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Thread #90283 Message #1712288
Posted By: Charley Noble
06-Apr-06 - 08:57 PM
Thread Name: Barry Finn/Charley Noble - NYC 4/22
Subject: RE: Barry Finn/Charley Noble - NYC 4/22
Time to refresh this thread but I thought I'd also fill in some more about the Puleston family on Long Island. Dennis Puleston, who died in 2001 at the age of 95, was one of my favorite folk song mentors. I learned such unique ditties as "The Pearl Diver" (old music hall song), "The Ballad of Anthony Clare" (large balls heavy as lead), "The Good Ship Venus", "The Tattooed Lady", and dozens more. He was also a world class sailor, having sailed a schooner across the pacific in the 1930's (Blue Water Vagabond), designer of the DUKW amphibious land craft in World War II and on-the-job trainer, co-founder of the Environmental Defense Fund, and Aartic lecturer and guide. He was also neighbors with folk singers Bill Bonyun and Richard Dyer-Bennet which made for some extraordinary song parties, some of which were taped.
I am happy to report that the children of this extraordinary man, and his equally extradinary wife whom I'll report on later, are also explorers, fine singers, and great people to be with.
The Long Island gathering will be late Sunday afternoon, 4/23, at the Bellport compound.