This is a post by JBFC Volunteer Dotty Battel
Then the music of Reverend Gary Davis, the great blues, ragtime, and gospel guitarist, would have surely gone viral! Born blind and poor in the Jim Crow South, Davis became one of the most innovative and skilled American “pickers” of the 1960’s, influencing a generation of rock and folk musicians, including Bob Dylan, Peter Yarrow, and Woodie Guthrie. Harlem Street Singer celebrates the life of this little-known remarkable musician, talented teacher, deeply spiritual and much-loved individual. It is of course filled with a lot of great music and interviews with famous musicians (some of whom he taught), but it also has a must-see (and previously unseen!) piece of concert footage of Reverend Davis and Peter, Paul & Mary at the 1965 Newport Folk Festival.
Renowned guitar master and story tellerWoody Mann, who co-produced the film and got his first musical training in Davis’s living room, will give a LIVE performance following his Q&A with directors Trevor Laurence, Simeon Hunter.
So mark Wednesday, August 6 at 7:45 PM on your calendar and get your tickets today!
Until then, enjoy a slice of the music, the man and his admirers in the trailer below:
The doc is co-produced by guitarist and story-teller Woody Mann who got his first musical training in Davis’s living room.