Guitarist Gordon Giltrap, a Patron of Square Roots Productions, recalls the London folk scene in the 1960s.
I feel very proud and privileged to have been a part of the growing London folk scene in the mid-sixties. To have had a residency at the now legendary Les Cousins was for me a dream come true as a 19-year-old aspiring then singer-songwriter, and to rub shoulders with legendary names such as John Martyn, Wizz Jones, Bert Jansch, John Renbourn, Jackson C Frank, Ralph McTell, Al Stewart, Paul Simon and many more are memories I shall cherish for ever.
The idea of celebrating that golden age of creativity I think is a wonderful idea, and with the Bringing It All Back Home project growing daily I sincerely hope that when it comes to fruition I am able to be a part of it, here in London and hopefully at Washington Square New York.
Every night the streets of the Village in the 1960s were filled with a riotous blaze of neon lights and patchouli oil; a teeming, bell-bottomed sea of peace and love with no shortage of feathers, headbands and beads. Wherever you looked indelible images appeared: a darkened doorway becoming an impromptu stage for someone to muse mystically on a native flute, fervent chanters intoning through clouds of incense, strange figures emerging out of the night fog of Washington Square looking like lost Indian scouts for General Custer – and all of it set to the endless soundtrack of ringing guitar music pouring from clubs up and down the streets. Continue reading Ian Seeberg recalls his years playing in Greenwich Village→
Joan Baez and the Indigo Girls talk about ‘Diamonds & Rust’ and the Hotel Earle, immortalised in the song as “that crummy hotel over Washington Square”. It’s now transformed into the chic and charming Washington Square Hotel, over which the Paul family preside.