Doc Watson and Jean Ritchie live at Folk City.
In this wonderful album Doc and Jean play a superb collection of old American folk songs (you can see a list of the tracks here).I believe that it was the first time they had ever played a gig together. This concert took place in 1963.
Doc Watson is dead.
I’m not really a flatpicker, so I have the greatest of respect for good flatpickers. And Doc was not just a good flatpicker – he was the original flatpicker.
But good as his guitar playing was, Doc was more than a guitarist. He was a true folk musician, in the sense of one who handed on to the next generation the musical treasure that had been entrusted to him by his forebears.
The New York Times has an excellent article here.
Rest in peace, Doc, and thanks for handing on to us so many great songs.
I’m sitting in Costa in Oakham writing a few emails, and I wanted to share a couple of thoughts.
First, a relationship based on common prayer is a deeply satisfying relationship. I joined Vyv and Brian and the team at All Saints’ Oakham for Morning Prayer this morning. I have been attending daily prayer at this parish church on every visit I’ve made to Oakham since 2007, and it is a wonderful gift to be able to experience their fellowship in prayer.
Second, I had forgotten how enormous a medium Americano is at Costa. It’s like drinking from a dessert bowl!
Here’s a traditional Irish song given a brand spanking new tune by the very talented Mr. Damien O’Kane. I believe I had the pleasure of hearing Damien perform this song at the Edmonton Folk Festival, where he was playing in Kate Rusby’s band.
Friday June 8th
St. Leonard’s Church
I’m delighted to be playing a gig in my old home church; my last concert there was nearly five years ago, and my repertoire has changed quite a lot since then. I’ll be playing some traditional songs, some originals, and a couple of covers.
Admission is £6 at the door, and all the proceeds go to St. Leonard’s Church funds.
On Sunday night I’ll be flying over to the UK again for three weeks. This is partly a work trip; I’m going on behalf of the Diocese of Edmonton to network with some people in the Church of England who are running the parish evangelist program (see information on the Diocese of Chelmsford website here). I’ll be meeting with people in the dioceses of Chelmsford, Peterborough, and Rochester, and hope to glean all the information I can so that we can decide whether this would be a good initiative for us to try in the Diocese of Edmonton.
But I’ll also be spending a lot of time with my Mum and Dad in Oakham (see photo above), and other family members and friends. While I’m in the Diocese of Chelmsford I’ll take the opportunity to visit old friends in Southminster, and I’ll be doing a benefit gig for St. Leonard’s, Southminster at the church on Friday June 8th.
I understand that while I’m over there the people of the United Kingdom have a little party going on. I’ll try not to get in the way…