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Thread #15317   Message #136188
Posted By: jamesjimfolk
14-Nov-99 - 11:29 PM
Thread Name: Tell me about Si Kahn...
Subject: RE: Tell me about Si Kahn...
Si is quite an interesting fellow. By now you have probably found his website and have learned a little more about him. In the late 80s I sung with a trio called "The Riverfront Ramblers." One of our group was the superintendent of a local school system. He often invited folk singers/writers to perform at school functions (he was an old folky from way back and just like to support the cause). I'll never forget meeting Si. He came to my friends home one evening and we played and sung together. Our group performed "Aragon Mill" for Si. He listened intently, then said he'd never heard it performed quite the way we did it (hope it was a compliment - at least it sounded like one).

Si is very political and in fact this was/is his first love (organizing to help labor unions, political causes etc.). He's very good at it. Folk music has always moved people to action and he takes full advantage of it.

Si is a very prolific song writer, but not a great singer. His voice makes him sound like he's about 70 years old, but I'd judge him to be in his mid to late 40s. Several years before I met him, a few of us drove to Indy to see Pete Seeger and Si perform. It was a great evening - one I'll never forget (Pete is getting up there - in his early 80s, I believe - I don't believe he is performing in public any longer). I hope you get to see Si perform some day (watch for him to come to your town - he usually comes with other performers - Arlo Gutherie for one).