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Thread #37241   Message #537904
Posted By: DonMeixner
29-Aug-01 - 11:13 PM
Thread Name: Tom Paxton, Judy Collins, Richie Havens - NY State Fair
Subject: RE: Tom Paxton, Judy Collins, Richie Havens - NY State Fair
Well after thinking I wouldn't make this concert at all, I got to sit through both shows. Anyone who saw the first show between 4:00 and 5:00 saw a dress rehearsal for the 8:00 show that went on untill 10:00 PM.

The first show was a little loose. It was apparent that neithre Tom Paxton or Judy Collins had the chance to warm up adequately. Richie Havens was a no show saddly.

Judy had a problem with her guitar during both shows but they were resolved and she played on. She broke a string with in the first two measures of Both Sides now at the opening of the first show.

Tom Paxton had Geoff Bartley as a side man. And if they weren't always together when they were it was proof what a tasty guitarist Geoff Bartley is.

The second set was much cleaner than the first and the first was really good, glitches aside. Judy Collins had a piano player who was just great. The name escapes me at the moment. She did mostly the songs on her Live At Wolftrap CD. She gave a guitar pick to someone in the audience and autogra[phed a program from the stage for an 11 year old girl.

Paxton pointed out it was an old fogeys show by bringing up Modern Maturity magazine in a song. He did a set of mixed old and newer stuff. Still can play, still can sing, still can write.

They finished the two hour second set with an ensemble sing of Ramblin' Boy and Wild Mountain Thyme. Tom dedicated a chorus of Ramblin Boy to John Hartford, Fred Neil and Mimi Farina. Standing ovations and encores all over the place. Afterward Tom came out and chatted and signed autographs.

Great show, free with the fair addmission. Reo Speedwago was in the GrandStand at $30.00 a pop. We got the better deal.