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Old Songs Festival 2008 Who's Going?

Susan A-R 04 Jun 08 - 04:05 PM
JHW 04 Jun 08 - 05:53 PM
GUEST,DonMeixner 04 Jun 08 - 06:10 PM
Ref 04 Jun 08 - 07:01 PM
bbc 04 Jun 08 - 07:05 PM
kendall 04 Jun 08 - 07:18 PM
MaineDog 04 Jun 08 - 07:44 PM
Jeri 04 Jun 08 - 08:02 PM
WFDU - Ron Olesko 04 Jun 08 - 08:04 PM
bbc 04 Jun 08 - 09:20 PM
bigchuck 04 Jun 08 - 10:00 PM
WFDU - Ron Olesko 04 Jun 08 - 10:25 PM
GUEST,Pamela from Ithaca 04 Jun 08 - 11:12 PM
JedMarum 04 Jun 08 - 11:16 PM
Susan A-R 04 Jun 08 - 11:40 PM
bbc 05 Jun 08 - 07:07 AM
Susan of DT 05 Jun 08 - 07:20 AM
kendall 05 Jun 08 - 07:27 AM
AllisonA(Animaterra) 05 Jun 08 - 11:45 AM
Rabbi-Sol 05 Jun 08 - 11:52 AM
Hollowfox 05 Jun 08 - 03:46 PM
MaineDog 05 Jun 08 - 04:07 PM
GUEST,Meadowmuskrat 05 Jun 08 - 04:58 PM
Allan C. 05 Jun 08 - 07:08 PM
kendall 05 Jun 08 - 09:24 PM
bbc 05 Jun 08 - 10:33 PM
Midchuck 05 Jun 08 - 10:40 PM
KT 06 Jun 08 - 02:11 AM
Susan of DT 06 Jun 08 - 08:33 AM
bigchuck 06 Jun 08 - 08:48 AM
Charlie Baum 06 Jun 08 - 09:08 AM
GUEST,Meadowmushrat 06 Jun 08 - 03:31 PM
Susan of DT 06 Jun 08 - 04:14 PM
kendall 06 Jun 08 - 08:30 PM
GUEST,Pamela from Ithaca 07 Jun 08 - 04:43 PM
Susan of DT 08 Jun 08 - 03:09 PM
bigchuck 08 Jun 08 - 03:41 PM
EBarnacle 08 Jun 08 - 07:50 PM
GUEST,C Gray Adams 09 Jun 08 - 12:47 AM
GUEST,KT 09 Jun 08 - 01:58 AM
Susan A-R 16 Jun 08 - 02:39 PM
Susan of DT 21 Jun 08 - 12:07 PM
kendall 21 Jun 08 - 04:04 PM
jacqui.c 21 Jun 08 - 07:52 PM
GUEST,Pamela from Ithaca 21 Jun 08 - 08:58 PM
kendall 22 Jun 08 - 03:30 PM
Ref 22 Jun 08 - 07:45 PM
bbc 22 Jun 08 - 08:01 PM
WFDU - Ron Olesko 22 Jun 08 - 09:21 PM
Anne Lister 23 Jun 08 - 06:24 PM
kendall 23 Jun 08 - 07:40 PM
Ref 23 Jun 08 - 08:37 PM
EBarnacle 24 Jun 08 - 07:43 PM
GUEST,Don Meixner 24 Jun 08 - 10:38 PM
EBarnacle 24 Jun 08 - 11:03 PM
kendall 25 Jun 08 - 08:08 AM
GUEST,BB 26 Jun 08 - 06:29 AM
bbc 26 Jun 08 - 07:01 AM
AllisonA(Animaterra) 26 Jun 08 - 07:59 AM
jacqui.c 26 Jun 08 - 08:12 AM
Jeri 26 Jun 08 - 08:25 AM
Jeri 26 Jun 08 - 08:35 AM
AllisonA(Animaterra) 26 Jun 08 - 03:05 PM
GUEST,DonMeixner 26 Jun 08 - 06:13 PM
AllisonA(Animaterra) 26 Jun 08 - 06:16 PM
bbc 26 Jun 08 - 06:23 PM
Jeri 26 Jun 08 - 06:51 PM
jacqui.c 26 Jun 08 - 07:38 PM
GUEST,G Doucette 26 Jun 08 - 09:24 PM
Jeri 26 Jun 08 - 09:33 PM
jacqui.c 27 Jun 08 - 07:34 AM
Jeri 27 Jun 08 - 08:23 AM
jacqui.c 27 Jun 08 - 08:33 AM
GUEST,G Doucette 27 Jun 08 - 08:56 AM
Jeri 27 Jun 08 - 09:14 AM
GUEST,Peg 27 Jun 08 - 04:32 PM
Amos 27 Jun 08 - 06:51 PM
Peg 27 Jun 08 - 09:04 PM
Barry Finn 27 Jun 08 - 11:12 PM
Peg 28 Jun 08 - 08:38 AM
Jeri 29 Jun 08 - 07:07 PM
Ref 29 Jun 08 - 10:11 PM
WFDU - Ron Olesko 29 Jun 08 - 10:41 PM
GUEST,DonMeixner 29 Jun 08 - 10:42 PM
WFDU - Ron Olesko 29 Jun 08 - 10:47 PM
Zhenya 30 Jun 08 - 02:21 AM
Jeri 30 Jun 08 - 08:24 AM
kendall 30 Jun 08 - 10:19 AM
Susan A-R 30 Jun 08 - 10:20 AM
GUEST,Meadowmuskrat 30 Jun 08 - 11:19 AM
GUEST,DonMeixner 30 Jun 08 - 03:47 PM
SINSULL 30 Jun 08 - 04:14 PM
SINSULL 30 Jun 08 - 04:18 PM
Peg 30 Jun 08 - 04:21 PM
SINSULL 30 Jun 08 - 04:32 PM
Barry Finn 30 Jun 08 - 04:35 PM
Jeri 30 Jun 08 - 04:37 PM
Peg 30 Jun 08 - 04:41 PM
WFDU - Ron Olesko 30 Jun 08 - 05:03 PM
Jeri 30 Jun 08 - 05:07 PM
Midchuck 30 Jun 08 - 05:10 PM
WFDU - Ron Olesko 30 Jun 08 - 05:20 PM
Jeri 30 Jun 08 - 05:25 PM
Mark Ross 30 Jun 08 - 07:03 PM
Jeri 30 Jun 08 - 07:25 PM
Ref 30 Jun 08 - 07:37 PM
Jeri 30 Jun 08 - 07:49 PM
Ref 30 Jun 08 - 08:29 PM
Zhenya 30 Jun 08 - 08:39 PM
GUEST,Dani 30 Jun 08 - 09:04 PM
Barbara Shaw 30 Jun 08 - 09:22 PM
Jeri 30 Jun 08 - 09:33 PM
Ref 30 Jun 08 - 09:46 PM
GUEST,DonMeixner 30 Jun 08 - 10:19 PM
kendall 30 Jun 08 - 10:20 PM
Susan A-R 30 Jun 08 - 10:20 PM
georgeward 01 Jul 08 - 02:36 AM
Midchuck 01 Jul 08 - 06:29 AM
kendall 01 Jul 08 - 08:01 AM
WFDU - Ron Olesko 01 Jul 08 - 11:13 AM
dick greenhaus 01 Jul 08 - 11:55 AM
MikeT 01 Jul 08 - 12:54 PM
Midchuck 01 Jul 08 - 04:27 PM
Jeri 01 Jul 08 - 04:39 PM
bbc 01 Jul 08 - 05:45 PM
bbc 01 Jul 08 - 05:49 PM
jacqui.c 01 Jul 08 - 07:26 PM
kendall 01 Jul 08 - 08:00 PM
Jeri 01 Jul 08 - 08:33 PM
kendall 01 Jul 08 - 09:20 PM
MaineDog 03 Jul 08 - 08:49 AM
Midchuck 03 Jul 08 - 08:53 AM
WFDU - Ron Olesko 03 Jul 08 - 09:38 AM
GUEST,Elmore 03 Jul 08 - 09:55 AM
Jeri 03 Jul 08 - 10:33 AM
kendall 03 Jul 08 - 02:46 PM
Jeri 03 Jul 08 - 03:04 PM
GUEST,DonMeixner 03 Jul 08 - 03:11 PM
GUEST,Pamela from Ithaca 03 Jul 08 - 10:29 PM
kendall 03 Jul 08 - 11:21 PM
bbc 04 Jul 08 - 08:35 AM
MaineDog 04 Jul 08 - 09:03 AM
Jeri 04 Jul 08 - 10:15 AM
bbc 04 Jul 08 - 10:17 AM
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Subject: Old Songs 2008 Who's Going?
From: Susan A-R
Date: 04 Jun 08 - 04:05 PM

Just made my reservation this weekend and am really looking forward to it. Looks like a list if great performers, and I haven't been to any places where Mudcatters gather for about a year and a half.

So. . . Who's headed for the fairgrounds (should I start a betting pool re weather??)

Susan


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Subject: RE: Old Songs 2008 Who's Going?
From: JHW
Date: 04 Jun 08 - 05:53 PM

Where, what, when?


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Subject: RE: Old Songs 2008 Who's Going?
From: GUEST,DonMeixner
Date: 04 Jun 08 - 06:10 PM

I will be there.


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Subject: RE: Old Songs 2008 Who's Going?
From: Ref
Date: 04 Jun 08 - 07:01 PM

I've missed one in 17 years. It's always a highlight!


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Subject: RE: Old Songs 2008 Who's Going?
From: bbc
Date: 04 Jun 08 - 07:05 PM

Duane D. & I will be there, Friday through Sunday. Duane will be helping at the Folk Legacy booth & I will be out & about, helping a little, as needed. We've gotten spoiled--definitely motel--Best Western on Western Ave. in Albany.

JHW, Old Songs is an annual folk weekend in a town near Albany,New York,USA. Many Mudcatters attend &/ participate in various ways. Old Songs is special for the amazing quality of its spontaneous harmony singing. It's a great way to start the summer, if you can join us. Here's the info:

Old Songs Festival

best,

Barbara


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Subject: RE: Old Songs 2008 Who's Going?
From: kendall
Date: 04 Jun 08 - 07:18 PM

Jacqui and I will be there.


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Subject: RE: Old Songs 2008 Who's Going?
From: MaineDog
Date: 04 Jun 08 - 07:44 PM

Sorry, not this time.
There's a direct conflict with an early music camp I've been interested in for a while now. Hopefully next year will not be a conflict.
Does anyone go to Falcon Ridge, of Ossipee Valley?

