“Forever Young: Folk Music History Month in Harvard Square”

“Forever Young: Folk Music History Month in Harvard Square”

November 1st – November 30th 2009

The month long focus on Folk Music and its Harvard Square roots will include a Walking-Tour Map of visual displays, historic locations
and a calendar of truly “Special Events.”

The Walking Tour Map will be available to pick up or download on www.harvardsquare.com

Please check the website during the month of November as we add “Forever Young” special menus, drinks, and ways to get in the spirit in Harvard Square.

Forever Young is a collaborative endeavor between
the New England Folk Music Archives (NEFMA)
and the Harvard Square Business Association (HSBA) and its members.

Forever Young Community Gallery Window Show:
The visual images and ephemera in the show come from the New England Folk Music Archive collection and from the private collections of photographers and collectors who spent time in Harvard Square. Artists and collectors include Rowland Scherman, Steve Nelson, Don West, Byron Lord Linardos, Melissa Bugg, John Byrne Cooke, Robert Corwin, Eric Von Schmidt and several others.

Legendary musicians captured in photos and artwork include Pete Seeger, Arlo Guthrie, Janis Joplin, Ellis Paul, Joan Baez, Bob Dylan, Peter Wolf, J. Geils, Odetta, Tom Rush, Jackie Washington, Taj Mahal, Patty Larkin, Geoff & Maria Muldaur, Shawn Colvin, and Suzanne Vega among many others.

A collection of early Club 47 calendars, posters, highlights, copies of Boston Broadsides, Programs, Letters, Album Covers and other Harvard Square vintage goodies!

A few Harvard Square windows to look at in the comings weeks for images are: Mint Julep, JP Licks, Vision House, Cardullos Gourmet Shoppe, The Harvard Coop, Eye Q Optical, Leavitt & Peirce, The Tannery and others soon to be revealed!

Special “Forever Young: Folk History Month” Events

in Harvard Square!

11/1/09 – Kick-off Reception at Daedalus (original home of “Club 47” est. 1958).

Time: 5:00 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.

Location Daedalus Restaurant, 45 ½ Mount Auburn Street

Enjoy hors d’oeuvres and cash bar while listening to Brendan Hogan (blues musician and host of WGBH’s Blues Evening Show) and a short introduction to the New England Folk Music Archives…and other special guests and treats!

11/9/09 – The Christmas Revels: John Langstaff’s Merry Vision

Time: 7:00 p.m to 9:00 pm

Location: Tommy Doyle’s Irish Pub, 96 Winthrop Street

Admission is free. Appetizers and a full pub menu are available.

In 1971, renowned classical singer and educator John Langstaff, along with his daughter Carol, created the Christmas Revels. It has grown from a Cambridge holiday tradition into a global empire, helping people all over the country to keep traditions of music, ritual, and lore in their lives today. Revels artistic director Patrick Swanson, music director George Emlen, and singing star David Coffin discuss Langstaff’s life, vision and legacy with Scott Alarik.

The “Forever Young” Conversations at Tommy Doyle’s are a casual, salon-style evening of conversation and music, recorded as part of the New England Folk Music Archives ongoing Oral History Project, to document the important chapters of New England’s long and colorful folk music history.

Scott Alarik, Forever Young Salon Moderator, has been a principal folk music writer for the Boston Globe since 1986.