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Favourite Performances You Were Lucky to See

Diva 16 Jul 07 - 07:30 AM
cetmst 16 Jul 07 - 07:25 AM
cetmst 16 Jul 07 - 07:17 AM
Nick 16 Jul 07 - 06:57 AM
GUEST,edthefolkie 16 Jul 07 - 06:33 AM
Leadfingers 16 Jul 07 - 05:39 AM
Folkiedave 16 Jul 07 - 04:43 AM
Stilly River Sage 16 Jul 07 - 02:16 AM
iancarterb 16 Jul 07 - 02:03 AM
coldjam 16 Jul 07 - 12:13 AM
ad1943 15 Jul 07 - 11:28 PM
GUEST,.gargoyle 15 Jul 07 - 11:24 PM
Joe_F 15 Jul 07 - 09:33 PM
katlaughing 15 Jul 07 - 08:08 PM
Janice in NJ 26 Jun 02 - 07:28 AM
Mikey joe 26 Jun 02 - 05:43 AM
Murray MacLeod 25 Jun 02 - 08:44 PM
Celtic Soul 25 Jun 02 - 07:31 PM
van lingle 25 Jun 02 - 04:38 PM
GUEST,.gargoyle 25 Jun 02 - 02:38 AM
wysiwyg 24 Jun 02 - 04:04 PM
KickyC 24 Jun 02 - 01:14 PM
GUEST,Foe 24 Jun 02 - 12:29 PM
GUEST,Mike Strobel 24 Jun 02 - 12:06 PM
C-flat 24 Jun 02 - 08:58 AM
nickp 24 Jun 02 - 03:56 AM
Socorro 24 Jun 02 - 12:51 AM
Bobert 23 Jun 02 - 10:38 PM
wysiwyg 23 Jun 02 - 10:26 PM
Willie-O 23 Jun 02 - 10:05 PM
Bill D 23 Jun 02 - 06:17 PM
RolyH 23 Jun 02 - 04:48 PM
Liz the Squeak 23 Jun 02 - 04:16 PM
Liz the Squeak 23 Jun 02 - 03:37 PM
wysiwyg 23 Jun 02 - 03:32 PM
Mickey191 23 Jun 02 - 01:29 PM
allanwill 23 Jun 02 - 11:37 AM
DancingMom 23 Jun 02 - 11:07 AM
Skipper Jack 23 Jun 02 - 10:52 AM
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van lingle 23 Jun 02 - 10:45 AM
Little Hawk 23 Jun 02 - 10:44 AM
van lingle 23 Jun 02 - 10:29 AM
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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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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: 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: 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: 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: Leadfingers
Date: 16 Jul 07 - 05:39 AM

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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: 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: 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: 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: 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: 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: 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: katlaughing
Date: 15 Jul 07 - 08:08 PM

Rise up!


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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: 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: 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: 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: 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: 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: 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: 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: 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: 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: 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: 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: 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: 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: 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: 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: 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: 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: 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: 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: 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: 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: 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: 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: 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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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: 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: 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 - 10:29 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: Rincon Roy
Date: 23 Jun 02 - 10:01 AM

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Subject: RE: Favourite Performances You Were Lucky to See
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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Subject: RE: Favourite Performances You Were Lucky to See
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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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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Subject: RE: Favourite Performances You Were Lucky to See
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: 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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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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