MD


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Subject: RE: Old Songs 2008 Who's Going?
From: Jeri
Date: 04 Jun 08 - 08:02 PM

Got my tickets a while back and will be in the 'music at night' section outside the gates.

Will there be Woodchucks this year? I missed the 'cowboy coffee' and the music last year! (I'll even bring coffee again if I'm still allowed to mooch.)


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Subject: RE: Old Songs 2008 Who's Going?
From: WFDU - Ron Olesko
Date: 04 Jun 08 - 08:04 PM

I'll be there! I'm also spoiled by the Best Western.


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Subject: RE: Old Songs 2008 Who's Going?
From: bbc
Date: 04 Jun 08 - 09:20 PM

I'll be wearing my Mudcat button, Ron, & Duane always wears his Mudcat teeshirts. Maybe we'll see you at breakfast!

bbc


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Subject: RE: Old Songs 2008 Who's Going?
From: bigchuck
Date: 04 Jun 08 - 10:00 PM

I plan to be there from Thursday evening through Sun, camping in the music at night section with friends and granddaughter Ashley. We'll be in the low 100's, I think>

Sandy


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Subject: RE: Old Songs 2008 Who's Going?
From: WFDU - Ron Olesko
Date: 04 Jun 08 - 10:25 PM

I will look for you! I ususally wear a Hawaiian shirt to breakfast. I also have a ponytail, but that might describe a good portion of the audience!


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Subject: RE: Old Songs 2008 Who's Going?
From: GUEST,Pamela from Ithaca
Date: 04 Jun 08 - 11:12 PM

Ted and I will be there. Ted's doing sound for the dance pavilion as staff
this year. So we'll be there from Thursday afternoon through the bitter
end Sunday for set up and break down.

There's lots of great music. We've got Deb Cowen to look forward
to this year. Lots of great Adirondak musicians as well.

We'll be camping again. (Showers at 2am... oh joy.)
I'm looking forward to lots of visiting, listening, and singing.


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Subject: RE: Old Songs 2008 Who's Going?
From: JedMarum
Date: 04 Jun 08 - 11:16 PM

Looks like one need to visit, one of these days ...

Wishing y'all the best.


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Subject: RE: Old Songs 2008 Who's Going?
From: Susan A-R
Date: 04 Jun 08 - 11:40 PM

My friend Pam and I will be in the Noisy at night/quiet in the morning section. Took us a while to wise up to the fact that we were generally being noisy at night somewhere, if not in our camping area, and folks did get moving awfully early in the quiet at night section.

There's been someone with good coffee in the concession area the last few times I've gone, but I missed last year. I sure hope they are still there.

Can't Wait to see you all, play fiddle, listen to bunches of good musicians and sing, and dance and . . . Is it really only a weekend??


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Subject: RE: Old Songs 2008 Who's Going?
From: bbc
Date: 05 Jun 08 - 07:07 AM

I believe the "good coffee" stand is a fixture now, Susan; too many of the us are hooked on the "good stuff" to leave it off. Enjoy!

Barbara


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Subject: RE: Old Songs 2008 Who's Going?
From: Susan of DT
Date: 05 Jun 08 - 07:20 AM

Dick Greenhaus and I will be at the CAMSCO booth, so come by and say hello.

If people want mudcat tee shirts, let us know what sizes and colors you want us to bring - navy or red, small to 3X, but not all are available.

Dick will be leading the Friday nite sing after the concert, in the Dutch Barn.

Ballad singers: It is not in the program because it is not official, but April's Saturday morning 8 am ballad sing is always wonderful. It is usually at the Street Corner or thereabouts. Look for signs.


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Subject: RE: Old Songs 2008 Who's Going?
From: kendall
Date: 05 Jun 08 - 07:27 AM

It will be interesting to see how many are put off by the gas prices.


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Subject: RE: Old Songs 2008 Who's Going?
From: AllisonA(Animaterra)
Date: 05 Jun 08 - 11:45 AM

Me, me! I'll be showing off my sweetie and wallowing in good friends and good music. Our campsite is Quiet at Night, in the 600s, but I'm thinking of getting a hotel room if there's still space in town. Does anyone know about the little M & M motel right at the corner of 146 or whatever the route is?


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Subject: RE: Old Songs 2008 Who's Going?
From: Rabbi-Sol
Date: 05 Jun 08 - 11:52 AM

Fay and I will be there on Sunday like we are every year.

                                                    SOL


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Subject: RE: Old Songs 2008 Who's Going?
From: Hollowfox
Date: 05 Jun 08 - 03:46 PM

I'll be there, but just by myself. the boys are pushing their fortunes down in Columbus Ohio, and Amy has a summer job taking notes at the university.


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Subject: RE: Old Songs 2008 Who's Going?
From: MaineDog
Date: 05 Jun 08 - 04:07 PM

I stayed at the M&M back in the eighties before I got my camper. It was somewhat better than suffering a thunderstorm in a tent, but only if it rained.
MD


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Subject: RE: Old Songs 2008 Who's Going?
From: GUEST,Meadowmuskrat
Date: 05 Jun 08 - 04:58 PM

Driving up sat morning from NJ. Picking up Mark from Monroe who will be adding to the extensive list he keeps of every live performer he has seen since the 60's.Definetly interested in a tee shirt-XL.


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Subject: RE: Old Songs 2008 Who's Going?
From: Allan C.
Date: 05 Jun 08 - 07:08 PM

Carmen and I are sad to report that we won't be there this year. I just hate it when real life (i.e., work,) gets in the way of important stuff!


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Subject: RE: Old Songs 2008 Who's Going?
From: kendall
Date: 05 Jun 08 - 09:24 PM

Work is the curse of the drinking class.


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Subject: RE: Old Songs 2008 Who's Going?
From: bbc
Date: 05 Jun 08 - 10:33 PM

Sorry to hear that, Allan. I hope everything is ok, otherwise?

Barbara


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Subject: RE: Old Songs 2008 Who's Going?
From: Midchuck
Date: 05 Jun 08 - 10:40 PM

Kris and I will not be going for the weekend, because:

- I will be driving back from TN to VT, following a week at Steve Kaufman Flatpicking Kamp, on Sunday and Monday previous, and will be ready to enjoy being home for a while.

- The two of us are playing on Saturday for our home town celebration which has been moved from July 4 this year.

- We're getting kind of long in the tooth for sleeping on the ground, and haven't made a decision about buying any kind of camper yet.

We may drive down for the day Sunday. We'll see how we feel at 6:00 Sunday morning.

The good side is that, as Kris is retiring from public school teaching this Spring, the Getaway is a serious possibility for the first time.

Peter


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Subject: RE: Old Songs 2008 Who's Going?
From: KT
Date: 06 Jun 08 - 02:11 AM

Boy, I sure would like to go, but this year Old Songs and the Festival of American Fiddle Tunes are both happening on June 29th. As much as I'd like to, I haven't figured out how to be in both places at once. So, Fiddle Tunes it is, for this year.

Have a great time, everyone! Looks like a GREAT lineup!

KT


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Subject: RE: Old Songs 2008 Who's Going?
From: Susan of DT
Date: 06 Jun 08 - 08:33 AM

Meadowmuskrat - We have both red and navy teeshirts in XL, which do you want? Where in NJ are you? We are in Mercer county. PM if you want to be specific. (Assuming my PMs work - they all vanished last month and I have not run a test to see whether I can still receive them. My archive is there, but the ones I kept in the current area are gone.)


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Subject: RE: Old Songs 2008 Who's Going?
From: bigchuck
Date: 06 Jun 08 - 08:48 AM

Susan, I'd like a red 2x.

Sandy


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Subject: RE: Old Songs 2008 Who's Going?
From: Charlie Baum
Date: 06 Jun 08 - 09:08 AM

Got my tix. I always camp in the quiet-at-night section so it'll be quiet when I DO retire to my tent at some wee hour, and the noise of little children will keep me from sleeping through the day (though the tent always heats up enough in the sun to wake me anyway).

I can hardly wait, but I need to learn a couple of more songs for the singarounds first.

--Charlie Baum


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Subject: RE: Old Songs 2008 Who's Going?
From: GUEST,Meadowmushrat
Date: 06 Jun 08 - 03:31 PM

Susan of DT. I'm from Bergen county. would prefer the red color. I don't know what PM stands for, but if you tell me where you'll be during the day Sat. I'll look you up.


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Subject: RE: Old Songs 2008 Who's Going?
From: Susan of DT
Date: 06 Jun 08 - 04:14 PM

Meadowmushrat - Since you are a guest you cannot use Personal Messages. You might join up so that you can use them. We will be at the CAMSCO Music CD booth all the time. If I am not there, Dick will be.

I put the shirt in my backpack.


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Subject: RE: Old Songs 2008 Who's Going?
From: kendall
Date: 06 Jun 08 - 08:30 PM

Old Songs aint old songs without the Woodchucks.
KT, how can you settle for fiddle tunes rather than Old Songs?

Anyway, you and the Woodchucks better show up at the Getaway this year.
I'm having another operation on my vocal cord next Wednesday, so I may have a voice by Getaway time.


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Subject: RE: Old Songs 2008 Who's Going?
From: GUEST,Pamela from Ithaca
Date: 07 Jun 08 - 04:43 PM

Kendall - best of success with the operation.
May your surgeon be extraordinarily skilled and attentive.

Charlie - I can't wait to hear a new song or two...
not that anything's wrong with the old ones.

And, I also hope to be at Getaway this year - my first,
if I can make it. October seems a long way away.

-psg


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Subject: RE: Old Songs 2008 Who's Going?
From: Susan of DT
Date: 08 Jun 08 - 03:09 PM

Bigchuck/Sandy - I had missed your request before, but yes we have a red XXL (last one).

There are no medium mudcat tee shirts of either color and only one XXL (navy) after this. The small and large are navy only.


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Subject: RE: Old Songs 2008 Who's Going?
From: bigchuck
Date: 08 Jun 08 - 03:41 PM

Thanks Susan. I'll see you there.

Sandy


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Subject: RE: Old Songs 2008 Who's Going?
From: EBarnacle
Date: 08 Jun 08 - 07:50 PM

Lady Hillary and I will be there helping Dick and Susan.


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Subject: RE: Old Songs 2008 Who's Going?
From: GUEST,C Gray Adams
Date: 09 Jun 08 - 12:47 AM

Hello,

This message is for Ron Olesko.

Ron I don't know how to contact you so I will ask my question here.

I have read the thread about the song "The Miracle of the Wheat" and I am trying to get a recording of the song for a dear friend that used to listen to the AM broadcasts of Stan Matlock in the 60's.

Please send me an MP3 of the song at cgray@inhiscommission.com. I will gladly pay any royalties necessary.

