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Some Club 47
Alumni/ae
A partial list


Alison Krauss
Bill Keith
Bob Dylan
Bonnie Raitt
Buskin & Batteau
Cheryl Wheeler
Christine Lavin
Claudia Schmidt
David Bromberg
David Wilcox
Doc Watson
Emmylou Harris
Eric Andersen
Eric Von Schmidt
Jackie Washington
   Landron
Janis Ian
Jennifer Warnes
Jim Rooney
Joan Baez
John Cooke
John Gorka
John Hammond
John Hartford
John Sebastian
Jonathan Edwards
Judy Collins
Kristina Olsen
Laura Nyro
Livingston Taylor
Maria Muldaur
Mark O'Connor
Mary Travers
Mike Cross
Mimi Fariña
Mitch Greenhill
Nanci Griffith
Patty Larkin
Peter Keane
Peter Rowan
Richard Greene
Richie Havens
Robert Earl Keen
Robert L. Jones
Shawn Colvin
Spider John Koerner
Steve Goodman
Susan Werner
Taj Mahal
The Cambridge
   Harmonica
   Orchestra
The Charles River
   Valley Boys
The Jug Band
The Story
   w/Jonatha
   Brooke &
   Jennifer Kimball
Tom Chapin
Tom Paxton
Tom Rush
Vance Gilbert

A Club 47 concert on stage
Club 47® Concert at Boston's Symphony Hall
"Honoring the Past, Celebrating the Future"

The Club 47 once was a coffeehouse in Cambridge, Mass., now Club Passim.
It became the epicenter of the '60s folk renaissance, bringing together the
legendary artists of folk with the best of the new generation.
Today, Club 47® is a concert series organized by Tom Rush to keep that tradition alive.


The Club 47® Tradition ...
There was a long hiatus in the Club 47 shows I used to do at Symphony Hall in Boston, Carnegie Hall in NYC, the Kennedy Center in DC and many other fine halls around the country. But we're at it again ...

Symphony Hall, Boston, December 28, 2013.
The Jim Kweskin Jug Band featuring Bill Keith, Geoff Muldaur, Maria Muldaur, were there along with Patty Larkin, Sarah Lee Guthrie (Woody's granddaughter and Arlo's kid) and Johnny Irion.

Here's what David Wilson, former publisher of Broadside, wrote in Berkshire Fine Arts:

"It was a magical night, not just because the music was wonderful, but because it really encapsulated and brought back in superb fidelity, a validation of our memories of how informal and intimate and honest the performances were back when. This was reinforced because every artist got a chance for their moment in the spotlight, and also participated in pairs and multiples with every other artist on the stage. There were comings and goings and no discernible blunders and one charming surprise after another. The jug band was, if not as tight, every-bit as together as ever they were and the gestalt was as artistically satisfying as I have ever heard them. The solos by Jim, Geoff, Maria, Bill Keith reminded us of how competent each of them were as individual artists before they had ever teamed up. We missed the insouciance of course but hardly forgotten were Fritz Richmond and Mel Lyman. Matt Glaser, Joe Walsh and David Landoni filled in for them with enthusiasm and technical brilliance. Patty Larkin had her fans enthralled and clearly Sarah Lee and Johnny Irion added droves to their fan base.

"It was an evening of warm memories, and if I had ever had a suspicion that I had over romanticized the artistry that had blossomed in that fragment of a decade, roughly called the ‘60s, all doubts were swept away.

"Kudos are due to producers Rob Stegman and Todd Kwait in this, their maiden voyage into concert production."

Club 47® Rides Again ... and again

Symphony Hall, Boston
December 28, 2012

In December 2012, I celebrated my 50th year on stage and brought a gang to Symphony Hall Boston. On board were Jonathan Edwards, Buskin & Batteau, Eric Lilljequist, Dean Adrien, and Dom Flemons from the Carolina Chocolate Drops. Trevor Veitch, my guitar slinging buddy from the wild '70s, and Dean Adrien and Joe Mennonna joined us. It was a party to remember! A DVD/CD 2-disc set from the show is available here.




Club 47 shows at Boston's Symphony Hall, The Kennedy Center in Washington, DC, Carnegie Hall in New York and many other venues around the country, both large and small, have featured established acts like Bonnie Raitt, Emmylou Harris, Richie Havens and Joan Baez, and have helped newcomers like Nanci Griffith, Alison Krauss, Mark O'Connor and Shawn Colvin to begin to build their own careers. And the tradition continues.

Club 47 concerts demonstrate both that the music has a rich and resonant history, and that the future looks better than ever. "Looking forward, looking back," says Rubordersh, "one generation introducing the next." They are concepts the public and the media find easy to embrace. "Still," he adds, "it all comes down to a really good excuse to throw a party." And what a party!

"The Kennedy Center Concert Hall was packed and the stage crowded with musicians and friends Saturday night. Rush and his fellow performers not only celebrated the past and the traditions that link one generation of musicians to the next, but they also made the future for acoustic music look bright indeed. Evocative ... sensitive ... imaginative ... gorgeous ... breathtaking ... compelling. The music cast an intimate spell." - THE WASHINGTON POST

"A magical, precious night!" - BOSTON GLOBE

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