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Thread #73260   Message #1274934
Posted By: Peter T.
18-Sep-04 - 10:28 AM
Thread Name: Pete Seeger's last concert
Subject: RE: Pete Seeger's last concert
TOTAL BLISS!! Having missed Pete Seeger all those years (not being an obsessive folkie till I got here), I assumed I would never see him when he stopped really performing, and then to have THE WEAVERS (Cripes!) show up on the doorstep!! Got into line about 7, and got in -- can't tell you what a thrill it was just knowing I had got in. The Elgin was packed (old theatre, perfect place, everyone close), and we started off with the film (some sound problems at the outset, which was a laugh) -- a fine film, captures the Carnegie Hall concert well, and some of the history, just a great wallow. And then Roger Ebert came out, introduced Harold (Harold!) to a massive standing ovation, and then out came the Weavers, very simply, Eric Darling, Fred Hellerman, Ronnie Gilbert (who I had seen before), Pete Seeger (Pete Seeger!!!), and Eric Weissberg. They sang four songs, When the Saints, Music in My Mother's House, Wimoweh, and (surprise) Goodnight Irene. The most touching moments for me were when Pete did a little bango work (frail, not frailing), and, at the end of Irene, he took the verse that ended with: "Sing me one last song." And then they were gone. Man o man. The Weavers!! Man o man!! Still buzzing!!

yours,

Peter T.