Thank you,
C. Gray Adams


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Subject: RE: Old Songs 2008 Who's Going?
From: GUEST,KT
Date: 09 Jun 08 - 01:58 AM

Kendall, settle? well, it has something to do with proximity and $. I loved Old Songs the two years I was able to get there, and really do hope to get back...maybe next year.

Getaway '08 is on my radar.....still in the idea stage, but under serious consideration.


KT


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Subject: RE: Old Songs 2008 Who's Going?
From: Susan A-R
Date: 16 Jun 08 - 02:39 PM

Soon, Soon. See you all there SOON!! (can you tell I'm excited. It'll just be nice to get away from the home construction, and I get to sing, and I get to play, and I get to see friends . . . SOON.


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Subject: RE: Old Songs 2008 Who's Going?
From: Susan of DT
Date: 21 Jun 08 - 12:07 PM

Last call for mudcat tee shirts for Old Songs. I have packed the shirts for Meadowmuskrat, Midchuck, and Ebarnacle. We also have mudcat patches that you can sew onto whatever you like.

See you all at the Camsco booth.


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Subject: RE: Old Songs 2008 Who's Going?
From: kendall
Date: 21 Jun 08 - 04:04 PM

For anyone who is interested, we will be moored at site number 205. That's across the road from the performers gate.
We traded that 33 foot monstrosity for a pop up.


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Subject: RE: Old Songs 2008 Who's Going?
From: jacqui.c
Date: 21 Jun 08 - 07:52 PM

And we will have copies of the Utah/Kendall DVD.


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Subject: RE: Old Songs 2008 Who's Going?
From: GUEST,Pamela from Ithaca
Date: 21 Jun 08 - 08:58 PM

I can't wait to see everyone, and hear great music.
The weather report is iffy (Surprise!), so remember to
bring your rain gear.


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Subject: RE: Old Songs 2008 Who's Going?
From: kendall
Date: 22 Jun 08 - 03:30 PM

It's the law in NY state, it must rain at Old Songs.


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Subject: RE: Old Songs 2008 Who's Going?
From: Ref
Date: 22 Jun 08 - 07:45 PM

Let's hope there's no interminable cold typhoon winds this year. A little thundershower or two we can handle.


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Subject: RE: Old Songs 2008 Who's Going?
From: bbc
Date: 22 Jun 08 - 08:01 PM

Ah, motels! Best Western--showers, a/c, & hot breakfast (did I mention Internet connection?)--here we come! :)

bbc


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Subject: RE: Old Songs 2008 Who's Going?
From: WFDU - Ron Olesko
Date: 22 Jun 08 - 09:21 PM

I'm with you BBC! I really like that Best Western. I'm looking forward to the buffet on Saturday and Sunday morning! Nothing beats it to start the day!


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Subject: RE: Old Songs 2008 Who's Going?
From: Anne Lister
Date: 23 Jun 08 - 06:24 PM

Oh, I wish I was going too! Give my love to them all and tell them I'd love to come next year!

Anne


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Subject: RE: Old Songs 2008 Who's Going?
From: kendall
Date: 23 Jun 08 - 07:40 PM

I'm enough of a hedonist to be partial to a nice motel room, but I have to have a place to relax during the day, and I don't want to miss anything, so, I camp out.


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Subject: RE: Old Songs 2008 Who's Going?
From: Ref
Date: 23 Jun 08 - 08:37 PM

Pop-ups rule.


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Subject: RE: Old Songs 2008 Who's Going?
From: EBarnacle
Date: 24 Jun 08 - 07:43 PM

It turns out that we will be coming by way of Vermont, where we will pick up a boat to take home.


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Subject: RE: Old Songs 2008 Who's Going?
From: GUEST,Don Meixner
Date: 24 Jun 08 - 10:38 PM

My brother and sister in law live 12 miles away. A relaxing drive, a long shower, and a good bed. But they are such jerks I usually drive to Albany and hit up the Motel 6. A long drive, a marginal shower, and a questionable bed but no yammering on about politics, deer hunters, or the better parts of power versus sail.

Don


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Subject: RE: Old Songs 2008 Who's Going?
From: EBarnacle
Date: 24 Jun 08 - 11:03 PM

Don, look me up in the camsco booth, please. Eric


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Subject: RE: Old Songs 2008 Who's Going?
From: kendall
Date: 25 Jun 08 - 08:08 AM

I'm told that my old friend, Sandy Paton won't be there this year. That makes me sad.


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Subject: RE: Old Songs 2008 Who's Going?
From: GUEST,BB
Date: 26 Jun 08 - 06:29 AM

I just noticed something new to me at the Old Songs website - an opportunity to put up car pooling messages. There were quite a few posted, several from Ithaca, NY (where SOME festival-goers might possibly live and work!), some from Vermont. There's been talk here and there about the price of gas affecting festival attendance. This kind of thing could help folks a LOT!!
BB, who has always happily and gratefully shared a ride to Old Songs. Until this year, that is.


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Subject: RE: Old Songs 2008 Who's Going?
From: bbc
Date: 26 Jun 08 - 07:01 AM

That's true, Kendall; Sandy's ok, but the heat & humidity, among other things, are getting tougher for him. Duane & I will be there, as well as Lee, to help Caroline at the Folk Legacy stand (next to Ben & Jerry's, folks!). Driving up Friday am. See you all soon!

Barbara


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Subject: RE: Old Songs 2008 Who's Going?
From: AllisonA(Animaterra)
Date: 26 Jun 08 - 07:59 AM

Wheeeee!!


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Subject: RE: Old Songs 2008 Who's Going?
From: jacqui.c
Date: 26 Jun 08 - 08:12 AM

We're getting all packed up today!

I'm bringing some copies of the Utah/Kendall concert - if you're interested come and see us at 205. Sales are for the benefit of Joanna, Utah's widow.


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Subject: RE: Old Songs 2008 Who's Going?
From: Jeri
Date: 26 Jun 08 - 08:25 AM

I'll be in 114B when I'm there. If I'm there, I'm probably asleep or tying to be. Or walking to and from the porta pooper. I do a lot of that. I'm beginning to wonder if women really DO have a prostate and 'they' just aren't telling us. Anyway, I think I'm near where the 'FEMA   trailer' (tent) was last year. (I can't believe there's no photo!)

Hopefully, I'm packing the car today and leaving tomorrow. With any luck, I'll remember the ticket AND the tent, not to mention an instrument or several. Then I get gas HERE where it's still under $4...just.

Every year, it's like I'm packing for a two week vacation. Do I take this? Do I take that? Three days, two nights, that's it!

See y'all there!


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Subject: RE: Old Songs 2008 Who's Going?
From: Jeri
Date: 26 Jun 08 - 08:35 AM

Oh yeah. Money. Note to self: don't forget money.


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Subject: RE: Old Songs 2008 Who's Going?
From: AllisonA(Animaterra)
Date: 26 Jun 08 - 03:05 PM

I just caved and got one of the last rooms at the Best Western. Hey, Barbara- what time's breakfast?!


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Subject: RE: Old Songs 2008 Who's Going?
From: GUEST,DonMeixner
Date: 26 Jun 08 - 06:13 PM

Sadly reality has changed for me.

My mother who has pancreatic cancer is 91 and has taken a turn that requires me at home. I won't be in my usual space in the craft alley this year and I will miss you all.

Don


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Subject: RE: Old Songs 2008 Who's Going?
From: AllisonA(Animaterra)
Date: 26 Jun 08 - 06:16 PM

Oh, that's too bad, Don! I so wanted you to meet my feller.
Best wishes to you and your mom- you will be where you belong.
Love and light and caring thoughts are winging your way.

Allison


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Subject: RE: Old Songs 2008 Who's Going?
From: bbc
Date: 26 Jun 08 - 06:23 PM

Don, you will, indeed, be missed! Best to you & your mom as you do what needs doing.

Allison, we will be setting up Folk Legacy Friday morning or afternoon. Look for us & for Caroline there. It will be great to see you! Maybe time for a chat, this time?

love,

Barbara


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Subject: RE: Old Songs 2008 Who's Going?
From: Jeri
Date: 26 Jun 08 - 06:51 PM

Don, I will miss both of you as you've become part of the Old Songs experience for me. Family is always more important. Hugs.


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Subject: RE: Old Songs 2008 Who's Going?
From: jacqui.c
Date: 26 Jun 08 - 07:38 PM

Sorry not to see you Don - take care of yourself and your mother. Good thoughts coming from Maine for my favourite jeweler.


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Subject: RE: Old Songs 2008 Who's Going?
From: GUEST,G Doucette
Date: 26 Jun 08 - 09:24 PM

We're at the Best Western too. Can't beat the free breakfast. Looking forward to the Utah Memorial.


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Subject: RE: Old Songs 2008 Who's Going?
From: Jeri
Date: 26 Jun 08 - 09:33 PM

I haven't heard about the Utah memorial but if I learn more, I'll be there.


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Subject: RE: Old Songs 2008 Who's Going?
From: jacqui.c
Date: 27 Jun 08 - 07:34 AM

So will we.


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Subject: RE: Old Songs 2008 Who's Going?
From: Jeri
Date: 27 Jun 08 - 08:23 AM

'Remembering Utah' is at Area 3 (the infield) from 5:30 to 6:30.


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Subject: RE: Old Songs 2008 Who's Going?
From: jacqui.c
Date: 27 Jun 08 - 08:33 AM

Truck all packed, husband cranky - here we go!!!!!!!


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Subject: RE: Old Songs 2008 Who's Going?
From: GUEST,G Doucette
Date: 27 Jun 08 - 08:56 AM

The Utah Memorial is on Saturday. It looks like it's going to be a muggy weekend with scattered showers just about all weekend. It could be a lot worse!!!


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Subject: RE: Old Songs 2008 Who's Going?
From: Jeri
Date: 27 Jun 08 - 09:14 AM

I suppose the DAY was important. Thanks G!

I'm sticking the rest of the stuff in the car, and I'll see y'all in a bit.


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Subject: RE: Old Songs 2008 Who's Going?
From: GUEST,Peg
Date: 27 Jun 08 - 04:32 PM

After not being there for a couple of years, I was planning to go for the whole day on Saturday, but my partner now has to work 8 am to 8 pm, and he'd been planning to drive me there and drop me off...so I don't think I will make it. Tood bad, it looks like a greta line-up!

The good news is: I now live in Albany--so any of the Mudcat gang who wants to drive out to my house for a proper shower is welcome! Email me if you are interested...amberapple at gmail dot com.

