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Twenty-four dedicated singers, songwriters, musicians, and Trade Unionists each one an IAM Member – traveled from all over the USA and Canada to W3 in July 2012 for a week of creating music and performing. Most had never met one another. They started working on Sunday and on Thursday of that same week, unioNation – performed a two-hour concert for a packed theater crowd which included International President Thomas Buffenbarger. President Buffenbarger was so impressed that he invited the entire group to perform at the 38th Grand Lodge Convention in Toronto, Ontario, Canada.
unioNation gathered once again in July of 2013 at W3 to record the first-ever IAMAW CD. The 25 songs you hear on this double CD are all original. Written, arranged, and performed by IAM members to create a new history for Labor music. I hope you enjoy.
To all the unioNation™ band members, the journey we have taken is the most amazing journey of my life. Your dedication, talent, and inspiration have touched my soul, which is a rare thing. We will never say goodbye, only “see you next time!” I thank each and every one for becoming my friend, Brother, and Sister. Until the next gig …
– Henry Bagwell