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13th Annual feeney/winthrop Benefit Concert (Postponed due to COVID-19)

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(Postponed due to COVID-19

Sunday, March 15, 2020

To 2020 feeney/winthrop Concert Attendees,

Yesterday, Xavier College Preparatory, which has graciously hosted our St. Joseph the Worker Benefit Concerts for the past twelve years, made the understandable decision to close their facilities at least through the end of March.  This requires us to postpone our March 28 concert.

Although the current circumstances do not permit us to reschedule the concert to a specific date, our strong hope is that we will be able to hold the 13th annual concert sometime this year.

For those who would like a refund of their donation, please send an email to

Please follow us on Facebook (Feeney Winthrop) for updates.  If you go to you can join our mailing list, learn about our group’s history, view our videos, and listen to our music.

Thank you for your generous support of St. Joseph the Worker Job Service.


(Matt Feeney, Larry Winthrop, Pat Winthrop, Gerry Garcia, Luke Holton, and Ellen McWhirter) 

2020 feeney/winthrop CD Released

2020 has been a different year, no question. In the last nine months our individual and collective universe has shrunk; we are cautious about where we go and who we see. We’re concerned about public health announcements, government response, and community compliance. If we’re fortunate enough to still be employed, we’re likely working remotely, isolated from co-workers. Many of us are sharing this workspace with our children and, of necessity, supervising their remote learning. Travel out of state, or really anywhere of note, has been indefinitely postponed, and we’re in the middle of a holiday season without much opportunity to safely spend time with relatives and dear friends. And, last but certainly not least, many of us have lost someone we knew to this insidious virus.

Still, we feel a need to acknowledge this extraordinary year, its approaching end, and to believe that 2021 will be better, looking forward to a return to some normalcy sometime next spring or early summer.

The emotional connection through music and the innate pleasure it can provide can never be quarantined. Although at this moment we can’t share our music with you in person, we are excited to announce the release of our new album, “2020”.

The album contains our take on some old favorites, but also includes several original compositions. The new music reflects not only the loss or disruption of relationships we have experienced in 2020, but also the unique connection of love, and the optimism we have for the coming year and into the future.

We expect the new album to be available any day now on Apple Music, Amazon, and Spotify, where the songs may be sampled and downloaded. Additionally, we will be releasing a new music video each week featuring a song from the album. On our YouTube channel, we have posted the first four videos from the 2020 album, including a previously unreleased song and video, “Our Children.” You may access these videos by clicking here and, when you do so, please subscribe to our YouTube channel:

You may also click on the link below to watch the video for “Our Children,” which is an original song expressing confidence in the generation following ours—our generation has not always measured up to its potential and we will unfortunately be leaving a lot of clean-up work. Although the notion may be heretical in some circles, the so-called “Millennials” may very well be the next “Greatest Generation”:

Happy New Year!

Matt Feeney, Larry Winthrop, Luke Holton, Pat Winthrop and Ellen McWhirter

December, 2020


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Feeney/winthrop — featuring Valley legal stars — performs benefit concert

When forming a band and making music, lots of components come into play — songwriting, recording, genre, and harmony among band members are perhaps the most crucial aspects to a long-lasting and successful group. For members of Valley band feeney/winthrop, creating music is a creative outlet and has been since they formed the band more than 35 years ago. Members are vocalist Matthew P. Feeney, chair, Snell & Wilmer; guitarist and singer is Judge Lawrence F. Winthrop, Arizona Court of Appeals, Division One; piano player Luke Holton; Pat Winthrop; bass player Gerry Garcia; and Ellen McWhirter.

So how did these professionals come together to form the band?

“Back in 1984, when Matt and I were both working at Snell & Wilmer, I heard Matt was a singer and played the guitar,” Winthrop said, “so I introduced myself and basically invited myself into his next music practice, where he auditioned me. That led to a more formal arrangement with three of us, including Ellen McWhirter. We decided to name the band Turning the Tide, which was based on a book by Noam Chomsky, which was a piece of optimistic writing about social change.”

They continued as a trio into the early 1990s. McWhirter eventually left the band and Winthrop’s wife, Pat, joined the group in the late 1990s. Since the early 1990s, they have been known as feeney/winthrop. Holton joined the group five years ago and McWhirter rejoined the band in 2019.

“We’ve found it to be a useful vehicle to make contributions in our community in a variety of ways on behalf of a number of different groups including Andre House and St. Vincent de Paul and now for the last several years, St. Joseph the Worker,” Winthrop said.

Continue reading full article courtesy of AZBigMedia here.

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