Maybe I will come for Sunday? I hate to miss the whole weekend.

peg


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Subject: RE: Old Songs 2008 Who's Going?
From: Amos
Date: 27 Jun 08 - 06:51 PM

Gee, it's nice to see your name on a thread, Peg!



A


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Subject: RE: Old Songs 2008 Who's Going?
From: Peg
Date: 27 Jun 08 - 09:04 PM

thanks Amos! It has been a while, probably at least a year. Life has been crazy.

Hope you are well!


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Subject: RE: Old Songs 2008 Who's Going?
From: Barry Finn
Date: 27 Jun 08 - 11:12 PM

"The good news is: I now live in Albany."

Hi Peg, so nice to see your name again, been wondering where you went. Not good news to us in the Boston area but glad to see you're back on a music forum.

If I had known you'd be hitting Old Songs I would've campained a bit harder to go.

All my best

Barry


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Subject: RE: Old Songs 2008 Who's Going?
From: Peg
Date: 28 Jun 08 - 08:38 AM

Aw, Barry, you're breaking my heart! Next year then, shall we? I hope you and the family are well. I miss your salty sea chanties...

I am in Boston a bit, still teaching there through next spring. Next week finishes up summer session, then I am teaching one evening class in the fall, another in spring 2009. Not enough music in my life at the moment, not by a long shot.

Best wishes to all...it looks like a fun Old Songs. Nice to see Le Vent du Nord has achieved headliner status. I saw them play at a college in Troy last fall; they are now minus the fabulous Benoit, but as great as ever.


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Subject: RE: Old Songs 2008 Who's Going?
From: Jeri
Date: 29 Jun 08 - 07:07 PM

One survivor reporting in.

There was rain. There was steamy heat. There were lines for the showers which were very far away from my tent, fairly tall grass, more expensive food and about 300 mosquitoes pers square foot, most of which bit Jacqui at some time during the weekend. I don't think they sprayed.

There were good moments: the workshops I attended were wonderful and I discovered Joe Jenks. I was looking forward to Sat night's concert with Andy Irvine and Si Kahn, but they moved it into a building because it was raining beforehand, and there was no way to get into it. The bits of it I heard from outside sounded great. It was good to hang out with Kendall and Jacqui and all the other folks I hung out with. It was good to meet Animaterra's sweetie and make new friends. I should also mention Barbara Benn's bumblebee rubber boots, which were the hottest thing in fashion at Old Songs this year.

I'm not sure I'll go next year. I'm getting too old for predatory seat-finding, mosquito warfare, and the hell that IS 'putting up the tent'.


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Subject: RE: Old Songs 2008 Who's Going?
From: Ref
Date: 29 Jun 08 - 10:11 PM

Moving the concert indoors was a disaster. Now that it's happened two years in a row, some planning and policy needs to happen to reduce the "predatory" behavior. Re showers, I'm amazed how many people can't seem to get basics like wearing shower shoes (saves all the undressing) and taking camp showers (wet down, turn off water, shampoo, soap, turn on and rinse) in less than five minutes. Fer Chrissakes, people, you're CAMPING!

Okay, got that out. LOVED singing with the Amidons.


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Subject: RE: Old Songs 2008 Who's Going?
From: WFDU - Ron Olesko
Date: 29 Jun 08 - 10:41 PM

I thought it was an amazing event, once again.

I did not think that Saturday night was a "disaster". Yes, it was unfortunate that eveyone could not fit inside - but what were the options? To sit in the mudpit that developed in front of the mainstage would have been a true nightmare - and the intermittent rain would not have helped. As for "predatory" behavior, well, it is always first come first served.   When I showed up at 10:30am on Saturday, I placed my chair in the back row of an already filled seating area.   Was it "predatory" that those who chose to camp at the site were able to get in earlier than the rest of crowd to get a better seat?   I was lucky, when they announced the switch I was near the Sing Out! booth and moved my chair - I ended up with a better seat than I would have had outdoors.   It is unfortunate, but unless someone has a better plan, what can you do?

John Robert is now truly a national treasure! He is the perfect emcee and I really enjoyed the way he kept things flowing on Friday night. Matt Watroba also did a fine job on Saturday.   He really has a great voice.

I loved Galitcha, and was very happy to see them in the spotlight. I met them about 7 years ago at NERFA and always felt they deserved more attention. Fantastic.    I agree with Jeri about Joe Jencks. He is also someone I've had the pleasure of knowing for a number of years and it is terrific that more people are discovering him. He is carrying on a great tradition.

I'll be posting a few photos and some more impressions at my website - www.ronolesko.blogspot.com. It should be up by Monday.

My biggest complaint (besides the mosquitoes - who seemed to enjoy the bug spray as an appetizer), I really missed the hash browns at the breakfast buffet at the Best Western!! :)


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Subject: RE: Old Songs 2008 Who's Going?
From: GUEST,DonMeixner
Date: 29 Jun 08 - 10:42 PM

Hi Jeri,

You are just trying to make me feel better about missing the show.
If you don't come again next year you won't get to see the new stuff I have developed.

There is a Super 8 motel not far away that is about as good as camping. Except it won't likely blow down.

We missed visiting with you as well.

Don


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Subject: RE: Old Songs 2008 Who's Going?
From: WFDU - Ron Olesko
Date: 29 Jun 08 - 10:47 PM

oops... I just noticed a number of typos. The one that really stuck out was leaving the "s" off of John Roberts. Sorry!


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Subject: RE: Old Songs 2008 Who's Going?
From: Zhenya
Date: 30 Jun 08 - 02:21 AM

Ron - You mean, you weren't trying to say that he's a very singular performer? You know, I read your message completely normally, and only noticed the typo after you pointed it out! (Too tired, or mellowed out from Old songs, I guess.)

Here's some comments and 2 questions at the very end, if anyone knows the answers:

Old Favorites

I was delighted to hear Andy Irvine this weekend, although his Saturday night set was unfortunately shortened due to the weather related concert changes. At one of the workshops, he sang a beautiful song from Planxty Days, Kellswater. Fine singing, and he always has a very distinctive playing style.

Liz Carroll and John Doyle – Just great, as always. I went to the Irish session they led, and Liz's fiddle workshop, and enjoyed both.

Chuck and Albert – Barachois was one of my discoveries at Old Songs in past years, so I'm glad all the members of the group are resurfacing at the festival (the women were there last year, I seem to recall) even if not all together. I see they have a DVD – I didn't buy it this weekend, but I might, as it's really hard to capture what they do on just a CD.

Le Vent du Nord– I enjoyed them, but maybe not quite as much as the last time they were at Old Songs.   (See my question below about the lineup.)

New Discoveries

One of my favorite parts of Old Songs is discovering new performers. Some of this year's crop:

Malinky – Wow! Gorgeous vocals and beautiful arrangements that recall Ossian or Planxty. A cut above some of the other young Celtic bands out there.

April Verch – Another wow! How exactly does someone play great fiddle, do super step dancing, and sing very nicely as well and make it all look so effortless?

Riley Baugus and Ira Bernstein – I had some recordings, but hadn't seen them – I didn't catch as much of them as I would have liked, but enjoyed everything I heard / saw of both the playing/singing and dancing.


I got to two Sacred Harp sings, the Irish and Contradance sessions and enjoyed it all. My vote for favorite workshop goes to the Celtic Song workshop in Area 2 on Saturday afternoon, gamely led by Liz Carroll, the only non-singer among the main performers. (But she did play a beautiful song air on the fiddle.)

Of course, my full list of favorites is too numerous to mention!

If you've read this far, here are my 2 questions:

Re Le Vent du Nord – I knew Benoit Bourque had left the group, and I thought the new member was Réjean Brunet. But from where I was sitting (about halfway back) I didn't see anyone that looked like him. Was he there, and I just didn't recognize him, or was this some different lineup?

Re some song lyrics – I was there with a friend who really enjoyed the Wagnerian parody of Stan Rogers' song Barrett's Privateers, although it turned out he wasn't familiar with that song and in fact had never heard of Stan Rogers. We had a long discussion about the song on the trip home, and I sang some of Barrett's Privateers for him. He sang as much as he could remember of the parody version. My question: Has this (the parody, that is) been recorded, or are there any lyrics available online. (I found short references on other Mudcat threads, but no full lyrics.)

Hope everyone had a good time I guess I should get some sleep now.
Zhenya


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Subject: RE: Old Songs 2008 Who's Going?
From: Jeri
Date: 30 Jun 08 - 08:24 AM

The parody was written by Mary LaMarca. I think she would like the song to keep a low profile It's too good for that, but I'm pretty sure no one has recorded it.


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Subject: RE: Old Songs 2008 Who's Going?
From: kendall
Date: 30 Jun 08 - 10:19 AM

Jacqui and I went, but we will not go again. The mosquitoes nearly carried her off, the humidity and rain were crazy making, but the thing that tore the rag off the bush was when we were refused three minutes to do a Utah song in the tribute to him. We pulled out Sunday morning, and Altamont in the rear view mirror was a welcome sight.Thanks for trying John Roberts, we appreciate your effort.

Now, the good things: Sharing a bottle of Glen Fiddich with Jeri, and watching Jacqui over serve herself with wine.

Being visited by Peter and Joanne, Allison and Hunt, Barbara Benn and John Roberts. That pop up holds a lot of friends!

Got a kiss from Priscilla Herdman when I told her my voice was coming back.

Working on a list of new songs to do with Jacqui. Carrikfergus is still in my head. Does anyone know Bedlam Boys? I can't seem to find the chords. Of course, I haven't looked very hard yet.

I know I sound grumpy, but damn it, too much is enough. You know me, I hate to complain.


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Subject: RE: Old Songs 2008 Who's Going?
From: Susan A-R
Date: 30 Jun 08 - 10:20 AM

Home, showered, slept in a real bed, still scratching the 30 or so bites per ankle. What a weekend!!

I didn't catch up with a lot of Mudcatters, Did glimpse BBC (actually she came over for a hug) and had breakfast with Kendall, and saw Sandy, Susan, Jeri Charlie and Dick at the Dutch Barn.

Loved hearing Priscilla Herdman again, and Malinkay was quite the discovery. Also really enjoyed John Roberts, Vent Du Nord, Liz and Johnny, Andy Irvine (what a lovely, conversational style) April Verch, and all of those greeat jam sessions.

Most frustrating moment: being in a workshop with Vent Du Nord and being too anxious about torrential rain to have my fiddle out.

And my pressing question: What in heck do those mosquitos eat when there aren't a bunch of folkies around??

