Mudcat Café message #89273 The Mudcat Café TM
Thread #11747   Message #89273
Posted By: Art Thieme
24-Jun-99 - 02:01 AM
Thread Name: Origins: Golden Vanity Variants
Subject: RE: Golden Vanity

I'll never forget Horton Barker at the very first University of Chicago Folk Festival--1961. He had that huge audience in the palm of his hand singing unaccompanied ballads. Sandy did a solo performance there that year. It was before we knew what a fine singer Caroline was. That same year (I think) Horton was back in Chicago to do a solo concert in Old Town at the old LaSalle School. Joan Baez was also in town and she went to Horton's concert. He called her up on stage and they did an a capella duet harmony version of "Swing Low Sweet Chariot". It brought down the house. You wouldn't figure those two voices would work together, but they sure did! Horton Barker stood as straight as a ramrod on stage and always wore a suit when he performed. He was 86 years old then if I remember right.