Category Archives: Folk

HORALD GRIFFITHS – Good Ol’ Boy – (Atlantic) – 1972

Not "Harold" but "Horald". I spent some time googling before I noticed my error. The correct "Horald" did not provide that much more information, in fact he is often listed as “Harold” I even picked myself up and went and … Continue reading

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JIM KWESKIN – Relax Your Mind – (Vanguard) – 1966

Jim Kweskin & The Jug Band had released two or three albums by the time Jim decided to put out this solo release. Though it's not really "solo" just Jim and some of his band in a less raucous mood. … Continue reading

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PATRICK SKY – Patrick Sky – (Vanguard) – 1965

I had not heard any music of Patrick Sky despite having read about him for many years. Sky was another of the many folk singers thrown out by the great folk music explosion of the 1960s in the US. He … Continue reading

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COUNTRY JOE McDONALD – Childs Play – (Rag Baby Records) – 1983

I like Country Joe McDonald. He is like a more strident, less lyrical Arlo Guthrie. He is also more experimental than Arlo. Not that "experimental" is a necessity in folk, folk rock and Americana circles. McDonald was a product of … Continue reading

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JIM KWESKIN – Side by Side – (Mountain Railroad Records) – 1979

The beauty of listening to old school Americana, folk, Tin Pan Alley or the Great American songbook music is you don't have to worry about authorship. Whether the artist wrote or didn't write the songs is second to the message … Continue reading

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JOHN HARTFORD – Headin’ Down Into the Mystery Below – (Flying Fish) – 1978

I have fought the urge to rush out a Rod McKuen, who died a couple of days ago, comment today. I have commented on McKuen before, and I love his music, but I don't think it would be wise to … Continue reading

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FRED GERLACH – Songs My Mother Never Sang – (Takoma) – 1967

I’m not a guitarist. Sure, I learnt how to play basic guitar with the Sisters of Mercy nuns on Given Terrace in Paddington as a kid. Sure, I fooled around with the guitar. I’m not a guitarist. I never played … Continue reading

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JIM KWESKIN – Jump For Joy – (Vanguard) – 1967

In commenting of Kweskin’s “America” LP from 1971 I said this: The beauty of Kweskin and his band though is they were not traditionalists. There was a good dose of humour and more than a passing lip service to the … Continue reading

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JIM KWESKIN – America – (Reprise) – 1971

Jim Kweskin is one of the great, lost and forgotten heroes of American music. It’s not that he didn’t have his time in the sun. He did. But his time passed and his audience got older and he failed to … Continue reading

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ARLO GUTHRIE – Arlo Guthrie – (Reprise) – 1974

  Arlo albums are perfect Sunday morning records. They are contemplative and more than a little spiritual (though the spirituality may be secular or not of one religion if that makes any sense). His music, like a Catholic mass (the … Continue reading

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