Great again, as usual. And Jeri, I'd be glad to help you put up a tent if that's the main deterrent (I also envision a mosquito net outfit, one of the sprayed, toxic ones)

Susan


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Subject: RE: Old Songs 2008 Who's Going?
From: GUEST,Meadowmuskrat
Date: 30 Jun 08 - 11:19 AM

I enjoyed meeting the people at Camsco and getting my tee shirt. While I was at the Utah phillips tribute my friend Mark was at the open mike at the Dutch barn. He was very impressed with a Canadian singer whose name was something like Marian Landau (not sure of the spelling). She apparently did a great rendition of Scarborough Settlers Lament. She was the last person to perform at the open mike. If anyone knows if she has a cd and or performance schedule out Mark would be interested. He didn't know if she was a regular performer or just a talented hobbyist.


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Subject: RE: Old Songs 2008 Who's Going?
From: GUEST,DonMeixner
Date: 30 Jun 08 - 03:47 PM

Hi Kendall,

I have a lot of versions of Bedlam Boys, all with chords. None of them sound right however. Search Youtube for bedlam Boys. Should find a decent version there.

Don


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Subject: RE: Old Songs 2008 Who's Going?
From: SINSULL
Date: 30 Jun 08 - 04:14 PM

I have a version by Larry Otway. Be happy to lend it to you, Captain.


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Subject: RE: Old Songs 2008 Who's Going?
From: SINSULL
Date: 30 Jun 08 - 04:18 PM

http://www.8notes.com/scores/3474.asp?ftype=midi

Try here Kendall.


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Subject: RE: Old Songs 2008 Who's Going?
From: Peg
Date: 30 Jun 08 - 04:21 PM

Wow, was it that bad? Dudes, free hot showers at my house next year, it is about a twenty minute drive from the fairgrounds. Might even be able to offer sleep space if anyone wants.

The mosquitos are bad pretty much everywhere this year; too little rain in early spring followed by too much in early summer; they seem to like those breeding conditions. I will be living outdoors for most of July near Chautauqua, NY and am dreading the 'skeets already...I make my own natural bug repellant, usually works pretty good.

Kendall (you crotchety old coot! good to hear your throat is going to the repair shop again soon, best of luck), that is inexcusable that you were not only refused the chance to do one of Utah's songs, but why on earth did they not seek you out to do so? Very poor form if you ask me. Oh, and I have recorded Bedlam Boys with a couple of different groups, very different versions, one slow and minor, one fast and a bit more zippy; I might be able to dig up a recording.


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Subject: RE: Old Songs 2008 Who's Going?
From: SINSULL
Date: 30 Jun 08 - 04:32 PM

John Roberts and Tony Barrand recorded it on Dark Ships. It is in the DT and I have the recording also available to you.


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Subject: RE: Old Songs 2008 Who's Going?
From: Barry Finn
Date: 30 Jun 08 - 04:35 PM

Thanks to all on behalf on one who couldn't make it. Aside from the weather & mosquitoes it sounds as if it was a worthy festival, I do miss going but I don't think I'd have enjoyed another wet camp out, getting a bit old.
Peg, if you're going next year we'll start saving sooner so we can "hotel it". If you're gonna be in the Boston area & are looking for a singing "do" let me know. There's a Monday night session at the Green Briar in Brighton that is very kindly towards singers. I'll keep my eye open, for you.

Barry


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Subject: RE: Old Songs 2008 Who's Going?
From: Jeri
Date: 30 Jun 08 - 04:37 PM

I could go into details about what I mean by 'predatory' seating, but I'd just get pissed off again. Suffice it to say that when people can put their chairs or tarps in place for the evening concert at 8AM and then not sit in/on them all day until the concert, people do some pretty not-nice things to get in. I was in the Utah Phillips memorial when they announced the move. It would have been rude to get up in front of everyone and walk out.

Mostly I don't sit but watch from the back. (I've sat in the audience, but I don't do well in crowds-- especially not when it's hard to get out.) You can't do that when people who couldn't fit into the building are sitting outside the door as far back as they can see.

I know it's always been this way - it's always bothered me. As I get older, it bothers me more. I really wanted to go to that concert and I believe it might have been the high point of my weekend. I wanted to see Matt Watroba, Andy Irvine, Si Kahn, Le Vent du Nord and others. I would have been happy to stand at the back. It doesn't matter so much that I missed it, unless I think about it.

It pissed me off that Kendall wasn't allowed to perform at the Utah memorial. One of his oldest, best friends wasn't welcome when other folks got two turns up there. I guess they didn't have a lot of time to plan, and it was OK for all that, but it was really hard to take that they refused Kendall. Oh well.

Susan, the tent wasn't that hard to put up. I'd be better off if I took some breaks though, and didn't try to do it all at once. I felt like... do you remember those squishy rubber things you used to throw at walls and they'd stick a bit and climb down? One of those things - sticky and limp and sliding down a wall. Somebody always offers to help. Usually they know less about how to put up the tent than I and I want to strangle them, then take a knife to the tent. The guy who helped me this year was really nice. I was still half dead when I finished.

I used to ENJOY camping. We'd have a communal kitchen area and cook meals. We'd have communal booze and other stuff and folks would rove around the campground at night joining in with whatever music sounded good. These days (and this is just the way it is, not just Old Songs), people seem to look at you funny if you appear to want to join them. I'm guessing that's more my interpretation of things though. I miss the Woodchucks' compound.

Maybe I should do this in chapters.


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Subject: RE: Old Songs 2008 Who's Going?
From: Peg
Date: 30 Jun 08 - 04:41 PM

Sounds good, Barry! I have never been to that Green Briar session; Connie used to say it was rare for singers to be asked to do songs alone, good to hear it has gotten more friendly.

I may stop by tonight! The place I stay is nearby.


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Subject: RE: Old Songs 2008 Who's Going?
From: WFDU - Ron Olesko
Date: 30 Jun 08 - 05:03 PM

Jeri - I do hear you, but what option would you suggest? I thought this was way better than the cattle barn that they used a few years ago when it rained. I guess they can't please everyone, and is a way to make the most people happy that they can. I do wish they had the radio working though - that would have given more people an opportunity to at least hear the concert, and they could have put it on speakers outside of the room.

As for people acting "predatory", it sounds like you saw some bad behavior. Everyone was organized and well behaved from my vantage point - and very respectful. I'm guessing that some inconsiderate people spoiled the evening for others, and that is a shame. Overall, I thought the move went well - as it did last year.

I do think it is wrong that they allow people to put their chairs and tarps down so early - but I guess it is hard to police it any other way. (I love the "sweep" that takes place at Philly and the mad dash to find a spot when the gates open - still, everyone behaves and gets comfortable.)


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Subject: RE: Old Songs 2008 Who's Going?
From: Jeri
Date: 30 Jun 08 - 05:07 PM

Thank you for your usual empathy, Ron.


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Subject: RE: Old Songs 2008 Who's Going?
From: Midchuck
Date: 30 Jun 08 - 05:10 PM

I used to ENJOY camping. We'd have a communal kitchen area and cook meals. We'd have communal booze and other stuff and folks would rove around the campground at night joining in with whatever music sounded good. These days (and this is just the way it is, not just Old Songs), people seem to look at you funny if you appear to want to join them. I'm guessing that's more my interpretation of things though. I miss the Woodchucks' compound.

Yup.

Peter


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Subject: RE: Old Songs 2008 Who's Going?
From: WFDU - Ron Olesko
Date: 30 Jun 08 - 05:20 PM

oh.. and I do agree that it was crime that Kendall wasn't allowed to sing a song for Utah.    When Utah passed I played Kendall's recordign of "Ashes on the Sea" on my radio tribute program. I can't think of a finer recording of a Utah Phillips song, and I can't think of any reason why he could not have been part of the Old Songs tribute.


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Subject: RE: Old Songs 2008 Who's Going?
From: Jeri
Date: 30 Jun 08 - 05:25 PM

I think maybe they wanted 'local' acts and people weren't that familiar with Kendall. We sang a bunch of Utah's songs in Kendal & Jacqui's mosquito trap the night before. We did Phoebe Snow and Miner's Lullaby and some others I don't recall because Kendall was attempting to get me drunk.


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Subject: RE: Old Songs 2008 Who's Going?
From: Mark Ross
Date: 30 Jun 08 - 07:03 PM

At the Vancouver Folk Festival when they open the gates in the morning there is a mad dash to stake out places in front of the main stage for the shows that evening. It's called the Birkenstock 500.

Mark Ross


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Subject: RE: Old Songs 2008 Who's Going?
From: Jeri
Date: 30 Jun 08 - 07:25 PM

Mark, that is FUNNY!


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Subject: RE: Old Songs 2008 Who's Going?
From: Ref
Date: 30 Jun 08 - 07:37 PM

Ron:

A few more thoughts on moving the concert inside. Now that it's been done, how about developing, and announcing beforehand, a method for letting fest-goers know that the decision has been made? Maybe some of those nice, eye-catching yellow signs could go up at various places to let people know? Second is the issue of seating. There's no other way than first come, first served that I can imagine working (maybe "No reserving seats beyond the one you are sitting in"), but the Festival, with our help, could be a little more up front about courtesy and community. I like to get there early and get a nice spot for my tarp, but I'm pretty careful about folding it so that it covers our three chairs and some appropriate legroom. It's pretty discourteous to spread out your huge tarp that will provide space for you and twenty friends who may or may not actually come to the concert. The same goes for respecting the high and low seating delineations. In years past, the concerts have usually started with a gentle but pointed reminder. That needs to continue. Maybe I should expand my earlier comments on the showers to add that everyone needs to consider where they are and act appropriately for that place, not just for their own desires. I should give credit here to the fellow who, on Sunday morning, took a few minutes with the approval of those present to take an abandoned towel and clean the mud out of the shower stall. Nice man. Thoughtful deed.

It's on us to make our own little Brigadoon out of the Altamont fairgrounds. Let's give the organizers support.


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Subject: RE: Old Songs 2008 Who's Going?
From: Jeri
Date: 30 Jun 08 - 07:49 PM

The high/low seating doesn't seem to be too much of a problem. When the decision to move indoors was made, it was announced at venues. This would have been OK if people had been at the venues and been willing to leave to go grab a spot indoors.

Somebody once explained the etiquette of the huge tarps to me. They had a huge tarp and the ground was dirt. They spread it out and had a spot to sit, plus room for others. If there's room on a tarp, it's fair game. The people who told me this had one of those tarps, and I sat with them for that concert.


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Subject: RE: Old Songs 2008 Who's Going?
From: Ref
Date: 30 Jun 08 - 08:29 PM

Thank you. Sharing that kind of information is what we need. The website should have a concert etiquette section!


