Grant Peeples and Tom Breiding

Shows at the Purple Fiddle

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Tom Breiding, a musician in residence for the United Mine Workers union, crafts epic songs that echo the voices resonating from Appalachia, making apparent a distinction between the distant idealization of the working man and the real life of the working man; the distinction between country – and coal country.

Tom Breiding’s songs have found their power. Serving as a musician in residence for the United Mine Workers of America, his anthems were instrumental in preserving the health care and pensions for tens of thousands of retirees and their families. His passion and his work with the UMWA and for Wheeling’s Appalachian Institute have led him, guitar in tow, into the coal towns and back roads of his home state of West Virginia where seeds of the labor movement and Mother Jones resonate today. Breiding, a former Music Row staff-writer, delivers well crafted ballads that echo the stories of people he has known, reflect the lives of those whose work built and powered our nation’s progress and expansion for more than a century, and capture a life well lived through hard work, family, and honest living. Tom’s music makes apparent a distinction between the distant idealization of the working man and the real life of the working man; the distinction between country – and coal country.

A self-described “tree-hugger that watches NASCAR, and Buddhist with a gun below the seat,” Grant Peeples is known for his axe-sharp socio-political tunes, raucous humor and heart-gigging ballads.

He is the recipient of the Focus Foundation Award for Creative Excellence, which cited the “humor, compassion and wisdom of his songs,” and their “unflinching social insight and cultural acuity.” Grant tours coast to coast, and is a regular performer at The Woody Guthrie Folk Festival, the 30A Songwriters Festival, and The Florida, Folk Festival. January 2019 marked a second tour in The Netherlands, where FolkForum.nl described him “…a pure storyteller, in the best American folk tradition…” and his show “…one of those gems that you will remember for a long time…”

He’s the Woody Guthrie of the New Millennium — Larry Newman-WSCA
The only songwriter I have ever called ‘ruthless’— John Conquest-3rd Magazine
A man of deeply held conviction….and cajones — D.C. Bloom Lonestar Magazine
No performer holds a crowd like Grant Peeples — Barry White- S. Florida Folk Network
Comedic, acute, smart, intensely political — Marc Stern WMBR Cambridge MA

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