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Various Artists - Festival! (DVD)

Festival!

Various Artists

EE 39101-9

Available from Eagle Eye Media

A review written for the Folk & Acoustic Music Exchange
by Mike Jurkovic
(rnrcurmudgeon@yahoo.com)

An interesting if somewhat curious artifact of an inspiring time, Murray Lerner's cinematic distillation of the four crucial years (1962-65) in the development of folk music, and in turns, its audience mindset is a fine, and often frustrating document.

Fine in the fact that we get to see the many avenues and side roads the folk movement was embarking upon. The roots: Blue Ridge Mountain Dancers, Fiddler Beers, Sonny Terry and Brownie McGhee. The popular: Baez, Dylan, Odetta, Seeger, Peter, Paul and Mary. The blues: Son House, Mississippi John Hurt, Spider John., Paul Butterfield and Michael Bloomfield ripping up the fusion of blues and rock. Traditonalists: Theodore Bikel, Odetta, Seeger. Try imaging how a concert that varied would work today as the traditionalists in the audience would head for the snack bars curing the blues. The populists holding up cell phones so their friends a world away could hear the tinny shreds of performances.

Frustrating in the fact that there is no full performance of any performer. How often do you get to see Donovan, Buffy Saint Marie, Mimi and Dick Farina, and a young Johnny Cash defining themselves? Pretty much the longest face time belongs to Mike Bloomfield, who goes on and on about the blues and Son House.

As I said, an interesting if somewhat curious artifact of an inspiring time. Maybe someday in the future they will release a special 2 or 3 disc set with the full performances intact.

Song Listing:

  • Hannah - Jim Kweskin & The Jug Band w/ Mel Lyman
  • If I Had A Hammer - Peter, Paul and Mary
  • Rocky Road - Sacred Harp Singers
  • Traditional Spiritual - Georgia Sea Island Singers
  • Clog Dance - Blue Ridge Mountain Dancers
  • Black Mountain Rag - Tex Logan and The Lilly Brothers
  • Green Corn - Pete Seeger
  • Codeine...And It's Real - Buffy Sainte-Marie
  • Deep Blue Sea - Pete Seeger
  • Lordy, Lordy - Odetta
  • Go Tell Aunt Rhody - Joan Baez and Peter Yarrow
  • Mary Hamilton - Joan Baez
  • All I Really Want To Do - Bob Dylan
  • All Our Trials - Joan Baez
  • Blowin' In The Wind - Peter, Paul and Mary
  • And The War Drags On - Donovan
  • Turn, Turn, Turn - Judy Collins
  • Viet Nam, Your Latest Game - Donovan
  • Just Can't Keep From Cryin' - Odetta
  • Times They Are A Changin' - Peter, Paul and Mary
  • Highway 61 - Fred McDowell
  • Keys To The Highway - Brownie McGhee and Sonny Terry
  • Candy Man - Mississippi John Hurt
  • Maggie's Farm - Bob Dylan
  • Instrumental - Ed Young Fife & Drum Corps
  • Feed Me, Jesus - Swan Silvertones
  • Help Me, Jesus - Staple Singers
  • Ain't Gonna Let Nobody Turn Me 'Round - Freedom Singers
  • Go Tell It On The Mountain - Fannie Lou Hamer
  • We Shall Overcome - Freedom Group Finale w/ Odetta
  • I Was Born In Chicago - Paul Butterfield Blues Band
  • Son House Blues - Son House
  • You Hear My Howling Early In The Morning - Howling Wolf
  • Pack Up Your Sorrows - Mimi and Dick Farina
  • Flute Instrumental - Spokes Mashiyane
  • Cheek Slapping - Cousin Emmy
  • Russian Song - Theodore Bikel
  • Anathea - Judy Collins
  • I Walk The Line - Johnny Cash
  • Ruby - Osborne Bros.
  • Farewell Angelina - Joan Baez
  • Tambourine Man - Bob Dylan
  • Rising Of The Moon - Peter, Paul and Mary
  • Down By The Riverside - Group Finale w/ Baez, Odetta and Seeger

Chapters:

  • Jug Band Prelude
  • Come and Go with Me
  • It Doesn't All Have To Come Out of a Loudspeaker
  • The Way Things Really Are
  • Blowing in the Wind
  • Vietnam, Your Latest Game
  • The Old Teach the Young
  • Maggie's Farm
  • Son House Blues
  • You Hear My Howling Early in the Morning
  • I Walk the Line
  • Down by the Riverside
Director: Murray Lerner

Edited by: David N. Pyles
(dnpyles@acousticmusic.com)

Copyright 2005, Peterborough Folk Music Society.
This review may be reprinted with prior permission and attribution.

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