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Cafe Lena - recordings

Thomas Stern 22 Sep 13 - 01:38 PM
Thomas Stern 28 Oct 13 - 06:50 PM
Desert Dancer 28 Oct 13 - 09:58 PM
Phil Cooper 28 Oct 13 - 11:19 PM
open mike 28 Oct 13 - 11:24 PM
Phil Cooper 28 Oct 13 - 11:27 PM
Desert Dancer 29 Oct 13 - 01:37 PM
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Subject: Cafe Lena - recordings
From: Thomas Stern
Date: 22 Sep 13 - 01:38 PM

scheduled for release on Tuesday:

Live at Caffe Lena:Music From America's Legendary Coffeehouse,1967-2013

Disc 1:
1. Cripple Creek Guy Carawan 2:30
   2. Shady Grove Hedy West 2:44
   3. Holy Spirit Sleepy John Estes 2:18
   4. Will the Circle Be Unbroken Frank Wakefield 2:20
   5. West Virginia Mine Disaster Jean Ritchie 3:10
   6. Hunt the Wren Billy Faier 2:53
   7. Hit Parade of Love The Greenbriar Boys 2:47
   8. O Death Mike Seeger 3:25
   9. Hello Friend Jacqui and Bridie 2:56
10. Morning Again Tom Paxton 3:56
11. Little Mama David Amram 5:08
12. Reality Is Bad Enough Patrick Sky 2:22
13. Travelin' Lady Rosalie Sorrels 4:29
14. Devil's Dream Smoke Dawson 2:41
15. The Green Rolling Hills of West Virginia Utah Phillips 4:15
16. Thyme It Is a Precious Thing Michael Cooney 4:08
17. Caffè Lena Roma Baran 3:02

Disc 2:
   1. Gaslight Rag Dave Van Ronk 3:08
   2. Mr. Bojangles Jerry Jeff Walker 4:40
   3. Mama Yancey's Advice / Love with a Feeling Barbara Dane 4:46
   4. Ain't Nobody Home but Me Roy Book Binder 3:09
   5. The Holdup David Bromberg 3:14
   6. Pretty Boy Floyd Ramblin' Jack Elliott 5:06
   7. City of New Orleans Arlo Guthrie 4:20
   8. The Persecution and Restoration of Dean Moriarty Aztec Two Step 4:11
   9. Trials of Jonathan Happy and Artie Traum 3:14
10. It Makes No Difference Rick Danko 6:29
11. Something's Gotta Be Arranged Paul Geremia 4:09
12. S-A-V-E-D Robin & Linda Williams 3:56
13. Ramblin' Jack Elliott John Herald 2:10
14. Somos El Barco (We Are the Boat) Pete Seeger 4:10

Disc 3:
   1. Folksong Johnny Irion 3:40
   2. Wedding Song Anais Mitchell 2:55
   3. The Last Day of the Furlough Bill Morrissey 3:43
   4. Island of Time Patty Larkin 3:27
   5. Flat Stuff Greg Brown 3:26
   6. I Drink Mary Gauthier 4:25
   7. Old Black Dodge Sean Rowe 4:46
   8. Cats in the Cradle Tom Chapin 3:46
   9. Good Thing He Can't Read My Mind Christine Lavin 3:45
10. Sweet Wyoming Home Bill Staines 3:36
11. I Like Jersey Best Bucky Pizzarelli 4:32
12. That's No Way to Get Along Rory Block 2:58
13. Killing the Blues Chris Smither 3:33
14. Traveling Alone Tift Merritt 5:00
15. Down in the Milltown John gorka 3:45
16. Dear Little Cafe Lena Spencer 2:43

for those interested in diggin the dust there was an LP issued 1972
Biograph BLP-12046--stereo--1972
(Michael Cooney): Lena, Won't You Open Your Door;
(Bill Vanaver): Cluck Old Hen;
(Paul Geremia): Elegant Hobo;
(Bob and Evelyne Blers): Belles of Cheyenne/The Blackbird;
(Lou Killen): The Blacksmith;
(High Level Ranters): The Clog Hornpipe/Harvest Home;
(Rosalie Sorrels): Come On Friend;
(Patrick Sky): Giovani Montini, the Pope;
(Bottle Hill): Blue Birds Singing in the Blue Ridge Mountains;
(Hedy West): Whore's Lament;
(Bruce Phillips): Daddy What's a Train?;
(Lena Spencer [she is the proprietor of Caffe Lena]):
      Sweet Little Cafe in a Square;   
(Frank Wakefield): Tarry Not.

Best wishes, Thomas.

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Subject: RE: Cafe Lena - recordings
From: Thomas Stern
Date: 28 Oct 13 - 06:50 PM

There ought to be many folks on this list who listened or
performed at CAFFE LENA, so it surprises me that there
has been no comment. There are a number of other
threads concerning Caffe Lena on mudcat....

Here are a some reviews of this compilation:


FOlk Radio UK:

Folk Roots/Folk Branches with Mike Regenstreif:


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Subject: RE: Cafe Lena - recordings
From: Desert Dancer
Date: 28 Oct 13 - 09:58 PM

I missed your original post. I put this up this weekend: clicky.

