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Thread #125356   Message #2776288
Posted By: Don Firth
29-Nov-09 - 05:20 PM
Thread Name: Obit: Bess Lomax Hawes 1921-2009)
Subject: RE: Obit: Bess Lomax Hawes (Nov. 28, 2009)
I noted that too, Sandy.

I think that a lot of Mudcatters are sufficiently young that names like Lomax, Sandburg, Sharp, and other collectors and enthusiasts going even further back to include F. J. Child, Sir Walter Scott, Bishop Percy, et al., are denizens of some dim and distant past and vaguely unreal, like the gods of Mount Olympus. Had it not been for those who went before, there would have been no Kingston Trio, Peter Paul and Mary, Limeliters, and other such pop groups that some of the youngsters (!??) regard as "pioneers." Something about standing on the shoulders of giants?

Oh, the callowness of youth!

I look back on the Berkeley Folk Festivals with real gratitude for providing me with an opportunity to meet and talk with people like Bess Hawes, Alan Lomax, Charles Seeger, and a host of both academicians and performers who perpetuated the songs. And there are people today. Not all of them sing to arena-sized crowds or have stacks of CDs out, but they're there.

Don Firth