stay tuned. More videos will be posted shortly.


David Rovics
appeared at the Aubergine Cafe in Woodside, NY on Wednesday night,
August 17th. Songs of Freedom Television was there to record the evening of topical music featuring one of topical music's brightest stars. The night was hosted at Aubergine Cafe by Steve Suffet and the Sunnyside Singers Club.

If you missed the event you can watch videos of the concert by clicking on the links below.
Full Songs of Freedom episodes of the evening will be streaming online and cablecast via NYC's public access tv soon. Watch this space for viewing times and channels.

For more about David Rovics, go to www.davidrovics.com

For more about the Sunnyside Singers Club and weekly singing events, go to

Set One
One Day in Kenya
If This Were A War
God's Gift to the Caliphate
Send Them Back
I'm A Better Anarchist Than You
They All Sang the Internationale
If Clinton's A Progressive
No One Is Illegal

Set Two
Good Bye Portland
Letter to My Landlord
Spancil Hill
Song for My Broken Heart
If Only It Were True
Statue in the Harbor
Everything Can Change

In addition to recording David Rovics' stellar performance I was invited to play two songs.

One was about the next President
of the United States.

"You're A Joke, But Nobody Is Laughing"


The Odradeks HOOT!

Great music and great times. Here are some videos for you to enjoy.
Odradeks gave us a lot of great music. It is now The Expresso Cafe in Kew Gardens.

The May hootenanny at Odradeks Coffee House was a terrific evening.
Thank you to all the fine performers who came to make music and have a fun time.
They included:

Jake Block, Alan Alter, David Butler, Eli, Joel Landy, Jerry Korobow, Lou Michaels,
Marie Moskowitz, Gina Moffet, and Steve Suffet.

And thanks to Jake Block and the staff at Odradeks for inviting us in. We hope you enjoyed too!

 Here are links to 3 complete Songs of Freedom Television episodes edited from the evening:
  Show 1:  featuring Jerry Korobow and Joel Landy
  Show 2:  featuring Jake Block, Lou Michaels, Marie Moskowitz, Eli, and Steve Suffet
  Show 3:  featuring  Marie Moskowitz, Alan Alter, David Butler, Gina Moffet,
                  and the ensemble finale, "This Land Is Your Land"

 Ultra cool things that happened this night included players showing up and while tuning their instruments in different parts of the room they started playing together. The whole building was filled with a jam before the evening started. So, I changed the format of the show. No formal introductions. Introduce yourself and play, accompanied by whomever you choose. The other ultra cool thing that happened was I started talking to a coffeehouse customer when I arrived.
I asked him if he played an instrument. He said he played fiddle. I asked him if he lived nearby. He said yes. I told him to get his fiddle. He did and he played. He was excellent and then he sang too. Thank you, David Butler. The entire evening was magical like that.

(See below for pics and vids from previous Thursday Night HOOTS!)


Joel Landy 2016 Performances

Joel Landy

May 14th
at the
People's Voice Cafe
 in NYC

It was lots of fun playing and being with friends, despite my vocal challenges that evening, and it is always great playing along side my riding buddy and good friend, Steve.


Steve Suffet

Saturday, April 16   Ray Korona Song Night
at the Peoples' Voice Cafe

Ray Korona was a writer, producer, promoter, musician, an articulate advocate for artists and those fighting for justice and dignity, and a good friend. Many of us still cannot believe he is gone. On Saturday night April 16 at the Peoples' Voice Cafe in NYC friends and artists gathered to sing his songs and remember Ray. It was a heartfelt evening with inspired performances.
Here is the finale to the show. Enjoy!

April 17  

"Funny Song Swap"  at the New England Folk Festival
Mansfield High School in Mansfield, MA
  And what a funny song swap it was!
Thank you to Steve Suffet, Ben Grosscup and Jackson Gilman for joining me for the great session.

