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Favourite Performances You Were Lucky to See

katlaughing 17 Apr 99 - 05:43 PM
Frank of Toledo 17 Apr 99 - 06:00 PM
John Hindsill 17 Apr 99 - 06:55 PM
Barbara Shaw 17 Apr 99 - 08:54 PM
catspaw49 17 Apr 99 - 10:03 PM
Art Thieme 17 Apr 99 - 10:05 PM
amy 17 Apr 99 - 10:07 PM
gargoyle 18 Apr 99 - 01:58 AM
gargoyle 18 Apr 99 - 02:05 AM
jofield 18 Apr 99 - 04:55 AM
bbelle 18 Apr 99 - 11:27 AM
The Shambles 18 Apr 99 - 12:28 PM
Rick Fielding 18 Apr 99 - 12:44 PM
Barry Finn 18 Apr 99 - 03:01 PM
karen k 18 Apr 99 - 03:18 PM
sparge 18 Apr 99 - 03:36 PM
katlaughing 18 Apr 99 - 03:43 PM
AllisonA(Animaterra) 18 Apr 99 - 03:48 PM
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Bob Schwarer 18 Apr 99 - 05:03 PM
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Subject: Favourite Performances You Were Lucky to See
From: katlaughing
Date: 17 Apr 99 - 05:43 PM

I was just reading some history on Altan and realised how fortunate I was to've seen them perform, when they were just starting out, at least in touring the US, when i worked at the Center for the Arts in westerly, RI, must've been about 1988/89. Frankie Kennedy was still alive and they'd just come out with their second cassette. I bought both. The concert hall was an old Catholic church the had converted, still with high ceilings, lovely light fixtures and an old choir loft. It was small enough for an intimate setting and close to St. Patrick's day. We almost raised the roof off that night. It was wonderful and have almost worn out the tapes I bought that night.

Another early great I saw that same year was a program called "Masters of the Steel String Guitar", which featured some really fantastic players, including Jerry Douglas and his first cassette. I fell in love with his dobro playing right then and there. There was also a guy from Hawaii who was great, can't remember his name, but now have found a great cd of Hawaiian slack-key guitar, Dancing Cat Records, "Hawaiian Slack Key Guitar Masters" Instrumental Collection, 1995.

The whole show was fabulous! Another I saw, who was pretty good that evening, but whose more commercial stuff now I cannot stand, was "little" Alison Kraus, this was before she went so mainstream and started whining through her nose!

Anyway, along those lines, what have been some of your more memorable performances, esp. those which might have been a once in a lifetime chance? I'd love to hear them.

Katlaughing/katlaf


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Subject: RE: Favourite Performances You Were Lucky to See
From: Frank of Toledo
Date: 17 Apr 99 - 06:00 PM

Letting my age show....Early in 1963 I was living in Dorchester, Massachusetts, working in a South Boston Irish bar singing my heart out on the old Hank Snow, Hank Williams, Kitty Wells, Lefty Frizzell and Webb Pierce. I was a member of the original Club 47 Folk Club in Cambridge, and saw Ed McCurdy and I'll never forget that booming voice on Simple Gifts accapella. Whatever happened to Ed?????


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Subject: RE: Favourite Performances You Were Lucky to See
From: John Hindsill
Date: 17 Apr 99 - 06:55 PM

Frank, if you think yours dates you, mine must date me. On a Saturday night in 1961/2 some friends and I were driving down Sunset Blvd. On a sandwhich board in front of a motel was noted that the Travelers 3 were appearing that very evening. We had only a few weeks seen them at Santa Monica City College. The show was in a meeting room at the motel converted into sort of a coffee house. The show was very loose and informal as compared to the SMCC concert. We spoke with them after the show; they were between major gigs but wanted to work new material.

Forward 9 or 10 years, my wife and I and another couple driving home from dinner saw that Louis Jordan and his Timpani Five were appearing at a little club. In we went. During intermission a good looking guy wearing a bulky sweater came in; my wife whispered "isn't that...?" When the band came back they introduced...and we were treated to a set by Johnny Mathis.

About Ed McCurdy, I agree he was one great performer (alas never saw him). If alive he would now be about 80. The last I did hear, about 10 years ago, he was in poor health.


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Subject: RE: Favourite Performances You Were Lucky to See
From: Barbara Shaw
Date: 17 Apr 99 - 08:54 PM

I saw Bill Monroe at the Gettysburg Bluegrass Festival (Pennsylvania) a couple of years before he died. For the afternoon performance, people started filing into their seats in the hot sun, on the side lawns, in the shaded tent at the back, everywhere. When his showtime came, they delivered him to the backstage area in a golf cart. The entire audience stood to watch the cart rolling along, with people cheering, clapping, crying. When he walked out onto the stage, the field erupted again with the most amazing cheers and tears.

It was like watching the pope arrive, almost a spiritual experience. Not just because of this man, this icon who named the music we all love and who played it and defined it so well, but for the whole lifestyle. Every one of us there realized that because of this man, we were immersed in a sub-culture that brought us so much joy, so many new friends and so much music. The tears were thank-you's to him for giving us bluegrass.

The man was in his 80's, but he put on an incredible performance. During one number, he started hunching over and slowly drooping closer to the floor with each verse. We all craned our necks to watch him, afraid that something was wrong. Finally one of the band members asked another what was going on, speaking into the vocal mic. The other answered, "Bill's just GETTIN' DOWN!"


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Subject: RE: Favourite Performances You Were Lucky to See
From: catspaw49
Date: 17 Apr 99 - 10:03 PM

circa '69----in DC at a rally, hanging out pickin' and singin' at duPont Circle and Rock Creek Park. Someone said we oughta' go to some club or another and "catch this chick with a GREAT voice"...we did...loved her...a few years later so did everyone else---Roberta Flack.

Told this one before...early 70's, Hindmann Settlement School, Hindmann, KY. We were part of the weekend program which featured Jean Ritchie. Sitting backstage listening to her sing "Dear Companion" for the umpteenth hundred time, I realized that it was like hearing it for the first. Outdoor stage, mountains all 'round, just a few miles from her family home in Viper......just simply magic. Much greatness in her common touch...the classiest of artists.

I lived in Nashville for about 4 years and the best thing was that in the main, the "stars" were just nice, plain folks. Another couple and myself had bought a home on Old Hickory (nothing "hinky or kinky" here-just the best of friends pooling their resources). You turned at Twitty City, drove past Waylon Jennings and Johnny Cash homes about half a mile to ours. Tour buses turned in our driveway. Always had the feeling the guy on the bus was saying, "We're turning around here at the home of a complete nobody and total asshole." Anyway, stars played softball in Hendersonville's league, shopped at Kroger, as I said...folks. One evening I'm at the mall in J.C.Penney and the guy shopping for shirts next to me starts asking whether I think these are still decent pullovers. I didn't look over at first and we talked shirts for a minute or so before I turned to see it was Ricky Skaggs, starting toward the top about then. We each bought a couple and he said to come down and see him, skip the cover, he'd leave our name. When we did a week or so later I was surprised that he actually remembered who I was...asked from the stage if I was happy with the shirts, said he was (both of us were wearing one). Nice evening...he is of course a great picker! That's been about 15 years ago and every time I see him on the tube, I wonder if he still goes to JCP.

catspaw


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Subject: RE: Favourite Performances You Were Lucky to See
From: Art Thieme
Date: 17 Apr 99 - 10:05 PM

Early 60's. A bunch of us had taken an apartment in Chicago as a party pad. Was on Sedgwick Street about 4 doors North of Lincoln above a club/bar known as Old Town North. I came downstairs to that bar one evening on my way to a gig and Furry Lewis was there. Around 80 years old at the time, he wasn't what he had once been, but it sure was a thrill to see and hear him & his banjo. "Stealin'" & "Walk Right In" never sounded so good.

Art


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Subject: RE: Favourite Performances You Were Lucky to See
From: amy
Date: 17 Apr 99 - 10:07 PM

i dont know if any of you are familiar with ed hamell, aka hamell on trial. he's a really unique and incredibly energetic performer from upstate new york who made a name for himself in austin. moved to new york city a couple of years ago and for some odd reason did a show at this little unknown place in the middle of nowhere, three hours from the city. how many people in the audience? myself and one other person. ed took it all in stride and did a full 2 hour show for us, complete with converstaion in between songs. i felt bad for him, travelling all that way, but wow. what a performance, and private too!!


