The Flowing Waters of Lake Jefferson

Saturday Sept 12, 2009:
Mary Travers. Also just some who will be attending 2009 N.e.r.f.a

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Folk Plus is a mostly lyrically and theme based show of contemporary singer-songwriters, some older cuts and perhaps a spoken word or broadway entry, all based on a theme.
It has been hosted since 1993 by Angela Page airing Saturdays from 11:00 am - 1:00 pm at 90.5 fm in Jeffersonville, N.Y. and 94.5 in Monticello N.Y.  following Car Talk.
Over a decade of Folk Plus playlists are at .  The station's website and stream are online at WWW.WJFFRADIO.ORG

1. Peter Paul and Mary - Stewball [Yellin,Herald,Rinzler] - Very Best of - Rhino

Mary Travers passed away on September 16th. After successful recovery from leukemia through a bone marrow/stem cell transplant, Mary succumbed to the side effects of one of the chemotherapy treatments.

Read From:  -
Statement by Peter Yarrow

"In her final months, Mary handled her declining health in the bravest, most generous way imaginable. She never complained. She avoided expressing her emotional and physical distress, trying not to burden those of us who loved her, especially her wonderfully caring and attentive husband, Ethan. Mary hid whatever pain or fear she might have felt from everyone, clearly so as not to be a burden. Her love for me and Noel Paul, and for Ethan, poured out with great dignity and without restraint. It was, as Mary always was, honest and completely authentic. That's the way she sang, too; honestly and with complete authenticity. I believe that, in the most profound of ways, Mary was incapable of lying, as a person, and as an artist. That took great courage, and Mary was always equal to the task. 

Perhaps the most remarkable aspect of my relationship with Mary Travers over the last, almost, 50 years, is how open and honest we were with each other, and I include Noel Paul Stookey in this equation. Such honesty comes with a price, but when you get past the hurt and shock of realizing that you're faulted and frequently wrong, you also realize that you are really loved and respected for who you are, and you become a better person. The trio's growth, our creativity, our ability to emerge over the years completely accepting of one another, warts and all, was a miracle. This gift existed, I believe, because of the music itself, which elicited from each of us the best of who we were. When we performed together, we gave our best to each other and to the audiences who came to hear us. 

I have no idea what it will be like to have no Mary in my world, in my life, or on stage to sing with. But I do know there will always be a hole in my heart, a place where she will always exist that will never be filled by any other person. However painful her passing is, I am forever grateful for Mary and her place in my life.” 

2. Peter Paul and Mary - Puff the Magic Dragon - Very Best of - Rhino

Read From: - Statement by  Noel Paul Stookey

"as a partner...she could be vexing and vulnerable in the same breath. as a friend she shared her concerns freely and without reservation. as an activist, she was brave, outspoken and inspiring - especially in her defense of the defenseless. and, as a performer, her charisma was a barely contained nervous energy - occasionally (and then only privately) revealed as stage fright.
sometimes frustratingly dismissive, i seldom heard her say she was sorry, yet she often displayed an immense generosity that would surprise even herself. witty, politically savvy, she was the master/mistress of the cutting exit line. once i was attempting to defend ronald reagan's educational policy. she interrupted me with "oh, for heaven's sake, do your homework!", turned on her heel and walked away. need i say it turned out she was right?
as the relationships in the trio continued to shift and grow, mary's insights and evolving comfort onstage drew her into the role of societal commentator and satirist; her genius revealed especially poking fun at the tumbling chaotic communications technology expanding around us.
her illness softened her outlook considerably. her work, her life and friends became more and more precious. and friends, especially women friends, closed ranks in the later years, returning in kindnesses so much of that which mary, their powerful feminine matriarch, had given them.
i am deadened and heartsick beyond words to consider a life without mary travers and honored beyond my wildest dreams to have shared her spirit and her career."

3. Peter Paul and Mary - Wedding song - Very Best of - Rhino
Today, as I drove in, I heard Maria from Kerhonksen calling in to car talk. Our local Kerhonksen motors have been underwriters for car talk. How fun to hear the car talk guys stumble over the spelling and say "you expect us to know what state that is in (laughing)" Ironically I had planned to speak about the nerfa conference coming to that area in November. In Kerhonksen, beside Maria,  is the Hudson Valley Resort. Area folks who love folk can pull up the website and register for a weekend conference in the town Nov 13 - 15.  Todays show involves just  some of the folks coming to play the NERFA musical conference. In attendance besides musicians will be festival organizers, producers, agents, music publications, photographers, instrument builders, cd production companies... etc..... all making their living in the folk music bizz.    For information see:
4. Amelia Curran  - Scattered & Small    3:32       War Brides  
5. AJ Roach - Fashionistas    3:10        Revelation  
6. Amy Speace      Fairytale  - Fable   5:11         
7. Beth DeSombre No Toll In Canaan    2:52        Crooked Highways   
8. BettySoo Never the Pretty Girl    3:53        Heat Sin Water Skin 
9. Bread and Bones   - I Was Not Born Here    2:43   
10. Carla Ulbrich- Let it Go    1:09        Live From Outer Space         
11. Carla Ulbrich- Tombstones    0:53      Live From Outer Space   
12. Carsie Blanton- Buoy    3:47        Buoy              
13. Celeste Krenz/Rebecca Folsom  - If Wishes Were Horses    3:20       Rhythm Angels: Girls Like Us           
14. Ellen Bukstel   - They Lost My Vote    3:35      Daddy's Little Girl   
15. The Erin Hobson Compact  - Talk Radio    3:51      Talk Radio          
16. Fran Snyder         - Starting to Believe 1    3:46  
17. Hickory Project      - Settle Down    2:44       
18. Jan Krist & Jim Bizer  - You Be Careful    3:40     
19. Annie & Rod Capps     - Crocodile Man    3:46   My Blue Garden          
20. Jay Mankita - Junk Food Man    4:16        Eat Like A Rainbow      
21. Jon Vezner   - I Miss Main Street    4:00                
22. Jude Roberts   - Amanda Mcrae    4:54      Stained Glass Afterglow         
23. Kelleigh McKenzie  - Call It a Day    3:15      Chances  
24. Mara Levin - The firefly field    4:04        Mara's Gems
25. Marc Black    - I Love You Rachel Maddow    3:13   
26. Matt & Shannon Heaton - Lily of the West    3:59        Lovers' Well  
27. Nels Andrews   - Dollar and the Dream    3:30     Off Track Betting 
28. K.C. Clifford - White Man     2:56      demo   
29. Patrick Fitzsimmons  - Waiting Place    4:53       The Waiting Place   
30. Blue Moon Cowgirls    - I Love You Honey    2:30     I Love You Honey   

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Accommodating my health issues of chemical intolerance
allow me to continue to volunteer Saturday mornings


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