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UK-Tour JeffreyLewis/Peter Stampfel Folk

Sandrolin 09 Jan 11 - 11:18 AM
Matthew Edwards 16 Jan 11 - 06:36 AM
Matthew Edwards 16 Jan 11 - 06:41 AM
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Jerry Rasmussen 16 Jan 11 - 10:18 AM
Matthew Edwards 16 Jan 11 - 11:04 AM
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Subject: Folklore: UK-Tour JeffreyLewis/Peter Stampfel Folk
From: Sandrolin
Date: 09 Jan 11 - 11:18 AM

Uk/Spain/NYC Folkies and others certainly will be interested to check into a rare local performance collaboration
by a 60s icon (Holy Modal Rounders) combined with new blood (Jeffrey Lewis)--
(Faust will be performing as an adjunct as well)--UK and spain only
those in attendance have the opportunity to purchase their limited copy EP tour album --Come On Board

check the tour calendar and read about
the JeffreyLewis/Peter Stampfel Folk Show--- Jan. 17- 30
JeffreyLewissite.com/upcoming-Shows.html

btw.. if this thread thrives I can get hold Of Peter to interact and answer questions or give more info.


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Subject: RE: Folklore: UK-Tour JeffreyLewis/Peter Stampfel Folk
From: Matthew Edwards
Date: 16 Jan 11 - 06:36 AM

Well it doesn't look as if this thread is in any danger of thriving, but if Peter could be persuaded to drop by and do some interacting, I'd really enjoy seeing him here.

Way, way back he and Antonia used to write some of the most interesting comments about music and, um... other stuff...

Here is a link to the forthcoming tour by Jeffrey Green and Peter Stampfel in the UK and Spain: Peter Stampfel: Alleged in his own time.

Some of these venues are a bit far for me to travel, but it would be nice to go and see this show if I can get there. Thanks to Sandrolin for publicising it in the first place.

Matthew


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Subject: RE: Folklore: UK-Tour JeffreyLewis/Peter Stampfel Folk
From: Matthew Edwards
Date: 16 Jan 11 - 06:41 AM

Sorry - don't know where Jeffrey "Green" came from!!!! I meant Jeffrey Lewis.

I gather Luke Faust is also appearing on the tour - 'Euphoria!'.

My humble apologies to Jeffrey Lewis.

Matthew


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Subject: RE: Folklore: UK-Tour JeffreyLewis/Peter Stampfel Folk
From: GUEST
Date: 16 Jan 11 - 09:57 AM

Luke Faust is an old friend from the early '60's Greenwich Village days. We performed together as a duo for four or five years. I'm glad to see he's still playing. I heard Peter many times, before the Holy Modal Rounders and with the Bottlecaps.


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Subject: RE: UK-Tour JeffreyLewis/Peter Stampfel Folk
From: Jerry Rasmussen
Date: 16 Jan 11 - 10:18 AM

I were the "Guest."


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Subject: RE: UK-Tour JeffreyLewis/Peter Stampfel Folk
From: Matthew Edwards
Date: 16 Jan 11 - 11:04 AM

You're a welcome guest anytime, Jerry!

Looks as if Luke Faust is only joining in for the final performance of the tour - in Spain!

Over on the HMR forum have_moicy, Peter has posted an article about the forthcoming tour written by Garth Cartwright in the Sunday Times for 9 January 2011. As the article is hidden behind a paywall, I hope nobody minds if I add a cut-and-paste copy here.

Matthew

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The fabulous folky freaks
Peter Stampfel is the original beatnik. Be glad, man: that younger singer Jeffrey Lewis is bringing him to Britain

By Garth Cartwright
Published: 9 January 2011, The Sunday Times


Holy father and son: Jeffrey Lewis and Peter Stampfel

The musician widely regarded as the Last Beatnik Standing fiddles with a banjo while holding forth on American-music history. Peter Stampfel, 72,suggests the banjo's fusion of African slave culture and new-world technology made minstrel shows the 19th century's rock'n'roll. This rambling, fascinating meditation is his answer to my question about the nouveau-banjo band Mumford & Sons' success in the States. The celebrated "antifolk"쳌 singer-songwriter Jeffrey Lewis, 35, grins as Stampfel expounds, disciple to this odd American master.

Stampfel and Lewis are actually more father and son than master and disciple. While not genetically related, they share strong musical roots.Having recently completed recording together the lovingly eccentric Come on Board LP, they are preparing to tour Britain. (The album will only be available, for now, at their shows.) While Lewis has a considerable following and strong media presence here, Stampfel, who rarely leaves New York, remains under the radar. Lewis hopes the album and tour will bring the veteran greater recognition.

