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Oldtimers who just keep on keeping on

Joybell 04 Mar 07 - 01:17 AM
Elmer Fudd 04 Mar 07 - 03:44 AM
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Jim Lad 04 Mar 07 - 03:50 AM
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Subject: RE: Oldtimers who just keep on keeping on
From: Joybell
Date: 04 Mar 07 - 01:17 AM

Australian Smokey Dawson is 93 and still singing.

(Ramblin' Jack Elliot is 76)

Cheers, Joy


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Subject: RE: Oldtimers who just keep on keeping on
From: Elmer Fudd
Date: 04 Mar 07 - 03:44 AM

Art Thieme,

No, I didn't receive it. Oh dear. I will call you.

Elmer


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Subject: RE: Oldtimers who just keep on keeping on
From: Roger the Skiffler
Date: 04 Mar 07 - 03:44 AM

Pinetop Perkins performed into his 90s as well, Othar Turner seemed to go on for ever. Humphrey Lytelton is still blowing as well as ever at 85. Sadly, George Melly is still performing but not very well now, at 80. Most of the jazz heroes of my youth are in their 70s, many still performing.
RtS
(approaching 60 - but from the wrong direction)


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Subject: RE: Oldtimers who just keep on keeping on
From: Jim Lad
Date: 04 Mar 07 - 03:50 AM

Funny you should say that, Roger:
                                 At 76, my father-in-law is one of the younger members of the Bastion Jazz Band in Victoria, BC.
They play every Sunday night at The Blethering Place and I was going to hear them long before I met his daughter.


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Subject: RE: Oldtimers who just keep on keeping on
From: Little Robyn
Date: 04 Mar 07 - 05:01 AM

Has anyone mentioned Packie Byrne?
And in the Seeger family, what about Barbara? She sang on the Folkways record FA2005.
Robyn


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Subject: RE: Oldtimers who just keep on keeping on
From: kendall
Date: 04 Mar 07 - 07:14 AM

Utah is younger than I.But not much.


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Subject: RE: Oldtimers who just keep on keeping on
From: Deckman
Date: 04 Mar 07 - 07:16 AM

And ... Paddy Graber, from the Vancouver, Canada area. Bob (He just recorded his first CD about 3 (?) years ago)


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Subject: RE: Oldtimers who just keep on keeping on
From: SouthernCelt
Date: 04 Mar 07 - 08:32 AM

How about Ian Tyson and Gordon Lightfoot? Both are into their 70s now and the last time I checked schedules, still had a lot of shows lined up.
SC


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Subject: RE: Oldtimers who just keep on keeping on
From: wysiwyg
Date: 04 Mar 07 - 08:40 AM

I notice Jerry Rasmussen mentions his band mates' ages, and not his own-- but don't be fooled by the white hair and long line of great folksongs. Jerry is actually a spring chicken! :~)

~Susan


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Subject: RE: Oldtimers who just keep on keeping on
From: mrmoe
Date: 04 Mar 07 - 09:05 AM

Tony Bennet comes to mind.....and Bear Acker.....


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Subject: RE: Oldtimers who just keep on keeping on
From: pdq
Date: 04 Mar 07 - 02:12 PM

corrections   Yes, Barbara Seeger makes five children for Ruth Crawford and Charles Seeger to go with half-brother Pete. Barbara is also on "Animal Folk Songs for Children". Also, Penny's daughter's name is spelled Sonya Cohen.


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Subject: RE: Oldtimers who just keep on keeping on
From: vlmagee
Date: 04 Mar 07 - 04:50 PM

Lightfoot is "only" 68.

Another who comes to mind is Oscar Brand. He is 87, and is still performing and hosting his decades old radio show in NYC. I saw him perform in January, 2005. The man is amazing. He has the energy and voice of someone much younger than he is. Perhaps folk music keeps you young?


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Subject: RE: Oldtimers who just keep on keeping on
From: Stringsinger
Date: 04 Mar 07 - 05:39 PM

Y'all only mentioned the "folk stars". There are a whole lot of folks who are actively performing into their 70's and 80's, some make 90. They don't make the cover of Sing Out! or show up on Mudcat but their contributions are just as viable as the "stars".

How 'bout my friend Sam Hinton? He still plays a mean harmonica in his late eighties.

Burl Ives did his vocal excercises every morning 'til the time he left the planet.

