Harry Tuft and...
Harry Tuft and...
Every other month, starting in September, Harry will offer an evening of music, song, and occasionally, point of view. He will be joined by a guest each time, and the guest will be announced one month before the event itself.
HI, Folks: My next event at Swallow Hill is on Thursday, Jan. 4th in the New Year. I'm so pleased to welcome my guest, Chris Daniels to join me for the evening. Chris is so very well known, not only in the Denver and Colorado music scenes but truly around the country and internationally as well. His many talents include teacher, band leader of the Kings, and chief contributor to Magic Music. He's also responsible for helping build Swallow Hill as executive director at a time when the organization was experiencing growing pains.
In our evening, sharing the cafe stage, I'll be pleased to present Chris as a solo performer, a somewhat different role for him (and he's very much up to the challenge). We'll trade songs and stories in the format that I find so enjoyable, friendly and intimate.
The concert starts at 7:00. We'll hold forth for an hour and fifteen, take a short break, and then have a song circle until ten, so please stay with or without an instrument. Admission is $10, and reservations can be made.
I hope to see many of you.
Harry Tuft grew up singing and playing a series of instruments – from the piano to the clarinet, ukulele, baritone uke, and, in college, a six-string guitar.
Philadelphia's lively folk scene provided the setting for Harry's first ventures into public singing. From there, friendships with Dick Weissman and Roger Abrahams fostered a growing interest in Anglo-American folk music.
In 1960, needing a break from his studies (preparing for an architectural career), Harry traveled out to the Rocky Mountains for some skiing. He found a job at "The Holy Cat" in Georgetown, as a dishwasher, busboy, waiter, bartender, janitor, and – if there was a lull in the work at night – he could sing in the bar.
There he met Hal Neustaedter – owner of "The Exodus," a folk club in Denver – who suggested that he look into starting a folklore center in Denver. With further encouragement from Izzy Young, owner of the first and (then) only Folklore Center, in New York's Greenwich Village, Harry opened the Denver Folklore Center in March 1962.
Putting his energies into the store over the years, Harry has found time for teaching and occasional singing, as time allows. In his first album, "Across the Blue Mountains," Harry was ably joined by old friends Dick Weissman, Jay Ungar, Ed Trickett, Artie Traum and Laraine Grady Traum.
In 1972, Harry and friends Steve Abbott and Jack Stanesco formed Grubstake – originally named "This Band Is Starving." Their five albums include "What You Do With What You Got" and "Warts and All."
If and when you find yourself in Denver, we hope you'll stop by the Folklore Center. If Harry's not there, he's probably not far away. We think you'll enjoy the mixture of people, music and merchandise you'll find there.