1. Rev. Gary Davis 2003 Folk Alliance International Lifetime Achievement Award Recipient


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    Reverend Gary Davis was a towering figure in at least two realms. As a finger-style guitarist he developed a complex yet swinging approach to picking that has influenced generations of players, including Jerry Garcia, Ry Cooder, Dave Van Ronk, Jorma Kaukonen and Stefan Grossman. And as a composer of religious and secular music he created a substantial body of work that has been recorded by, among others, Bob Dylan, Jackson Browne, Peter Paul & Mary and the Grateful Dead, not to mention Davis's own releases. From the perspective of his one hundredth birthday (April 30, 1896 in Laurens, South Carolina -- he died on May 5, 1972 in Hammonton, New Jersey), the Davis legacy looms especially large. Early musical experiences at Center Raven Baptist Church in Gray Court, South Carolina, were at the core of strong religious convictions that helped him cope with blindness, and in 1933 he was ordained as minister of the Free Baptist Connection Church in Washington, North Carolina. For years he toured as a singing gospel preacher and also sang on the streets, mostly in Durham. During this period he crossed paths and eventually recorded with Blind Boy Fuller and other "Piedmont style" musicians, including Brownie McGhee and Sonny Terry. By 1940 Reverend Davis had found his way to New York City, where he was ordained minister of Missionary Baptist Connection Church. Here his recording career began in earnest, first for Asch and Folkways Records (now available on Smithsonian/Folkways), and later for Prestige (now available on Fantasy). Starting in the late 1950's, as folk music became popular on campuses and in coffee houses, Davis was "discovered" by a largely educated, middle-class audience that, at least at first, was more interested in his hot guitar licks and blues-holler style of singing than in his specific religious message. While the Reverend was not above responding to this more secular audience (for whom temporal songs like "Cocaine" and "Baby Let Me Follow You Down" were as exciting as gospel compositions like "Samson and Delilah" and "Death Don't Have No Mercy"), he always considered his work to be essentially religious in nature. When students like Dave Van Ronk journeyed uptown to learn the intricacies of "Soldiers Drill" (an instrumental reworking of a couple of Sousa marches, probably remembered from childhood), Reverend Davis would extend the lesson with preaching, food and companionship. In this way he became an important mentor to the folk music revival, and eventually performed at many festivals, including the Newport Folk Festival, the Philadelphia Folk Festival and others. Eventually he toured in Britain, as well, where critic Robert Tilling, writing in Jazz Journal, called him "One of the finest gospel, blues, ragtime guitarists and singers. By the 1960's Davis was represented by Folkore Productions, which also published his songs under the imprint of Chandos Music (ASCAP). Chandos and Folklore continue to administer on behalf the Reverend Gary Davis Estate, whose main beneficiary, the widow Annie Davis, dwelled for many years in the Reverend's proudest legacy, a brick house in Queens, New York.

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    • Tom Russell : Van Ronk


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      Tom Russell's homage to the great Dave Van Ronk, from Tom's 'Hotwalker' album...

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      • Hang Me, Oh Hang Me - Rio Arriba


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        "Hang Me, Oh Hang Me" ist eine Coverversion. Das Original stammt von Dave Van Ronk und wird von Oscar Isaac in dem Film "Inside Llewyn Davis" performt. Das Video entstand in der Bar des Studentenwohnheims Marie-Antonie-Haus in München. Es sollte hauptsächlich zur Dokumentation der Räumlichkeiten und Atmosphäre der Bar dienen. Deswegen bekommen Details und O-Töne eine etwas stärke Gewichtung. Danke an: das Studentenwohnheim, Johannes Demmel, Filip Pobocik.

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        • Dave Van Ronk : To All My Friends In Far Flung Places


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          Remembering dear friends, gone or far away. Dave Van Ronk sings 'To All My Friends In Far Flung Places'.

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          • Tom Paxton : Wish I Had A Troubadour


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            A video montage treatment of a Tom Paxton song. Tom expressed his appreciation.

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            • For The Sake Of The Song Trailer 2


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              For over forty years, Anderson Fair Retail Restaurant has quietly cultivated some of the most notable songwriters and performers in America, including Grammy-award winning artists Nanci Griffith, Lyle Lovett and Lucinda Williams. What began as a little neighborhood restaurant in Houston where freethinkers gathered, “to talk about things that might get them arrested somewhere else” slowly evolved into a songwriting sanctuary. “Without Anderson Fair, I wouldn’t have been driven to try to write songs the way I was,” reveals Lovett. For The Sake Of The Song paints a lively portrait of this legendary establishment that weaves together a musical and visual tapestry of five generations of artists, volunteers, and patrons who have fashioned this improbable tale. Funny and deeply in love with the troubadour tradition, the film features intimate and entertaining interviews with a who’s who of Texas and Americana music and presents new and rare archival footage of performances by Vince Bell, Guy Clark, Slaid Cleaves, Ramblin’ Jack Elliott, Steven Fromholz, Nanci Griffith, Carolyn Hester, Robert Earl Keen, Lyle Lovett, Shake Russell, Eric Taylor, Dave Van Ronk, Townes Van Zandt, Lucinda Williams and more. Ultimately, For The Sake of the Song celebrates the spirit of community and reminds us of the impact a small group of dedicated people can make when they work together for something they love.

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              • For The Sake Of The Song Movie Trailer


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                For The Sake Of The Song: The Story of Anderson Fair is the story of one of Texas’ and America’s unsung cultural treasures and the significant role it has played in preserving an American musical tradition. For forty years, Houston’s legendary folk and acoustic music venue, Anderson Fair Retail Restaurant, has fostered and nurtured some of the most important musical performers and songwriters in America, including Grammy Award-winning artists Nanci Griffith, Lyle Lovett, and Lucinda Williams. This film tells the compelling saga of how a devoted family of volunteers, patrons, and artists transformed a politically subversive little coffee house and restaurant into a unique music institution.

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                • Port of Amsterdam


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                  Choreographer: Hannah Chodos Dancers: Anne Rene Brashier, Daisuke Tsuji, Hannah Chodos Music: "Port of Amsterdam" performed by Dave Van Ronk, written by Jaques Brel Dramaturg: Andrew Friedenthal An Odyssey Productions joint. Tax Law: Andrew Verstein Performance Space: Dragon's Egg, Mystic, Connecticut Videography: Rob Strong Special Thanks: Jeremy Pickard, Gordon Gray, Thom Pasculli

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                  • MacDougal by Kelly Joe Phelps


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                    ragtime instrumental

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