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Subject: RE: Favourite Performances You Were Lucky to See
From: gargoyle
Date: 18 Apr 99 - 01:58 AM

The Who


Billy Grahm's "Winter Garden" S.F. 1971

Keith Moon was so stoned they had to stop the concert twice.

Finally a member of the audience - filled in on the drums - and completed the set.


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Subject: RE: Favourite Performances You Were Lucky to See
From: gargoyle
Date: 18 Apr 99 - 02:05 AM

Nitty Gritty Dirt Band

H.S.C.1970

...completed their gig....11:00 p.m.
asked the audience for housing for the night....

dispersed into five different areas of the community and continued drinking, smoking and jamming with the locals until 4:00 a.m.


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Subject: RE: Favourite Performances You Were Lucky to See
From: jofield
Date: 18 Apr 99 - 04:55 AM

c. 1960 -- (from the 'coke' [Coca-Cola] section, being under 21) Duke Ellington and his Orchestra at Storyville, Boston. I asked him where his guitar player was. He looked a little surprised and said he hadn't carried one in several years -- I had momentarily confused his personnel with Basie and was looking for Freddie Green. I'd felt like an idiot, but I'm glad I can say I spoke with him once.

c. 1963 -- Clarence and Roland White playing with the Kentucky Colonels in Los Angeles. (The era of the Clarence vs. Doc arguments.)

c. 1964 -- Bill Monroe and George Jones jamming backstage at Madison Square Garden. George was feeling no pain and belted out bluegrass songs while simultaneously mocking the bluegrass guitar style -- only he could get away with that in Monroe's presence.

many times, '60s -- Doc Watson with Tom 'Clarence' Ashley and Co.

many times, '60s -- Butterfield Blues Band with Mike Bloomfield, Elvin Bishop, Jerome, and Sam Lay.

1968 -- The Count Basie Orchestra in a relatively intimate setting (my dad's 25th college reunion). I asked him if they still did various old tunes. After 2 or 3 'no's, I mentioned "Moten Swing", one of the oldest, which they promptly played.

many times, '80s -- The Neville Brothers.

Well, this has been fun -- for me. Not sure how it enlightens anyone else.

James.


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Subject: RE: Favourite Performances You Were Lucky to See
From: bbelle
Date: 18 Apr 99 - 11:27 AM

Early 70's ... Original Doobie Brothers concert at Constitution Hall, Washington, D.C. ... Billy Joel opened and played all of his Piano Man album, which had not been released. He was arrogant and played to hisses and boos. I still think Piano Man was his best.

Mid 70's ... Pete Seeger and Arlo Guthrie concert at Constitution Hall, Washington, D.C., ... 3,000 people of all ages singing Guantanamera in 4-part harmony.

Mid 70's ... Gordon Lightfoot at Constitution Hall ... grizzled looking, he muttered one of my all-time favorite lines "I feel like a bear turd rolled in fish hooks."

moonchild


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Subject: RE: Favourite Performances You Were Lucky to See
From: The Shambles
Date: 18 Apr 99 - 12:28 PM

Tom Paxton playing to hundreds of thousands of mostly rock fans, at The Isle Of Wight Festival. It was magic, he just could't do a thing wrong and held them ALL.


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Subject: RE: Favourite Performances You Were Lucky to See
From: Rick Fielding
Date: 18 Apr 99 - 12:44 PM

The Rev. Gary Davis at the Mariposa Festival in the sixties. He had been "under the weather" the night before 'cause some well-meaning but stupid young finger pickers had been pushing a lot of bourbon on him. The artistic director was worried that Gary's performance the following night might also be bad and was offering to pay him off in order to save further embarrassment. Gary asked for another chance, and his performance that night was one of the defining moments of my life. He finished with "Death don't Have No Mercy" and 5000 people were absolutely stunned for several seconds before jumping to their feet and screaming for more. The next act, Leonard Cohen waited several minutes before taking the stage.


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Subject: RE: Favourite Performances You Were Lucky to See
From: Barry Finn
Date: 18 Apr 99 - 03:01 PM

Went to see DeDannan back some time ago. The place was at an Irish bar in Downtown Boston (Black Rose) they had a sort of elevated stage area. After the first set was done they said they'd like to bring out some friends to do a bit of singing, out walks Lou Killen after a couple of songs out comes the Waterson crowd. A lot of the Irish musicians in the crowd weren't impressed but for some of us it was heaven. Later in the evening I went to a music party at a friends house turns out that friend was also close to most of DeDannan. They all got to playing & singing with some of the others that had been in the crowd, most sat out or sat by but likes of a few like Jerry O'Sullivan & Seamus Connelly & a couple others. God what an evening, it was like a lifetime of music squeezed into a moment. Barry


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Subject: RE: Favourite Performances You Were Lucky to See
From: karen k
Date: 18 Apr 99 - 03:18 PM

Back from 65 to 69 I helped run a small coffeehouse in the basement of a church in New Britain, CT. It was there that I heard, on more than one occasion, the likes of Bukka White, Mississippi John Hurt, Rev. Gary Davis, Jesse Fuller, Son House, Doc Watson and once with his son Merle, Eric Anderson and many others. The place was small and the concerts were intimate and the conversation was wonderful.

What was best about it was that I was the only one who had a spare bedroom and so they all stayed at my house and I got to know them. These are memories I will cherish forever.

k


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Subject: RE: Favourite Performances You Were Lucky to See
From: sparge
Date: 18 Apr 99 - 03:36 PM

Stan Rogers at Mc Cabe's. Just a few days before his death, Stan played Mc Cabes guitar shop in Southern California. He was and the band were everything one wanted them to be.


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Subject: RE: Favourite Performances You Were Lucky to See
From: katlaughing
Date: 18 Apr 99 - 03:43 PM

Okay, when I started this thread, I should have said this, but I didn't so am now, for those of us who were in the folkscene early, then lost track, or those of us who've always been on the fringe with our own thing, or those of us who are just plain new to the scene, it would be helpful if those of you who know who you are talking about would either put in a link to some examples of that person's work or tell us a little bit more about them.

I was a little young during hippiedom, although I liked to think I was one and KNOW I am now, but because of that I am sorry to admit, I don't know who some of these people are and often don't have the time to go hunt them down. There...I've let my ignorance be known. Anyone else?

Thanks!

katlaughing/katlaf


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Subject: RE: Favourite Performances You Were Lucky to See
From: AllisonA(Animaterra)
Date: 18 Apr 99 - 03:48 PM

I was happy to see John Gorka at one of the first Falconridge Folk Festivals. The best part of it was, he was pretty much unknown and was just blown away by being able to stand around and talk with giants (his words) like Tom Paxton, Priscilla Herdman, and yes folks, Sandy and Caroline Paton!
Allison


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Subject: RE: Favourite Performances You Were Lucky to See
From: LEJ
Date: 18 Apr 99 - 04:19 PM

The Doors, Halloween night 1967.First time I'd ever actually seen real Hippies, and in Halloween costumes too. I was on a first date with a very pretty young girl who was just as shy as I was at 17 yrs old.I remember Morrison speaking from the stage saying " Yeah, you know that pretty little girl next to you? Well, just slide your hand right over her thigh...Yeah! She likes it!"

Also Telluride Blues Festival in 1977. I saw John Lee Hooker, Muddy Waters and Lightnin Hopkins. It was hot and dusty and there were a lot of folks jumping in a creek full of ice-cold water going about 10 miles per hour.


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Subject: RE: Favourite Performances You Were Lucky to See
From: Bob Schwarer
Date: 18 Apr 99 - 05:03 PM

Back in the '70s there was to be an outdoor doings in New Orleans featuring Willie Nelson. We lived only about 20 miles west so wife says "let's go". OK, but then a clod turned up in the churn. The New Orleans police went on strike. That's fine, who the hell needs them anyhow.(that's another story). Well, Willie says "I support the cops so I won't be coming". Well the sub was Jerry Lee Lewis. I says who the hell wants to see him? Wife says we are going.....(lots of periods). Turned out to be one of the best shows I ever went to. He was great. He anchored a bunch that included Asleep At the Wheel, Ricky Skaggs, Lacey J. Dalton(another great performer), & some others that slip my poor memory. But I'll never forget Jerry beating the hell out of that piano.

Went plenty of times to see Willie before & since so I figure I didn't miss anything by his not showing.

Oh, footnote. George Jones was supposed to be there too. He didn't show.

Bob S.


