Two broadcasts tonight starting at 9 PM ET on folkmusicnotebook.com - Marty Laster and "Come From Away"
Tonight starting at 9 PM ET I interview Jackie Savage, wife of the late great Marty Laster on folkmusicnotebook.com. Marty was a violinist/violist/mandolinist/guitarist/music arranger/composer who played with groups as diverse as Bela Fleck's Wicker Creek and the Long Island Island Philharmonic. I worked with him only once, in 1983, and when trying to track him down for the liner notes for my latest album, discovered that he had died in 2016, but left quite a legacy of music and unusual music arrangements. I met with his widow, Jackie Savage, who guided me to her favorite works of his, which includes, "Concerto For Two Mandolins," a 13-minute classical piece whose center are two folk mandolins. If you are curious about music that crosses genres within a single piece of composing, I think you'll love what you hear. The interview is 32 minutes long.
Immediately following that will be a 27 minute interview with David Hein, co-author of the 9/11 musical, "Come From Away," which tells the remarkable story of a small town in Newfoundland that came to the aid of 7,000 stranded travelers when American airspace was shut down, a shutdown that lasted five days. Gander, Newfoundland has 9,000 residents and suddenly had 7,000 visitors. It's a true story, is in its second year on Broadway and now there is a Canadian company in Toronto, an American touring company crossing the US, a company in Australia, and another in London. It's folk music done beautifully. Julie Garnye is in the national touring company and sang on my song, "The Bends," recorded a few years back.
Both of these broadcasts I've also turned into videos, so if you miss the original broadcast on folkmusicnotebook.com tonight, I will be posting the videos later. I don't get paid to create these broadcasts, but I do it to spread the word about good work being done, so I hope you can tune in, and share with your friends.
- For decades Phil's sister Sonny Ochs has hosted these shows across the country -- tonight it's all LIVE and FREE on your screen
- We didn't know what songs we'd hear, and looking back on this, it's wonderful -- I list who plays when so you can skip to your favorites
- My live Hurdy Gurdy concert has been moved from indoors to online -- I'm joined by a dozen singer/songwriters each doing 2 songs -- from 7 PM to 10 PM Eastern
- It begins with a funny song for our times, "Stress" by Jim Infantino, ends with Kate Taylor's lovely, "I've Got A Message"
- A strong lineup for top to bottom -- the incomparable Jim Infantino opens, Kate closes, and an embarrassment of riches in between
- Columnist Jennifer Finney Boylan was inspired by the song to write about her best summer -- what was yours?
- The PFF asked me to help MC, and to do a 15-20 min minute set, which is the exact length of this one song, which is based on something that really happened
- Starting with Brooks Williams in Cambridge, UK --- closing with B&B in the US -- next month Bob Lind is headliner (yes, The Elusive Butterfly Of Love guy)
- Wonderful food (dining room opens at 5:30) -- spectacular desserts -- LIVE entertainment -- Tickets $25 in advance, $30 at the door.
- Believe it or not, when I wrote this song inspired by the 2009 Scripps Spelling Bee, I SPELT TWO WORDS WRONG! Finally I've made up for it.
- Jimmy Webb wrote the perfect song for the launch back in 1978, and here Michael Feinstein sings it.
- Have a favorite in the show? Here's when each performs so you can zip right to them --