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Zhenya comedians or folkies (46) RE: comedians or folkies 16 Jul 08

Not sure if this exactly fits your definition of folkies, but one of the best performances I went to in recent years was an evening with Aly Bain and Phil Cunningham. They are both virtuoso musicians (on fiddle and accordion, for those who don't know of them) and were also incredibly funny throughout the evening.

At one point, they told an anecdote about being introduced at a festival as singers, although neither of them usually does any singing at their performances. They described how they quickly threw together a work to perform - A version of "How much is that doggie in the window?" done with Cajun style music, and sung backwards in poorly accented French! it was funny enough to hear about it, but then they proceeded to perform the very piece. (Phil on the vocals.) It brought down the house! (and sounded surprisingly Cajun, vocals included!) Somehow, they were able to include pieces like that, and later in the program, a moving piece Phil wrote for his late brother, fiddler Johnny Cunningham, and make everything work together beautifully. A really memorable concert.

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