Music, Politics, and the Metal Reed
Honest tunes and politics served just as friendly as breakfast.

Playing the Freight is a blast. Award-winning lyricist, published poet, guitarist, fiddler, and concertina* stylist, "Fiddlers for Peace" founder, curator of the "Deep Poetry Project", and editor of the Pepper Spray Times. 2004 honoree by the City of Berkeley for homeless advocacy, 2003 honoree for civil liberties activism through music, humor, and art by the Berkeley Commission on the Status of Women, winner of the East Bay Express' readers' poll "Best Solo Performer" for 2002, and selected as one of the San Francisco Bay Guardian's 2001 "Best of the Bay". Featured writer at the Centre for Political Song, Glasgow Caledonian University in Scotland, microradio pioneer with Free Radio Berkeley, etc. Failure to Disperse Acoustic Revolt and Road Show ensemble and solo performances. Spiritual advisor and graphic production for the Best of Blasphemy project in Canyon, California. Published commentator in local and national fora. Proud part of the Folk This! extended family. Winner of the 2009 Oldtime Spirit award from the Augusta Music Heritage Festival, voted best female artist at PirateCat Radio in SF in 2010. Nominated to the Revolutionary Poets' Brigade by former poet laureate of San Francisco Jack Hirschman in 2010. Inventor of the chairapillar. Crankie innovator. Organizer of the 2012 Olympic Sitting Competition. Cast member and contributing writer on the esteemed production of KPFA's TwitWit Radio produced by George Coates, live radio comedy on Sunday Nights from 6:30 pm to 7:00 pm. Author of "They're Building A Pipeline" song being used to fight the Dominion Resources pipeline through West Virginia, Virginia, and North Carolina. Performing at Bay Area venues...

As times get harder, some people know what really matters. Then there's the rest of us. the concertina is the tool of the devil (Photo to the left) Jim Nelson, Jack Chernos, and Carol Denney played for the 75th Anniversary of the Golden Gate Bridge, then just went down to the water's edge and jammed with the fishes.

They're Building A Pipeline has a page with the lyrics and there's a Youtube slideshow at
Help preserve the wilderness in West Virginia by writing a letter to FERC - info here
Unless Of Course You Die.

... RECORDINGS:,the newest of which is Unless Of Course You Die available from this website and also at Downhome Music (, and CDBaby. Unless Of Course You Die

As times get harder, some people know what really matters. Then there's the rest of us. How to Build Your Own Concertina , a step-by-step instruction for beginners.

How to Make a Cardboard Traveling Crankie Theater and delight the world.

Some crankies on YouTube, for frame of reference:

"It's Not Police Surveillance; It's Love"

“Like a Taser Touched for the Very First Time” Laborfest Video:

 the press always handwrites its thoughtful commentary Sometimes one's best audience is the weather.  it helps to have a really nice smile Dogs know that music is both a form of prayer and a form of negative income. Click the writing hand for critics' comments.

Click the concertina for information without which you may well perish.

Some people can't get enough gratuitous commentary.

You can email your orthoepic observations to " cdenney (at) ."

Photos by Mark Nelson, Michele Thomas, and the Cliff House camera booth.

Pepper Spray Times artwork by Roger Dondis, other artwork by C. Denney