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Thread #52969   Message #2554167
Posted By: meself
31-Jan-09 - 11:33 PM
Thread Name: Ed McCurdy CDs and LPs
Subject: RE: Ed McCurdy CDs and LPs
I performed on the same bill as Ed McCurdy at a small pro-peace event at Dalhousie University in the late '70s or early '80s, just after he had moved to Halifax. I had no idea who he was, although I was aware of the buzz concerning his move to Halifax. Anyway, we chatted, and he wanted to know all about who I was and what I was about, and was very encouraging ...

My other memory of him is from an after-party for the Atlantic Folk Festival, maybe that following summer. It was in one of those big old wooden Halifax houses, packed with exuberant revellers and musicians. Looking through a doorway into a room, I saw Ed McCurdy sitting straight-backed on a straight-backed wooden chair, both hands propped on top of a cane, singing Amazing Grace, in that deep, wonderful voice. The room was packed with a silent, spellbound crowd of young people, many sitting literally at his feet. Not exactly the big time, but it must have been a satisfying moment for him.