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Old Folkies

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

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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 on Monday.

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. 1 Reply

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 Blues Agent Apr 21, 2012.

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.

Jap P. ? 3 Replies

Where did you go to school upstate?  I was at SUNY Platttsburgh.  Did you ever hear or know of the Chapin Brothers?  They were big in my area and Tom. the oldest made it nationally as you and others probably know.

Started by Lou. Last reply by Lou Aug 26, 2011.

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Comment by Jim Yates on June 4, 2012 at 5:22pm

The 1964 Mariposa Folk Festival

1964 was the first year that the Mariposa Folk Festival was held in Toronto.  It was held in Maple Leaf Stadium and some of the performers were Ian & Sylvia, The Greenbriar Boys, Joni Anderson (later Mitchell), Gord Lightfoot, Rev Gary Davis, Buffy St Marie, Mississippi John Hurt, Tom Kines, David Rea...  With my brother Bob and our friend Dennis, I hitch-hiked down to Toronto and we set up our camp at the edge of the CNE grounds by the Princess Gates.  The police didn't appreciate this so Terry Whelan, Gord Lightfoot's partner in the Tu-tones invited us to sleep in his back yard.  There were about thirty of us there. 

Here is a picture that I took of a workshop.Click for Large Version

The workshop participants are Rev Gary Davis, Gordon Lightfoot, Mississippi John Hurt and Tom Kines.

The photo below of "four young men, one with guitar" appeared in the Toronto Telegram.  I just found it while browsing the Mariposa Archives site.  That's me on the left with the glasses.

Click for Large Version

Above is a picture of the Greenbriar Boys on the main stage with the late John Herald on guitar, I believe Eric Weisburg is playing bass, Frank Wakefield is just peeking over the banjo player's shoulder.  The late Winnie Winston is the banjo player.

Here's a better photo of Frank Wakefield:

Comment by Jonathan Gates on April 29, 2012 at 9:26pm

i managed a campus store for 10 yrs ('99-'09). i was surprised by the interest students took in '60's - 80's music. Bob Dylan was most popular. Ditto Crosby Stills & Nash, Joni Mitchell. One little darling came in waving a Frank Sinatra cd in her hand telling her friends "You gotta hear this guy. He's really awesome!"

Comment by Jud Hair on April 20, 2012 at 5:52am

Thanks Edward ... :-)

Comment by Edward Sparks on April 15, 2012 at 11:37am

Hey Jud, I wouldn't worry about the age of the audience...It's good for some young folks to hear that kind of folk music!  Never ceases to amaze me how young people today are so familiar with the "old stuff."  We have played shows before and I have watched a 17 year old in the from row sing every word with me to a song like Neil Young's "Heart of Gold"...that came out in 1970! Folk music is for the folks, whatever their age may be...I think of the message in "Where Have all the Flowers Gone" and it still rings so true today..."when will they ever learn?"  Never if they don't think about could be the one to plant that seed in a young persons mind and it may come back to the front of the person's brain when they hear a discussion about war.  Thanks to you and people like you who are still out there spreading the word!  Keep up the good work, Edward

Comment by Jud Hair on April 15, 2012 at 7:11am

Thanks for the encouragement William ... next open-mic, I plan to look out at the audience and see if I think there is anyone out there old enough to appreciate this music ... heck, I think I may play it regardless.  :-)

Comment by william david richards on April 15, 2012 at 6:55am

Jud as an old hippie who always loved that music but never took the time to learn to play but is taking lessons now, I must say that that music is deeply planted in my brain and it seems prefectly natural to play it, I have 500 miles on my iphone. you go man.


Comment by Jud Hair on April 15, 2012 at 6:32am

I just finished arranging a medley combining "500 Miles (Away From Home)" and "Where Have All the Flowers Gone" ... I hadn't played either of those great old folk songs since I was a teen ager. 

LOL ... played it for my wife, who said it was great, but that I need to "lighten up" on my song selections.   I suppose I AM beginning to be a come off a bit somber these days.

Comment by Lon Milo DuQuette on March 8, 2012 at 7:29am

Thought my fellow old fokies would get a kick out of this. Both these article are running today. It's never too late ... I'm telling myself.

Comment by David Reinstein on February 21, 2012 at 7:16am

Thanks, Ed!

No... I don't have the time ior inclination to participate in more groups... LIke you, I own a stable of strings... Too many to club with each one onlinbe!

Thanks, again man.


Comment by Edward Sparks on February 21, 2012 at 3:48am

Great job David...Channeling Leon Redbone, one of my favorites!  All you needed was a tuba play "bass" behind you.  Loved it...nice Gibson too, are you in the Gibson Owners Group?  Thanks, Edward


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