music & activism

50 creative years celebrating
the human spirit through music

Join the Conversation!


This is a conversation between Holly Near and some of the artists that are featured on Because of A Song: https://becauseofasong.com

The event was streamed December 4, 2022.

Because of a Song is an online archive documenting the extraordinary feminist and lesbian music that burst forth from the heart of Oakland, CA. Produced by Holly Near, Because of a Song features over 30 hours of filmed conversation, 4 short films featuring Linda Tillery, Carolyn Brandy, Mary Watkins and Melanie DeMore, a curated resource room, a listening room of over 600 songs in 6 playlists, a captioned photo gallery of nearly 200 images, and much more.

No story is the whole story. We simply leave a trail. The world has always been (and continues to be) changed Because of a Song.



tour schedule

Check for 2023 tour dates!

Wednesday March 8, 2023 at 8PM

International Women’s Day Celebration of Holly Near

Holly Near
Emma’s Revolution
Adrienne Torf
Vicki Randle
Terry Garthwaite
Barbara Higbie
Linda Tillery
Tammy Hall
Jan Martinelli
Michaelle Goerlitz

Freight & Salvage
2020 Addison Street
Berkeley CA 94704
510.644.2020 | www.thefreight.org

Saturday July 22, 2023 at 8PM

Old Town School of Folk Music
Szold Hall
4545 N. Lincoln Ave., East Building
Chicago, IL 60625

www.oldtownschool.org | 773-728-6000

Saturday August 5, 2023 at 8PM

Caffe Lena
47 Phila Street
Saratoga Springs, NY

www.caffelena.org | 518-583-0022

Sunday August 6, 2023 at 7PM

130 Pine St.
Florence, MA 01062


Thursday August 10 – August 13, 2023

Lunenburg Folk Harbour Festival
Lunenburg, NS Canada



thoughts and words

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