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Folk Plus, Saturday May 17, 2003
A tribute to tributes

May 18: Dave Van Ronk Day, was officially declared by the city council of New York.  Umanoff Guitars in NYC, the Slater Mill Museum Shop in Rhode Island will be featuring Dave Van Ronk music all day in their shops on Sunday May 18th.  In Tokyo, an enterprising fan of Dave's  is hosting a Dave tribute at the Tokyo Folklore Center on the 18th.

Two shows are slated for The Bottom Line with Tom Paxton, Rosalie Sorrels, Suzanne Vega, Sylvia Tyson and many more celebrating the spirit and legacy of the Mayor Of MacDougal Street. Part of the net proceeds from the show at the Bottom Line will go towards bringing Dave's very last concert to disk. On Sunday May 18th singers will gather to pay a tribute to Dave by either singing one of his songs, or one they wrote for him.  Today's Folk Plus covers other songs written in tribute.

1.  Dave Van Ronk - Mack the Knife
1-27-67 St. Geoge Williams Univ, Montreal

2. Cheryl Wheeler  - Christine Lavin Could Do It
Big League Babe : The Christine Lavin Tribute Album, Pt. 1
For Christine Lavin

3. Christine Lavin  -   Dear Dan
Live at the Cactus Cafe - Philo
(playing tonight at Goshen Inn 845-294-3991)
For Dan Quayle From Murphy Brown

4. Ellis Paul - Translucent Soul
Translucent Soul - Philo
For Vance Gilbert

5. Vance Gilbert - Talking it all to Tennessee
Shaking off Gravity   -   Philo
For Ellis Paul

6. Rachel Bissex - Oh Jackson
Don't Look Down - One Take Production  Alcazar Music
For Jackson Browne

7. John Gorka - That's Why
Out of the Valley - HIgh Street Records
For Elvis Presley  January 08, 1935 in Tupelo, Mississippi  August 16, 1977

8. Jackwilliams - In the Texas Sky
Walkin' Dreams -
For Al Grierson 1948- 2000

9. Bob Dylan - Song For Wood
Bob Dylan - Columbia
For Woody Guthrie

10. Kristin Lems - The Three Madonna
Oh Mama - Plus  -
For Judy Collins, Joni Mitchel, and Joan  Baez

11. Aengus Finnan - Lightfoot.
Single for Gordon Lightfoot

12. Fred Eaglesmith - Alcohol & Pills -
Lipstick, Lies and Gasolene - Razor and Tie
For Hank Williams, Elvis Presley, Janis Joplin, Jimi Hendrix, Gram Parsons.."the story just goes on and on"

14. Mike Agranoff - Ballad of the Sandman
Modern Folk Musician -
tribute to FM, 1969 and Jonathan Schwartz was on WNEW FM

15. Dar Williams - Are You Out There
End of the Summer - Razor and Tie
For DJs Jimmy Olson , Johnny Memphis WRSI

16. Tom Chapin - Martha and Oprah
Common Ground - Gadfly
"Our lives so untidy, no courage to dream"
For Stewart and Windfrey

17. Carla Ulbrich - Boy Wonder
Her Fabulous Debut - A Major Record Label
About Adragon De Mello, at 11 years old, became the youngest college grad in US history.
(Appearing tomorrow with Dierdre Flint and J. Anderson at Bodles

18. Kate Campbell - Joe Louis' Furniture
Monuments - Large River Music
For the fighter

19. Tom Russell - Muhammad Ali
Modern Art - Hightone
For the fighter

20. Faith Petric - (Dave McEnery) Amelia Earhart's Last Flight
Faith's Favorites -
For Amelia Mayr Earhart July 24, 1897 - July 2, 1937
For Earhart who, in 1932, became the first woman to make a solo nonstop flight across the  Atlantic.
Historical Link:

21. Rick Lee -The Ballad of Harbo and Samuelsen
There's Talk About a Fence - Waterbug
For Frank Samuelsen, George Harbo who were first to row across the Atlantic (1896) with no sail, no steam engine, not even a rudder to aid them they struggled with storms, a capsize, hunger, relentless fatigue, great mental hardship, and near collisions with ships, whales, and an iceberg.  Harbo and Samuelsen rowed the 3,000 miles from New York to England in an amazing fifty-five days. Since then, at least two men have died trying this. Historical link:

22. Magpie - Mary Brown, Abolitionist
The Story of John Brown - Sliced Bread
Also dedicated to the cause of abolition, losing her two sons Oliver, Watson and husband John at Harper's Ferry
historical link:
on October 16, 1859.
 Brown planned to raid the federal arsenal at Harper's Ferry and use the arms to lead a slave revolt. Frederick Douglass said he told Brown, "he was going into a perfect steel trap and that once in he would never get out alive."

23.  Suzanne McDermott - The 3 Dreams of J.Robert Oppenheimer
Souvenire -
J. Robert Oppenheimer 1904 - 1967

24. Josh Joffin - Crazy Horse
Fast Folk. Dec 82/Jan 83

25. Chenille Sisters - (Holly Near) Hay Una Mujer Desaparecida
The Chenille Sisters - Red House
Women missing from Chile:
Michelle Pena Herrera, Nalvia Rosa Mena Alvarado, Cecilia Castro Salvadores, Ida Amelia Almarza
Clare Elena Cantero, Elisa Del Carmen Escobar, Eliana Maria Espinosa, Rosa Elena Morales

26. David Roth - Norman's Way
Rising in Love - Folk Era
Norman Rockwell (1894-1978)

27. Dave Van Ronk  - Rocky Road

Dakota Dave Hull has an album that he dedicated to Dave -- "Sheridan Square Rag" -- Sylvia Tyson has a
song she wrote, and will be performing it at the Bottom LIne, but  it's not been recorded.  David Massengill has a song he wrote for Dave, but that's not been recorded either...keep your eye out for these tributes.

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