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Dave Van Ronk's last concert

22 Jun 04 - 08:38 AM (#1212009)
Subject: Dave Van Ronk's last concert
From: Backstage Manager(inactive)

...and the tin pan bended, and the story ended...

is the title of the CD of Dave Van Ronk's final concert, recorded on October 22, 2001. Dave had received his cancer diagnosis the day before and knew it would be his last gig before beginning treatment. As heard on the CD, it is a magnificent performance filled with 14 songs and lots of stories. The playing, and singing, are superb, and
Dave's stories, about old blues masters like Clarence Williams, Mississippi John Hurt and Josh White, about his early years in Greenwich Village, etc. are riveting. I've been listening to the CD constantly since receiving my advance copy. It'll be released for sale next Tuesday June 29, the day before the naming ceremony for Dave Van Ronk Street on Sheridan Square in the Village.

Dave was a good friend for many, many years. He was one of my favorite people to sit up with all night, alternately listening to music and talking books and politics. Never both at the same time. One of the things that I learned from Dave, maybe 30 years ago, is that if the music is worth listening to, you give it your total attention. This new CD demands that total attention.


22 Jun 04 - 08:43 AM (#1212014)
Subject: RE: Dave Van Ronk's last concert
From: Amos

Thanks BMgr, for bringing that shaggy bastard back to life one more time in my mind. Nicely writ.

A


22 Jun 04 - 08:53 AM (#1212019)
Subject: RE: Dave Van Ronk's last concert
From: bflat

I am looking forward to purchasing the CD. Thanks for the info.

Ellen


22 Jun 04 - 09:06 AM (#1212029)
Subject: RE: Dave Van Ronk's last concert
From: dwditty

Here is a link to a thread from a week or so ago regarding the plans to honor DVR on June 30th in NYC.

DW


22 Jun 04 - 09:07 AM (#1212031)
Subject: RE: Dave Van Ronk's last concert
From: Big Mick

Great review from a knowledgeable source. Thanks MR, I will see to it that I get this one straightaway.

All the best,

Mick


22 Jun 04 - 03:31 PM (#1212342)
Subject: RE: Dave Van Ronk's last concert
From: Dharmabum

This one's on my must have list.
Anyone know where it was recorded?

I was lucky enough to see him around the same time in Wellsboro Pennsylvania.
As always,he did an excellent show.

Thanks for the heads up,D.B.


22 Jun 04 - 03:39 PM (#1212345)
Subject: RE: Dave Van Ronk's last concert
From: WFDU - Ron Olesko

The Bottom Line, NYC


22 Jun 04 - 03:40 PM (#1212346)
Subject: RE: Dave Van Ronk's last concert
From: Backstage Manager(inactive)

It was recorded at the Institute of Musical Traditions in Adelphi, MD.


22 Jun 04 - 03:47 PM (#1212349)
Subject: RE: Dave Van Ronk's last concert
From: WFDU - Ron Olesko

Sorry!!   I thought this was the show from the Bottom Line!   My error!!!


22 Jun 04 - 04:01 PM (#1212357)
Subject: RE: Dave Van Ronk's last concert
From: dwditty

The Bottom Line show is available on DVD....I have been playing it regularly for a year...as much for the music as for the glimpses of DVR - the man. Highly recommended.

dw


22 Jun 04 - 04:13 PM (#1212371)
Subject: RE: Dave Van Ronk's last concert
From: Backstage Manager(inactive)

The Bottom Line DVD was recorded on September 2, 2001, seven weeks before the final concert documented on ...and the tin pan bended, and the story ended...


22 Jun 04 - 06:05 PM (#1212450)
Subject: RE: Dave Van Ronk's last concert
From: Big Al Whittle

any idea where we could order this dvd - I am in England


22 Jun 04 - 06:20 PM (#1212461)
Subject: RE: Dave Van Ronk's last concert
From: Bill Hahn//\\

In honor of the commemoration for Dave Van Ronk I will be re-airing, as a tribute, an abridged version of my longer 1999 interview with Dave in his Greenwich Village apartment.