Unfortunately, many are like Joe "King" Oliver who die in obscurity after a lustrous career.

One thing about musicians, if they take care of themselves, the music keeps them young.

Frank


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Subject: RE: Oldtimers who just keep on keeping on
From: GUEST,Russ
Date: 04 Mar 07 - 06:51 PM

Joe Thompson (NC), Marvin Gaster (ND), Lester McCumbers (WV)


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Subject: RE: Oldtimers who just keep on keeping on
From: greg stephens
Date: 04 Mar 07 - 07:03 PM

An excellent thread. it is making me feel remarkably young!


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Subject: RE: Oldtimers who just keep on keeping on
From: Effsee
Date: 04 Mar 07 - 09:18 PM

How about the late Compay Segundo, still in harness when he passed on at 93 IIRC?


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Subject: RE: Oldtimers who just keep on keeping on
From: Charley Noble
Date: 04 Mar 07 - 09:33 PM

Wasn't it Si Kahn who wrote the song "People Like You Help People Like Me Go On"? The song may have some relevance to this thread.

Now Bill Morrisey sounded like he was in his 70's when he was in his 30's! Since then he's made up for lost time. ;~)

Cheerily,
Charley Noble


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Subject: RE: Oldtimers who just keep on keeping on
From: iancarterb
Date: 04 Mar 07 - 11:06 PM

Louis Killen is a spring chicken of 74. Rosalie Sorrels a mere 75. No one in their 60s wants 70s to be OLD! and it's not. Stoppped enjoying life is old. We all know 40 year olds like that.


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Subject: RE: Oldtimers who just keep on keeping on
From: Waddon Pete
Date: 05 Mar 07 - 04:45 AM

We should aslo make mention of the Rev. Ken Loveless.

He was a very accomplished concertina player and champion of Morris Dancing in England. He also had a tremendous singing voice. He was at the core of the morris dancing movement for many years and had the honour of holding the concertina that once belonged to Bill Kimber of Headington.

I can see him now with his cap, pipe and concertina playing as part of the Broadstairs Folk Show!

Best wishes,

Peter


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Subject: RE: Oldtimers who just keep on keeping on
From: nickp
Date: 05 Mar 07 - 07:55 AM

Guest Russ's mention of Joe Thompson prompts me to add old time fiddler Benton Flippen.


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Subject: RE: Oldtimers who just keep on keeping on
From: GLoux
Date: 05 Mar 07 - 08:07 AM

I saw Stephane Grappelli a couple of times in his eighties and he was amazing...

Marvin Gaster is from NC, by the way, Russ (I know you know that).

-Greg


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Subject: RE: Oldtimers who just keep on keeping on
From: Fidjit
Date: 05 Mar 07 - 11:06 AM

Okay, I'll come clean.
I'm a 1933 model July YDD. (work that out for yourselves.)

Although I'll be at Miskin unofficially this Easter, I'll still be giving it a go. I O.D'd my voice there last year so plan to take it easier this time. Even pay for my ticket!!

I sing, Pete Seegers, "Get up and go" as often as I can. 'Cos I like to remember where my get up and go has been.

Thinking of a little tour round the English club sceene in 2008. When I get to a serios number.

Better book me whilst I can still do something.

Chas

http://chasclark.net


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Subject: RE: Oldtimers who just keep on keeping on
From: Seamus Kennedy
Date: 05 Mar 07 - 01:43 PM

Tommy Makem.


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Subject: RE: Oldtimers who just keep on keeping on
From: GUEST
Date: 05 Mar 07 - 01:48 PM

Hughie Jones, in his 70's I believe


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Subject: RE: Oldtimers who just keep on keeping on
From: dick greenhaus
Date: 05 Mar 07 - 01:57 PM

When you reach that age, what in hell else do you have to do?
(been there, doing that)


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Subject: RE: Oldtimers who just keep on keeping on
From: Bugsy
Date: 06 Mar 07 - 01:40 AM

Derek Brimstone must be pushing 74 this year.


Cheers


Bugsy


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Subject: RE: Oldtimers who just keep on keeping on
From: Kevin L Rietmann
Date: 16 Mar 07 - 12:44 PM

Andy Conroy lived to 88, and was an uilleann piping bricklayer who took up karate in his 80s, to fend off muggers, natch.
I'm leaving out a few details, though.

