Dinner show with John Freeman

Fri, May 5, 2017 @ 5:30 pm to 7:30pm

Friday, May 5 / 5:30-7:30pm / No cover

John Freeman is a singer and songwriter in a number of local bands, including Celtic folk rockers The Codgers and working class Americana duo The Wagner Act. He’s also a published and celebrated poet.

From The Oakland Post:

Freeman grew up going to hear Irish pub music with his parents.  Growing up on the Detroit’s west side, the mood of the music resonated with him.

“A lot of my grandma’s family was related to Irish immigrants,” Freeman said.  His family has a legacy of labor activism.

The troubles of Ireland seemed to match those of Detroit for Freeman.

“The poverty, emptiness and violence sounded like the neighborhood I grew up in” Freeman said in reference to British repression, the slaughter of fighters in the 1798 Revolution and the Napoleonic Wars, according to http://www.oracleireland.com.

Although they play at other venues, such as the Magic Stick in Royal Oak, The Codgers always return to Corktown.

“We try to play in Corktown because it feels like home for us,” Freeman said.