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Subject: RE: Favourite Performances You Were Lucky to See
From: Tiger
Date: 18 Apr 99 - 05:31 PM

My favorite memory - Mississippi John Hurt one afternoon at Carnegie Hall when I was supposed to be at school.

,,,,Tiger


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Subject: RE: Favourite Performances You Were Lucky to See
From: Tucker
Date: 18 Apr 99 - 08:30 PM

KarenK, Darlin' you wandered into every old folkies dream, must have been a show


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Subject: RE: Favourite Performances You Were Lucky to See
From: mountain tyme
Date: 18 Apr 99 - 09:45 PM

Been in the right place at the right time a whole bunch. Picked a bunch with Roy Acuff in the 50's when he did a lone act with the original Chevy Chase all over Europe. Picked some back stage with Hank Williams, Audry Williams, Reno & Smiley, Hank Snow, Monroe, Lester Flatt, Stanley Bros. @ Sunset Park. Picked several times a week with Dylan in 61-62 in the Village along with Tom Paxton, Carolin Hester, Buffy, Janis Ian, Richy Havens, Greenbriar Boys, Dave VanRonk an a bunch a'others who i've forgotten or never made it. Was watching Monroe on stage at a festival when he introduced a man he hadn't sang with in "25 years" and out walked his brother Charlie. Birch was on the double-bass an Jimmy Martin fancy jacket and all was on the guitar. Picked a bunch in the parking lot with Kenny Baker, Doc Watson, Wayne Lewis, Sonny Miller, Ed Ferris, Wendy Miller an the JMB. Went to see a friends band open for a "big name act" place was packed standing room only, hard to get a ciggy out of my shirt pocket and when they were done out walked Jerry Lee Lewis. This was his first gig after his fatefull marrage to his young cousin. His young wife just leaned on the back of that piano thru the entire set, staring into each others eyes anyone could plainly see them two really liked each other a whole bunch. The way they looked at each other still haunts me today. Tomorrow's another day but yesterday wer'nt bad!


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Subject: RE: Favourite Performances You Were Lucky to See
From: JVZ
Date: 18 Apr 99 - 09:58 PM

In 1968, my college was visited by The Mitchell Trio. I had a couple of their albums from when they were the Chad Mitchell Trio, but Chad had left and was replaced by a new guy.

Two years later, I was in Vietnam with a kid that we called Dutch (His name was Deutchendorf) who was the younger brother of that new guy that I saw in concert with the Mitchell Trio. He had a big mouth and was always bragging about him and his brother. He would play tapes of his brother singing original songs and swore that he was going to be a star. I told him that, although I kind of liked the stuff, I was country music bred; and this type of music would never catch on.

And that is the story of how I saw John Denver in concert in 1968 and was with his brother in Vietnam in 1970.

John


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Subject: RE: Favourite Performances You Were Lucky to See
From: Margo
Date: 18 Apr 99 - 10:20 PM

This isn't folk, but..............

I was very lucky to see the famous passion play performed in Oberammergau, Germany.

When the plague was ravaging Europe, the city elders of the high mountain village got together and prayed. They asked that the deaths from plague be abated, and in exchange they'd put on this passion play every ten years.

The stage is outdoors. The audience sits under a roof, and the actors are in the open air. Natural lighting, and the occasional bird flying through gave the performance a wonderful authenticity.

The singing is operatic and performed by a chorus who appears and leaves alternately. Photographing is not permitted. But that didn't stop me. I had just bought a new telephoto lens which enabled me to get some wonderful shots.

But the lens was not compatible with my camera, and there was a light distortion in all the pictures. It wasn't bad, but it was very fitting for the last tableau: I'll bet that no one else has a photo from that performance of Jesus on the cross with a ring of light all around him.

It was beautifully done, and I felt lucky to be there.

Margie


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Subject: RE: Favourite Performances You Were Lucky to See
From: Mudjack
Date: 19 Apr 99 - 12:49 AM

Seeing Kate Wolf at the UCR Barn wrapping up her concert tour from Austin City Limits. She looked tired but gave a heart warming concert, I sat in the front row and became totally infactuated by her music and stage presence. I discovered that later she had a rebout with luekemia. Utah Phillips had to finish her concert dates and yes, We have Kate to Thank for bringing the Golden Voice back on to the center stage. My memory of Kate will always be a vivid memory of how she sang "Some Kind Of Love". As I think about all the concerts I've attended, her's stands out as the most memorable. Jack...


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Subject: RE: Favourite Performances You Were Lucky to See
From: McMusic
Date: 19 Apr 99 - 01:01 AM

Pete Seeger at the Augusta Heritage Vocal Week in 1996.


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Subject: RE: Favourite Performances You Were Lucky to See
From: mobmmbr
Date: 19 Apr 99 - 02:57 AM

Harry Chapin @ the Ramstein Air Base NCO Club.....He had just done a Show at the O Club (they had to pay for admission) then he came to the NCO club and did a free show for us enlisted folks...I bought him a couple of beers and cried when he did "Mr. Tanner", is the name I think, Just Harry and his guitar. And taxi was haunting with him and four members of the audience for backup. I get chills as I type..........what a show.


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Subject: RE: Favourite Performances You Were Lucky to See
From: Night Owl
Date: 19 Apr 99 - 03:14 AM

Sonny Terry and Brownie McGee---mid-sixties. Myself and four other students in college had worked hard to start a folk music club...along with a professor who played twelve string Blues guitar. We were all pleasantly surprised at the quality of the various performers who agreed to come for concerts. The five of us were responsible for doing the "grunt" work...making sure the performers' had places to stay, food and (ummm) water. I remember nothing about Sonny Terry and Brownie McGee's concert that night, but we had arranged for them to stay at the professor's house. After the performance, at the professor's house, Sonny Terry and Brownie McGee started playing, relaxed...and clearly not wanting to retire for the night. We ended up "jamming" until dawn (I think I only knew three chords at the time). In my ignorance at the time, I had no idea who they were...nor the legends they would become.....but vividly remember how exciting the music was for me, how patient they were in feeding the baseline to me to play along...and how absolutely thrilled our professor was.

#2 Newport Folk Festival 196?; sitting in the parking lot of the local laundramat, just playing around with our guitars--waiting for our clothes to dry. A woman walked up with her guitar slung behind her back and asked if we minded if she joined us......she played with us for a while and left. We realized later that night, during the stage show, that the woman was Joan Baez.


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From: Roger the zimmer
Date: 19 Apr 99 - 06:06 AM

A single concert at the Hammersmith Odeon with Willie Dixon, Bukka White (on what must have been one of his last appearances), Eddie Cleanhead Vinson, Big Joe Turner and Terry/Mcghee. The last pair were the only ones I ever managed to see again, the only pity was that each artist could only do a couple of numbers.


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From: Blue Shack
Date: 19 Apr 99 - 01:20 PM

Y'all put me to shame. But probably the best I ever heard was Jerry Jeff Walker, all acoustic, in a small wood paneled concert hall--sort of a caberet--in the late 80's. I also thought Jerry Lee Lewis was wonderful in concert; he had the voice and the theatrics for it. Merle Haggard, with his powerful sound, was good too.


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From: katlaughing
Date: 19 Apr 99 - 01:28 PM

Ah, Blue Shack, how could I forget Jerry Jeff? when I worked in sales at the local country western radio station, I sold a live concert remote to a company that did an outdoor, out on the prairie, in a hollow, concert with Jerry Jeff. Warm breeze, hot sunshine, everybody just a little crazy and me with carte blanche to wander around the whole venue. What a blast! It was fantastic! Also was the first time I ever heard anything by Mannheim Steamroller, the sound system guy tested it with their first LP, "Fresh Aire".

At another radio station, my kids were thrilled to meet, up close and personal, "Night Ranger", with autographs and all. My son's name is Colin; he was thrilled to find one of them had just had a baby boy and named him Colin.

This was all between 1980 & 1983


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From: Vixen
Date: 19 Apr 99 - 01:58 PM

Got two favorite shows, both due to weather...

In 1975/6 or so, summertime anyway, a hurricane was predicted for Southern New England. At the last minute, it was downgraded to a tropical storm, but there we were, at the Westerly Center for the Arts (pretty cool, eh Katlaughing?) all 10 or 12 of us, sitting on the stage with Pete Seeger and the crew from Clearwater singing along as the storm howled around the building.

