Tags: Pete Seeger, Scott Neering, Thiink locally act Globally, ToshiSeeger, Woody Guthrie
We all owe him so much.
It was quite a surpise to find out he died
I am burning with fever and pneumonia
The world owes Pete Seeger-
if we each take one lesson from him
and put it into practice-
He never gave up on Humanity
The old think globally act locally isn’t a nostrum-
One foot after another
Comfort the afflicted and
Afflict the comfortable
and music ?
Pick up a guitar a banjo a fiddle anything
Ain’t nothing beats a song
As Ol’ Woody Guthrie sung
“There’s a better world a comin'”
There is if we make it so
And , on a personal note, if you get a chance watch
Kate Anna Rufus Martha Bruce Cockburn and Chaim sing
Dink’s song at Pete’s 90 birhtday concert
I believe it’s on the You Tube
We really are interconnected
and not in an internet way
Pete’s frail body gone but his fraiing banjo
He made that lonesome Valley less lonesome
It’s up to each and every one of us
to keep at it, whatever that it is for you me he she
You get the picture
Categories: Campbell Hendery, Church Shoes, Halifax Bomber, Old Brompton Road, RAF, Robert Hendery, Royal Canadian Air Force, Stalag Luft, WWII
Tags: Halifax Bomber, Kriegie, Luckenwalde, P.O.W., RAF, RCAF, Stalg Luft 7, World War two, WWII
My Father died 34 years ago
If He were alive he’d be 97
He was a Tail gunner on a Halifax Bomber RCAF seconded to RAF-
He was shot down,parachuted into a canal in Holland
He hid in a Hayloft
The Nazis found him the next day
POW in Silesia
Stalag Luft 7
Liberated by the Russians
Declared dead twice whilst a ‘kriegie’
While he was alive I felt he came up short
He Wasn’t a pilot
After he died I found tailgunners
were called hamburger
Most didn’t survive
Flying into London 4 years ago
On way to ALbert Hall show
I cried as I saw the City that could take it
I bought shoes at Church’s on Old Brompton Road
My father bought a pair there when demobbed
They still had the record of his purchase
Memory is all we have
But memory burns bright in November now
and all Novembers to come
Categories: 24k, Anna McGarrigle, Brad Albetta, Campbell Hendery, Dane Lanken, Emmylou Harris, Entertainment, George Arliss, Glencoe, Jay Gatz, Joel Zifkin, Kate & Anna McGarrigle, Kate McGarrigle, Lghthouse Inn Pine Point Maine, Lian Lunson, Love, Luminato Festival, Martha Wainwright, Montauk, Peggy Seeger, Ring Lardner, Robert Charlebois, Rufus Wainwright, Saunders and French, Sea Shore, Uncategorized
Tags: Campbie, Charlebois, Danforth Clan, Lunson, McGarrigle, Wainwright
Kate left this ‘ol world nigh on 4 years ago.
In the intervening thyme there have been tributes in London, New York, and Toronto.
Kinda Like John Donne’s
“At The Round Earth’s Imagined Corners”
The Globe had to be taken care of before some sort of
I guess if I were being honest the tributes started at the Albert Hall.
Anyway there have been tears laughter birth and all the things that go on with us all.
The week of August 5th 2013 the tributes came home to Montreal, St. Sauveur, Outremont, Mile End.
Kate’s and our collective stomping grounds now and through this motral coil.
I kinda dreaded the whole thing on a bunch of levels.
All my fears were thankfully vainglorious fripperies,
falderals if you will.
Rehearsals took place at Pierre Marchand’s studio (Thanks Pierre!) on Monday & Tuesday.
Crikey ! I even found a part of my street I didn’t know existed.
Wednesday started with the dedication of Place Kate McGarrigle on Laurier.
WE Owe Michele Mercure a greatbig “Thanks” for all the thankless work she did in seeing this project through.
Fiable comme d’habitude Michele!
After the politicians weighed in, the Family- Janie Anna Martha and Rufus spoke from the heart simple words of truth and thanks-
Our Old Friend Ken Mackenzie piped us into Place Kate in a
Hibernian/Caledonian Sweetgrass ceremony or variant thereof.
Place Kate is there forever.
More important is the space that’s there.
That space bids
“C’mon in and join us”
which was and is what the McGarrigle Experience is all about.
I broke a chair wounding nothing but my already shaky ego.
Oh Yes, Hazel even got us linked via the Skype with Esther”Shvester” Cohen in NYC.
Always a treat !
We Go On-
That evening at Theatre Outremont Lian Lunson’s haunting film had its Montréal premiere. Executive Producer Wim Wenders was there along with Martha and Rufus for a post screening Q&A.
I couldn’t make it as I was prepping Bacchus here for next day.
View From the Wings- I’m No Avedon !
Thursday, there were two shows at The Theatre Outremont- These weren’t big International Names playing a sacred canon but Kate & Anna’s Québec contemporains sing their and K&A’s songs. As I said to Rufus at the bunfight chez moi,” In some ways it was a musical Refus Global.
The shows were unlike all the others.
It was like a bunch o’people getting together to affirm that
what we have in common vastly outweighs our differences.
I do tend to analyse-
Let’s just say it was fun and moving
All credit goes to dear Anna for curating
(Christ I hate that word !) the show.
It was more Lanning than Lexington Ave
more Querbes than College St.
well , you get the picture.
Brad Albetta, meshpucah & ain folk to me forever, was the musical director and he pulled it off with panache and understatement.