"Even if Peter was just some guy I'd met yesterday on the street, I'd still want to make music with him,"쳌 Lewis says. "He's just such a great character.But Peter's this major figure in American music and one who keeps making music for the pure love of it. He has never gone looking for fame and fortune. He does it for love, to make people happy. He's so inspiring."쳌

Stampfel discovered folk music while at college in 1956. Shifting to New York in 1960, he joined the city's burgeoning folk-revival scene. "I saw Bob Dylan wandering around the Village when he first arrived in town, wearing motorcycle boots and cap and carrying a guitar, and I thought he was just some New Jersey punk trying to get laid,"쳌 Stampfel recalls with a loud laugh. "Then, when I got to hear him sing a week or two later, I realised the guy had real chops. I adored traditional folk music and rock'n'roll, yet believed never the twain shall meet. Suddenly, here's this guy with rock'n'roll phrasing, yet his knowledge of traditional music was total. I realised instantaneously that those two forms were capable of being put together."쳌

Stampfel formed the Holy Modal Rounders in 1962 with Steve Weber. He describes their sound as "taking traditional American music and jamming it through a hallucinatory window of marijuana and speed. Up to that time, everyone was trying to be authentic. I thought it more fun to bend and twist the music"쳌. An immediate underground sensation, the Rounders were the first musicians ever to sing of "psychedelic"쳌 experiences. The term "freak-folk"has been conjured to describe what happened when hippies played old-time music, and the Holy Modal Rounders' albums continue to inspire young musicians.

"Peter's the real deal,"쳌 Lewis says. "He's been making great music for decades and led the most significant freak-folk band. Devendra Banhart,Joanna Newsom, all these new American folk acts owe a lot to the Holy Modal Rounders."쳌 Stampfel relays myriad reasons for the Rounders failing to achieve Grateful Dead-style stardom, before placing the blame firmly on himself. "I took shitloads of speed between 1963 and 1977. And being a speedfreak messes with your ability to maintain a high-level career."쳌 In 1968, the Rounders' drummer was an aspiring playwright called Sam Shepard and a song he recorded with them was used on the Easy Rider soundtrack. International fame now awaited the band, but, again, they snatched defeat from the jaws of victory. "By then, we had a bad reputation as drug-crazed maniacs,"쳌 Stampfel says. "We couldn't get a recording contract, and when we did finally get one, we were asked to play at the label's Christmas party. Well, we took a lot of speed, played really badly and Weber went crazy and started threatening label staff."쳌

Stampfel admits that with New York rents then being extremely cheap, he never worried about making money, having fun with music being more his priority. That many of his folk-revival contemporaries became wealthy does not stop him remembering them with affection: both Buffy Sainte-Marie and Richie Havens were, he says, wonderful people who radiated self-confidence without coming across as overbearing. Karen Dalton, the doomed folk singer whose recently reissued recordings have won her a cult following, was a close friend.

"We were both speedfreaks and would have real fun playing together, but when it came time to do a gig, Karen often was totally wiped out and unable to get out of bed. Karen was difficult. She had a glorious talent, but it became obvious she would never make it. She was part goddess, part broken doll."쳌

Stampfel never "made it"쳌 either, but, unlike Dalton, he cleaned up, got a day job for a science-fiction publisher and thrived, playing regularly around New York and issuing a series of critically acclaimed albums.Stampfel met Lewis in 2005 after the young man sang his own 12-minute opus The History of Punk Rock on the Lower East Side at a party. The song acknowledges the Holy Modal Rounders as part of the city's underground-music tradition, and Stampfel introduced himself immediately afterwards. An instant friendship was born.

"Peter has such tremendous enthusiasm,"쳌 Lewis says. "Originally, I thought we should cut a 45 to sell on tour, but Peter came out with so many great songs that it became apparent we were working on an album."쳌 Lewis then emphasises what a treat British audiences are in for when Stampfel takes the stage.

"Touring's a young man's game, so I hope people appreciate the opportunity to see him. Taking Peter on tour is a good way of me getting to see a lot of Peter Stampfel concerts."

The Peter Stampfel-Jeffrey Lewis tour starts on January 18 [2011]

© Garth Cartwright, The Sunday Times


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Subject: UK-Tour JeffreyL& HMR Stampfel in contagious mirth
From: Sandrolin
Date: 16 Jan 11 - 11:23 AM

Hello I sort of gave up on this post.
(teehee( was considering making the subject tag more provocative...
using grabber words like -- death, sex or drugs..

anyhow Matthew and Jerry thank you for jumping in.

and yes that article appeared in last week's London Sunday Times in the magazine Arts section.

