Ithaca Blog

Tuesday, May 27, 2008

Folk Singer Utah Phillips Dies at Age 73

Utah Phillips, the folk singer, story teller and social activist, died on Friday at age 73 of congestive heart failure.

Mr. Phillip's work was in the tradition of Woody Guthrie and Pete Seeger, rendering traditional music with a dynamic, almost anarchic, creative force, and a committment to progressive poltical and social movements.

Mr. Phillip's music career spanned four decades, with many recordings and countless concerts. He won acclaim with a new generation in the last decade through his work with Ani Difranco.

In recent years, health problems curtailed his schedule and, particularly, travel from his California base. He sold out a performance in Ithaca about 4 years ago which many fans realized would likely be his last in this area.

The "Democracy Now!" radio program has posted on its website an interview with Utah Phillips from 2004. See

Stephen Burke
for Ithaca Blog

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