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Subject: RE: Old Songs 2008 Who's Going?
From: Zhenya
Date: 30 Jun 08 - 08:39 PM

My friend and I had much better seats in the outside area before we moved inside. Frustrating, but I'm not sure how that could have been avoided without a long delay. If they had enough lead time, I guess they could announce the change as many places as possible, and say that people could start moving in at a certain time. At that point, maybe they could do the airplane thing and have people move their seats by rows. But it would take much longer, I think, and some people still wouldn't get the message in time. I don't know if there are a lot of people buying gate tickets for just the concerts, as opposed to people there all-festival or all day, but maybe if the weather forecast is bad, they could limit the amount of those extra tickets being sold to avoid going over capacity. But that's probably a fine line to gauge.

In terms of setting up the seats and not sitting in them all day – well, I tend to use the seats as "base camp." A place to keep things I may need part of the day but don't need to carry around with me all day. Sometimes I end up sitting there during the day for a main stage performance, sometimes not. I've usually stayed in a motel, and not been the earliest riser, so if I don't get the greatest seat – well, that's luck. Although I enjoy the big concerts, I actually like the smaller daytime workshops more, partly because they're usually less crowded and you can sit up close.


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Subject: RE: Old Songs 2008 Who's Going?
From: GUEST,Dani
Date: 30 Jun 08 - 09:04 PM

I have a wonderfully wierd recording by Jolie Holland of Bedlam Boys; it's my FAVORITE, and pretty much how I'll sing it. I'll send it to you as soon as I get it back from Janie ; )

Dani


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Subject: RE: Old Songs 2008 Who's Going?
From: Barbara Shaw
Date: 30 Jun 08 - 09:22 PM

Many bluegrass festivals have an open area in front of the stage and then 1 or 2 very large tents at in good view of the stage for seating with protection from the sun or rain. I was not at Old Songs this year, but the festival I went to (same weekend) was Jenny Brook bluegrass festival in Vermont. We had the same downpours most of the weekend, but the shows went on with very little disruption because the hundreds of people under the tents were dry, as were the performers on the covered stage. Some people always place a chair in the open sunny area and another under the tent, knowing that all seats are fair game to be used by others if you're not in them, and immediately given up when you return.

Speaking of chairs, one thing that particularly annoyed me was one year at Old Songs when I purposely placed our two chairs on the aisle so we could come and go easily. Someone moved us in and put themselves on the aisle rather than filling in the open middle spaces. Fixed her, though. Climbed over her and her companions often and well.

And in regard to Jeri's comment about getting funny looks about joining a jam, that's absolutely NOT the case with us at least. We consider the jams one of the most important parts of any festival, and hope people will join us.

My strategies for mosquitos - cover every square inch of skin you possibly can (sox, long pants, long sleeves, turtleneck, hat), use bug spray, burn citronella. Beyond that, nothing you can do but deal with it...


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Subject: RE: Old Songs 2008 Who's Going?
From: Jeri
Date: 30 Jun 08 - 09:33 PM

Kendall, I found this on the web and screwed with it:

       Dm             C
For to see Mad Tom of Bedlam
    Dm       C          Dm
Ten thousand miles I've traveled
    Dm             C
Mad Maudlin goes on dirty toes
       Dm       C          Dm
For to save her shoes from gravel.

    Chorus:

Dm                F               C
Still I sing bonny boys, bonny mad boys
Dm    C       Dm
Bedlam boys are bonny
         Dm                   C
For they all go bare and they live by the air
         Dm      C         Dm
And they want no drink nor money.


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Subject: RE: Old Songs 2008 Who's Going?
From: Ref
Date: 30 Jun 08 - 09:46 PM

I thought that the line-up was a little weak this year. I won't be specific, since I think they're all nice people and knowledgeable musicians, but some of the featured performers just weren't up to it as stage presences. The booking committee has a tough job, especially as prices to get performers there are doubtless rising. Perhaps some more use could be made of non-professionals. The contributors to the shanty-sing Saturday afternoon on the street corner were great! A shanty workshop, hosted by John Roberts with support from some of those others would be a fun event.


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Subject: RE: Old Songs 2008 Who's Going?
From: GUEST,DonMeixner
Date: 30 Jun 08 - 10:19 PM

From what I am hearing this was the year to miss. I don't recall an issue with skeeters in the past however. Must have been a wet spring over that way.

Kendall, I did a search through Youtube for Bedlam Boys. I didn't find any that were very good but I did find a lot that were dreadful. Usually by Rennfairies.

Jeri's effort looks more better than any I found.

Don


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Subject: RE: Old Songs 2008 Who's Going?
From: kendall
Date: 30 Jun 08 - 10:20 PM

Jeri, Andy Spence has known me for years. She has my recordings. My resume' includes; several appearances on the Today Show,On the road with Charles Kuralt, two recordings on Folk Legacy records, author of In The kitchen, a book of Maine humor, a nationally distributed TV program on Maine humor, performances all over the USA, including one with Utah himself, all over Scotland and the Cecil Sharp house in London.
I've never been able to figure out what they use for requirements to perform at Old Songs, but I always figured it was their show and I just didn't qualify. It never bothered me that much until they piled on that rejection at the Tribute to Utah. That tore the rag off the bush.

Ron, I can't tell you how much I appreciate your kind words. Utah loved my version of Phoebe Snow and Ashes on the sea.

I'll get over this, never been one to hold a grudge more than 18 years.


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Subject: RE: Old Songs 2008 Who's Going?
From: Susan A-R
Date: 30 Jun 08 - 10:20 PM

I guess I'm lucky on the chair situation. I seem to have a form of ADD at such events. I have a heck of a time sitting down for any length of time. A one hour concert about does it for me, so I tend to wander, come back and stand where I can here, and then wander again. Could hear much of that Saturday concert pretty well from the door of the Dutch Barn. Not bad.

Those mosquitos though . . . They really made an impression (or maybe lots of little ones)


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Subject: RE: Old Songs 2008 Who's Going?
From: georgeward
Date: 01 Jul 08 - 02:36 AM

Kendall,

I'm the guy who - in tears - asked you to send "Phoebe Snow" to Utah when you and Jacqui did it at Indian Neck. I hope you did.

When Utah died, we at OS had a short time to decide what to do, and we had a one hour slot to put it in, without conflicting with everything else. Andy edited Utah's words into the shortest script possible, and I read it. We went with folks we had immediate contact with as singers, some stronger (and closer to Utah) than others. The point was him, not us, and we knew it wasn't perfect.

I had to turn down people who showed up at the last minute whom I'd known longer than you, and whom I regarded as mentors or a lot more. Me ? tell Caroline Paton it was scripted, not open. Jesus! Or you either, had I caught sight of you.

Utah (and Rosalie) were among the few westerners Vaughn knew and felt at home with when she married this damnyankee, and I didn't get to sing her favorite Phillips song either.

That's why I said what I did about all of us continuing to sing his songs and to tell our stories about him. I knew damn well (as did Andy) how inadequate we felt we had to be.

It isn't about us. It sure as hell isn't about one afternoon. We lost an irreplaceable friend when we lost Utah. Let's not, in our hurt and (yes) vanity, lose what he was and what he meant. Even if he was more than capable of vanity himself!

It isn't about us. it isn't even completely about him. I think he tried to tell us that, when his own mortality hit him.It's about passing it on. It's about giving thanks for what comes back to us when we do. It's about what we've lost and what we haven't. it's about laughing in and at our mortal frailty.

That "it" is not even political most of the time. It's about validation, belief in us,in community, in what we can do that we don't believe in most of the time, in what we can inspire in others. If there's one thing reading Utah's words in that script taught me, it is how hard that rascal. rake. vet, hobo, master bullshit artist and genius worked at making his truths powerful enough to outlive him. Try reading him aloud sometime. You'll see what I mean (and I know you've done it). It's a lesson to try to put the power into it that he did. Maybe I'll be up to it someday. Not yet.

I'm gonna tell you what I told myself, and hope you take it as one friend to another:

He was my friend too. Yeah, it hurts. Now get over it, dammit, and do something this hurting human race needs. We don't have much time.

- George


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Subject: RE: Old Songs 2008 Who's Going?
From: Midchuck
Date: 01 Jul 08 - 06:29 AM

Any festival is the product of a few peoples' hard work.

Festivals walk a tightrope between becoming too democratized and collapsing into chaos, and becoming so controlled by those few people that they crawl up their own butthole and die, culturally speaking.

I get the impression that the second may be happening to Old Songs. Or maybe both at once. I hope I'm wrong. Maybe the high price of fuel will cut the attendance back to a manageable size and it will be fun again.

Peter


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Subject: RE: Old Songs 2008 Who's Going?
From: kendall
Date: 01 Jul 08 - 08:01 AM

George, old friend, (who taught me Grig a lee gri ga loo) I'm sure you were dealing with problems that I am not aware of, and for that, I apologize. It was the combination of everything piled on top of everything else that got to me. All I am aware of is the pain of his loss and the rejection at his tribute. As I said, he was not just someone whom I admired, he was a dear friend, and all I asked was three minutes which didn't seem like I was asking too much.

Anyway, I do appreciate your reply, and you are still my friend.


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Subject: RE: Old Songs 2008 Who's Going?
From: WFDU - Ron Olesko
Date: 01 Jul 08 - 11:13 AM

George, that was a beautiful post and words that we need to remember. You are right about Utah and how his life was lead to pass the message on to others.   I think it is because of that message that some of us feel that Kendall belonged on the stage as well. I don't know Kendall other than through the few recordings I have of him and reading his insightful posts here on Mudcat.   The image I glean from all of that is that Kendall is also one of the "disciples" and his message is also about passing it along.

However, your point is well taken about the short time you had to produce the tribute and how it was impossible to include everyone. I completely respect and understand that, and again I thank you for your post to give those of us watching from the outside some insight.   A few years ago I produced a re-creation of the Woody Guthrie "Bound For Glory" revue that was originally created by Millard Lampell in 1955. I produced this at NERFA, which is a gathering of several hundred musicians. You can imagine how difficult it is to repeatedly explain why only a handful of musicians participated. It was nothing personal, but as producer you have to make choices.   I can appreciate the fact that an artistic director or producer needs to make decisions that won't always be popular - but it is the only way that they can create their vision. Aside from this one issue, I've only heard wonderful things about the tribute. Unfortunately I was unable to see it - always a problem with festivals!


Peter made a comment - "Festivals walk a tightrope between becoming too democratized and collapsing into chaos, and becoming so controlled by those few people that they crawl up their own butthole and die, culturally speaking."   

