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Old Folkies

For those who got their start in the '50s and '60s and continue to embrace folk music today.

Members: 66
Latest Activity: May 14

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Anthem for Old Folkie? :-) 8 Replies

Well I won the popular vote by about 18,000 votes, but the judges still didn't select me (perhaps the oldest contestant) as a finalist in the big songwriting competition. But I'm not discouraged. In fact... I have one thing to say..... "Don't Write…Continue

Started by Lon Milo DuQuette. Last reply by Lon Milo DuQuette Dec 29, 2014.


Hello again friends.I turned 66 this summer and I'm still mad as hell and insanely optimistic about politics, war and peace and life in general. To give vent to the mad as hell part I wrote and recorded "You Bet Your Ass It's Class Warfare", and to…Continue

Started by Lon Milo DuQuette. Last reply by Lon Milo DuQuette Oct 20, 2014.

Radical Folk in the 21st Century

"I'm 65. I'm still alive and I''ve been around the block ..."I figured if anybody would get a kick out of my newest album, Gentle Heretic, it would be this group.Outside the Box - from the Gentle…Continue

Started by Lon Milo DuQuette Nov 4, 2013.

This Old Folky finally's on Pandora

It took a long time and many hoops to jump through but I finally have the songs of my first album on Pandora. I would really appreciate it if my old folky pals went to Pandora and created a "Lon Milo DuQuette" radio station and when my tunes turn up…Continue

Started by Lon Milo DuQuette Sep 14, 2013.

Harps and racks... 18 Replies

I know there's a group for real harp players, but I'm not in that class. However, since finding my old harp rack, and one of my harmonicas, I decided I'd start using them again when playing some of my favorite folk tunes.Any other of you folks using…Continue

Started by Phil Manuel. Last reply by Phil Manuel Aug 28, 2012.

Guitar Army 3 Replies

I live in Punta Gorda, Florida (between Sarasota and Fort Myers).  Every Thursday evening for years, and ever-growing bunch of musicians gather in Gilchrist Park (on Charlotte Harbor), naturally congregate into groups, and play/sing all sorts of…Continue

Started by Steve Widmeyer. Last reply by Jud Hair May 17, 2012.

Ok, THIS group is definitely for me. 2 Replies

I started playing back in the 60's and it has always been mostly PP&M, John Denver, Kingston Trio, Joan Baez, Joni Mitchell, Everley Bros., I could go on. Now days it is mostly John and PPM with a lot of Suzie Bogguss thrown in. If you're not…Continue

Started by Mike Bishop. Last reply by Alan Sturgess May 14.

I've waited 45 years for this! 6 Replies

O my gosh!!  Even though I'd grown up on traditional folk tunes, my acute awareness of music didn't come of age until 1962.  I was eleven years old by then, but could absolutely NOT get enough of P,P&M, Kingston Trio, Weavers, Highwaymen, Terry…Continue

Started by J. D. Woods. Last reply by Blues Agent Apr 19, 2012.

Old folky refusing to lay down n die. 2 Replies

Old folky refusing to lay down n die.

Started by Lon Milo DuQuette. Last reply by Lon Milo DuQuette Jan 10, 2012.

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Comment by Stan Wells on February 2, 2014 at 1:54pm
I couldn't resist joining. I grew up on that music. During the 60s and 70s I listened to Ramblin' Jack Elliott. During the 90s I got to know Jack and sometimes I would open for him at his gigs. I just finished my own cd and I was lucky enough to get Ramblin' Jack, David Grisman, Nina Gerber and David LaFlamme to play on it with me! Unless maybe I'm just dreaming all this.....
Comment by Lon Milo DuQuette on January 28, 2014 at 12:03am

RIP Pete Seeger.

Comment by Jim Yates on August 23, 2013 at 8:12pm

Congratulations Lon.  Looks like a cool prize!

Comment by Luis Motta da Silva on August 23, 2013 at 6:40pm

Congratulations, Lon!

Comment by Lon Milo DuQuette on August 23, 2013 at 3:02pm

Thanks for the votes everyone. My song Bernice  won first place in the Open Mic.US national songwriting competition. I won a very cool Alvarez Masterworks MD65CE and other cool stuff!

Comment by Jim Yates on August 23, 2013 at 1:59pm

I was hired to play guitar to back up a group of singers last weekend and ended up playing a song I hadn't thought of for years; The House Of The Rising Sun.  I learned the song from a Josh White album, but have heard many people do it since.  Unfortunately, the group wanted to do the changes used by The Animals.  While I couldn't talk them out of this, I did get them to change "many a poor boy" back to "many a poor girl".  After all, a woman trapped in a life of prostitution seems more dramatic than a man trapped in a life of paying for sex. Both White and Dylan sang from the woman's point of view.

Here are the two chord progressions (I know there are many more) used for The House...

These are the chords that Dave Van Ronk made up for House Of The Rising Sun, also used by Bob Dylan and The Animals.

There (Am) is a (C) house in (D) New Or(F)leans

They (Am) call the (C) Rising (E) Sun (E7)
And it's (Am) been the (C) ruin of (D) many a poor (F) girl
And (Am) me, oh (E) God, I'm (Am) one. (E7)

These are the chords used by Josh White and Joan Baez.

There (Am) is a (C) house in (E) New Or(Am)leans
They call the (C) Rising (E) Sun (E7)
And it's (Am) been the (C) ruin of (E) many a poor (Am) girl
And (Am) me, oh (E) God, I'm (Am) one. (E7)

Comment by Lon Milo DuQuette on June 26, 2013 at 9:39pm

Okay fellow old folkies... I entered a songwriting contest with my song "Bernice". I'm up against a lot of talented youg whippersnapers and I'm not too proud to ask for you to go to the link and vote for me.

I'm in 5th place at the moment so just scroll down till you see "Lon Milo DuQuette" . You can listen to "Bernice" and even watch a video of it... but please, if you like it, cast your vote for me. Thanks :-)

Comment by Dalton Hammett on May 20, 2013 at 1:32pm

This looks like the place to be.  I grew up listenng to Bob Dylan,  Phil Oaks,  The Chad Mitchel Trio and a bunch of other names I've read hear.   Great to know there's more than just me that appreciate their music......

Comment by Jim Yates on March 10, 2013 at 12:24pm

Thanks for that info Luis.  I'd assumed that the "bridge" was just a stop tailpiece and the actual bridge was the moveable one.  In fact, I had measured the distance from the twelfth fret to the nut and bridge.  Great minds think alike (or fools seldom differ).

Comment by Luis Motta da Silva on March 10, 2013 at 10:55am

Sorry, for some reason I could'n paste the complete link for the Viola da Terra photo, so, here is the photo:


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