"Andy Conroy, Master piper, composer, former flute and whistle player, bricklayer (retired), musical, local and social historian, commentator, wrestler, boxer, weight lifter and Karate practitioner, is unquestionably an outstanding contributor to the social and cultural life of this country."

Very witty too. Here is an example of his inimitable playing of the reel Boys of Ballisodare.
RIP. Apt that I came across this thread on St. Patrick's Day.


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Subject: RE: Oldtimers who just keep on keeping on
From: Kevin L Rietmann
Date: 16 Mar 07 - 12:46 PM

That reel was recorded the year before he died, also. He's playing the chanter of the set which the famous vaudeville piper Patsy Touhey used.


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Subject: RE: Oldtimers who just keep on keeping on
From: Mark Ross
Date: 16 Mar 07 - 01:20 PM

John "The Yank" Harrington, born 1903(I think). Died 2004. Started playing the button accordian when he was 7, learned from his Irish immigrant parents. Kept playing until the end.

Mark Ross


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Subject: RE: Oldtimers who just keep on keeping on
From: GUEST,Stooball
Date: 16 Mar 07 - 05:44 PM

Mose Allison


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Subject: RE: Oldtimers who just keep on keeping on
From: BanjoRay
Date: 16 Mar 07 - 06:18 PM

I was playing with Tom Paley in a London session a week ago - he's still as young as he ever was, with a fine fiddle style and a great sense of humour.
Ray


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Subject: RE: Oldtimers who just keep on keeping on
From: Greg H
Date: 16 Mar 07 - 08:15 PM

Ukulele player Bill Tapia is 99 and still doing gigs.


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Subject: RE: Oldtimers who just keep on keeping on
From: Bert
Date: 16 Mar 07 - 09:45 PM

Melanie is still going strong but she's still a young 'un at 60.


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Subject: RE: Oldtimers who just keep on keeping on
From: PoppaGator
Date: 16 Mar 07 - 11:13 PM

Some of the most amazing stories, to me, are those of the oldtimers who were "rediscovered" in the '60s and began their real careers, in the big-time limelight for the first time after lifetimes of obscurity, at fairly advanced ages: Libba Cotten, John Hurt, Skip James, all those other blues characters, and then the whole country contingent, Bascom Lunsford, the Stanley Brothers, etc.

In many cases, these musicians were notable enough in their youth to record a few sides just before the Depression hit and sent them back to the farms and factories, and they (presumably) kept up their chops as complete amateurs for decades and decades until some young kids who had heard their long-forgotten recordings suddenly showed up, heaped adulation upon them, and brought them to the big city for a long belated helping of fame and fortune.

What great, true stories!

I know this happened over and over again in the US in the mid-60s. I know they had the Depression on the other side of the ocean, and similar folk revivals also occurred much later and roughly simultaeously, too. So I have to wonder if there are similar stories in the folk-scene histories across the pond...


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Subject: RE: Oldtimers who just keep on keeping on
From: Folkie101
Date: 17 Mar 07 - 10:13 PM

PoppaGator,

it's good to see you are still around! :)

Odetta, Joan Baez and Judy Collins are still going at it!


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Subject: RE: Oldtimers who just keep on keeping on
From: Genie
Date: 18 Mar 07 - 01:59 AM

I can't count people like Joan Baez, Paul McCartney, and Barbra Streisand as "old," since they're all approximately my age.   ;D

But a few who are at least a few (5 to 15) years older than I and still going strong are Miriam Makeba, Leondard Cohen, Eartha Kitt, Harry Belafonte and Lena Horne (I think Lena's still singing).   Of course, Chet Atkins kept on playing that guitar (amazingly) right up to the end, and wasn't he about 80 when he went to join that angel band?

Wasn't Marijohn Wilkinson (sp?) over 80 when she passed away, not long ago, and wasn't she still active in music till then?


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Subject: RE: Oldtimers who just keep on keeping on
From: Midchuck
Date: 18 Mar 07 - 09:18 AM

Genie said:

I can't count people like Joan Baez, Paul McCartney, and Barbra Streisand as "old," since they're all approximately my age.

Me too. I'm actually in between Joanie and Mr. Zimmerman.

Scary thing is, Muhammed Ali is the same age as all of us - in years, anyway.

Peter.


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