By Eric von Schmidt
Lengthy out of print, child, permit Me keep on with You Down is a vintage within the background of yankee pop culture. The booklet tells the tale of the people track group in Cambridge, Massachusetts, from its beginnings in residing rooms and Harvard sq. coffeehouses within the past due Nineteen Fifties to the heyday of the folks track revival within the early Sixties. hundreds and hundreds of historic images, rescreened for this variation, and dozens of interviews mix to re-create the years whilst Joan Baez, Bob Dylan, and a full of life band of Cambridge folksingers led a new release within the rediscovery of yankee folks tune. Compiled via musicians who have been energetic individuals within the Cambridge people scene, the amount files a unique time in usa tradition while the honesty and power of conventional folks song have been mixed with the uncooked strength of city blues and the excessive power of electrical rock and roll to create a brand new American well known track.
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I had a couple by then. John Provine had a fiddle. He played guitar and banjo, too. Johnny Shahn was occasionally playing. Bob Dees. Ethan. Clay. There were about ten people, so we'd break up into groups of three or four, but some of our ensemble numbers were really great because we'd all be up there, playing as many different instruments as possible, all playing the same melody. It was terrific. The response from people was difficult to figure out. There were only thirty people or so, and they seemed a bit dumbfounded.
Charles Seeger and his daughters, Penny, Barbara, and Peggy. Peggy was leading songs at the International Students Center on Friday nights and a bunch of us shared the song leadership. There was a similar group of people in Boston called "The Folk Arts Workshop," and when Pete Seeger came to Boston, that's where he'd sing. All of this was, of course, politically left, and the political motivation was as important as the musical for most people. In 1955 the Public Television Station in Boston, WGBH-TV, was about to go on the air and they had no program for preschool kids.
What he really did was to get in his car every morning and drive out into the woods and practice the banjo all day. So he came back next fall, and he could play the banjo. I wouldn't have believed it, but when he sets his mind to something he can really figure it out. And indeed he got really good. When Bob returned to Cambridge in the fall of 1958 he started spending time at Tulla's. He got a job washing dishes, and in his spare time would sit around with whoever was there and play the banjo. " I'd never heard of Charlie Poole, but Eric asked me if I'd like to help start a band.