I hope you can join me this Sunday on the Traditions program for a nice nostalgic trip back into the archives and listen to Dave's gruff and friendly voice once again.

The programs will air from 3-6 PM EDT on WFDU 89.1 in Teaneck NJ and also live on the web:

http://www.wfdu.fm


Please check the Lee Hays thread for information on my other guest.

Bill Hahn
Traditions/Tabletalk
WFDU 89.1 FM


22 Jun 04 - 06:26 PM (#1212468)
Subject: RE: Dave Van Ronk's last concert
From: DonMeixner

I sat in an audience Happy Endings in Syracuse, NY with about 25 other lucky people to hear two sets of Dave on his big old Guild guitar. He mentioned people he knew, knows, and misses and played beyond amazing for about 1 1/2 hours. Any time you could have heard the names John Hurt, Gary Davis, Danny Kalb and Snaker Dave Ray mentioned in the same show by someone who knows or knew them, it's a show that you should have attended. He played all their songs and all of his. It was a magical evening for me.
   When we left I said to Dave, "I finally got to see you live. Great show." He said, "What took you so long?" I said , "No excuses." And he said, "Well we'll see you next tine around then."

He died with that year.

Don


22 Jun 04 - 07:13 PM (#1212500)
Subject: RE: Dave Van Ronk's last concert
From: Dharmabum

The DVD gets played regularly in my house.
I highly recommend it.


22 Jun 04 - 09:53 PM (#1212593)
Subject: RE: Dave Van Ronk's last concert
From: dwditty

The dvd is available all over the internet, including Stefan Grossman's Guitar Workshop who, I believe, produced it.

dw


23 Jun 04 - 02:13 AM (#1212688)
Subject: RE: Dave Van Ronk's last concert
From: Mark Cohen

I remember seeing him at the Main Point in Bryn Mawr, Pa., around 1970 or '71. One of many unforgettable moments at that magical place. I remember him talking about how he learned "Candy Man" from Rev. Gary Davis, and asking him what some of the lyrics meant. Rev. Davis replied, "You'll understand when you're older!"

Aloha,
Mark


28 Jun 04 - 07:13 PM (#1215857)
Subject: RE: Dave Van Ronk's last concert
From: Pene Azul

Wow, what a great CD! Whether you're new to Dave Van Ronk, or a long-time fan, you'll learn something from the spoken tracks and the liner notes. The music's inspirational. It's hard to describe how wonderful this CD is. Listen for yourself.

Jeff

01 Down South Blues
02 Dave speaks
03 You've Been a Good Old Wagon
04 Dave speaks
05 Don't You Leave Me Here
06 Dave speaks
07 Did You Hear John Hurt?
08 Dave speaks
09 Green, Green Rocky Road
10 Dave speaks
11 Jelly Jelly
12 Nobody Know You When You're Down and Out
13 Dave speaks
14 One Meatball
15 Buckets of Rain
16 Dave speaks
17 Sometime (Whatcha Gonna Do)
18 Sportin' Life Blues
19 Dave speaks
20 Ace in the Hole
21 Dave speaks
22 St. James Infirmary
23 Thank You
24 Urge for Going


29 Jun 04 - 08:02 AM (#1216118)
Subject: RE: Dave Van Ronk's last concert
From: Backstage Manager(inactive)

Just one correction to my original post at the head of this thread. I said that Dave had received his cancer diagnosis the day before it was recorded. In fact, Dave received his diagnosis the day before leaving to do several gigs that culminated with the concert recording four days later.


20 Nov 13 - 12:18 PM (#3577424)
Subject: RE: Dave Van Ronk's last concert
From: voyager

I was lucky to be there for this final concert.
1st heard DVR in Denver around 1980.
Last concert was this IMT performance.
Great story-telling intertwined with the performance.
Love that 'Green Green Rocky Road'.

On the CD player in drive time today.
voyager