In 1985/6 or so, wintertime, a major blizzard was predicted for Southern New England. At the last minute, it was downgraded to a flurry--no more than an inch. But there we were, at Conn College's Palmer Auditorium with Jack Hardy and a crew of songwriters from Fast Folk. What a blast. There were maybe half a dozen in the audience. We all got a bit of a shock when we cleared out at midnight to find 10" of snow on the ground.

V


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From: katlaughing
Date: 19 Apr 99 - 02:02 PM

V; must have been a great drive home! Guess we just missed at the Center! kat


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Subject: RE: Favourite Performances You Were Lucky to See
From: Sandy Paton
Date: 19 Apr 99 - 02:14 PM

Great memories of many, of course. I've been working this side of the street for a long time. F'rintance: Horton Barker, blind, 74-year-old ballad singer from Chilhowie, Virginia, standing alone in the center of the stage at Newport (1963?) singing "I once was lost, but now I'm found; was blind but now I see," to that huge audience.

Cisco Houston, in New York for those Vanguard sessions that proved to be his last (stomach cancer), helping to pay his way by gigging at the Village Gate (I think it was). Immense, empty barn of a place; about fifteen kids sitting around the stage to hear him, probably the ones I'd overheard at Izzy Young's Folklore Center asking, "Cisco Houston! My God, is he still alive?" Cisco joined me between sets (I'd gotten to know him in California) and, as we sat there, he shook his head and looked around the empty room. "Sandy," he said, "I don't know what I'm doing in a place like this. I'm just a bare-assed ballad singer. I don't belong here." That was the last time I saw him. Another man done gone.

Sandy


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From: Liam's Brother
Date: 19 Apr 99 - 02:18 PM

Hedy West at The Newport Folk Festival about 1964.

Robert Pete Williams and Rev Gary Davis at The Berkeley Folk Festival in 1966.

Johnny Shines, Sunnyland Slim, Willie Dixon, Walter Horton et al in NYC and San Francisco in 1969.

Liam O'Flynn and Paul Brady jamming in an apartment in Edinburgh about 1972.

Ewan MacColl in London in the early '70s.

Steve Goodman at The Main Point in Philadelphia the night his father died (about 1976); the only time I ever saw/heard him but what a performance!

Peter Bellamy, Lou Killen, Joe Burke and Joe McKenna at The Eagle Taven in NYC in the '70s, separately and singularly brilliant.


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Subject: RE: Favourite Performances You Were Lucky to See
From: Peter T.
Date: 19 Apr 99 - 02:39 PM

I've told this story elsewhere here I think, but when I lived in Cambridge, England one year in the early 70's I there was an evening devoted to various kinds of regional folk artists, and I heard that they had arranged one night with Tim Hardin as the top of the bill. I had never seen him, but I had heard what a mess he was. He was touring England and Scotland on his last legs, just before he died so stupidly young. In actual hard fact, it was a scary, dreadful evening: the other acts were all clog dancers and god knows what (I thankfully forget). When Tim came on, he looked like death, and it was not clear that he was going to make it through the show, and also the management didn't seem to have a clear idea who he was. They seem to have assumed he was going to play about 20 minutes. It took him about that long to find his chair. At about 11:30, the manager of the theatre came in and said that we all had to go home, and no one moved. They eventually had to call the police. He played every song he ever wrote, and some he had probably forgotten. At one point someone shouted from the audience: "It's a long road, Tim!", and he just stopped and teared up and thanked everyone for sticking along. It was every cliche you have ever seen about the drugged out star and his devoted, long-suffering fans. And it was all wonderful.

Yours, Peter T.


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From: Rick Fielding
Date: 20 Apr 99 - 12:31 PM

Great (and sad) story Peter. Wish my one shot at seeing Tim Hardin had been better.


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From: The Shambles
Date: 20 Apr 99 - 05:22 PM

I was lucky to see The Beatles, when I was a mere lad of thirteen. I say see because I could not honestly say I heard them, as it was the jelly baby throwing and screaming period. I did see and hear. on the same bill Eric Clapton playing with the Yardbirds, which was good, oh and Freddie And The Dreamers?


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Subject: RE: Favourite Performances You Were Lucky to See
From: Bill D
Date: 20 Apr 99 - 06:26 PM

oh, lordy...so many!

1961..Pete Seeger in Wichita Kansas..little old ladies standing up singing along..(me too!)
...same year...New Lost City Ramblers..(small crowd) 1962..The Beers Family..3 years later, at Wichita State U., I was privileged to help Bob Beers carry his psaltry up in an elevator and stand over his shoulder while he practiced...
1971(I think)..The first Walnut Valley festival (National Flat-picking championships)..saw Norman Blake, Doc Watson & Dan Crary play together...and either that year or the year after, the first time Doc Watson played with Merle Travis
..1974..Bryan Bowers at The Cellar Door in Wash. DC...(stuck my hand up when he asked for help carrying his 'harps back up to dressing room..later that week had him over for supper and told him about Winfield...and he told his agent..)
..1977-78..E.C. & Orna Ball at the National Folk Festival...wow!!
..1977-82..Jean Redpath several times..including 3 straight nights at a club..(she looked down at me in the first row the 3rd night and said, "I think you must be a glutton for punishment..")
..1980-81..chatted with Peter Bellamy after a concert in Wash DC, where he informed me that .."this tape is the BEST thing I've ever done"..someone told me he said that about EVERYTHING as soon as it was released..
..one night about 6-7 years ago, at our local open sing, Tom Paley came in and joined us...(he was in the area, so..*grin*)...and I played "Storms Are on the Ocean" on the autoharp, and when I looked up after verse two I saw he had his fiddle , so I nodded him a break..knowing it would work..it was great

but the BEST moment ...for me, was just 5 or 6 years ago, when the Copper Family gave a concert in D.C...it was the first stop of their tour, and they had a number of copies of their book, which they had personally scrounged from used bookstores in England!! ..just to have something to to offer us!..being early, I got one..(8-9 copies gone in 10 minutes)...and then they sang, and were astounded that we KNEW their songs and sang along...and at the end,watching them...especially Bob Copper, almost in tears at at resounding standing ovation. They said they they had no idea that that many people here really knew their music..(and it was a WONDERFUL concert!!)

....there were others...but I gotta go think...


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From: dwditty
Date: 20 Apr 99 - 09:01 PM

One dark and stormy night in 1975, I went to see Jimmy Buffet at the Shaboo in Connecticut. About 20 people showed up, so Jimmy broke out all acoustic and proceded to get the audience just as drunk as he was. Other great shows I have seen: Janis Joplin, Jerry Jeff Walker, Dave Van Ronk, Eric Andersen, The Who, Procol Harum, The Band, Dan Hicks, Tom Waits, Leon Redbone, Country Joe & the Fish, Bonnie Raitt, Eric Von Schmidt, Goeff Muldaur, Emmy Lou Harris, Doc Watson, Vassar Clements, Chris Smither, Dewey Burns (God rest his soul), Blues Project, Olatunji, Frank Zappa, Neil Young, Drink Small (If you ever saw him, you'd never forget him), Tracy Nelson, Ry Cooder, Randy Newman, Taj Mahal, Michelle Shocked, Greatful Dead, Allman Bros, John Hammond, Dr. John, Speckled Red, Willie Nelson, Merle Haggard, It's a Beautiful Day, Everly Bros, BB King, ...


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Subject: RE: Favourite Performances You Were Lucky to See
From: Charlie Baum
Date: 21 Apr 99 - 12:23 AM

Lots of times come to mind, like Jean Ritchie last Saturday night in Washington, DC (how often does one get to hear a national treasure with the consciousness that one is doing so at the time?), or Stan Rogers at the Sounding Board in West Hartford, Connecticut, about a year before he died, and where he explained how he came to write "The Mary Ellen Carter". Or one evening at Augusta Vocal Week in Elkins, WV as vocal week drew to a close in 1984, and I was at a small sing-around with Jean Ritchie and Helen Schneyer and Norman Kennedy and Ethel Raim and Craig Johnson, and maybe 15 other people.

And I remember one evening in February, 1978. A great blizzard had shut down the city of Boston, Mass. But the late Marshall Dodge was scheduled to give a lecture/demonstration on region types of humor at one of the houses at Harvard University. He lived just a few blocks from Harvard at the time, so the event was on, and I walked the hour or so from my home in Brookline through the snowdrifted streets to hear him. It was worth the cold walk. He showed the compression of Maine humor and the expansion in Texas jokes. And I had a long walk home to mull over his stories and repeat them to myself until they worked themselves into my memory.

