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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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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 Luis Motta da Silva on March 10, 2013 at 10:46am


I can't tell what is the brand of the guitar, but maybe - JUST MAYBE - I have a valid explanation for that "bar" in front of the bridge. That bar could be the REAL bridge. I'm not 100% sure, but, consider this:

If you make a rough measurement, you discover that the 12th fret is just about halfway between the nut and that "bar"; so, the "bridge"- I mean the dark wood piece where the pins are tied - is too much behind to give the correct intonation. But what strikes me the most is that THERE IS NO SADDLE on the bridge. Considering all this three data one is led to the conclusion that the "bridge" is just a tie piece, and the "bar" in front of it is the real saddle or, if you prefer, the real bridge. As an additional datum, please notice the pick guard shape: it is straight cut just before the "bar", as if the constructor had planned to leave room for it...

However, one can also argue that, if the "bar" is really a bridge, or a saddle, then, considering the position of the sound hole, that bridge is resting on the top almost at the very point where the X-braces under the top cross. That wouldn't be the best option from the point of view of acoustics... But, the fact is, WE DON'T KNOW what kind of strutting design is under the top...

If the "bar" is a bridge, it may be a MOVABLE one, held against the top by simple string pressure - just like the banjo bridge -, allowing the musician to move it back and forward in search of the best intonation as he changes for a different string gauge.

The idea of 2 in 1 bridges (I mean bridges that are also tie pieces) is not universal: In fact, many European pre-Torres guitars had a tie piece AND a bridge, and many folk instruments still maintain that style.

In my page, I posted a photo of a Viola da Terra from Azores Islands. Like many Portuguese traditional instruments, it has a tie piece with NO saddle, and a small bridge just in front of it. This solution is not elegant, but it doesn't require accuracy on positioning the tie piece and leaves the right positioning of the real bridge to the musician. From a constructor's point of view, it eases his work...

Click on the link to have a view of the Viola da Terra:

One more thing:  that kind of bridge was popular in ancient and traditional European instruments; but I'd never seen an American-made flat top guitar with a movable bridge. There's a first time for everything, they say.... Anyway, we don't even know for sure if that is an American-made instrument, nor do we know how is it braced under the top. So, there's lots of room for speculation...

Comment by Edward Sparks on March 9, 2013 at 5:57am

Not me...It is interesting though, a very "Ovation-like" headstock and what is that "bar" in front of the bridge???

Comment by Jim Yates on March 8, 2013 at 11:12pm

Can anyone identify the guitar that John Herald is playing in this photo (from the cover of Dian & The Greenbriar Boys)

Comment by Lon Milo DuQuette on August 13, 2012 at 12:41pm

64 year old folksinger/songwriter commits YouTube :-)

Comment by Jonathan Gates on June 19, 2012 at 1:21am

@Jim Yates- thank you for the photos

Comment by Edward Sparks on June 11, 2012 at 2:34pm

Hey, anyone going to go to the Philly Vintage Guitar show? It is the weekend of the 23/24 and we are going on Saturday the 23rd. Here is the link for more info:

Comment by Jim Yates on June 4, 2012 at 5:55pm

Sorry, that should be Jean Carignan.

Comment by Jim Yates on June 4, 2012 at 5:52pm

 Mariposa Festival

Mariposa Festival : Maple Leaf Stadium

A couple of shots of a young Buffy St. Marie playing a J-45 and a mouth bow that she told us was made for her by Patrick Sky.

Mariposa Festival Maple Leaf Stadium

Canadian folk singer Alan Mills sings, accompanied by Jean Carignon on fiddle and Bram Morrison on guitar.  Bram went on to become one third of Sharon, Lois & Bram,  popular children's entertainers.

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!"


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