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Playing original material, Robert Rohde on guitar and Steve Kinzie on guitar and banjo.
Part 1 in the Playhouse (41:16)
Part 2 on the KRAB stage (19:45)
1974 was KRAB's first broadcast of the Folklife Festival. So far this is the only recording we have found from that year. No one has yet come forward with photographs.
In addition to the KRAB stage, the mixer for switching from stage to stage, and the announce microphone were also in Alki Room, all set up on folding tables, with the wiring within easy reach of the dozens of Folklife participant children. I put up a sign: "Danger Red Ants" which started an endless debate of "I don't see any", "How big are they?", "Its a joke", "Why?".
Recording courtesy Jack Straw Foundation, M0515
In 1975, for three days and more than 30 hours, for the second time, KRAB broadcast live from the Northwest Regional Folklife Festival on the Seattle Center grounds. Phil Andrus served as artistic director, selecting and coordinating artists, as we switched between six (?) stages, including KRAB's own stage in the "Alki Room". This was a very big deal for KRAB. Hard to believe we have no photographs.
This short recording (05/26/1975) is of John Hendricks, a Portland guitarist who, according to the tape label (right), played with the "Fly-By-Night Jass Band". He also performed with the "PH Phactor Jug Band", playing Mandolin, Mandola, Banjo, Guitar, Kazoo, Jug, and Vocals. The announcer introducing Hendricks is Phil Bannon, a long-time KRAB volunteer engineer and announcer.
Recording courtesy Robert Weppner
".....and the women will continue." "I don't know if there are any available seats here in Montezuma Hall."
1975, 1976 and 1977 were big years for folk festivals, and radio joined up with Folk Festival USA - live broadcasts from festivals all over the country. This one is the Saturday night concert from San Diego. Dennis's notes insist that it was broadcast live on KRAB Apr 24, 1976, but it is not listed in the program guide. Perhaps the evening's programming was pre-empted. (In the Seattle Times "Tempo" published Friday Apr 23rd it says the concert would be "broadcast live tonight", which would have been a pretty good trick, since it didn't happen until Saturday.)
The performers include members of Mike Seeger's traveling "1976 American Old Time Music Festival (AOTMF)": Lily May Ledford, The Balfa Brothers with Marc Savoy, and John Jackson. On Apr 3rd AOTMF did a benefit for the Seattle Folklore Society and KRAB at the Masonic Temple. In July KPFK broadcast a series of programs they produced from this festival, and featured photographs by Richard Hammond. Here he captured this portrait of Napoleon Strickland (fife) and Othar Turner's daughter, Bernice (drum):
Here's a list of what we've got:
Othar Turner with the Rising Sun Fife and Drum Band
Lily May Ledford, sometimes joined by Mike Seeger.
The Balfa Brothers with Marc Savoy
More from Othar Turner with the Rising Sun Fife and Drum Band
Mike Seeger and "the Group"
Hoosier Hot Shots
Ed Lowe and Tom Sauber
The Gypsy Gyppo String Band
The Mostly Sisters
Wilbur Ball and Cliff Carlyle, an interview
Hoosier Hot Shots, an interview
Recording Courtesy Dennis Flannigan, DF0225, DF0226, DF0227
We do not know the exact date of this recording. Is there anyone that can tell us whether it was 1975 or 76?
Here's what we've got, with Leila Gorbman and Phil Bannon making occasional announcing appearances.
Mark and Michelle O'Connor and The Tennesseans (Hank English, guitar) (24:24)
Curly Creek String Band with Mark O'Connor (Janice Maddy, guitar; Roger Maddy, mandolin; Larry Edwards, bass) (41:54)
Frank Ferrel introduces and plays a recording of an Old Time Fiddle Contest originally made by Benny Thomasson in Gilmore, Texas, circa 1955-58. Frank might have broadcast this on his KRAB program, at that time called "Country Fiddling" (33:31)
A brief interlude with dulcimer players Robert Force and Albert D'Ossche (5:42)
Some Scandinavian fiddling (Barbara Lamb?) (13:14)
The Tall Timber String Band (Vivian Williams, Phil Williams, Dick Marvin, and Darrell McMichaels) joined by Joe Pancerezwski (52:48)
The Trio (Stan Guernsy, Thelma McKibbon, Mac McKibbon) (31:22)
The Balalaika Trio (5:58)
Recording courtesy Dennis Flannigan, DF0246
Most of this tape seems to have originated at KRAB folklife central, the Alki Room. The technical quality is a little unfortunate, with some distorting over modulation and microphones not able to handle voices trying to be heard above the crowd, but it is worth a listen anyway. It is split into five clips that can be played one at a time, or as a continuous stream.
1 - Irish American String Band: Mark Graham, Frank Ferrel, and Mike Saunders (29:44)
Juliette Delany; Kesh Jig?; Morman Brave; Medley: Maid Behind the Bar, Sheman's Reel, The Cookies; ?; Bee's Wing Hornpipe; The Galoway Races; Blackberry Blossoms; Chicken on a Raft
Introduced by KRAB's Leila Gorbman
2 - Mark O'Connor with Custer's Grass Band: Cris Plummer, banjo; Dave Hackliff, bass; Bob Asberry, guitar; Les Panther, mandolin; Mark O'Connor, fiddle, guitar (30:46)
Huckleberry Hornpipe; Don't This Road Look Rough and Rocky; Kentucky Mandolin; I'm Just a Used to be to You; Alabama Jubilee; I'm Losin' You; Orange Blossom Special; Sally Goodin'
3 - Washington State Fiddlers' Association 1 (30:00)
Floyd Benton: Rag Time Annie
Tall Timber (Vivian and Phil Williams, and ?): Rabbit in the Log; ?; Come Back Little Pal
Art Erickson, harmonica: Country Roads; Cattle Call
Band from Mount Vernon?: How Far is Heaven; ?