Sunday, April 3

was a terrific time at The fourth annual
Woody Guthrie Brooklyn Hoot
at the Jalopy Theatre & School of Music in Brooklyn, NY

It was a great evening with a wonderful audience and memorable performances. Thanks to the folks at the Jalopy for making it so special.
I want to personally thank my fellow musicians:
Steve Suffet, Vincent Cross, Beth Kotkin, and Mike Glick for a special and fun time.

Here are 3 videos from that show recently seen on Songs of Freedom TV.

show1     show 2     show 3


Thursday Night HOOTS!


We Gave a HOOT!   and people came to

Odradeks Coffee House in Kew Gardens, Queens on

on Thursday evening, March 17

Thank you to everyone who made it another memorable evening.

Lawrence Block, Lou Michaels, Marie Moskowitz, Joel Landy, and others
continued the Third Thursday Hoot series with spirited performances.

Here are three half hour Songs of Freedom episodes edited
from the February 18th Hoot! event:

  Episode 1:   featuring  Joel Landy
  Episode 2:   featuring Larry Block, Lou Michaels, 
                        Marie Moskowitz, and Joel Landy

  Episode 3:   featuring Larry Block, Lou Michaels,
                        Marie Moskowitz, and Joel Landy

Here are episodes from the January hoot:

 Episode 1:   with Steve Suffet, Larry Block
 Episode 2:   with Joel Landy
 Episode 3:   with Steve Suffet, Larry Block, Richard Benson

Joel Landy songs at the
Thursday Night Hoots!

Running Out of Time
The Spaces In Between
Richard Cory
Pay  Me No Mind
By Any Means
Are You Going to Cut Medicare?

I  Can't Help Falling In Love with Me
I Wonder Why
Save the Last Shot for Me
Let It Melt and
I Wish Woody Guthrie Was Here

There But for Fortune
What Do You Do with a Politician?

Thursday Night Hoots!

The Phil Ochs 75th birthday concert I produced at Odradeks Coffee House in
Kew Gardens, Queens (see below) in December of 2015 was so successful I was invited to produce a monthly music event there.
Unfortunately, Odradeks closed a the end of July in 2016.  My goal is still to create a music scene in Queens similar to the one I did on Bleecker Street in Greenwich Village nine years ago, where souls conspired and played together.  So, stay tuned folksingers, bards, and free spirits. We still have a world of music to make.

For more about the Phil Ochs 75th birthday celebration at Odradeks Coffee House, including videos of the evening's  performances, click here.



It was a joyous night for both the audience and the artists who performed at Odradeks Coffee House in Kew Gardens, NY on Thursday night, December 17, celebrating Phil's life and music.

Click on the photo links for more about that evening and video performances by David Massengill, Joel Landy, Steve Suffet, Anne Price, Lydia Adams Davis, Steve Vitoff, and Richard Benson.

Here is a review of the evening  
by Carene Lydia Lopez


2015 Performances


Second Annual Pete Seeger Sing-Along Celebration

Saturday, May 9th  at the
Peoples' Voice Cafe

Here is a sample of the music
shared that evening.

"Where Have All the
Flowers Gone?"

with Joel Landy and 
The Great Dancer Faith





NEFFA: The New England Folk Festival Association

NEFFA, the New England Folk Festival, was a blast.
I led two sessions. One was The Ultimate Parody Jam and the other was a Funny Song Swap.
What fun!
Check out the video here for a sample.  
More at www.neffa.org

The 3rd Annual
Woody Guthrie Brooklyn Hoot
on April 12
at the Jalopy Theater and School of Music was an awesome show!

We will be doing it again on April 3, 2016.

Join us! 

I had the pleasure of participating
at the MLK open mic
at my favorite progressive coffeehouse,
the Peoples' Voice Cafe in NYC. I thought it would be most appropriate to sing a song written by Matt Jones.