--Charlie Baum


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Subject: RE: Favourite Performances You Were Lucky to See
From: Bill D
Date: 21 Apr 99 - 12:59 PM

ohhh!! almost forgot...In 1958 or 59, I heard Mahalia Jackson in a highschool auditorium!!...My friends, there is no way to exaggerate the power and wonder of that voice! This was before I knew really what folk and traditional music were, and I had barely heard of HER...but I remember that rare feeling of the hair on the back of my neck standing up....


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Subject: RE: Favourite Performances You Were Lucky to See
From: bill\sables
Date: 21 Apr 99 - 08:48 PM

When I was a kid the only folk type songs around were the likes of Froggy went a Courtin, and Big Rock Candy Mountain These were sung by an old man called Burl Ives who lived in that far off land America. When I grew up I went to work for a T.V. station and we did a programme called Stars on Sunday One day Burl Ives was guest on the programme and he hadn't got any older. We chatted for about an hour about his songs. I worked 16 years for that company and met many "big stars" but the one I will always remember was Burl Ives. Cheers Bill


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From: katlaughing
Date: 21 Apr 99 - 11:09 PM

Bill/sables: that must have been wonderful! Burl Ives has always been one of my favourites from childhood. I still have a little beat-up old paperback crammed with his songs.

katlaughing


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From: GUEST
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From: Phil Cooper
Date: 16 Apr 02 - 06:28 PM

Richard & Linda Thompson when Pour Down Like Silver was released in 1975. I was a college student in London, they play at the Theatre Royal with John Kirkpatrick,Dave Mattacks, and Dave Pegg as the band. One of the few concerts I've ever been too where I was mesmerized through the whole thing.


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From: Amergin
Date: 16 Apr 02 - 07:02 PM

Last October i went and saw Andy M. Stewart at one of the local pubs...the performance was wonderful...but what really made it memorable was the fact I actually got to meet him...speak with him for a bit and got him to sign a freshly bought copy of his songbook....very nice man...

I also got to see theGreatful Dead a couple of months before Jerry died...and the love of the crowd made that one of the best shows I have ever seen of anybody....made me realise that sometimes the audience can make the show....


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Subject: RE: Favourite Performances You Were Lucky to See
From: Amos
Date: 16 Apr 02 - 07:15 PM

Dylan singing "Mister Tambourine Man" at the Newport Folk Festival in '65, I believe -- or was it '66?

There was something in the air that night....

A


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Subject: RE: Favourite Performances You Were Lucky to See
From: Jerry Rasmussen
Date: 16 Apr 02 - 07:38 PM

A long list, starting with Mississippi John Hurt, Reverend Gary Davis and Jesse Fuller. It was a great honor to hear some of the older musicians who were "revived" briefly in the sixties. I could add Doc Watson, Almeida Riddle, the Fairfield Four (ten years ago when they had a wonderful lead singer) and in a couple of weeks, the Dixie Hummingbirds, who my quartet will be opening for.

Jerry


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From: Celtic Soul
Date: 16 Apr 02 - 08:20 PM

The Poor Clares, Clandestine, Cuckanandy...wow. They all rock.


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Subject: RE: Favourite Performances You Were Lucky to See
From: Jim the Bart
Date: 16 Apr 02 - 10:41 PM

Alan Fraser & Daisy DeBolt with Ian Gunther spent a week in DeKalb in 1969 that absolutely changed my life.

Thank you.
Bart


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Subject: RE: Favourite Performances You Were Lucky to See
From: Rolfyboy6
Date: 16 Apr 02 - 11:12 PM

Bill Monroe at the Calif. BG Assn's Father's Day Festival in the mid 80s was my second favorite. Old, somewhat failing, he came off his bus and KILLED. He still had a right hand rhythm to die for.

My all time favorite was at the Fillmore West in 1968. B.B. King, determined to break out of the chitlin circuit and into a wider audience, appeared several times (thanks Bill Graham). With one of his greatest bands, Sonny Freeman and the Originals, B.B. gave performances stronger than anyone I've ever seen, stronger than any he's given since. He was still in his forties then and the fire was hot. He did all his early classics from the fifties and early sixties. I still remember 'Sweet Sixteen' and 'Worry, worry' and 'Sweet Little Angel'.

At the end of the regular program he would invite all the rockstars up on stage to play. At the end of the jam sessions there was figurative blood all over the stage and wasn't none of it B.B.'s. I've never seen anything like it since. B.B. accomplished what he set out to do.


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From: Robin2
Date: 16 Apr 02 - 11:51 PM

Joe Cocker on his Mad Dogs and Englishmen tour...good god, I didn't even know who he was, and he blew me away

Jethro Tull, on their Aqualung tour...Ian Anderson could throw his flute 20 feet into the air, catch it and never miss a beat...showed me what could be done with traditional music in rock music (1971?)WAY ahead of their time!

Libba Cotten, what a great performance...one of her last, but still strong

Lily Mae Ledford, one of her last perfomances.


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From: GUEST,Maureen Cummuskey
Date: 17 Apr 02 - 01:34 AM

does anyone know what happened to the travellers 3?


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Subject: RE: Favourite Performances You Were Lucky to See
From: Jeremiah McCaw
Date: 17 Apr 02 - 02:07 AM

Many, many . . .

'bout '71. Ramblin' Jack Elliot playing in the student lounge at Sheridan College (Oakville, Ontario, Canada) one afternoon. Lots of cameras there (photo course, doncha know), and Jack's dog("We call him Ramblin' Caesar") was the biggest ham you ever saw.


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From: Dave Bryant
Date: 17 Apr 02 - 06:13 AM

At one of the Keele (UK) Folk Festivals in the 1960s, I heard Stan Hugill singing shanties. This was just before he lost a lot of his singing power. At that point in his life he would have had no trouble being heard across the deck - even with a gale raging !


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From: GUEST,Declan
Date: 17 Apr 02 - 06:51 AM

Lots of good ones for me as well but a few stand out.

The Meeting Place in Dublin Easter 1979 when Planxty did two gigs (billed as Donal Lunny & friends one night and as Andy Irvine & Friends the following night) - one of about 80-90 people in a small upstairs room in a pub which they blew apart. I still remember the power and energy of the Bulgarian tune Smeceno Horo (which is on their "After the Break" album). This was just before the first official gig of their comeback tour which was hald at the Hammersmith Odeon in London.

Same place Christmas Eve 1979 where Red Peter's blues band threw a Christmas party from about 4pm until late, as well as some great blues players in the band - Jimmy Faulkner, Declan Mc Neillis, Don Baker, Philip Donnelly, (home on holidays from Nashville) the guest list included Christy Moore, Eilis Moore, Liam O Flynn, Andy Irvine , Paul Brady, Mary Black. A great day!

Unfortunately The Meeting Place is no longer around as a venue.

And I was in Liberty Hall the night that Paul Brady launched Welcome Here Kind Stranger - a gig that has recently been launched on CD as The Liberty Tapes.


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Subject: RE: Favourite Performances You Were Lucky to See
From: Stephen L. Rich
Date: 17 Apr 02 - 07:31 AM

There are two performances wich I feel favored by the universe to have seen.

One was John Hartford, about a year or so before his death. It was a Pres House on the University of Wisconsin campus in Madison, WI. Pres House is an acoustically wonderful, very intimate room. My late wife and I were in the third row with a perfect line of sight to the stage. After the show I was able to shake his hand and thank him for the song "Tall Buildings" (I'll explain about the song and its importance to me in another post on another thread someday).

The other show was all together too many years ago at the late, lamented Somebody Else's Troubles -- Elizabeth Cotton with Mike Seeger opening. It was SRO and I was one of the standees in the back. To see a show like that I'd have hung by my knees from the ceiling if that had been redquired. It was wonderful!!!!!!


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From: GUEST,Ivan
Date: 17 Apr 02 - 07:38 AM

I've seen a lot of people but the outstanding one was the Reverend Gary Davis in London the year before he died. He was a hero to me and to see him play was out of this world. I still have a copy of Sing Out that they printed to commerate his passing.


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From: GUEST,Aldus
Date: 17 Apr 02 - 08:37 AM

Norma Waterson and Eliza Carthy in a small Pub in Bodmin. an absolutely magical evening.


