Starts next week!
MUZ619 Traditional Music of the Catskills and Hudson River Valley NEW! Cost $60.
Instructor: Bob Lusk
(4 sessions) This course will cover traditional regional and historic music of the Catskills and Hudson Valley. No musical experience is required, but experienced musicians and singers will have a chance to increase their repertore with "Home Grown" music from our area. We will study the major local collections of music including area colonial songs from the Allison family, songs of Henry Backus "The Saugerties Bard" from the 1850's and songs and dances from Camp Woodland in the 1950's. Examples will include songs of the quarrymen, lumberjack's, steamboat captains, and apple growers., We will also include 20th Century songs by folksong writers such as Grant Rogers, Les Rice, William Geckle, Ken Gonyea, Mark Fried, Rick Nestler and Pete Seeger.
To register, call (845) 431-8910
We have been having some great sessions of late at New World Home Cooking on
Monday nights. Call (845) 246-0900 for more info.
Here are our dates for May:
Monday May 5th, 12th, 19th, 26th @ 7:30PM
I hope you can join us!
Cheers and Happy May Day,
Date: 01 Sep 99 - 04:28 PM
Peter T. -- and all you other 'Catters who want to learn some Ancient Folk History. Yup, Charlie's story is true. I was married to Joe Hickerson for many years, and he has been fond of telling the story of how the cyclical "Where Have All the Flowers Gone" came to be.
Chapter 1: Joe learned the abbreviated song from Pete Seeger when Pete came to Oberlin College to do a concert in 1954 (or maybe '55). The verses Pete sang were written by Pete, who adapted them from a Russian poem that was printed as the epigraph in a book called "And Quiet Flows the Don."
Chapter 2: Joe then went to be a folk-music counselor at Camp Woodland in the NY Catskills the summer after learning the song. He sang "Flowers" to the kids, who loved it. To make the song last longer, he added verses to complete the circle.
Chapter 3: Pete Seeger came to Camp Woodland that summer, heard the kids singing his song -- with new verses by Joe -- and loved it. He re-copyrighted the song with Joe as co-author.
Chapter 4: The Kingston Trio was the first big pop group to record the longer version of "Flowers." PP&M came a little later, and hordes of other recordings.
The tune (particularly its rhythm)that Joe still sings (which he says is how Pete sang it in 19-ought-54) is a little different than the one popularized by the Kingston Trio and PP&M. If you go to one of Joe's concerts, get him to sing it for you. Kathy
So there you have it - by not too much of a stretch, this song has roots in the Catskill Mountains, went through a "folk process" of creation. QED, a "Catskill Mountain Folk Song" - Bob
SAN FRANCISCO It may be the ultimate collection of paraphernalia of a band known for its fondness of paraphernalia, legal and otherwise.
The Grateful Dead, whose songs celebrated personal freedom, American idealism and mind-altering drugs, will donate a cache of their papers, posters and props on Thursday to the University of California, Santa Cruz, which plans to use the musical miscellany as part of a research center to be known as Dead Central.
What exactly is to be donated, of course, is something of a mystery even to band insiders.
"It's kind of a surprise box to us as well," said John Perry Barlow, one of the group's lyricists. "We'll get to find out what's in there as well."
University archivists say the collection was drawn from the band's various studios and business offices and dates back to the Dead's founding in 1965. Among the items are rare photographs, press clippings, stage props, vintage posters, backstage passes and set and guest lists for some of the band's innumerable concerts, which were famed for their lengthy jams and die-hard tape-swapping followers, the Deadheads.
The head of special collections and archives at the university, Christine Bunting, said much of the material to be unveiled Thursday at the Fillmore, the San Francisco rock club, was in fact sent to the band from Deadheads, including band-inspired artwork and personal letters.
"And lots of, you know, poems," Ms. Bunting added.
