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Banned in Sparta

Banned in Sparta
Photo by Brook Batteau

Hey Gang!

Now! Totally Simonized! I've been working all year on this project begun the full Covid summer of 2021, a suite of songs based on Ancient Greek Lyric Poets.  They were singer/songwriters, they played the lyre (hence "Lyric") and danced around the stage like Tom Paxton.  All we have left of almost all of them is fragments and myth, so I've mosaic-ed songs to reflect their expressions and intentions- who they were and are, to me.  I've roped Tom and other singers I first heard in the 1960's, our own Golden Age of singer/songwriting, to voice them.  Eric Andersen, Robin Lane, Kate Taylor, Carolyn Hester and more, like David's Brown teammate, 2-time Tony Best Actor James Naughton, and up-and-comer Matt Nakoa.  It's my term paper for my last semester returning to Harvard to get my degree.  Mark Dann and Neale Eckstein and Chuck Morse helped me whip this together for posting (on the Buskin and Batteau website) just before midnight 12/31/22.  And on 1/19/23 we updated the MP3 files and added WAV files for all of the songs!  Here's to the Ancient Greek Lyric Poets who have seen the page for thousands of years but were waiting for their microphone.  Here you go!  It's free for now!

Banned in Sparta

There are a couple of events coming up that we want you to know about.  David & I are looking forward to getting back to two truly legendary folk clubs.

  • On Saturday, July 6 will be back at our old stomping grounds, Club Passim, in Cambridge, MA.  Opening for us will be our good friend, Neale Eckstein.  The show starts at 8:00 PM and tickets can be purchased here.
      
  • And... The April Fools Tour goes on... and on!
    We know.. this was supposed to be an April only tour, but we can be "Fools" any month of the year :-)  On Saturday, August 10, Christine Lavin and John Forster will be joining us for a show at the Towne Crier Cafe in Beacon, NY. The show starts at 8:30 PM and reservations for the show and dinner can be made as early as 5:30 PM. Tickets are $30 and are available now here.  Tickets at the door will be $35.

If you were unable to attend in person or view the live stream of the "April Fools" show on May 8 at Joe's Pub in New York City, you can still catch the show on YouTube for FREE!
You can watch it on YouTube here:
www.youtube.com/live/XMAFgaa2AE4?si=OgnZeg4hkV2USH5-
 

xoxoxoxoxo!

R