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George Wein

Dear Mailing List, George Wein: October 3, 1925 to September 13, 2021 On a cold January day in 1964, I walked into George Wein’s office on Central Park West. He was looking for a tour manager for the Blues and Gospel Caravan featuring Muddy Waters, Sister Rosetta Tharpe and Rev Gary Davis that was booked […]

Old Music For A New Year

Dear Mailing List, As we stagger into 2021, I can suggest a couple of comforting musical crumbs. For those of you in the UK, BBC2 is screening Aretha Franklin’s Amazing Grace this coming Saturday, January 2 at 2030 (https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/m000qzvh). For Brits, this is, of course, free. For everyone else, the film is available on various digital platforms for […]

Dudu Pukwana

Dear Mailing List,  I got a very nice surprise last year. Matsuli Records got in touch to tell me they had tracked down a project I worked on fifty years ago with the great South African saxophonist, Dudu Pukwana. They have just now released it as a good-looking double vinyl album and, if I do […]

Singer of Tales

Dear Mailing List, This is hardly the ideal time for a newsletter, since there seem to be a plethora of blogs, sharings, essays, diaries, etc triggered by the lockdown. You’re probably tired of people saying you must have time on your hands, so I’ll come straight to the point. Andrea and I produced an album […]

Amazing Grace

Dear Mailing List, Long time no see! The subject of this newsletter is one of the reasons you haven’t heard from me lately. I don’t believe I’ve previously mentioned my involvement in Amazing Grace, the film of Aretha Franklin’s 1972 gospel recording sessions, but I’ve been working on it for some years, helping to get […]

Geoff Muldaur

Hey! I’m still alive. No particularly good reason for the long silence, but I can assure you I’ve been working on the book each and every day – the end is in sight! And of course, I’ve been on a few little tours with our Albanian group, Saz’iso (standing beside the sound man and kibitzing, […]

Saturday Knowledge in East London

Do you any of you live east of Camden Town in London? You can enjoy a hearty Dalston breakfast this coming Saturday (Nov 18th) at an event I’m taking part in called “Porridge and Knowledge”. I’m going to talk there, probably about Nick Drake and how I like to produce records. There’s also music from […]

Saz’iso On Jools!

A big week for Southern Albanian music! Saz’iso will perform tomorrow night (Tuesday 31st October) on Later with Jools Holland – 10pm on BBC2. Then again, a different tune on the longer version Saturday at 1045. The Saturday appearance will come just after the end of the sold-out London concert at St Luke’s, which is […]

Saz’iso: At Least Wave Your Handkerchief At Me

As promised, here’s an update on the Albanian record I told you about last year (and badgered you for Kickstarter contributions to fund it). We (my wife and co-producer Andrea Goertler and our partner-in-music Edit Pula) raised the money – thanks to many of you – and recorded it in Tirana last autumn. It was […]

The Official Edinburgh Incredible String Festival

Some of you may have heard me bemoan the post-Sixties fate of the Incredible String Band – renowned and successful for about five years, their fame declined as the Seventies dawned. One fateful moment occurred Friday night at the Woodstock Festival when rain led them to postpone their appearance to the following afternoon; by then […]

Upcoming Events:

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Past Events:

April 17 2018 – Q&A at Green Note for fRoots Magazine

Green Note, Camden

Joe will be doing his bit for the wonderful and long-enduring fRoots Magazine by donating an “Evening with Joe Boyd” at Green Note in Camden Town. The audience gets to ask him anything they like, be it about Nick Drake, Cuba, Taj Mahal, The Incredible String Band, R.E.M. or Saz’iso!

July 6 2017 – Walthamstow Rock ‘n’ Roll Book Club, Waterstones

Unit 30-31 Selbourne Walk Shopping Centre, Walthamstow, London, E17 7JR

Joe is heading to Walthamstow, London, to join the Rock ‘n’ Roll Book Club at Waterstones for conversations about White Bicycles and his current projects. Tickets are £6.96 and are available here

July 3 2017 – Screening of Jimi Hendrix (1973) and Q&A – SOLD OUT

Elgar Room, Royal Albert Hall, London SW7 2AP

1973 rocumentary Jimi Hendrix will be screened in the Elgar Room as part of the Hall’s Summer of Love: Revisited series. Made three years after the guitarist’s untimely death, this film contains concert footage spanning his Marquee appearance in 1967 to his last UK performance at the 1970 Isle of Wight Festival, and also features […]