Jerry : Luke is tangentially involved but not on this tour.
the exciting best kept secret part of the news is that there will be an EP available at the gigs ... limited release just for this tour.
The songs are mostly new ones although there are some amazing new arrangements of old favorites. Has to be, Peter never sees or hears his muse the same way ..and Jeffrey well he just sheds new light:)

ok it's 11;30 AM Peter leaves tomorrow. I can work at getting his attention .. if there is any interest in ???s, remarks or comments about the upcoming tour.

Sandrolin
Jerry- we stayed in the same all night music cabin at the FSGW Getaway! Do you know Nancy Jeffries of the Insect Trust ? I've been intouch with her recently?..


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Subject: RE: UK-Tour JeffreyLewis/Peter Stampfel Folk
From: Sandrolin
Date: 16 Jan 11 - 11:55 AM

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=A1va7m6gCi8&feature=related

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pDht1yBIck0&feature=related

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Uwy313YXsc4&feature=related
Quality isn't that great but here's some youtube links
Peter and Jeffrey Lewis
(incidentally do some research on Jeffrey -- does songs for the History channel.. quite a writer


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rNz5iBWmvfA&feature=related


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zzeRMP6Vo-0&feature=related

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ciAy-A9w_TA&feature=related

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-EffzWMrag0&feature=related

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZFgbGv6fFbw&feature=related

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mZcYxJ4Jfvc

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Nz0C7Pew4dA&feature=related


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Subject: RE: UK-Tour JeffreyLewis/Peter Stampfel Folk
From: mikesamwild
Date: 19 Jan 11 - 11:26 AM

Nice links
I was chasing tour details but just booked for Leeds on Wed 26 jan. Holy Roll on! My son loves Jeffrey Lewis , he's a comic book writer so this may encourage an interest in the far shores of freaky folk too.


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Subject: RE: UK-Tour JeffreyLewis/Peter Stampfel Folk
From: Matthew Edwards
Date: 24 Jan 11 - 11:31 AM

Good review by Caroline Sullivan of the show at the Brixton Windmill, London in the Guardian, 20 Jan 2011: Jeffrey Lewis & Peter Stampfel: review.

Looking forward to catching them in Leeds.

Matthew


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Subject: RE: UK-Tour JeffreyLewis/Peter Stampfel Folk
From: mikesamwild
Date: 29 Jan 11 - 12:14 PM

Nice meeting you Matthew ,we must have been the oldest there! We survived the support acts but the main act was brilliant. Loved the anti Norman Greenbaum, 'Going down to the demon in the ground, when I die that's where I'm bound. When I die and I know I'll be cursed going doen to the place that's the worst' I hope he gets saved!

I was impressed by the house full of over 300 at the Brudenell club Leeds, mainly 20-40 year olds I reckon. Jeffery Lewis was great!


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Subject: RE: UK-Tour JeffreyLewis/Peter Stampfel Folk
From: Sandrolin
Date: 29 Jan 11 - 03:36 PM

hey'd you guys get the Come On Board EP... I reckon they will be hard to find in the US and after the tour.

I've heard Demon In the Ground.. it's on Peter and daughter Zoe's albumm.. Ass In The Air...

the reaction posts that are coming up on the Have Moicy@yahoohoo groups website indicate...sellout gigs, shock and wondrous thrill at how amazing the combo of the two work...given the age difference.

Sondrolin


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Subject: RE: UK-Tour JeffreyLewis/Peter Stampfel Folk
From: Matthew Edwards
Date: 30 Jan 11 - 05:54 AM

Good to see you there Mike; it did feel odd to be one of the few elders who were singing along to 'Euphoria'! I really enjoyed hearing Peter Stampfel live after all these years, and he was in great form. He never left the stage for about two hours, and he could probably have carried on for another two hours - he was enjoying himself so much. He was a bit like a hyperactive kid who's just been told he can say all the rude words he wants. "Wow! Really?" and off he went with a song he recorded with his daughter Zoë; "Ass In The Air".

Jeffrey Lewis was wonderful too; his historical songs with his own cartoon illustrations were brilliant - 'The French Revolution' and 'The End of Soviet Russia'.

It was a really great night, although the support bands were a bit of an endurance test for me. I'm of an age where, when the decibel count goes over a certain limit, I simply experience the sound as a series of intensely unpleasant vibrations which threaten to rearrange my internal organs!

Matthew


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Subject: RE: UK-Tour JeffreyLewis/Peter Stampfel Folk
From: mikesamwild
Date: 05 Feb 11 - 11:31 AM

Glad I got the CD, played it all the way back to Sheffield and got a speeding fine coming in off Parkway, rats! 9 points now.Must stop speeding, mind you if Peter S had done in HMR days hmmmm.....


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