Charlotte singer release songs online video commemorating Loray Mill Strike

Nearly a century back, Ella May Wiggins wrote tunes to unite textile employees battling for better wages and greater doing work circumstances.

Charlotte-based mostly singer and musician Katie Oates hopes to go on bringing individuals collectively by commemorating Wiggins’ effort and hard work with Oates’ most current recording and audio video, “Here in Gastonia.”  

The music and songs video premiered in November on The Bluegrass Predicament, an on the web publication that promotes an array of bluegrass music.

Charlotte songwriter Si Kahn composed the tune in 2015 for the Mill Mother’s Lament CD job, which incorporated David Childers and other local musicians.  

“Here in Gastonia” pays tribute to Wiggins, who labored six evenings a 7 days at Loray Mill when raising five kids on her very own. She was shot and killed in 1929 for the duration of the infamous Loray Mill Strike. She died at age 28, just three days in advance of her birthday.