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Sunday, September 9, 2012

Travelling Troubadour's Homage to his Father Woody Guthrie

Arlo Guthrie 

Arlo Guthrie appeared at the Pavillion in Cork last Thursdy evening  on his tour marking the centenary of  Woodie Guthrie’s birth .
Woody Guthrie
Mixing  his father’s protest songs with  childhood reminiscences,  Arlo sang with a nice warm vibrato and delivered the yarns in a soothing drawl  accompanying himself on 12 string guitar and harmonica with self deprecating charm, adding a few songs of social injustice of his own. The venue, a former cinema  managed to feel intimate while accommodating a large appreciative, no longer young   crowd.  There were fascinating insights into the Guthrie senior’s extraordinary  life and achievements. I am putting his book Bound for Glory on my reading list .

It being the centenary of Woody Guthrie's birth, there are lots of forthcoming celebratory gigs with Billy Bragg and Andy Irvine's collaboration at Vicar Street later this month looking very attractive. 

Set List
Way Down Yonder   Deportees 
Leadbelly Trip to Grave  12 string guitar 
 In times like these 
This Land
Good Morning America how are ye
Ref to Ballad of Tom Joad
Bound For Glory
Campus Blues
Hawaian Instrumnetal
Houston  Fire Song

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