Mudcat Café message #384747 The Mudcat Café TM
Thread #29980   Message #384747
Posted By: Sourdough
29-Jan-01 - 10:15 AM
Thread Name: Sandy Paton - write your autobiog!
Subject: RE: Sandy Paton - write your autobiog!
It is hard to 'fess up to one's ignorance but here goes:

I was active in the so-called folk scene in the southern New England, Boston, and New York City area during the late 50s and early sixties. I even appeared onstage at Goede's Folk CIty. I helped form the Indian Neck Folk Music Festival, I produced concerts with "unknowns" such as Joan Baez and Odetta Felious as well as with established performers such as Pete Seeger and Cynthia Gooding. I worked at WGBH on some of the first traditional music television programs with outstanding performers. Th point of this recitation is that it seemed natural to me that the music of Appalachia would percolate North to Philadelphia, New York and Boston and that's where you would find the people who were what Pete Seeger calls the newest "links in the chain". In my provincialism, I never thought about there being other concentrations of folk interest and activity in preserving and presenting the music that means so much to me. It has been through Mudcat that I have learned of people like Sandy Paton and Art. Unfortunately, I learned of others as they were memorialized on Mudcat follwing the announcement of their deaths. I have started to get some idea of what I have been missing both in people and in music. It has been an eye-opener for me to learn about the Chicago school and the quality of both performance and recsearch that was centered there. I would sure have a lot to learn from a book by/about Sandy Paton.

Sourdough