John Roberts -- Thanks

Dear Pickers and Singers,

As I'm sure many of you will know, Deb Cowan has been running a campaign on my behalf to sell copies of the CD we made together last year, for my benefit, while I'm laid up waiting for surgery for a new hip replacement. I broke my hip during the Marlboro Morris Ale last Memorial Day weekend - that's what I got for missing the Gottagetgon - and it seemed at first that it hadn't settled properly, and eventually that I needed revision surgery.
Tests before that showed that there also seemed to be an infection. So the operation I had in January was to put in a temporary hip (which I've been unable to put more than minimal weight on) and embark on a six-week course of IV antibiotics before the "final" surgery.

Deb told me that members of the PSG contributed greatly on my behalf, often sending more than the price of the CD, and in many cases simply sending a donation. I am moved by your generosity. Debra recently came over to visit, and presented me with a check for $2200.
Thank you for your part in this, all you wonderful people.

I'm almost through with the antibiotics (they end on Monday). Then I have a week to prepare for surgery, particularly to get the blood thinners out of my system (I get Heparin regularly to prevent clotting in the IV catheter). I'll be back to Ellis Hospital for what I hope will be the final surgery, on March 15. It should be just a 2-3 day stay,then I can start working on rebuilding my strength and stamina for a return to the world.

My aim is to be fit enough to do the Old Songs concert that Debra and I have had booked for a long time. This will be on Friday, May 13. I hope to see some of you there, and many more at the Old Songs festival in June.

Thank you all for your help, and fingers crossed, ouch wood, for the surgery. And may the Ides of March and Friday the 13th bring good luck rather than bad.


John Roberts

www.johnroberts.name


Posted on 4 Mar 2016, 12:00 - Category: Something
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Important PSG Dates in march.

March 2016 - Important PSG Dates

Mar 2 First Wednesday Pub sing at Purple Pub,
Mar 13 Gatherin' at Old Songs Bldg, Voorheesville.
Mar 19 Pub Sing at the Angry Penguin, Waterford
Mar 28 Hootenanny, Moon & River Café, Schenectady

Posted on 27 Feb 2016, 10:51 - Category: Something
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New editor - PSG newsletter

Judy Pardee has taken over as editor of the PSG newsletter from Avraham.

contact: ( name and email)
Judy Pardee
<judypardee@gmail.com>

Thanks -- long live the PSG newsletter editor.

PLEASE send news/articles :-)

Posted on 18 Jan 2016, 21:40 - Category: Something
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Ronnie Gilbert died

Hi folks,
This has been a bad few weeks for folk performers. We've just lost Ronnie Gilbert of the Weavers as well as Jean Ritchie and Art Thieme. See the NY Times obituary below.
Vicki

Let's see if I can copy-paste that New York Times Obit (Joe Offer of Mudcat.org)

Ronnie Gilbert, Folk Singer for the Weavers, Dies at 88
By BRUCE WEBER JUNE 6, 2015

Ronnie Gilbert, whose crystalline, bold contralto provided distaff ballast for the Weavers, the seminal quartet that helped propel folk music to wide popularity and establish its power as an agent of social change, died on Saturday in Mill Valley, Calif. She was 88.

The death was confirmed by her partner, Donna Korones.

Ms. Gilbert had a résumé as a stage actor and later in life a career as a psychologist, but her enduring impact was as a singer.

The Weavers, whose other members were Pete Seeger, Lee Hays and Fred Hellerman, started playing together in the late 1940s. Like-minded musicians with progressive political views, they performed work songs, union songs and gospel songs, and became known for American folk standards like "On Top of Old Smoky," "Goodnight, Irene" (first recorded by the blues singer Lead Belly), Woody Guthrie's "So Long, It's Been Good to Know Yuh" and "The Hammer Song" (a.k.a. "If I Had a Hammer") by Mr. Seeger and Mr. Hays, as well as songs from other cultures, including "Wimoweh" from Africa and "Tzena Tzena Tzena," a Hebrew song popular in Israel (though it was written before Israel was established in 1948).
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Posted on 9 Jun 2015, 8:58 - Category: Something
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Newsletter

PSG newsletter --
Please send your own stories, experiences
at music making, performances you liked, what you
liked about the last pub sing, jokes, concerns, etc.
Send your material to: aqanai@facsl.com

Avraham Qanaï -- PSG newsletter Editor

Posted on 1 Jun 2015, 9:38 - Category: Something
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