Category Archives: Woodstock Music and Art Fair

Gilles Malkine

Gilles Malkine

Gilles Malkine played with Tim Hardin at the Woodstock Music and Art Fair on that famous festival's opening day.  What is he up to nowadays? According to Wade Lawrence's WoodsTalk piece on Tim Hardin, "Gilles Malkine, guitarist, lives in Woodstock, New York, and is an actor, guitarist, artist, writer, disability advocate, illustrator, cartoonist, and composer."
Gilles Malkine
Gilles at Woodstock
And Gilles Malkine is often part of a duo with Mikhail Horwitz. According to their page, they "...have been confounding Hudson Valley and cross-country audiences since 1989. Their original, zany, and imaginative verbal acrobatics and updated parodies of classic folk tunes have left onlookers laughing until they’re gasping for breath. Their satirical takes on world currents consistently hit the mark, as do their rap versions of such literary classics as Moby-Dick, Homer’s Odyssey, and Waiting for Godot."

And their version of "This Land Is Your Land."

Sounds like fun.

The site goes on to say that, "Individually and as a duo, they have appeared onstage with John Sebastian, Tim Hardin, Natalie Merchant, Jay Ungar & Molly Mason, Ed Sanders (The Fugs), Prof. Peter Schickele, and Allen Ginsberg, to name just a few unwitting collaborators."

Gilles Malkine

It is interesting to this Woodstock alum that Malkine does not mention the Woodstock Music and Art Fair performance. 

According to his Facebook page, Gilles "...was raised in Woodstock and began acting (publicly) at the age of 11 in the 1960 summer stock season at the Woodstock Playhouse. He later studied the Sanford Meisner acting technique with Brad Dourif at the Woodstock Film and Actors Guild. His stage career has included many theater, film, and video productions, serving as actor, singer, musician, musical director, composing, arranging, performing, and recording songs, scores, and sound tracks for various projects—the list ranges from guitarist at the 1969 Woodstock Festival to co-starring on Off-Broadway. He has made many recordings including a brand new solo album, and has been performing comedy with his partner-in-crime, Mikhail Horowitz, for the past 22 years; it has been said they have been doing to performance poetry what freon has been doing to the ozone. He is currently starring with Melissa Leo in a soon-to-be-released film titled Persephone.

Gilles Malkine

Apparently Gilles doesn't update the page's bio too often as the movie Persephone was released on October 12, 2012.

IMDB does add that Gilles has also been in The Arsonist's Affair, a short also in 2012.

Here is a great video showcasing Malkine's guitar playing. 

The description below the video says, "Gilles Malkine is a guitarist from Woodstock, NY, and a veteran of the 1969 Woodstock Festival as guitarist in Tim Hardin's band. He loves writing feel-good music and is delighted to share this tune from his 2012 album TimeDog (available at CD Baby and other purveyors of fine music). On this cut, Martin Keith is on upright bass and Harvey Sorgen on drums and washboard."

Gilles Malkine

His own album description was: "Acoustic folk/blues style, with a little mellifluous classical and romantic South American thrown in; mostly original material on subjects as life, love, war, time, and dreams, with an occasional humorous and satirical twist."

Gilles Malkine

Gilles Malkine

In closing, Gilles Malkine continues to entertain and teach us. One might say he's continuing the spirit of Woodstock, but more likely he is one of the roots from which that spirit grew.


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Incredible String Band Rose Simpson

Incredible String Band Rose Simpson

The vision of hippies and the sounds their music made included a wide range of styles. The Incredible String Band's style certainly fits within that range, albeit, at the edge.

Folk with an edge.

The Incredible String Band did not make it into the Woodstock movie or onto the Woodstock triple album [it did make it onto the expanded 25th anniversary CD]. If it had, they, like other performers who did make it, would likely have enjoyed a bump in their popularity and benefited financially from increased album sales.

Having said that, I'm not sure that the ISB members ever intended to find a path to rock-stardom. Success, surely, but super-stardom?

Rose Simpson

Incredible String Band Rose Simpson

Rose Simpson was one of ISRs four members performing at that Bethel, NY Saturday evening. From the Herald Scotland siteSimpson has mixed feelings about the biggest gig in her life. “We could have done better, “ she says. “It was a disaster, really. By the time we played on Saturday, the crowd wasn’t in the mood to hear contemplative songs. It is uncomfortable when you see you’re only getting through to one in a hundred.”

Simpson recalls that the Friday afternoon at Woodstock was “like a big party”. “We spent the afternoon eating strawberries and cream, talking and laughing, splashing in the creek,” she says. “It was lovely. But then the rain came, the atmosphere changed, the roads were blocked and we were trapped. We couldn’t get away to a hotel, the organisers threw tents at us. Before I met the String Band, I used to do a lot of winter climbing in Scotland, so I was used to discomfort. It was damp and miserable, like camping in the rain in Glencoe.”