[click here]

Reaching Back to the Year 2014 

December 12, 2014 at the

I was featured at this showcase in NYC. The night before the House of Representatives voted for the bill that will fund and keep our government running. Republicans stuck goodies for the banking industry in there at the 11th hour written by their friends at CitiGroup. Enough Democrats voted for it to pass. There was other stuff in that bill too that the Senate passed and the President signed in the days that followed.
I am still livid. I took my energy about it and my attitude to the stage and began my set with the video to the right. -->

[click pic for You Tube link]

December 15, 2014 at the
UTES Got Talent at New Utrecht High School
song: "When I Was Young" by Matt Jones

Matt Jones devoted his life to the struggle of social justice in this country. Some time after the 1960s he articulated what we all now know - that the fight for freedom and equality has not ended at all. His song frames this stark perception vividly.

[click on the photo for You Tube link]

 ... more '14 ...

"For the Love of Pete"

A celebration of the life and music of Pete Seeger

Summer Fun!   2014

2014 Labor Day Parade
in New York City   September 6

New York City Friends of Clearwater


Water Festival  August 23

The People's Climate March in


New York City  September 21

2014: A Year to Remember

The New England Folk Festival

The Second Annual Woody Guthrie Brooklyn Hoot

The Pipeline Follies  (Coalition Against the Rockaway Pipeline)

New Utrecht's Got Talent  ◊  The New Utrecht High School Talent Show

The United Nations Association of Queens  presents
an Earth Day Celebration at the Queens Museum of Art

Music For All Ages at The Redwood Deli


Where I've Been

Performances  2013 and 2012"

He's a real live wire ! "  

~  Pete Seeger  ~







pages and pages of them at youtube.com

Kiss Your Ass Goodbye

Close Indian Point NOW!


The Eve of Depression
With apologies and thanks to Barry McGuire and P.F. Sloan


click on pic   click twice for You Tube MP3 version

The International Express
more than a subway train, it's the world in motion




Songs of Freedom
YIPPIE Museum Cafe Archive
(2007 and 2008)


A season of topical music, free to the public in
Greenwich Village, New York City, hosted by Joel Landy








Without Borders





writing for godot


Brasscheck TV
a website where you can go to
educate yourself



More Links



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"He's a real live wire!"
~ Pete Seeger ~


Flashback link to


A year in review.


The New York City
Friends of Clearwater Water Festival

happens every summer educating and entertaining citizens of our fair city and encourages everyone to protect and preserve our most precious resource.
Artists and activists share their time and energy in this worthy cause.
Here is a sample from a recent Water Festival. Take a look and join us!

 Quick Vids 

"I Am Selling Off My Body When I Die!"   
featuring Joel, and
The Great Dancer Faith!

There But for Fortune.
performed at the 2013 New England Folk Festival

"By Any Means"  
Mitch McConnell sings his way into your heart,
but he and his friends are
"Running Out of Time"

  On the Radio 

 Legal Illegal  (MP3 file)
WBAI live broadcast on
Bob Fass's
Radio Unnambeable

An interview with
WBAI's Ken Gale

(from 2008)


"Joel's engaging performance style has been nurtured through real experience in the TV studio and on the demonstration stage. 
He draws you in with the opening song and you're with him right through the encores!"

~ Ray Korona ~


"Joel is a dynamic performer who is able to connect with kids with special needs and adults alike. We consider Joel a Dream Team sponsor for his theme song and all of his voluntary efforts."

~ Vicki Fenton ~
President and Founder,
The Eve Fenton Love-All Foundation


To be notified about upcoming concerts and TV episodes, join the SOF mailing list.
You can also inquire about purchasing CDs and DVDs of stage performances. 
Contact Joel directly

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Upcoming TV Episodes & Viewing Times 
Tune in and
don't drop out!


The Continuing
Life Story of

Faith Maya
Nagumo Landy

~ The Early Years ~

Click on the picture of the cute baby for a little bit of Faith.

Click on the family photo to see a movie.

Faith videos,
first 12 months

More Faith Videos

Even More Faith
(on You Tube)

Hey Rocky,
watch me pull a rabbit out of my hat!