Clarence Norberg, fiddle: Leather Britches; Red Apple Rag
Joey Hanson: Blackbery Blossom
4 - Washington State Fiddlers' Association 2 (47:31)
Barbara Lamb and the Tennesseans(?): Uncle Pen, Send me the Pillow that you Dream On
Mac and Thelma McKibbon
Larry Chase and family
Al from Idaho
Walter Saint George
Mike Plout ?
5 - Mark O'Connor with the Curly Creek String Band (36:43)
Begins, as the equipment is changed, with a bit of banter between two KRAB hosts, Molly (Mettler?) and Phil Bannon.
You All Come; Rock, Salt and Nails; I Saw the Light; Bluegrass Breakdown; I Couldn't Believe it Was True; Battle Hymn of the Republic; Keep on the Sunnyside; Katy Dear; Late Last Night; I'll be there Someday; There's no Hidin' Place Down Here
If you have any photos of KRAB at the Folklife Festival or stories to tell, please consider sharing (send us an email).
Recording from the collection of Dennis Flannigan, DF0255
From a Playhouse concert, perhaps.
Baby Gramps with "Diddy Wah Diddy", "Rag Time Millionaire", "Yas Yas Yas", and "Teddy Bear's Picnic"
Recording courtesy Dennis Flannigan, DF1015
This was the 6th year that KRAB broadcast from the Folklife Festival live, starting with a 3 hour concert on Friday, followed by 3 days of 10 hours each. This tape is from the last day, Monday the 28th.
The KRAB hosts were Molly Mettler, a Charles or Charlie ?, and Matt Holmes at the Flag Plaza Pavilion; Gouda Cremora at the Liars Contest; and Leila Gorbman wrapping it up back at the Flag Plaza.
From the Flag Plaza Pavilion previously occupied by the relics of King Tut
Buckdancers' Choice (11:37)
Joanna Cazden (31:14)
Hurricane Ridge Runners (28:17)
Curly Creek String Band with Steve and Maureen from Oregon (26:23)
Mike Lewis (28:34)
Round Town Girls (30:42)
From the Playhouse
Mike and Molly fill some time (19:41)
The Liars Contest - Judging the contest are Jef Jaisun, Michael J Shadow, and Claudine La France (72:10)
Back to the Flag Plaza Pavilion
May Thompson Bell (13:52)
The Tennessans (28:02)
Tom Lindsay (16:53)
Apple Blossom Ramblers (31:49)
Recording courtesy Dennis Flannigan, DF0287
This appears to be the last of the American Fiddle Tunes Festivals to be broadcast on KRAB, though exactly when is uncertain - During Dennis Flannigan's KRABgrass show perhaps? The host announcer sounds an awful lot like Frank Ferrel. Is that you, Frank?
Heard here are:
Joe Pancerzweski with Sandy Bradley (33:19)
The Harmony Sisters: Alice Gerrard, Jeannie McCleary, Irene Herman (38:12)
Alan Block with Nancy McDowell (41:10)
The Hurricane Ridge Runners: Jerry Galleher, Mark Graham, Paul Kotapsh, and Armand Barnett (45:39)
Recording courtesy Dennis Flannigan, DF1011
By Memorial Day weekend, the Northwest Regional Folklife Festival will bring to the Seattle Center dancers, craftspeople, singers and musicians by the hundreds, and one solitary radio station -- KRAB. For the seventh or eighth or sixth or ninth time (we all remember differently, but "for sure"), KRAB will be spreading the festivity of Folklife weekend to the edges and corners of the Pacific Northwest, through some thirty-six hours of live broadcasting. Expect to hear bluegrass banjos and old-time fiddles, roughedged blues arid graceful caeli tunes, songs old and new, sounds from next door and from the world round. Should you come to the Folklife Festival in, person, we hope you will visit the KRAB stage in the Flag Plaza Pavilion. And when you are loafing at home, cruising in your car, weeding your petunia bed or swatting flies in your kitchen, you can be at the Folklife Festival then, too, front row center. Tune in 8:00 p.m. till 11:00 pm on May 22nd and throughout the long weekend: 12:00 noon to 11:00 p.m. on Saturday, Sunday and Monday.
So far we've found audio from the Sunday and Monday broadcasts. There's a little distortion here and there, particularly in one of Baby Gramps' numbers, but for the most part listenable. Performing are the following
Sunday May 30, 1982
From the KRAB stage in the Flag Plaza Pavilion (Doris Brevoort and John Jay announcing)
The Hurricane Ridgerunners (31:55)
(Tiny Freeman and Gary Bannister announcing)
(Susan Madden (KBCS) and John Lindemann announcing)
From the Playhouse (Katherine Bates announcing)
Monday May 31, 1982
From the KRAB stage in the Flag Plaza Pavilion
Rural Delivery (23:14)
From the Playhouse (Robert Rohde announcing)
Linda Capeluto (23:10)
Phil Andrus signs off from the Seattle Center
Recordings courtesy Dennis Flannigan, DF1272 and DF1012
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