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15th Annual Benefit Concert

2023 Save the DateThe annual feeney/winthrop benefit concerts for St. Joseph the Worker began in 2008. These concerts have raised more than $500,000 for SJW's good work. Contributions to SJW qualify for an Arizona tax credit up to $400 if you are filing independently and up to $800 if you are filing jointly. SJW's mission over the past 34 years has been to connect disadvantaged, homeless, and transitioning individuals to quality jobs. SJW 's employment services help thousands of people secure quality employment each year. SJW removes employment barriers by providing interview clothing, transportation, resume assistance, and interview help. The only thing SJW's clients need is a willingness to work. SJW connects people directly to quality jobs rather than to workshops and trainings. SJW has relationships with dozens of employers to ensure more opportunities for livable wages, health insurance, and career advancement. Importantly, SJW 's program is based on the individual needs of each client. There are no cookie-cutter programs.

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Donate to SJW here: https://sjwjobs.org/donate/

Band Profile

Matt Feeney and Larry Winthrop have been making music together in Arizona for over 35 years, first as members of a folk trio (with Ellen Hawley McWhirter) called “Turning The Tide”. Following Ellen’s move from Arizona, Matt and Larry formed “feeney/winthrop” in the early 1990’s.  

A primary focus of the group since its formation has been benefit concerts supporting organizations that assist Phoenix’s homeless population. Since 2008, feeney/winthrop has performed an annual concert supporting St. Joseph The Worker Job Service, an organization devoted to finding full-time employment for the homeless. Through 2019, these concerts have raised more than $450,000.

Larry’s wife, Pat, joined the group in the late 1990’s. Gerry Garcia, who played bass in a band with Matt at the University of Notre Dame in the late 1970’s, travels across the country every year to participate in the annual concert. Matt’s sister, Kathleen, was a valued member of the group for several years, contributing her rich vocals and warm stage presence to the group. Kathleen has since moved to Iowa. Matt’s brother, Mike, served as the group’s recording engineer for many years until his death in 2008. In 2012, long-time friend and jazz pianist Luke Holton joined the group playing keyboards, producing and recording feeney/winthrop CDs at Snoring Dog Recording Studio. In 2019, Ellen Hawley McWhirter (referenced above as a member of Turning the Tide) joined feeney/winthrop, completing a musical circle and starting a new musical adventure.

To date, feeney/winthrop has recorded several CDs.  The group’s five most recent  CD’s (“Give Yourself to Love” (2011), “Simple Gifts – A Seasonal Offering” (2012), “Something Old, Something New” (2016), “Fellow Passengers” (2017), and “Love Will Win the Day” (2018)) and the singles, “The Fields of Bethlehem” (2011) and “Snow Day” (2015), are available through Amazon.com and iTunes. 

You can purchase their music here and view videos from previous performances here.

Luke Holton released his CD, "Now and Then" in 2019 which is available on iTunes, Amazon, and Spotify. For more info and to purchase click here.

2022 Band Photo

Left to right; Luke Holton, Matt Feeney, Pat Winthrop, Larry Winthrop, and Ellen McWhirter