A quick online search reveals a picture of Simpson from the time, wearing a floaty white diaphanous dress and nothing else. “There was a lot of nudity, but when I see the pictures of myself there’s a certain innocence about it,” she says. “It wasn’t a come-on, it wasn’t like many pop singers today – a lot of that is just porn. It was part of the thing at the time, that women could dress as we pleased. It wasn’t a sexual thing. We were saying we were free.”

Woodstock had a lifelong effect on Simpson, and left her feeling that nothing could ever rival the sensation. “It wasn’t our best performance, but it was still an amazing experience – the high of highs,” she recalls. “There is nothing like playing to a crowd that big. There is nothing else you can do in life that comes even close.”
Incredible String Band Rose Simpson
Simpson was born in Otley, Yorkshire and studied at the University of York. She met Robin Williamson and Mike Heron in 1968. At first she became Heron's girlfriend, then she became a member of the band.

According to the band's manager, Joe Boyd, "The day Robin proposed that Christina Licorice Mckechnie join the group, Mike went out and bought Rose an electric bass. 'Learn this,' he said, 'you're in the group now, too.'"

Incredible String Band Rose Simpson

She stayed with the group until 1971 and was on six of their albums: The Hangman's Beautiful Daughter (1968), The Big Huge (1969),  Changing Horses (1969), I Looked Up (1970), Be Glad for the Song Has No Ending (1970), and Smiling Men with Bad Reputations (1971). She left professional music after that and settled in Wales where at one point she was the Lady Mayoress of Aberystwyth.

Out of the limited limelight that she was in, Rose continues to live in Wales.

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Jimmy Jewel Saxophonist

Jimmy Jewel Saxophonist

Jimmy Jewel Saxophonist

Jimmy Jewel was one of the horn players with the Keef Hartley Band when it played at the Woodstock Music and Art Fair. Here is a bit of bio about Jimmy.

Jimmy Jewell before Hartley

From AllAboutJazz site: Jimmy Jewell started out in 1962 playing tenor sax with various R & B and jazz bands in the north of England. In 1963 he decided to turn professional and joined the group Kris Ryan and the Questions, originally a rock band, which due to his influence, switched to playing R&B and Soul/Jazz, a la Ray Charles & James Brown. The band got a record deal with Mercury and 2 singles and an EP were released. The manager of the band wanted it to move in a more commercial direction and a solo single by Ryan was released. Jimmy left the band in 1965.

He moved down to London in 1966 and played briefly with a soul band, Mack’s Sound. Whilst on tour in Germany with the Paramounts, backing Chris Andrews, he accepted an offer to join a Berlin band, the Magics. He toured with them in Germany until Spring 1967, then returned to London. He did a few gigs with Screaming Lord Sutch, then joined another soul band, the Stewart James Inspiration. He toured with them in England and Germany until they disbanded in 1968.

Jimmy Jewel with Keef Hartley Band

In 1969 he joined the Keef Hartley Band, a progressive blues/rock group, along with trumpeter Henry Lowther. A few weeks later, they were one of the few British bands to play the Woodstock festival, critics at the time comparing them favourably with Blood Sweat And Tears. He appeared on the album The Battle of North West Six (1969) then left together with Lowther while the band were recording The Time is Near (1970).

Since Keef Hartley Band

In 1971 he recorded with McGuiness-Flint on the album Happy Birthday Ruthie Baby. 

In 1972 he appeared on the Coulson, Dean, McGuiness, Flint album Lo and Behold. In 1973 he appeared on Dennis Coulson's solo album and on the Seeds album by Gallagher and Lyle, a Scottish songwriting duo who were former members of McGuiness-Flint. 

He also toured Britain with them and Ronnie Lane’s Slim Chance. In 1974 he appeared on their next album, The Last Cowboy and did more live dates with them as well as Ronnie Lane’s Passing Show. He also appeared on Lane’s first album Anymore for Anymore. The period 1975 through 1977 saw further touring work with Gallagher and Lyle and appearances on two further albums Breakaway, and Love on the Airwaves. 

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Session work included appearances on the “Joan Armatrading” album and Fairport's Gottle o’ Geer album.

In 1976 he recorded his first solo album, I’m Amazed, released in 1977 by UK label Affinity records. A second solo album From the First Time I Met You was recorded in 1977, and released by Affinity in 1978.

In November 1978 he moved to Chicago, where he played in various blues bands and also his own jazz quartet, as well as doing session work with various blues artists at Alligator records.

He came back to London in 1984 and in 1985 released an album of his own jazz compositions, Dawn of the Dragon on cassette with a quintet featuring US trumpeter Chris Albert and drummer Hughie Flint. Subsequent work was sporadic.

In 1995 he started a jazz trio with bass and drums only, but later expanded to a quintet with trumpet and trombone. The band had a weekly residence at an east London pub until 1996. During 1996, this quintet recorded an album as Jazz Alembic which is now released on Spherious Music.

In 1997 he moved to Kent due to family health problems. An outbuilding at the back of his house has been converted to a recording studio. A record label, Spherious Music has been set up to release his work, the first release being a compilation from the two solo albums, which is available now

In September 2000 Spherious Music release “First Phase”CD

In May 2001 “Almost straight ahead “ is released by Spherious Music

AllMusic credits  

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