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From: Rincon Roy
Date: 23 Jun 02 - 10:01 AM

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Subject: RE: Favourite Performances You Were Lucky to See
From: van lingle
Date: 23 Jun 02 - 10:29 AM

In 1970 I was hitchhiking into Washington, D.C. from the Maryland suburbs on a Saturday night with a friend and we were picked up by a van full fellow longhairs who were heading to American U.'s athletic field to see a free concert by a group we had just recently become aware of called the Grateful Dead. What we encountered when we got there was a giant, swirling dance party on the grass that must have gone on for about four hours. That night was a real eyeopener to say the least.vl


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Subject: RE: Favourite Performances You Were Lucky to See
From: Little Hawk
Date: 23 Jun 02 - 10:44 AM

Tony Clifton in Atlantic City, 1987. What can I say? He was bizarre, offensive, over-the-top, and totally repugnant. You had to be there to believe it. You can't pay to see stuff like this...well, not usually anyway.

- LH


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Subject: RE: Favourite Performances You Were Lucky to See
From: van lingle
Date: 23 Jun 02 - 10:45 AM

...also got off a cruise ship in Ft. Lauderdale about 10 years ago after a 2 week refitting trip to Baltimore and stopped off at a bar there with some of the guys I'd been working with to find that one of my alltime musical heroes, Andy Irvine, was going to be performing there in one hour.vl


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Subject: RE: Favourite Performances You Were Lucky to See
From: Skipper Jack
Date: 23 Jun 02 - 10:46 AM

Experiencing The Bothy Band for the first time at the Cambridge Folk Festival UK, 1976. They added a solid driving beat to their music. It was quite a culture shock. Up to then we had a much gentler sound from bands such as The Chieftains and Planxty. The entire occupants of the Marquee were up on their feet. It was wild and fantastic!


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Subject: RE: Favourite Performances You Were Lucky to See
From: Skipper Jack
Date: 23 Jun 02 - 10:52 AM

Experiencing The Bothy Band for the first time at the Cambridge Folk Festival UK, 1976. They added a solid driving beat to their music. It was quite a culture shock. Up to then we had a much gentler sound from bands such as The Chieftains and Planxty. The entire occupants of the Marquee were up on their feet. It was wild and fantastic!


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From: DancingMom
Date: 23 Jun 02 - 11:07 AM

I did my college workstudy at a community/college theatre in Wilkesboro, N.C. Around 1982 or 83 we hosted Gamble Rogers, and I was privileged to be part of the tech crew that set up the stage for the show. Afterwards we all went out for a meal together.

Aroung the same time I saw John Lee Hooker at a street festival in Winston-Salem, N.C. That was so much fun. The street was packed with people, all dancing like mad. Sharon


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Subject: RE: Favourite Performances You Were Lucky to See
From: allanwill
Date: 23 Jun 02 - 11:37 AM

What wonderful stories - you can almost feel the respect people have for the performers.

Took a mate to a Fairport concert back in the 70's. He was a definite non-folkie and very reluctant to go, but by the end of the night he was an instant convert. He could not believe that the sound was coming just from the band; he was convinced that they were using some sort of backing tape.

But my favourite memory? Twas a wednesday night and suggested to the girlfriend we go to the Polaris Inn to see this new band called The Bushwackers, Bullockies and Booze Band. Got to the pub only to find that they weren't playing that night - it was the following night. Oh well, we'll go in and have a few beers anyway. Sitting in the lounge on our lonesomes when who should come in but the band to do a full rehearsal. So, we were an audience of two, seeing and meeting a great band who were just starting out on their road to fame.

Allan


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Subject: RE: Favourite Performances You Were Lucky to See
From: Mickey191
Date: 23 Jun 02 - 01:29 PM

The Clancy Brothers first appearence in NY at the Village Vanguard. Beatles at the Ed Sullivan Show. Woodstock-Jimmi Hendrix & all the rest.


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Subject: RE: Favourite Performances You Were Lucky to See
From: wysiwyg
Date: 23 Jun 02 - 03:32 PM

John Prine, Ed Holstein, and Jim Post when they were young and hungry enough to play a medium-size suburban Chicago high school assembly!Maybe Fred Holstein was there too.

Of course now I'm warped for life.

It seemed perfectly normal at the time. Now I can hardly believe it.

I like to think this in some small measure undid the damage done from an earlier (preteen) indiscretion-- yes, it's true, it's time I admitted it-- I went to see Herman's Hermits.

I was also lucky enough to see Cindy Mangsen and Anne Hills the first several times they played together, as they discovered how great they could be together, in a tiny bar that was an excellent listening room (the Barbarossa in Chicago).

~Susan


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Subject: RE: Favourite Performances You Were Lucky to See
From: Liz the Squeak
Date: 23 Jun 02 - 03:37 PM

Buddy Rich, a few weeks before he died. Incredible.

LTS


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Subject: RE: Favourite Performances You Were Lucky to See
From: Liz the Squeak
Date: 23 Jun 02 - 04:16 PM

The first performance of Tolpuddle Man, by its author, Graham Moore. I was there the night he ambled into the folk club and said, 'I've written a song for the community play, do you mind if I try it out here first?'... the rest, as they say.. is history.

LTS


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Subject: RE: Favourite Performances You Were Lucky to See
From: RolyH
Date: 23 Jun 02 - 04:48 PM

The Animals played at our local school fair in the 60's just as 'House of the Rising Sun'was becoming a hit.(must have had contractual obligations!)
The 'Journey' concert in 1995 featuring all the Steeleye Spans plus the Albion Band,Waterson/Carthy,John Tams, John Kirkpatrick,etc....at the Forum,Kentish Town was pretty good.


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Subject: RE: Favourite Performances You Were Lucky to See
From: Bill D
Date: 23 Jun 02 - 06:17 PM

WYSI...*smile*...Cindy Mangsen did a house concert in my basement a number of years ago...so nice to sit close without amplification... (had a Craig Johnson concert there too once!) Saw John Prine at Wichita State U. in the 70's sometime....

Saw Libba Cotton live (1977) with Mike Seeger at the first "Washington Folk Festival" which our club puts on free 'almost' every year....

gee...there MUST be more...(and there are, but some were just good and amazing...not famous folk!)


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Subject: RE: Favourite Performances You Were Lucky to See
From: Willie-O
Date: 23 Jun 02 - 10:05 PM

Doc Watson and Bill Monroe doing a joint workshop/concert for about a thousand folks in a tent at the Carlisle Bluegrass Festival in southern Ontario in 78 or 79.

Yessir.

Around 70/71, Murray McLauchlan and Bruce Cockburn on a split bill at Le Hibou in Ottawa.

77 or 78: Stan Rogers at a famous moment in the Winnipeg Folk Festival, after a day of non-stop rain, where the sun came out from under the near-endless prairie clouds, for all of 60 seconds before it started to set, bathing the main stage in a warm glow, Stan with his hand over his guitar belting out (what else) "Barrett's Privateers".

Willie-O


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Subject: RE: Favourite Performances You Were Lucky to See
From: wysiwyg
Date: 23 Jun 02 - 10:26 PM

Sigh...

Bonnie Raitt (after her young semi-stardom and before her mature mega-stardom), in a small theater-in-the-round, sliding and belting and grinning up at us with those dimples and tossing her red hair, as the revolving stage went slowly around... and around... and around.... (you got to know how, of course)....

Debby McClatchy when she was known more for her cooking than for her picking and singing, singing the rather recently written (what else) Cremation of Sam McGee and Blasphemous Bill McKie... at a huge Chicago-area house concert in the exclusive North Shore mansion rented for several years by Jenny and Becky Armstrong and various young Armstrong kidlings.... with the kidlings singing and dancing a bit now and then and otherwise hanging about on the floor paying close attention... and the Armstrong sisters lending the occasional song as well.... she sang that curly pow thing too and no one cared if they knew what she meant or not!

And hey! Bruce %#@**&^ HORNSBY, playing for about three hours at a venue WAY below his level, long after his new celebrity status and pop hits had worn off, and it was SO GOOD that although I was writhing in terible pain from a certain problem I was having back then, I stayed for ALL of it because by then I could tell this was one of those things that would never come my way again!

But best? Doc and Merle at Holstein's in Chicago, with T Michael Coleman, and Merle being SO good and all three of them being SO happy.

~Susan


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Subject: RE: Favourite Performances You Were Lucky to See
From: Bobert
Date: 23 Jun 02 - 10:38 PM

Well, having been the promotion for the Center of the the Performing Arts in Richmond, Virginia in 1969 and 1979, I booked Bruce Springteen (Child, Steelmill) 6 or 7 times, the Alman Borthers, Dr John and a variety of folks, the one performer that today I was most happy to see was Paul Siebel at the Celler Door in Washington, D.C.. I went down, with no tickets, reservation or anything, got there an hour early and ended up in a front table not 6 feet from Paul and, well, he just told his stories and sang his songs and, though I heard Ritchie Havens, Joan Beaz, Leo Kottkee and a slew of other folks at the Celler Door, that concert was magic. Fir real!