I would never want to attend a festival that is truly "democratic". You need control whether it is from one person, a committee, or individuals with designated responsibities - just as a recording is a statement created by an artist and producer, or a book is a reflection of the author, or a movie the vision of a director.   I attend a number of festivals each year, and each one is unique and a reflection of the festival staff. The more successful ones are the ones that have tighter control. They may not please everyone, but you can see that the attendance is increased and the performers respond by giving "something extra". I've attended some festivals that were so loose and chaotic and ended with the producers scratching their heads wondering why they lost money and the performances were drab.

I know there has been a number of complaints registered here on Mudcat about Old Songs.   With all due respect, it might be that we are growing older and the inconvenieces of rain and mosquitoes and dirty shower stalls make us grumpy. We are of an age where we no longer suffer fools. We are becoming the image of the angry old neighbor who stands on the doorstep yelling "hey you kids, get off my lawn!".

But we need complaints. Complaints lead to improvements. At the same time, we can't expect all of our individual needs to be met - and even a collective group of the same mindset does not always speak for the entire audience. Let's hope we can find the middle ground.

I, for one, left Old Songs on Sunday with a wonderful glow (okay, the glow might have partially been caused by the Calamine lotion covering my bug bites)and I am already counting the days until next year's fest.

For me, Old Songs is a booster shot for folk music and community. Old Songs is a reminder of the wonderful diversity and sharing of cultures that occur in our traditions. We get an opportunity to see some old familiar faces and meet new ones that show us the traditions are alive and well - and will carry on.

While I am the proud owner of two left feet, I enjoy watching the after concert dances. I find it comforting that the dances are attended by so many young people - teenagers and young adults who are starting their own traditions. (Not being a dancer, I'm curious about contra dances in other parts of the country - are young people responding and turning out?)

I enjoy the after concert sings in the Dutch Barn and all the wonderful songs that are shared. The various workshops and informal jams that result in some of the finest music of the weekend. While it may seem spontaneous, these spur of the moment events are the result of the planning and foresight that put all the ingredients together to make it work.

I realize that my view of Old Songs differs from others, and perhaps I am too optomistic and need to work on my crankiness a bit more (I'll be 51 in two weeks and I am already getting irritated about minor things!!!). I believe that Old Songs has created a community that will not become a ghost town - we will say goodbye to old friends and welcome new ones in their place, just as we do in all the healthy towns we live in.

I for one will continue to spread the word about this magnificent festival and I hope others who have not yet experienced it won't be turned off by what is really minor issues that have been raised - and issues that can be fixed or dealt with. I'm looking forward to all the wonderful surprises that I am sure will be in store at next years event!!   Kudos to everyone who put this together, and my sincre thanks for creating such a unique event - a festival that stands out among all the wonderful events that I attend.


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Subject: RE: Old Songs 2008 Who's Going?
From: dick greenhaus
Date: 01 Jul 08 - 11:55 AM

Midchuck-
I've never attended a successful festival that wasn't the product of the personality of one person (or a small group of people). Festivals have personalities; that's why there are some I love and some that bore me (but not others) to tears.


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Subject: RE: Old Songs 2008 Who's Going?
From: MikeT
Date: 01 Jul 08 - 12:54 PM

Well, I was one of the folks who had the honor of performing Bruce's words and songs at the Old Song's remembrance. No one would really know me, as I perform infrequently, but I was around the music scene in Saratoga in the 60's and early seventies. I had the good fortune to know Bruce well, and as I wrote in a story on the closed tribute thread, I have always considered Bruce to be sort of a second father, as well as a major influence on who I am today. I had wanted to go to his service in Nevada, but family obligations prevented that. I really wanted to do something for him, before he died, organize a benefit, attend one of the benefits, maybe get to sing a song for him or something, but none of this happened. George wrote me about my post here on mudcat, and told about the remembrance that was planned at Old Songs. Thinking nothing ventured nothing gained, I asked him if I might be able to say a few words or sing a song or two. I fully expected to hear 'thanks but no thanks', and you could have knocked me over with a feather when George replied that I could be a part of the remembrance. When I saw the final schedule I was overcome by emotion when I was given the oppurtunity to sing Queen of the Rails, my favorite song of his, as well as end the tribute by singing Ship Gonna Sail, and reciting his introduction to this powerful song. I consider this piece to be an anthem of unusual power, along with 'This Land is Your Land', Where Have all the Flowers Gone, Blowin' in the Wind, etc. I practiced for weeks. I felt a deep obligation to Bruce to continue the work he did during his life. I spoke with him about this song in Saratoga in 2005, I asked him for the words to it, and he said he would send them to me as well as the introduction, so I know he wanted the words to be performed with the song. The opportunity to perform this work, share his words and song was a huge gift to me, and the feeling that in some small way I was carrying the message he can no longer carry is life-changing.

The most meaningful part of the day for me did involve Caroline Paton. After the remembrance, and the audience had left she came over and talked a bit about Bruce, times past and other things. She sang me 'Sweet Briar', the song that was sung as Bruce's coffin was lowered into the ground. I can't describe what having Caroline sing a song like that while standing 2 feet away feels like. I felt like I was experiencing some of what I missed at his funeral. She sang a bit more for me and left. I'm still stunned.

Kendall, I'm sorry you didn't get to perform. I heard Priscilla Herdman couldn't either. I'm sure there were many others. I still don't understand how or why I was given this rare gift. I am very grateful for it , and worked as hard as I could to be worthy of the honor I was given.

About Old Songs. This was the first one I had been to, and yes the rain and the bugs were annoying. But, as I walked around the grounds, I thought back to the 1960's and the my time with the early days of the Pickin and Singin Gatherin, the early days of the Caffe Lena, and the Fox Hollow festival, when and where this musical community was born. I was struck by how this community, based on a love of traditional, participatory acoustic music and social awareness had not only survived but flourished and grown over the years. I was amazed by the work that Andy, George, and others did to organize this festival, and keep the spirit of those old days alive and growing. I was grateful and humbled to be welcomed back into this community even though I had not been around much over the last few years. In these days of Clear Channel, and corporate control of the media, I think it is so important to support and treasure festivals like Old Songs, and be grateful for the hard work done by so many to stage these events. As Bruce said so many times: "Today, revolutionary music is music you make yourself. Welcome to the Revolution!"

Mike


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Subject: RE: Old Songs 2008 Who's Going?
From: Midchuck
Date: 01 Jul 08 - 04:27 PM

If I was asked to name my favorite singer of folk music in North America, or at least in the parts of it that I know, I would have to say it was Captain Kendall Morse...

- Utah Phillips, on "Starlight on the Rails: A Songbook," Disk 3, track 24

All I am aware of is the pain of his loss and the rejection at his tribute. As I said, he was not just someone whom I admired, he was a dear friend, and all I asked was three minutes which didn't seem like I was asking too much.

- Kendall Morse (previous post in this thread.)

It must be nice to know what Utah would have liked better than Utah did...

I'll stop before I become overstimulated.

Peter


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Subject: RE: Old Songs 2008 Who's Going?
From: Jeri
Date: 01 Jul 08 - 04:39 PM

I've got an idea what Utah might say about this squabbling.

George and the Old Songs folks did the best they could, and it was a fine tribute. I understand Kendall felt like he had the right to be included and I understand he feels rejected. I would have liked to hear him as well.

There IS no solution to what has already happened, and I'd rather not remember Utah and this tribute with bad feelings. The only way to have done the tribute to everyone's satisfaction would have been to have a full day or two of songs and memory-telling. It couldn't have been done at this year's festival.

If anyone else wants to get into this, please try to be as kind as Utah would be.


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Subject: RE: Old Songs 2008 Who's Going?
From: bbc
Date: 01 Jul 08 - 05:45 PM

George & Mike,

Thank you for your posts. Nothing is ever easy & it helped to have some explanation. I know Kendall, Caroline, & Priscilla & I hurt a little for each of them. Caroline is too gracious a lady to have complained. Tears came to my eyes, reading what you wrote about her, Mike. I just copied it in an email to her & Sandy, as well as your post, George, in case they miss the thread on Mudcat. They are very busy, these days, running Folk Legacy by themselves. Priscilla found her own remembrance, singing the song she recorded with Utah in her set on the Main Stage; I was glad she did so. Kendall, I'm so glad you were able to do the joint show with Utah; maybe that needs to be enough. Duane & I will enjoy watching our copy of the dvd; tonight, I think! Thanks, Jacqui!

My experience of Old Songs was a bit different this year. I gave some limited assistance at the Folk Legacy booth. I introduced a new friend to the festival. I went to some sessions, greeted & hugged many old friends, got eaten alive by mosquitos. Highlights for me were hearing Matt Watroba & the VanNorstrand Brothers for the first time--both great--as well as seeing Marge & Joe Bruchac--wow! Things may not have been perfect (particularly my experiences at the Best Western), but still a worthwhile festival. I expect to go next year & hope to see you all.

best,

Barbara


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Subject: RE: Old Songs 2008 Who's Going?
From: bbc
Date: 01 Jul 08 - 05:49 PM

P.S. from bbc:

Link to VanNorstrand homepage: http://www.vfiddle.com/vwelcome.html

and to Matt Watroba's: http://www.folkslikeus.org/watroba/home.htm


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Subject: RE: Old Songs 2008 Who's Going?
From: jacqui.c
Date: 01 Jul 08 - 07:26 PM

The mosquitoes were the real problem for me. I am allergic to their bites, which come up as red welts and are very painful. I think I collected about 50 this time. They got so bad that I had to take two doses of Benedryl Sunday night/Monday morning and I'm still dealing with the after effect of that as I am also sensitive to anti-hystamines.

This was in spite of constant application of bug repellent. This is not the first time that this has happened at Altamont and it really did spoil my enjoyment of the weekend. I really cannot deal with that level of pain again and so will not be coming back to Old Songs.

The sessions I saw I enjoyed - particularly Si Kahn and Andy Irvine - and it was good to see Priscilla and Deb Cowan performing.


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Subject: RE: Old Songs 2008 Who's Going?
From: kendall
Date: 01 Jul 08 - 08:00 PM

Jeri, my friend, at no time did I feel that I had a right to be part of the memorial. Andy and George have each explained their side of it, and I'm satisfied, so I'll have no more to say about it.


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Subject: RE: Old Songs 2008 Who's Going?
From: Jeri
Date: 01 Jul 08 - 08:33 PM

Sorry, Kendall. It was a bad way to word it. I hope you know what I meant. Just that you felt like it was the right thing to do.


