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Pokey (Not Geoff)

Indianapolis’ wonderful arts and culture weekly, NUVO, covered Pokey LaFarge and the South City Three at a recent Blue Stone Folk School concert.  It’s a great review of an even greater concert.

I was asked to play a short warm up set a couple of hours before the gig.  I was under prepared but things went fine.  I never gave a thought to NUVO reporter Scott Shoger being in the house or giving me a mention.

Read the article here.

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Pokey LaFarge and the South City Three are frequent visitors to Noblesville and the Folk School. They are great folks, amazingly entertaining and  ways leave us wanting more.  They’ve had a hugely successful year.  They’ve toured Britain (twice?) and were the surprise hit of the Newport Folk Festival.

They are now working on a film project with St. Louis director Bill Streeter entitled BRICK by Chance and Fortune: A St. Louis Story.  They posted a rough track from the movie and I’ve been listening to it all morning.

Bill Streeter’s Blog with a link to the recording is here.

Pokey’s sound has matured so much over the last year and the band is much tighter.  It’s a great sound that hasn’t been heard live in 60 or 70 years.

In other news…

The next post to this blog is number 200.  We’ll celebrate with some sort of giveaway.  Check back in a day or so.

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Support the Folk School

You’ve asked for it. Introducing new-and-improved Folk School memberships. Membership has it’s benefits, but we know that you want to join to show your support for preserving traditional culture in Noblesville and Central Indiana.

* $10 Student Member – Buy Now With Paypal
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Full benefits will be extended to all members and include (but are not limited to):

* A Dandy Membership Card Printed in Our Own Studios
* Promotional Stickers, Buttons and Notebooks
* Invitations to Special Events
* Class Discounts (Up to 100% of Membership Dues)
* A Membership Directory Each January
* The Knowledge That You Are Supporting Your Community

Memberships will run from October until the following October. Join now and you will not have to renew until October of 2011!

Your contributions will provide the means for the Folk School to sustain programing, purchase tools and equipment and maintain the high level of service that we strive to bring you.

Make Checks Payable to Blue Stone Folk School and send with name, address, phone number, email address and level of membership to:

Emily Vance, Treasurer
6789 Passage Circle
Indianapolis, IN 46250

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125Pokey LaFarge to Bring New Brand of Old Music to Noble Coffee & Tea Friday
By Jason Hathaway
Blue Stone Folk School

Now and then, we hear about a musical artist who is deemed “ahead of their time” for producing innovative, new music – the likes of which few listeners have heard before. Yet, there’s also something to be said for an artist who can take a giant step forward by taking a giant step back. I’m not talking about rock and roll king Chuck Berry and his ability to simultaneously take giant step forward back while doing the splits on stage. I’m talking about the music of another colorful St. Louis native – Pokey LaFarge.

A young guitar-playing folk singer who calls the road his home, LaFarge reaches back to the 1920s and ’30s era music for inspiration. He dresses like a rambling man who has just rolled out the boxcar of a time machine train from 1935. The spirits of legendary rambling troubadours Jimmie Rodgers and Woody Guthrie are conjured in the sound of LaFarge’s powerful voice and lyrics and accompanied by his lively ragtime guitar picking. But, these songs aren’t mere rehashes of old folk music standards. LaFarge puts his own stamp on the genre. He writes his own lyrics on life and love from a contemporary perspective, making them more relevant to today’s audiences and helping preserve the largely forgotten traveling songster music tradition of pre-World War II America.

LaFarge’s most recent CD “Beat, Move and Shake,” offers an interesting mix of music, from catchy, ragtimey ditties like “Mr. Nobody,” “Walk Your Way Out of This Town and “My Woman’s Favorite Dog,” to slower, more introspective numbers, like “Arkansas” and “The Big Parade.” But, beware, dear listeners – after a couple plays, there are a few of these songs that are bound to stick in your head for the next few days. I ave a feeling, though, you folks won’t mind that too much.

If this kind of music sounds right up your alley, you can purchase your own copy of “Beat, Move and Shake” when LaFarge and his band, the South City Three, ramble into Noblesville this Friday, July 31 at 7 p.m. for a Blue Stone Folk Series show at Noble Coffee & Tea Company, 933 Logan Street. For a mere $10, you can see two hours of live, entertaining folk music in charming downtown Noblesville, while supporting the preservation of classic folk music styles. We at Blue Stone Folk School enjoy nothing more than having a good time in the presence of wonderful, old-time music, and we would love to have you join us in such an experience this Friday at Noble Coffee & Tea Company.

For more information on Pokey LaFarge, or to hear sound clips of his music, go to

http://www.myspace.com/pokeylafargePokey

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