DVD: “Chasin’ Gus’ Ghost”

November 11th, 2010, 11:00 am by Greg

First-time director Todd Kwait’s feature-length documentary, “Chasin’ Gus’ Ghost,” traces the history of jug band music from such 1920s pioneers as Gus Cannon and Cannon’s Jug Stompers to the ’60s revival spearheaded by the Jim Kweskin Jug Band to the contemporary Sankofa Strings (now known as the Carolina Chocolate Drops).

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FILM: “Vagabondo!”

April 20th, 2010, 1:30 pm by Greg


At this point in time, Vince Martin is an obscure folksinger known only to obsessive fans of the deeper reaches of the Greenwich Village 60’s folk scene. Chances are, unless you have a shelf full of Fred Neil and Tim Hardin albums, you probably haven’t heard of Martin, much less heard his magical music.

But in his time, Martin was a star, and his 1956 version of “Cindy,” backed by the Tarriers, was one of the defining hits of the early folk boom. Martin began his career as a club singer, draping saloon songs in his fabulous tenor, but eventually he teamed up with Neil to create the powerful duo behind 1964’s “Tear Down The Walls” — a seminal release that marked the young John Sebastian’s debut as a recording artist, blowing confident harp behind them.

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Film/Music: “Vagabondo!” @ Kleinert James Arts Center, 4/18/10

April 16th, 2010, 12:01 pm by Greg

Vince Martin – one of the great, unsung singer-songwriters of the ’60s folk explosion – is probably best known today for “Tear Down the Walls,” an album that he recorded with fellow singer-songwriter Fred Neil in 1964.

But now – more than 45 years later – Martin is also the subject of the new documentary film, “Vagabondo!”

The film is by Mark Sebastian – yes, the brother of John Sebastian and a singer-songwriter in his own right (Sundazed Music re-released his 1999 album “Bleecker Street” just last year) – and Todd Kwait, who also directed the marvelous documentary film, “Chasin’ Gus’ Ghost,” which chronicles the history of jug band music.

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