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Fast Folk Musical Magazine (Vol. 2, No. 7) Cafe Lena - 25th Anniversary Concert

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Fast Folk Musical Magazine (Vol. 2, No. 7) Cafe Lena - 25th Anniversary Concert

According to its Web site, Caffè Lena, which opened in 1960 in Saratoga Springs, NY, is widely recognized as the oldest continually running coffee house in the United States. It has served as an important venue for American folk music and emerging and established folk musicians. In 1985, Fast Folk Musical Magazine traveled to Saratoga Springs to record the cafè’s 25th anniversary concert. Performers provided a rainbow of folk music styles ranging from a cappella to instrumental and from traditional to modern. Headlining the concert was Pete Seeger, who led a sing-along of “Somos El Barco/We Are the Boat.” The brothers Happy and Artie Traum on acoustic guitars sang “The Hungry Dogs of New Mexico,” the St. Regis String Band performed a spirited “Texas Gals (Grey Cat on a Tennessee Floor),” and the a cappella group Crossover sang the traditional English folk song “Byker Hill.” The liner notes include an extended article on Caffè Lena and song lyrics.

Track Listing

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Mole in the Ground Michael Cooney 4:46
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Texas Gals (Grey Cat on a Tennessee Floor) St. Regis String Band and Ed Lowman 2:30
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Blue Heartland Michael Jerling 2:22
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Sheet Rock the Baby's Room Tom Mitchell, Artie Traum, Tony Markellis, and Winnie Winston 4:42
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Lakes of the Pontchartrain Carla Sciaky 5:36
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Sweet Reunion Joan Kosby and Paul Mercer 3:38
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The Hungry Dogs of New Mexico Happy and Artie Traum 5:16
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West Rutland Marble Bawn Margaret MacArthur 3:32
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Moonbow Jem Moore 4:46
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Byker Hill Crossover 1:58
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Somos El Barco (We are the Boat) Pete Seeger 7:28
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Closing Remarks by Lena Spencer Lena Spencer 2:54
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