~ Becky in Long Beach

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Subject: RE: Cafe Lena - recordings
From: Phil Cooper
Date: 28 Oct 13 - 11:19 PM

I have a copy of the 1972 recording. I played there 3 times with singer Margaret Nelson back while Lena was alive. It was a unique place to play, a delight every time we came.

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Subject: RE: Cafe Lena - recordings
From: open mike
Date: 28 Oct 13 - 11:24 PM

I see some other Cafe Lena recordings are available from Folkways
what record label is putting out the music that you listed above?

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Subject: RE: Cafe Lena - recordings
From: Phil Cooper
Date: 28 Oct 13 - 11:27 PM

I suppose I should add this story. Cindy Mangsen had recommended Margaret and me for a house concert for the Pickin' Singin' gatherin' in 1983 or '84. Someone there suggested, since we were in the area for a few days, that we visit Lena, as she loved having visitors. We dropped in on a Wednesday afternoon and played a couple songs for her. She offered us the upcoming Sunday night. We extended our trip and played. It was a small audience, but a great time. We played a couple more times when we were in the area.

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Subject: RE: Cafe Lena - recordings
From: Desert Dancer
Date: 29 Oct 13 - 01:37 PM

Tompkins Square is the label for Live at Caffe Lena: Music From America's Legendary Coffeehouse, 1967-2013.

From them:

Unreleased performances by Dave Van Ronk, Ramblin' Jack Elliott, Kate McGarrigle, Rick Danko, Anais Mitchell, Sleepy John Estes, Arlo Guthrie, Sarah Lee Guthrie, and more.

Nestled in the quaint upstate town of Saratoga Springs, New York is Caffè Lena, the oldest continuously operating folk music coffeehouse in the US. Opened by Lena Spencer in 1960, this tiny room has played host to influential artists across diverse genres of music; traditional folk, blues, singer-songwriters, jazz and bluegrass. Luckily, many performances were caught on tape through the years, offering the listener a thrilling seat inside this hallowed venue. 'Live At Caffè Lena', a 3-CD box set, the result of years of investigative research, contains 47 tracks, all released for the very first time, alongside previously unpublished photographs. Images include selections from the archive of esteemed photographer Joe Alper, who captured many iconic, intimate portraits from the folk era of the 1960s.

'Live At Caffè Lena' documents an important folk universe that was and is still happening in upstate New York, a story heretofore largely untold. The release of this collection comes at an auspicious time in light of renewed interest in the New York folk scene of the 60s as depicted in the forthcoming Coen Brothers film, 'Inside Llewyn Davis.' The film is loosely based on Dave Van Ronk's 2005 memoir 'The Mayor of Macdougal Street.' Van Ronk, a Caffè Lena regular, served as a mentor to many artists, some who would go on to eclipse his fame. His 1974 recording of "Gaslight Rag"featured on the box set references the Gaslight Café, a famed Greenwich Village venue that along with Caffè Lena was a catalyst for the folk music revival.

Caffè Lena embodied the spirit of the folk boom, the era and its artistry, building a reputation as a hotbed of creativity and connection. It was also a safe haven and nurturing space for artists, its atmosphere cultivated personally by Lena Spencer herself. She would graciously house wayward artists, sometimes for months at a time. But she was not merely a host. She championed artists, from Bob Dylan as early as 1961 all the way through the 80s until her passing. Her passion for identifying and promoting talent is evident throughout this 3-CD set. That Caffè Lena is still open for business tonight is a testament to her legacy.

'Live At Caffè Lena' is an important visual and audio document – 40+ years of our collective music history unearthed from dozens of "lost" tapes – night after night, show after show, through the decades – captured on tape in a tiny room in Saratoga Springs, New York.

'Live At Caffè Lena: Music From America's Legendary Coffeehouse, 1967-2013′
TSQ 2967 Distributed by INgrooves in North America, Cargo UK for Europe, FUSE for Australia

Producers: Steve Rosenthal (Three-time GRAMMY Award-winner, owner of The Magic Shop and The Living Room Music Club in NYC), Jocelyn Arem (Director of the Caffè Lena History Project)

Liner notes: Holly George-Warren & Robert Burke Warren, Scott Goldman, Michael Eck

~ Becky in Long Beach

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Subject: RE: Cafe Lena - recordings
From: GUEST,Roy Book Binder
Date: 08 Nov 13 - 09:26 PM

Proud to be included....40th appearance next Saturday !

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Subject: RE: Cafe Lena - recordings
From: Midchuck
Date: 08 Nov 13 - 09:40 PM

Kris and I were there last Sunday night. My little niece, Meg, was the main performer. She introduced us from the stage as the people responsible for getting her interested in music and guitar at an early age, and we said "Aw, Shucks" or something. They had the new CD set for sale, but I neglected to buy it. Probably shoulda.


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Subject: RE: Cafe Lena - recordings
From: Jeri
Date: 08 Nov 13 - 10:42 PM

I used to go there when I lived in the area. Still would if it weren't so far away. Loved the place!

I was getting my oil changed today, and they had a Nov issue of People magazine. They had a small piece on the CD set in there. Whoa--mainstream!

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