Bobert


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Subject: RE: Favourite Performances You Were Lucky to See
From: Socorro
Date: 24 Jun 02 - 12:51 AM

I'm pretty sure the best show i ever saw was Jimmy Cliff at the gorgeous old Paramount Theatre in Oakland, CA.

Since it's a real movie palace, it wasn't a dance show, but I still remember the blue lights, then that music which was pure and sinuous rhythm, then my body just taking over and dancing in the small space in front of my seat (and i usually am uncomfortable dancing in public).

I was literally incapable of stopping dancing. I have never really felt like that before or since and i remember wondering how anyone could sit in their seats. (I think you had to be there).


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Subject: RE: Favourite Performances You Were Lucky to See
From: nickp
Date: 24 Jun 02 - 03:56 AM

Sandy Denny, Newcastle (UK) 1972 - and having the nerve to ask her to autograph the cassette I used to record the show (not good quality - but hey!) - followed by a 2 hour bicycle ride back to college in bitter cold.


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Subject: RE: Favourite Performances You Were Lucky to See
From: C-flat
Date: 24 Jun 02 - 08:58 AM

After a run of seeing "big names" play dissapointing stadium gigs(bad sound/poor seats etc.)I was thrilled to see James Taylor at the dome in Doncaster. Despite arriving 20 minutes late, convinced the show would have started, I was hastily ushered to a seat 3 rows from the front and smack in the middle of the stage! James Taylor was warm and funny and the performance really was first class.
Another "treat" was to sit in a tiny pub and watch Isaac Guillory, up close, working his guitar magic. It was a year or so before his death and he appeared in good health and happy to chat with us all after the performance.Isaac was one of the finest guitarists I've ever seen and some of the "tricks" he pulled were spellbinding!


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Subject: RE: Favourite Performances You Were Lucky to See
From: GUEST,Mike Strobel
Date: 24 Jun 02 - 12:06 PM

Very Early 70's @ the Mariposa Folk Festival , Toronto, Ontario: Bonnie Raitt , Bruce Cockburn , David Bradstreet , Taj Mahal, Utah Phillips , John Prine and Steve Goodman.

1975 : Buffalo : Murray McLaughlin & Aztec Two-Step

1977: Guelph, Ontario in a tiny Coffeehouse: Willie P. Bennett

1982: Rochester, NY : Tom Rush in a small club

1983: Rochester, NY : Paul Siebel in a small club

1999: Rochester, NY : Eric Anderson

2001: Syracuse , New York : Tom Paxton & Judy Collins


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Subject: RE: Favourite Performances You Were Lucky to See
From: GUEST,Foe
Date: 24 Jun 02 - 12:29 PM

In the early 60s in Tucson, AZ, Sonny Terry and Brownie McGee gave a concert at the U of AZ. Afterward some of us ended up at a friends house where the parents had invited Sonny and Brownie over and we sat on the floor in the living room and listened to them play for hours. The house where I lived with some other students had a reputation as a stopping place for various loose types traveling east or west. Jeff Muldair sat on the sofa one night and played and sang "Memphis". Prior to that, about 1961 my brother's college roommate was going to Yale grad school and we went up from Brooklyn to a folk concert. The next day we went out to the "closed for the season hotel" on the ocean where all the folkies were staying and spend the day wandering around and listening to little groups of people jamming. A chubby Dylan with his hat like on his first album was playing on the edges of a bluegrass jam and Rev Gary Davis sat on a step just playing. Judy Collins, a friend of my brother's from U of Colorado, told us not to tell but she thought she had her first recording contract with Electra. I don't remember who all else was there but it was the Washington Square folkies having a good time. It's quite a memory being around all those people for a day.


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Subject: RE: Favourite Performances You Were Lucky to See
From: KickyC
Date: 24 Jun 02 - 01:14 PM

I think it was about a year ago, maybe two, but we saw Tom Paxton at Marycrest College in Davenport, Iowa. What an experience! His new stuff is every bit, if not better than his old classics! It was an awesome performance and a great opportunity. It was sad that the place was not packed. People don't know what they missed!

KickyC


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Subject: RE: Favourite Performances You Were Lucky to See
From: wysiwyg
Date: 24 Jun 02 - 04:04 PM

Did I mention Tom Paxton, Odetta, Bob Gibson, and Josh White Jr. for the taping of an hourlong Chicago TV program?

~S~


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Subject: RE: Favourite Performances You Were Lucky to See
From: GUEST,.gargoyle
Date: 25 Jun 02 - 02:38 AM

Arthur Rubenstein my parents took me with my piano teacher. A performance of virtuoso fireworks, and an inspiration for years.

A delightfully humble man.

He finished the third, and final encore with "Spinning Song" - a simple tune, that any child in the audience had probably performed.

Sincerely,
Gargoyle


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Subject: RE: Favourite Performances You Were Lucky to See
From: van lingle
Date: 25 Jun 02 - 04:38 PM

One that still hangs with me was The Youngbloods at Montgomery College in Rockville, Md. in '71. They played the annual spring concert there on the soccer field in a steady downpour. Someone had passed out visquine (sheet plastic) and only about 400 hundred people were there. The pot smoke was so thick under the plastic that all you had to do was inhale to get a buzz. Gave rise to lots of monkey business, you bet. vl


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Subject: RE: Favourite Performances You Were Lucky to See
From: Celtic Soul
Date: 25 Jun 02 - 07:31 PM

Tom Lewis, twice. Why am I lucky? Anyone is lucky to see him.

Peter, Paul, and Mary. When I was about 18 (I'm 40 now). Why lucky? Because they were a real inspiration to me, though I only went begrudgingly at first, and being there helped me cast off my preconceptions and moved me along my way.

Bobby McFerrin. Wow. Again, I am lucky because his talent and ability to reach an audience on a deep level was amazing. Screw "Don't worry, be happy"...most everything else was amazing. He invited anyone who could sing on stage with him, and organized *on the spot* this wonderful chorus he made up right then and there...and then directed us. Yup...lucky there too.

The Chieftans and Kings Singers at the Kennedy Center in the early 80's. Can't say enough about these groups. No a capella group even comes near the Kings Singers, and the Chieftans are more fun than a barrel of Guinness. Lucky indeed...I certainly don't have the cash for the Kennedy Center these days.

Clandestine, Kukanandy, The Poor Clares, Connemara, and a bazillion other groups and soloists who have graced the stages of festivals, all of which have deeply moved me.

I am one lucky woman. I love what I do...not just for the love of the art, and not just for the extra $$$, and not just for the warm fuzzies when people like what we do...but because I am *amazed* at the amount of talent out there, and I get to see it up close and personal. I count myself very blessed, indeed.


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Subject: RE: Favourite Performances You Were Lucky to See
From: Murray MacLeod
Date: 25 Jun 02 - 08:44 PM

Transcendental performances? I can think of two straight away.

Firstly, Emmylou Harris in the Usher Hall, Edinburgh in 1975 (or 1974). I had seen her debut British performance in the Hammersmith Odeon a year earlier, wnich was really good, but in Edinburgh she was pure unadulterated magic.

The other unforgettable performance was David Bromberg at Cambridge Folk Festival, 1975 or 1976. Has there ever been a better performer?

Murray


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Subject: RE: Favourite Performances You Were Lucky to See
From: Mikey joe
Date: 26 Jun 02 - 05:43 AM

Point Depot, Dublin April 1995

Elvis Costello playing support to Bob Dylan with guest appearance by Carole King all joined on the encore by Van Morrison who had finished earlier on in the Olympia.

fantastic!!!

Mj


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Subject: RE: Favourite Performances You Were Lucky to See
From: Janice in NJ
Date: 26 Jun 02 - 07:28 AM

I was at the Paul Robeson concert in Peekskill, New York, in September 1949, but for the life of me I don't remember any of it. I was only 3 years old at the time. My dad was with the Transport Workers Union, and he used to be sent on "special assignment" to Philadelphia, Detroit, Boston, etc. whenever a call came in for some "out of town boys" to deal with strikebreakers. Because of his experience, he was one of the picket captains in charge of the lines of veterans and union men who defended the concert grounds. My brother Warren (then 8) and I were inside with my mom. I guess our our real luck was to get out of there uninjured. Mom, Warren, and I left in one of the buses that came under attack. My dad left in a car full of union men after all the buses were gone and the violence had quieted down.


