Fast Folk: A Community of Singers and Songwriters

Fast Folk: A Community of Singers and Songwriters

by Fast Folk Musical MagazineFast Folk Musical Magazine


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“There is always an audience for a good song,” decided The Coop/The Fast Folk Musical Magazine, a musicians’ cooperative founded by singer-songwriter Jack Hardy and guided by the late, great Dave Van Ronk, which in 1982 began publishing a monthly critical journal with a full-length LP of new work by predominantly unknown songwriters. And good -- in fact, great -- songs abound on this excellent two-CD 20th-anniversary anthology culled by editors Hardy and Richard Meyer from more than 1,000 songs from the 105 released Fast Folk issues. An in-the-field oral history in the true-to-life Smithsonian Folkways tradition, this collection vibrantly captures the burgeoning new-wave Greenwich Village songwriter scene in intimate, mostly guitar-and-voice, one-take recordings from the coop’s performance space at the local SpeakEasy club, musician/engineer Mark Dann’s home studio, and the live annual Revue performances at the Bottom Line. Here, you can hear history in the making in seminal standout tracks from the now famous, the almost famous, emerging newcomers, and unsung mainstays -- Shawn Colvin, Suzanne Vega, Steve Forbert, John Gorka, Richard Shindell, Lucy Kaplansky, Eric Wood, Richard Julian, Frank Tedesso, Frank Christian, Erik Frandsen, Rod McDonald, David Massengill, Lillie Palmer, and many, many more -- as they melodically spin poetry and politics with poignance, wit, and even jazz. And always, the song’s the thing... --Matt Hughes

Product Details

Release Date: 02/26/2002
Label: Smithsonian Folkways
UPC: 0093074013526
catalogNumber: 40135
Rank: 131374

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Fast Folk Musical Magazine   Primary Artist
Hugh Blumenfeld   Guitar,Vocals
Andy Breckman   Guitar,Vocals
Frank Christian   Vocals
John Gorka   Guitar,Vocals,Background Vocals
Jack Hardy   Guitar,Mandolin,Vocals
Tom Intondi   Guitar,Vocals
Michael Jerling   Guitar,Vocals
Josh Joffen   Guitar,Vocals
Paul Kaplan   Guitar,Vocals
Christine Lavin   Guitar,Vocals
Rod MacDonald   Guitar,Vocals
David Massengill   Dulcimer,Vocals
Richard Meyer   Guitar,Vocals,Background Vocals
Pierce Pettis   Guitar
Richard Shindell   Guitar,Vocals
Shawn Colvin   Guitar,Kazoo,Vocals
Steve Forbert   Guitar,Vocals
Suzanne Vega   Guitar,Vocals
John Kruth   Flute
Laura Burns   Guitar,Vocals
Dave Van Ronk   Guitar,Vocals
Wendy Beckerman   Guitar,Vocals
Patrick Brayer   Guitar,Vocals
Louise Taylor   Vocals
Jeff Berman   Drums
Lucy Kaplansky   Guitar,Kazoo,Vocals,Background Vocals
Robin Batteau   Vocals
John Caulfield   Fiddle
Mark Dann   Synthesizer,Bass,Guitar,Mandolin,Drums,Electric Guitar,keyboard bass,Pedal Bass
Erik Frandsen   Guitar,Vocals
Lisa Gutkin   Violin,Background Vocals
David Hamburger   Pedal Steel Guitar
Jeff Hardy   Bass
Margo Hennebach   Synthesizer,Keyboards,Vocals,Background Vocals
Teresina Huxtable   Casio
Richard Julian   Guitar,Vocals
Janice Kollar   Vocals
Lillie Palmer   Guitar,Vocals
Roger Rosen   Guitar,Vocals
Frank Tedesso   Guitar,Vocals
Bob Warren   Guitar
Howie Wyeth   Drums
Judith Zweiman   Guitar,Vocals
Jennifer Hersch   Bass
Gerry Devine and the Hi-Beams   Banjo,Vocals
Tom Duval   Bass,Electric Guitar
Germana Pucci   Guitar,Vocals
Nikki Matheson   Vocals
Elaine Silver   Guitar,Vocals
Susan Fiering   Background Vocals
Willie Nininger   Guitar,Vocals

Technical Credits

Frank Christian   Liner Notes
Jack Hardy   Producer,Annotation
Michael Jerling   Liner Notes
Paul Kaplan   Liner Notes
Christine Lavin   Liner Notes
Rod MacDonald   Liner Notes
Richard Meyer   Producer,Annotation
Shawn Colvin   Liner Notes
Peter Beckerman   Engineer
Joe Brescio   Engineer
Mark Dann   Engineer
Richard Julian   Liner Notes
Bill Kollar   Engineer
Lillie Palmer   Liner Notes
Jeff Place   Producer,Annotation
David Seitz   Engineer
Tom Heyman   Composer
Germana Pucci   Liner Notes

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