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Folk Music with Rolf Cahn:
Eric Von Schmidt in Concert, Boston 1960: Set Two

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Item Type: Sound Recording Duration: 50 mins
Event Type: Music Program Origin: KPFA

Rolf Cahn introduces the second half of a recording of a concert of folk music by Eric Von Schmidt, held in the basement of the Boston YMCA, in 1960. Von Schmidt accompanies himself on guitar as he sings a selection of English and American folk songs, with a little bit of Blues and Gospel thrown in for good measure. A key figure in the folk revival movement of the early 1960s, Von Schmidt regularly performed with such other luminaries as Joan Baez, Richard and Mimi Farina, Bob Dylan, and Rolf Cahn. Von Schmidt’s repertoire of folk and blues music was impressively large and he first introduced many songs to his better known contemporaries. Also a painter, Von Schmidt created a number of album covers for Baez, John Redborn, Maria Muldur, and others. After the 1970s, Von Schmidt largely ceased to release albums and perform publicly, instead devoting most of his time to his painting. Eric von Schmidt died in February 2007 at the age of 75.

Part 1 of 2:  
Musical Selections:  [unidentified blues guitar] -- Jack O'Diamonds (1:52) -- Wasn't That A Mighty Storm (3:09) -- Down On Me (1:40) -- (What Did I Do To Be So) Black and Blue (2:44) -- I Wish I Could Shimmy Like My Sister Kate (1:54) -- Like a Circle Around the Sun (2:10) -- Mr. Garfield (6:00) -- Shorty George (3:28)
Performers:  Rolf Cahn, guitar (unidentified)
Ric Von Schmidt, guitar and vocals (all other songs)
Genre:  Folk Music
Subject:  Folk music; Blues (Music); Folk music, English
People:  Cahn, Rolf; Von Schmidt, Eric
First Broadcast Date:  12/2/1961
 
Part 2 of 2:  
Musical Selections:  Grizzly Bear (2:46) -- Lazarus (3:42) -- Frankie and Albert (6:11) -- John Henry (3:49) -- Frankie and Johnny [excerpt] (1:26)
Performers:  Ric Von Schmidt, guitar and vocals (all except last)
Rolf Cahn, guitar (Frankie and Johnny)
Genre:  Folk Music
Subject:  Folk music; Folk music, English; Blues (Music)
People:  Cahn, Rolf; Von Schmidt, Eric
First Broadcast Date:  12/9/1961
 
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