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Subject: RE: Old Songs 2008 Who's Going?
From: kendall
Date: 01 Jul 08 - 09:20 PM

That's closer. Maybe it was the Scotch? hehehe


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Subject: RE: Old Songs 2008 Who's Going?
From: MaineDog
Date: 03 Jul 08 - 08:49 AM

Sounds like I picked a good one to miss. I'm sure I would have been very upset by all that stuff, and I probably would have made matters
worse by losing my cool.
BTW, for me Allegra makes most bug bites tolerable, even bee stings. You need to be on it for a month or more fir it to really work.
Jim


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Subject: RE: Old Songs 2008 Who's Going?
From: Midchuck
Date: 03 Jul 08 - 08:53 AM

Sounds like I picked a good one to miss. I'm sure I would have been very upset by all that stuff, and I probably would have made matters
worse by losing my cool.


My thoughts exactly (with regard to myself, that is).

P.


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Subject: RE: Old Songs 2008 Who's Going?
From: WFDU - Ron Olesko
Date: 03 Jul 08 - 09:38 AM

"Sounds like I picked a good one to miss."

Just remember, everyone has different experiences. Putting up with the inconveniences and quirks of a festival does not please everyone, and in latter years it becomes even more difficult to deal with - but just keep in mind that there were plenty of people who I saw (including myself) that really had a great time over the weekend. Mosquitoes are out in record numbers this year, and you cannot blame a festival for them, nor can they be blamed for rain and humidity.   There are other issues that can be worked on, but all communities grow and work together - and encourage growth. I would hope the comments posted here would be more constructive and not discourage others from attending this superb festival.


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Subject: RE: Old Songs 2008 Who's Going?
From: GUEST,Elmore
Date: 03 Jul 08 - 09:55 AM

IMO the performers more than made up for the bugs and heat.Sorry Kendall didn't get to play at Utah's memorial.


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Subject: RE: Old Songs 2008 Who's Going?
From: Jeri
Date: 03 Jul 08 - 10:33 AM

Most of my annoyances were just that. The bugs were a real problem (for all my swatting of mosquitoes, the only welt I came home with was, I think, an ant sting received when I was packing up the tent), me being exhausted was a real problem and me being upset because Kendall was was a problem.

It was also a problem that the Woodchucks weren't all there (they aren't all there when they're all there, if ya know what I mean). Being out in the 'projects' at my age and whininess means I'm hoping for a shuttle bus into the festival area. I miss the late night acapella jams, but I didn't even look this year. In the past, I've been wandering as the sun was peeking over the horizon around 4AM and finding no one else awake--except Barry Finn.

I'd hit my second wind by Sunday. Physically, anyway. As I got in my car to leave, I heard Joe Jenks singing something and I almost walked the quarter mile or so to the sheep barn. I'm not quite sure why I decided to get in my car and leave, but I did.


I don't know if staying in a hotel would help. It sure would eliminate the early exhaustion from putting up the stupid tent in a sauna-like environment and it would help with not having to wait in line for a too-fast shower (anything less than a half hour). It might also cut down on the night-time roving, although I might be more willing to do that if I had a comfy place to crash later. The buffet sounds wonderful compared to $7 potatoes (although they looked really good). If gas keeps going up, all this speculation may be moot.

I don't blame 'the festival' for the mosquitoes. I think that comes down to the town of Altamont OR (more likely) the rain, because they can't fog in the rain or when it's going to rain. Blame doesn't matter anyway. The conditions existed and may exist again, and people may find them intolerable.

This is my 'home-town' festival, I see many old friends there, and I'd rather NOT give up going, but it's getting to be a lot of work.


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Subject: RE: Old Songs 2008 Who's Going?
From: kendall
Date: 03 Jul 08 - 02:46 PM

Jeri, I was a problem? No, I HAD a problem.
I've always enjoyed Old Songs in the past 7 or 8 years I've gone there, but this year one thing piled on top of another and I threw a hissy fit.
George and Andy explained what I did not know about, so as far as I'm concerned it's all water under the dam, or over the bridge.


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Subject: RE: Old Songs 2008 Who's Going?
From: Jeri
Date: 03 Jul 08 - 03:04 PM

Kendall, "...being upset (because Kendall was) was a problem". It wasn't about you being uspet, it was about me. Me, me, me, ME, ME!

It's probably all your fault anyway. Give me a minute...


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Subject: RE: Old Songs 2008 Who's Going?
From: GUEST,DonMeixner
Date: 03 Jul 08 - 03:11 PM

The attraction for me is the concentration of Cats in one place. I wouldn't see Jeri, Kendall and Jaqui, BBC, Allison, Barbara, Sandy............ any other place. We are too spread out.

Had it not been for the impending death of my Mother and my son Geof going off to work in Korea I would have been there.

Complaints of the rain and the concert Saturday night not withstanding
I would have had fun. I can't ever recall a big concern of mosquitoes tho'.
I have endured grim heat, drizzle, wind, poor sales, and what may have been a heart attack but I continue to come back each year. I am counting the days until next year


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Subject: RE: Old Songs 2008 Who's Going?
From: GUEST,Pamela from Ithaca
Date: 03 Jul 08 - 10:29 PM

Hi Friends,

I've been watching this chat with interest. I've been going to Old Songs
for close to 20 years now, and have seen just about every kind of weather
during that time. I've seen gale winds with dirt in our eyes, rain going sideways,
pleasant, dry festivals, and weekends of mist. I'm sure there was hail in there
somewhere, but no snow that I recall.
I think the hottest year (almost 100 all weekend, the year John Roberts had his
heart attack) was followed by one of the coldest when we huddled in the Dutch
Barn late at night, singing to each other to keep warm. When I remember all of
the years that I sat in the mud watching the Saturday evening concert under
an umbrella, I'm glad that we have the option of an indoor space. I know it's
not the best thing - space is tight - but the sound was good and many of us
were dry and safe.

The mosquitoes were the worst this year that I remember.
I think it was a "perfect storm" of rain and warm for several days.
But otherwise, the weather wasn't too bad. There were many good friends
to see, some great performers I'd never know about without this festival,
and memorable singing experiences. Where else would I have the chance
to sit with Peggy Seeger on one side and Colleen Cleveland on the other, harmonizing
together on Balm of Gilliad during the Friday performance of The Visitors?

Speaking of which (which no one has, as yet) I thought that this program
was really great! Wonderful songs, performed by good people, with
compelling stories to link them all together. The full show meant more
than the hour-long sampler they were able to do end of Festival Sunday.
If you're anywhere near Great Camp Sagamore (Raquette Lake) in August,
don't miss it!

Ever since coming home I've been regretting the folks I didn't get to
hear enough of, and the friends I didn't get to visit enough with.
That's Old Songs.. too much of a good thing and not enough time.
I wouldn't miss it for anything.


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Subject: RE: Old Songs 2008 Who's Going?
From: kendall
Date: 03 Jul 08 - 11:21 PM

Jeri, do you know the singer/songwriter's scale?

it's



me me me me me me me


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Subject: RE: Old Songs 2008 Who's Going?
From: bbc
Date: 04 Jul 08 - 08:35 AM

I'll second what Don & Pam said--a wonderful variety of music & an unmatched opportunity to see old friends & make new ones. For the record, staying in a motel didn't help w/ the mosquitos; I guess they got me during the day. I've stopped itching by now & I'll certainly want to return to Old Songs next year. Was it perfect? No, what it? Was it great, anyway? Yes! Don, I wore the bracelets you made for me all weekend & thought of you. Hope to see you next year. Pam, thanks for the hugs! :) Hollowfox, thanks for helping break-down the Folk Legacy booth on Sunday; it helped things go smoothly & it was great fun to see you!

best,

Barbara


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Subject: RE: Old Songs 2008 Who's Going?
From: MaineDog
Date: 04 Jul 08 - 09:03 AM

Well, I can remember a time at Old Songs back in the eighties when the oval infield was literally a foot deep after a spate of thunderstorms. The suffering was said to be in tents, but thanks to my camper, I didn't get flooded out.

For years after that one dude even brought his boat to camp in, and he always had the mast up and ready to sail just in case.

I will make every attempt to attend next year. The two main reasons I did not come were, a direct conflict with another event, and not sure I wanted to be at Old Songs without Gail just yet.

Jim


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Subject: RE: Old Songs 2008 Who's Going?
From: Jeri
Date: 04 Jul 08 - 10:15 AM

Kendall, good one. I'll probably appropriate it.

Jim, I remember one year, the water on the fixed-facility bathroom side of the infield was so deep some tents floated away and there was a foot or two of water in the ones that didn't. I think MaryMac (former Mudcatter) was in one of those tents.

I'm ignoring the horrible pun. I didn't see it, it wasn't there.


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Subject: RE: Old Songs 2008 Who's Going?
From: bbc
Date: 04 Jul 08 - 10:17 AM

Oh, no, Jeri; shame on you! Boats, think boats!


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Subject: RE: Old Songs 2008 Who's Going?
From: MaineDog
Date: 04 Jul 08 - 10:35 AM

The horrible pun was in fact not made up by me, but was well circulated around the festival for several years after that disaster. We had similar disasters at Fox Hollow. One year the entire parking lot flooded out, as well as the Aqua Vista Campground nearby. Water happens. Music goes on.

Jim


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Subject: RE: Old Songs 2008 Who's Going?
From: kendall
Date: 04 Jul 08 - 04:36 PM

Jeri, give Mark Ross credit for that, not me.


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Subject: RE: Old Songs 2008 Who's Going?
From: AllisonA(Animaterra)
Date: 05 Jul 08 - 08:01 AM

Well, this is the first time I've been near a computer since last weekend, and I'm sorry I've missed the discussion. I won't comment on the Utah memorial issue, since it has been so well-addressed and dealt with. But I have to say I had a lovely Old Songs, enhanced by the fact that my sweetie Hunt enjoyed his first one trememdously and is making plans for an encampment next year! He is often awkward in social situations until he knows folks, but he felt right at home here (thank you, Kendall!) and said that it felt like a gathering of the tribe!
Jeri, bbc, Duane, Kendall and Jacqui, Pam Goddard from a distance, Anglo, Caroline Paton, Dick and Susan, Charlie Baum (first Mudcatter I ever met, and yes, it was at Old Songs), not enough time with any of you, but it was great to make contact.
Me, I enjoyed Chuck and Albert, but wished for more music and less mime. I agree with the thoughts about Vent du Nord being over rated; I never did get to hear Deb Cowan sing (but got a wonderful greeting and hug). As usual, (I agree with Susan AR) I drifted a lot, spent lots of time visiting, and just soaked up the vibes.
A fond memory is of an encounter with Mike Agranoff as he sang a song about a first kiss.
and Ron Olesko, I begin to doubt that you exist! This was my 11th Old Songs and I have yet to meet you!

Well, I'm enjoying Southern hospitality this weekend in Macon, Georgia, so I think I'll go, cause I smell breakfast cooking!


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