Special Guests
Saturday, June 20, 1998

Gordon Bok and Cindy Kallet are both from the Eastern seaboard. They began singing occasional concerts together in 1983. In 1996, they recorded a CD together, called Neighbors: Gordon Bok & Cindy Kallet. Gordon Bok grew up in Camden, Maine, and has been singing and playing the guitar since he was a child. He has worked on or near the ocean for most of his life-on ships or in shipyards-and has learned many of his songs from the people who make their living upon the sea. Bok has also designed, built, and played many instruments, although he concentrates mostly on the six- and twelve-stringed guitars and the "cellamba," a bass viol de gamba on a cello body. Bok's latest CD is Gatherings (Timberhead C008, available through Folk Legacy Records). Cindy Kallet took piano and violin lessons when she was a child and began to teach herself guitar at age 11. She lived on Martha's Vineyard after college and played a few concerts there before making an appearance at the 1980 Folk-Legacy Festival in Connecticut, which led to the release of her first album, Working on Wings to Fly, which has recently been released on CD through Folk Legacy Records. Her most recent solo recording is her third, Dreaming Down a Quiet Line (Stone Throw Music, available through Folk Legacy Records). She can also be heard with Ellen Epstein and Michael Cicone on the 1993 recording, Only Human (Overall Music).

David Mallett started performing in late elementary school, after he and his older brother Neil bought their own guitars. Neil and David then performed together in a Bangor talent show called "Spotlight on Youth." They made it to the semi-finals, then lost to a baton twirler, but David Mallet had begun his musical career. In '68 and '69, the brothers had a weekly half-hour TV show-The Mallett Brothers-that aired out of Bangor. And the two of them earned spending money singing throughout New England at county fairs and Kiwanis Clubs and in grange halls and school auditoriums. David Mallett started to write more of his own material during his college days at the University of Maine. After college, he played in bars for five or six years, and then he met Noel Paul Stookey of Peter, Paul, & Mary. Stookey had retired from the group and moved to Maine. He produced Mallett's first record in 1978, and that album got him noticed by critics, distinguished songwriters and performers. He has now recorded 10 albums and his songs have been recorded by Emmylou Harris, Arlo Guthrie, Kathy Mattea, Pete Seeger, and many others. Mallett lived in Nashville for nearly a decade-from the mid-'80s to the mid-'90s-but now resides again in Maine. His latest CD is the live recording, Parallel Lives (Flying Fish/Rounder Records). A compendium of his work has been published as Songs of David Mallett, a Collection (Cherry Lane). It is available in bookstores.

 

Old Sweet Songs: A Prairie Home Companion 1974-1976

Old Sweet Songs

Lovingly selected from the earliest archives of A Prairie Home Companion, this heirloom collection represents the music from earliest years of the now legendary show: 1974–1976. With songs and tunes from jazz pianist Butch Thompson, mandolin maestro Peter Ostroushko, Dakota Dave Hull and the first house band, The Powdermilk Biscuit Band (Adam Granger, Bob Douglas and Mary DuShane).

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