bio - emma's revolution

Smart, funny and informative. Like Rachel Maddow and Jon Stewart with guitars.

"Boasting gorgeous close harmonies and unsinkable tunefulness, Emma’s Revolution (the Emma is Goldman) is a classic, globetrotting folk duo comprised of activist singer/songwriters Sandy O. and Pat Humphries. Their music is progressive, socially-conscious, confrontational and shot-through with intelligence and cutting humor; their songs have been sung for the Dalai Lama, covered by Holly Near and they count the great Pete Seeger among their admirers. Newest disc 'Revolutions Per Minute' is a front-to-back gem." ~Iowa City Press-Citizen

emma's revolution is the duo of award-winning activist musicians, Pat Humphries & Sandy O. Called “Inspiring, gutsy and rockin’”, the duo is celebrating the release of their third cd, "Revolutions Per Minute", an electrifying soundscape of “rousing and soulful" songs of social conscience, in settings from intimate acoustic to full-on funk. Grand Prize winners in the John Lennon Songwriting Contest, the duo's songs create new standards in the art of social justice. Their songs "Peace, Salaam, Shalom" & "Keep on Moving Forward" are sung around the world, and their music has been featured on NPR's "All Things Considered" and Pacifica's "Democracy Now!"

Hear one of emma's revolution's latest songs "Feel the Wind" a jazzy, a cappella call for offshore wind energy.

Pat and Sandy are partners in life, love & justice. In the spirit of Emma Goldman's famous attribution, “If I can't dance, I don't want to be part of your revolution,” emma's revolution brings their uprising of truth, hope and a dash of healthy irreverence to concerts and peace & justice, environmental, LGBT & women's rights, immigration & human rights, and labor events around the world. Based in the Washington DC area, emma’s revolution has performed at more than a thousand events throughout the US and abroad. Join the revolution!

"Great melodies and harmonies with a driving beat that just makes you want to, well, RISE! [The songs on "RPM"] are anthemic songs in the folk tradition that are calls to action . . . truly exciting, fun, invigorating and right on point." ~WMNF Radio

"Across from the White House, we paused... We were arrested several hours later, having sung 'Peace Salaam Shalom' and 'All We Are Saying...' the entire time." ~Alice Walker, Pulitzer Prize Winning Author

"The powers that be can control the media but it's hard to stop a good song... Pat's songs will be sung well into the 22nd century." ~Pete Seeger on National Public Radio's "All Things Considered"

"The epitome of great contemporary political music." ~Sing Out!