Unfortunately for fans, the collection includes no new music from the group, which formally disbanded after the death of the guitarist and singer Jerry Garcia in 1995, though some members have continued to play together occasionally. Ms. Bunting said much of the material, which covers about 2,000 square feet, had been in a warehouse at an undisclosed location in Northern California, but would be open to the public in a renovated room at the university's library.
While the band inspired no end of drug paraphernalia, Ms. Bunting said none was in the collection.
The university, located in a hippie-friendly city 75 miles south of San Francisco, already teaches a popular undergraduate course about the Grateful Dead's music, and is known as "a hotbed of current Deadhead culture," said Bob Weir, the group's rhythm guitarist.
Mr. Weir said the band had decided to donate the memorabilia in part to keep it from getting lost as years went by.
"It seemed to all of us that the stuff really belongs to the community that supported us for all those years," he said. "And Santa Cruz seemed the coziest possible home for it."
You don't have to be a piper to enjoy this weekend. Wonderful place just to drop by and jam.
From: Ernie Shultis
Sent: Thursday, January 17, 2008 10:27 PM
Subject: Saugerties Piping Weekend
The dates this year are April 25-28, 2008. The prices will be the same as last year and are as follows: Friday dinner thru Monday brunch: $210.00 (room and board) Friday dinner thru Sunday brunch: $140.00 (room and board) Individual meals (if you don't want: Breakfast $3, Lunch $4 and dinner $10. If you just want to come and enjoy the music and you aren't interested in staying the night or having a meal with us and maybe jam along the cost is always: FREE. The site will once again be at St. Joseph's Villa/Falling Waters, 43 Spaulding Lane, Saugerties, NY 12477. If you're interested in attending the weekend please forward a $25.00 non-refundable deposit check (US funds) made out to myself: Ernie Shultis. My mailing address is 4055 Rt. 32, Saugerties, NY 12477. I can be reached via e-mail: email@example.com or phone (518) 678-3375. We welcome Northumbrian smallpipes, Scottish smallpipes, Uilleann pipes, Cornish pipes, and what ever other pipes you may have lurking around. In the past participants have brought harp, fiddle, mandolin, tin whistle, concertina, guitar, bodhran, dulcimer, didgeridoo, ukulele, etc. So stay warm this winter with thoughts of Saugerties!
From Diane Sommer-
Many of our fellow American citizens, although believing deeply in the cause of peace, and wanting an end to the occupation in Iraq, sincerely question the effectiveness of non violent direct actions, protests, marches, etc. Perhaps we all do at times. There are obviously some people who are offended by (the often) stridency of the message while others are inspired by it.
We, (speaking of the Peace Movement in general) keep looking for more effective ways to change the direction the country and world seems to be heading or at least to ease the immense suffering. Millions have come out to march in protest, tens of thousands have been arrested for civil disobedience, many have been arrested multiple times, and it hasn't stopped the war yet. (Speaking only for myself, I don't know the best or maybe even a good way to oppose war and oppression, but I do know what is worst and for me that would be to do nothing, to be silent.) That's just me and I realize what's right for me is not necessarily right for anyone else. That said, to explore this further, a short documentary is being put together with citizens sympathetic to the Peace Movement, but who are not necessarily directly involved.
We hear often, the phrase, "Where is the outrage?" However, many have excellent, well thought out, even spiritual reasons to remain, so to speak, somewhat on the sidelines. These voices need to be heard. The apparent silence of a large portion (majority) of the American public needs to be understood if it is ever to be addressed effectively . This film will explore (not challenge or blame) those reasons and also, what if anything, from your standpoint, it would take to get a larger segment of the public to take direct action, to become actively involved.
My very good friend Tarak Kauff is organizing this and I am going to help him in any way I am able by filming, writing and creating artwork. If you're interested in weighing in on this, being interviewed or doing part of the filming, editing, etc. please get in touch with either me:
Diane Sommer 845-227-9464 firstname.lastname@example.org or
Tarak Kauff at 845-679-3299 email@example.com
Your thoughts are of great interest and importance. You can be anonymous if you like, even interviewed off camera if you like. Please feel free to pass this on.