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Subject: RE: Favourite Performances You Were Lucky to See
From: katlaughing
Date: 15 Jul 07 - 08:08 PM

Rise up!


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Subject: RE: Favourite Performances You Were Lucky to See
From: Joe_F
Date: 15 Jul 07 - 09:33 PM

Flanders & Swann, in London, in 1959.

Also, I went to concerts of something called the Ballads & Blues Society. At one of them, somebody sang The Second Front Song. It must have been Ewan MacColl, tho I wouldn't have known him from Adam at the time. The song stuck in my mind, and in 1963, in California, I managed to record it off the radio.

Pete Seeger, in a field near Nyack, NY, in the late '60s. Memorable, tho neither the audience nor the heavens smiled on the undertaking. The men, a lot of them, groaned when his parody of "There Was an Old Woman Who Swallowed a Fly" turned out to be feminist. Then a violent thunderstorm shut the show down. I ate a sandwich in my car, drove into town, & got laid.


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Subject: RE: Favourite Performances You Were Lucky to See
From: GUEST,.gargoyle
Date: 15 Jul 07 - 11:24 PM

My life has been blessed with fortunate (frequently free admission) performances. I could probably name a dozen recognizable groups and locations.



However, in retrospect, reflecting back on the LafKat's thread.....



Arthur Rubinstein

My parents attended, and I attended with my beloved piano teacher. (By this point, I had, gone through five keyboard instructors - this one - her husband, son and family were the only I could term "beloved."



WHAT A PERFORMANCE - and to have Mr.Rubinstein - use as the end of encores - a simple piece we had been practicing for a month - was ecstacy!!!



Sincerely,

Gargoyle


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Subject: RE: Favourite Performances You Were Lucky to See
From: ad1943
Date: 15 Jul 07 - 11:28 PM

Marty Robbins at Sydney Town Hall Australia circa 1960

Allen in Oz


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Subject: RE: Favourite Performances You Were Lucky to See
From: coldjam
Date: 16 Jul 07 - 12:13 AM

Lightning Hopkins at the Ash Grove in '71 I think...In Tucson (shout out to my unknown compadre Guest/Foe) Frank Zappa in '80, the Limeliters (with Red Grammer)in '87.


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Subject: RE: Favourite Performances You Were Lucky to See
From: iancarterb
Date: 16 Jul 07 - 02:03 AM

John Hurt in New York. 1963 or 64. Drove from North Carolna with Spec 4 Hank Bradley, and Margot Grieg, in my 500 dollar Buick, saw John give his legendary performance, slept at friend's house in Rye, and drove back to North Carolina the next day. And night. To this day the most worthwhile trip of the kind I often urged my daughter never to make in my memory. Similarly, but only a 100 mile night return trip, the 1959 (I think) Newport Folk Festival with my sister, and that one included Frank Warner and Cisco Houston.


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Subject: RE: Favourite Performances You Were Lucky to See
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 16 Jul 07 - 02:16 AM

Rudolf Nureyev, near the end of his dancing career in 1978, with the New York City Ballet, dancing Scheherazade. (Yes, I know it pales beside his performance in Swine Lake with Miss Piggy on The Muppets, but beggars can't be choosers. . .)

Richard Dyer Bennett. When I was a kid my parents took my brother and I to hear him. Wonderful!

SRS


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Subject: RE: Favourite Performances You Were Lucky to See
From: Folkiedave
Date: 16 Jul 07 - 04:43 AM

Watersons comeback concert about 1971 - Blind Institute with Planxty as support.

Lal Waterson singing solo in the Bluebell in Hull. Stow Brow - Lucy Wan    more than once but not enough.


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Subject: RE: Favourite Performances You Were Lucky to See
From: Leadfingers
Date: 16 Jul 07 - 05:39 AM

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Subject: RE: Favourite Performances You Were Lucky to See
From: GUEST,edthefolkie
Date: 16 Jul 07 - 06:33 AM

Sandy Denny - The Howff, Regents Park Rd London 1973
Sandy Denny - Merlin's, Clerkenwell London 1973
Sandy was superb at both gigs, and transcendent at the Howff.

Swarb's Lazarus first performance - Farnsfield 2006.
For those not in the know, Dave Swarbrick was suffering from incapacitating emphysema, but has had a double lung transplant. Which accounts for the name of the band.
Swarb WALKED onstage. Standing ovations, cheers, not a dry eye in the hall. Triumph of the human spirit, honestly.


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Subject: RE: Favourite Performances You Were Lucky to See
From: Nick
Date: 16 Jul 07 - 06:57 AM

Three come to mind:

Otto Klemperer conducting Mahler's Symphony no 2 in about 1971 at the Royal Festival Hall in London - he was quite old and frail and sat down to conduct

Judy Collins at the Albert Hall in London in about 1968 where I remember two things - one song she completely forgot and had to check the words with the drummer; and she ended with a lovely version of Turn Turn Turn with everyone singing and the sound echoing it's way round the building

Albert Collins on stage - again at the Albert Hall - with Eric Clapton, Robert Kray, Buddy Guy and Jimmy Ray Vaughan. I was lucky enough to be about three rows from the stage. The music had been good but as soon as he walked on stage and played a few notes with 'that' tone of his I was stunned.


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Subject: RE: Favourite Performances You Were Lucky to See
From: cetmst
Date: 16 Jul 07 - 07:17 AM

At a college folk series in the late forties, Leadbelly, Richard Dyer-Bennet, Jerry and Susan Reed. At the same college reunions fifty years on, Jean Ritchie whom I missed the first time around, Susan Reed again and still a lovely lady, and Mike Seeger. At another college in the early fifties when he was still blacklisted, Pete Seeger. Pete Seeger and Arlo Guthrie at a concert in Columbia Maryland, Pete Seeger again with his grandson at a festival a few years ago in Westminster Maryland. Jean Ritchie again at a WAMI awards concert in Washington DC. Priscilla Herdman at a little restaurant in Ellicott City Maryland. Priscilla Herdman, Cindy Mangsen and Anne Hills at a church in Baltimore. Maggie Sansone when she was performing on street corners, county fairs and small retaurants and renaissance fairs all around Maryland and later performances of her Maggie's Music lineup. A National Geographic Society Christmas concert in Washington with, I think, Maggie Sansone, Bonnie Rideout, Robin Bullock, Sue Richards and Abbie Newton. Bonnie Rideout at a St. Andrew's Society dinner in Baltimore when she was eight months pregnant. Bonnie Rideout again at the British Embassy in Washington as part of a Smithsonian Institution program. Bonnie Rideout at a Scottish games festival at Loon Mountain in New Hampshire. Two of her Christmas Concerts at the Meyerhof in Baltimore. Bok, Muir and Trickett at a church in Washington. Odetta at Cranmore Mountain in North Conway NH.
One of the most memorable performances was when my wife and I were on one of our innumerable drives from Maryland to New Hampshire. After driving 550 miles we saw a sign advertising a Jean Redpath concert in a small church in Tamworth NH miraculously beginning just as we were there. The church was packed and we sat on the floor a few feet from her and were able to chat with her afterward. I don't recall what year that was but it was probably some time in the 80's when we were young enough to survive it.
Probably more that I don't recall at the moment, and all interspersed with classical and choral concerts, church solo and choir music - and numerous unclassifiable P.D.Q.Bach performances.


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Subject: RE: Favourite Performances You Were Lucky to See
From: cetmst
Date: 16 Jul 07 - 07:25 AM

Knew I'd forget something - Steeleye Span and Fairport Convention on the same stage at Lisner Auditorium, George Washington University - late 80's? Also numerous Christmas Revels programs there over the years.


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Subject: RE: Favourite Performances You Were Lucky to See
From: Diva
Date: 16 Jul 07 - 07:30 AM

What a smashing thread. It has been my privilege to see many tradition bearers over the years..in no particular order. The Stewarts of Blair, Lizzie Higgins at Girvan Folk Festival, Willie Scott who was a neighbour when I first moved to Hawick , Jane Turriff at the ballad club in Glasgow, sometime in the 80's. Jock Duncan The Clutha, Ossian The Gaugers. The Chieftans in Dumfries.... Sean Macguire at Rothbury Festival in a tremendous session with my late father in law Bob Hobkirk....and loads more


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