Tom Mennier (Piano),
Michel Pepin (Guitar)
Thom “Thumper” Gossage (Drums)
Eloi Painchaud ( Banjo Harp etc)
30 year K&A mainstay Joel Zifkin (Violin)
and, of course Brad on Bass.
Joel, along with Chaim Tannenbaum, who was geographically unable to attend played with K&A for 30 and 40 years give or take, respectively.
Oh The Stories !
Going to Venice and getting no Further than the parking Lot !
After the second show, un drole de gang est descendu chez moi.
64 Bottles Champagne & 24 Vin Rouge amongst other delights were sampled by all-
The Whisky was for Joel-
Attending this bunfight,
or debauchery as Thom Gossage called it were,
in no particular order
Me Rufus and his husband Jorn Weisbrodt,
Anna Dane Janie Lily Sylvan Janie- the usual crew
Montreal Jazzfest capo André Menard (won most polite guest prize seriously)
Luc Plamondon, Pierre Lapointe, Fanny Bloom,
film maker Mia Donovan, Pam Duns,
Inner Circle member Michel Mercure
fresh from singing and playing both shows
was stunning and ebullient in red.
Stephanie Remond,( who went to work next day !)
Dr. Roger Tabah and Marjorie Jaques.
All round renaissance man Hanford Woods
Little Anna and Bob from San Francisco,
Terry Lalos, Siobhan McCann,
The Original Dancer with Bruised knees Deborah Adler and her husband Historian Michael Smith.
Our Friend and Legal Counsel Carol Holland flew by me in a haze of people and champagne .
Under the rubric of zero degrees of separation,
the Montreal Danforth’s (Tom’s daughter’s dontcha know !)
Marianne Danforth, Genevieve Danforth and
The Original Yankee Quipper Katrina Danforth
who came all the way from Trieste for a dinner we hadn’t had since Venice and ended up not having
but there’s world enough and time selon Marvell
but smiles trump eats anyway, pro tem at least.
The whole fort was held down by Teddy Wainwright,
that wondrous woman I got to know and work with
in the daze and days following Kate’s death.
Gail Kenney Photographer supreme was in Town as there is an exhibition of her McGarrigle Photos all along Laurier Ave till mid September.
Come to Montreal one and all !
A special word of thanks on My part to Michel Rivard for teaching me harmony on Complainte and Robert Charlebois for his ever twinkling eyes.
As an aside, at Soundcheck
Anna Lil and Martha were running through what both anna and I agree is
Kate’s most important song – Jacques et Gilles. He (Charlebois) turned to where Little Anna and I were sitting and asked in sign language
” Did Kate write THAT? Wow”
Franco American Quebec Irish History in 11 verses.
Indeed she did, Robert.
Indeed she Did
Woody Guthrie would been proud envious or both-
Well I’m running outta steam.
I’m still tryin’to find the right Tom Danforth to send K&A stuff to.
I’ll get it right if it pute me in Quare Street !
If I’ve left anything out let me know.
Send photos if ya got em
Finally, It’s good to have Kate back home
In some inchoate way
face to face in eternity
we shall all meet
as Nora’s Dove leads us there
To whisky talk,”Darling You Must Understand”
Into an endless dawn
I’m feeling a void I haven’t felt ever since cold January Monday Night 2010
Ah ! But I’m a fool
I’ll give Robert Charlebois the last word
Le Québec love ça c’est mon bag
add that with Complainte Pour Ste Catherine
Lemme know if I’ve left anything out or stomped on toes.
Come on over up down and see us. We’re in the Book
I’ll leave you with this 40 second clip that anna cobbled together from my lousy camera work and My John McCormack Collection
Kate arriving YUL Nov 2008 at 3 in The Bloody A.M.
love as ever
Yr idiot into eternity
Robert Campbell Hendery O.M.F.
Dear Friend and fiend that should be pluaral. Well I am as ready as I’ll ever be. One hopes all goes well
and one also hopes to get snapshots. Big thanks To Rufus Martha Teddy Kath Sarah Linda Syb, Linda T, amd last But not least GCT™ Legal counsel Bryan McPhadden-
More later as we used
to say in the 9th ward of my soul
before the hurricane
Let us end Typos in our lifetime
i am soooo very tyred
More later- off to therapy and i don’t mean physio
Categories: Stompin Tom Connors
Stompin Tom Died Tonight and Canada has lost a great man.
For those of you who read this from afar, I will tell you Stompin’ Tom
was all that Canada is. A man who loved Canada and lived his life on the square.
The American Paul Bunyan Legend was based on a man called Big Joe Mufferaw
Stompin Tom wrote about Big Joe Mufferaw.
I’m kinda tore up tonight. We all took him for granted.
Tom Connors- Listen to him- He was the voice of the average person.
His death surprised us tonight but Tom wrote this to all Canadians a couple of days ago
“Hello friends, I want all my fans, past, present, or future, to know that without you, there would have not been any Stompin’ Tom.”
“It was a long hard bumpy road, but this great country kept me inspired with it’s beauty, character, and spirit, driving me to keep marching on and devoted to sing about its people and places that make Canada the greatest country in the world.”
“I must now pass the torch, to all of you, to help keep the Maple Leaf flying high, and be the Patriot Canada needs now and in the future.”
“I humbly thank you all, one last time, for allowing me in your homes, I hope I continue to bring a little bit of cheer into your lives from the work I have done.”
Your Friend always,
Stompin’ Tom Connors
Thank you Tom Connors- I’m glad i met you