Category Archives: Woodstock Music and Art Fair

Glen Moore Bass

Glen Moore Bass

Belated birthday wishes
October 28, 1941
“Oxeye” by Glen Moore
The opening day at the Woodstock Music and Art Fair was planned as a folk-oriented one. Folk musicians often play solo, but only the unscheduled Melanie did that on Friday. And other than Sweetwater--not exactly a folk band--each performance carried the name of their leader.

Richie Havens, Bert Sommer, and Joan Baez each had two others accompanying them. Arlo Guthrie had three others, and surprisingly (to me at least) Tim Hardin had the most,  five others. I say surprisingly because of all the performers, Hardin was the one to my mind that would have, could have performed solo.

Glen Moore Bass

Glen Moore Bass

Glen Moore played bass in Hardin's band that day. He was 27 years old and had been for 14 years already. He continues to play bass today and like my lifetime musicians, his credit list is a long one (Allmusic.com list). Using that list as a guide, it seems that Moore is only associated with Hardin on one album, Bird on a Wire, and that two years after Woodstock.

Oregon and beyond

Glen Moore is best known for his part in the band Oregon. He had helped form the band with Ralph Towner (who also played at Woodstock with Hardin) in 1970. Towner and Moore had met in 1960 as students at the University of Oregon and like so many musicians before and since, found themselves in New York City by 1969.

There they worked with Hardin, but also more importantly began working with the Paul Winter Consort whose style of music let to the formation of Oregon. It was while Moore was playing with the Paul Winter Consort that that band recorded the song "Icarus" the well-known  instrumental, particularly to fans of the late Pete Fornatale, one of the first DJs for New York's famous WNEW-FM. Fornatale used "Icarus" as his theme song and its melody transport his fans back to those days.

Moore remained with Oregon until 2015 and by then the band had released 28 albums, but he has played with  Larry Coryell, Misty River, Susan McKeown, String Alchemy,  Afrique,  Rabih Abou-Khalil,and many more. Also, he has been credited as a composer on dozens of albums.

Here is an amazing performance in a collaboration with David Friesen:

He has also released of ten of his own albums:

In other words, although my personal "discovery" of Moore may have sprung from his sitting beside the "star" Tim Hardin at the Woodstock Music and Art Fair, Moore's lifetime oeuvre  far surpasses that 30 minute performance however famed it may have been.

 

Glen Moore Bass

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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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