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Monday, November 14, 2011

7pm SHARP - 9:30pm

Peekskill, NY

'James Durst Welcomes' A Celebration of the Life & Legacy of Folksong Innovator BOB GIBSON w/Special Guests JAMES LEE STANLEY, JOHN GUTH, JOHN HELLER, DAVID BERNZ & some surprises

The BeanRunner Cafe

201 S. Division Street & Esther, Peekskill, NY 10655 USA

phone: 914-737-1701

Price: $10.00


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Phone ahead for ADVANCE RESERVATION admission of $8

BOB GIBSON (1931-1996) would have been 80 on November 16th. Inspired by meeting Pete Seeger in 1953, it's said he went out the very next day and bought a banjo.
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He went on to influence countless other folksingers and folk groups, not the least of which included Peter, Paul & Mary, Simon & Garfunkel, the Kingston Trio, the Limeliters, the Chad Mitchell Trio, the Smothers Brothers, Gordon Lightfoot, Tom Paxton, Roger McGuinn and the Byrds, Josh White, Jr., and so many more. He introduced Joan Baez to the world at the 1959 Newport Folk Festival, Judy Collins in 1960, then in 1961 he was joined by Bob Camp (later Hamid Hamilton Camp) for the seminal live recording, Gibson & Camp at the Gate of Horn. His collaborations with Shel Silverstein were truly synergistic amalgams of the singular qualities of both artists. He co-wrote with others as well, such as Paxton and Phil Ochs. “He should have been folk music’s biggest star, yet his name and story are sadly unknown by most,” writes Gibson’s biographer Carole Bender. Says James, “Not long after the 1964 release of his solo album, Where I’m Bound, I met him for the first time at the Golden Bear Coffeehouse in Huntington Beach CA, near where I lived. When I asked him between sets to show me his 12-string guitar technique, he stepped outside with me to the alley behind the club and spent 15 minutes demonstrating his singular style of down-with-the-thumb, up-with-the-forefinger ‘scratch’ stroke, which has informed my playing ever since. This project is something I’ve wanted to do for years. It’s my small way of honoring his memory and paying tribute to one who gave me — and us — so much.”
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(To the tune of St. Clair's Defeat:)
'Twas November 16th in the year of '31
To Ann and Samuel Gibson of New York was born a son
'Twas in the town of Brooklyn, hard by the Hudson plain
And he grew to be a minstrel like we'll never see again
--James Durst, 2010

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