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cetmst Favourite Performances You Were Lucky to See (105* d) RE: Favourite Performances You Were Lucky to See 16 Jul 07


At a college folk series in the late forties, Leadbelly, Richard Dyer-Bennet, Jerry and Susan Reed. At the same college reunions fifty years on, Jean Ritchie whom I missed the first time around, Susan Reed again and still a lovely lady, and Mike Seeger. At another college in the early fifties when he was still blacklisted, Pete Seeger. Pete Seeger and Arlo Guthrie at a concert in Columbia Maryland, Pete Seeger again with his grandson at a festival a few years ago in Westminster Maryland. Jean Ritchie again at a WAMI awards concert in Washington DC. Priscilla Herdman at a little restaurant in Ellicott City Maryland. Priscilla Herdman, Cindy Mangsen and Anne Hills at a church in Baltimore. Maggie Sansone when she was performing on street corners, county fairs and small retaurants and renaissance fairs all around Maryland and later performances of her Maggie's Music lineup. A National Geographic Society Christmas concert in Washington with, I think, Maggie Sansone, Bonnie Rideout, Robin Bullock, Sue Richards and Abbie Newton. Bonnie Rideout at a St. Andrew's Society dinner in Baltimore when she was eight months pregnant. Bonnie Rideout again at the British Embassy in Washington as part of a Smithsonian Institution program. Bonnie Rideout at a Scottish games festival at Loon Mountain in New Hampshire. Two of her Christmas Concerts at the Meyerhof in Baltimore. Bok, Muir and Trickett at a church in Washington. Odetta at Cranmore Mountain in North Conway NH.
One of the most memorable performances was when my wife and I were on one of our innumerable drives from Maryland to New Hampshire. After driving 550 miles we saw a sign advertising a Jean Redpath concert in a small church in Tamworth NH miraculously beginning just as we were there. The church was packed and we sat on the floor a few feet from her and were able to chat with her afterward. I don't recall what year that was but it was probably some time in the 80's when we were young enough to survive it.
Probably more that I don't recall at the moment, and all interspersed with classical and choral concerts, church solo and choir music - and numerous unclassifiable P.D.Q.Bach performances.


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