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Thread #52969   Message #3539483
Posted By: PHJim
19-Jul-13 - 05:47 PM
Thread Name: Ed McCurdy CDs and LPs
Subject: RE: Ed McCurdy CDs and LPs
I first saw Ed at the Mariposa Folk Festival in Orillia, Ontario in 1961. He did a main stage performance and did a vocal workshop where he would criticise (positive and negative) the voices of volunteers from the audience.
My wife and I saw him at a later Mariposa (late '80s or early '90s)in Barrie. He and Jamie Snider were singing "Last Night I Had..." when Joan Baez came onto the stage and stuck her head between them and sang a harmony line.
During that same era, maybe a few years later, Ed came to Cobourg's Waterfront Festival and I was given the job of chauffeuring him around.
He told me what a thrill he had gotten from having Joan Baez comeout and sing with him. He had had a huge crush on her in the sixties. He flirted shamelessly with my wife and drew some lovely pictures for my kids.
He told the audience that he had changed the words of his famous song from "The room was filled with men" to "Filled with women and men." He even handed out lead sheets with the new words and had the audience sing along.
During dinner he recounted many tales of the people he had known and recounted anecdotes about his folk friends. An enjoyable weekend and a lovely man.