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Fast Folk: A Community of Singers and Songwriters

Various Artists
Fast Folk: A Community of Singers and Songwriters

Fast Folk Musical Magazine helped jumpstart the careers of musicians such as Shawn Colvin, Steve Forbert, John Gorka, Lucy Kaplansky, Christine Lavin, Richard Shindell, Suzanne Vega, and many others. This double CD set comprises honest, intimate versions of their songs, available in retail stores for the first time! Guided by the venerable Dave Van Ronk, singer-songwriter Jack Hardy formed Fast Folk in 1982 in New York City. The dominant theme in the 100-plus Fast Folk Musical Magazine issues was an emphasis on the song rather than the singer—music for its own sake. It quickly became an important showcase for the new folk scene, which continued to flourish for nearly twenty years. By drawing on both the new wave and the old guard of American folk music, Fast Folk developed into a significant chapter in the history of folk music. Compiled and annotated by Richard Meyer, Jack Hardy and Jeff Place.

Track Listing

101
American Jerusalem Rod MacDonald 5:58
102
What's Wrong with the Man Upstairs? David Massengill 4:38
103
Old Factory Town Gerry Devine 5:12
104
You Just Need a Home (Spotlight) Lucy Kaplansky 3:38
105
Another Time and Place Dave Van Ronk 4:31
106
I Don't Know Why Shawn Colvin 3:45
107
Geza's Wailing Ways John Gorka 3:53
108
Ragman! David Indian 4:03
109
High Times Tom Intondi 4:36
110
Don't Ever Call Your Sweetheart by His Name Christine Lavin 2:21
111
Where Were You Last Night? Frank Christian 4:19
112
Introduction to Corpo Gracile Germana Pucci 0:28
113
Corpo Gracile Germana Pucci 5:13
114
Kilkelly, Ireland Laura Burns & Roger Rosen 5:58
115
Introduction to The Viking Rag Erik Frandsen 1:32
116
The Viking Rag Erik Frandsen 2:37
117
Forget-Me-Not Jack Hardy 4:20
118
Vacation Ensemble 2:42
201
Gypsy Suzanne Vega 4:16
202
Thirty Thousand Men Steve Forbert 4:31
203
Margaret Frank Tedesso 4:04
204
Share the Failure Elaine Silver 2:56
205
Bourbon as a Second Language Patrick John Brayer 3:47
206
King of Hearts Paul Kaplan 4:10
207
Heart on Ice Judith Zweiman 5:04
208
The Courier Richard Shindell 5:00
209
By Your Eyes Wendy Beckerman 3:22
210
Danton Lillie Palmer 4:27
211
Long Black Wall Michael Jerling 4:27
212
Railroad Bill Andy Breckman 3:32
213
Gravedigger Richard Julian 3:18
214
January Gold Richard Meyer 5:11
215
Disenchanted Eric Wood 4:37
216
Raphael Hugh Blumenfeld 3:35
217
Your Face Louise Taylor 3:18
218
Crazy Horse Josh Joffen & Late for Dinner 3:19

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