No rights are granted or implied. Mit diesem Album erlangten sie ersten Erfolg und wurden 1963 zum Newport Folk Festival geladen. And even more grateful I had gone to the concert. They later wrote a song about the train festival called Might as Well. So this film is, in effect, a brand new film from 1970. I was devastated when Janis died a few months later. Sadly, those demands continued in Winnipeg, minus the riots and clashes. Dave and I took one look at the list of performers and chorused “let’s do it.”. She wrote her first song, ‘You Were On My Mind’, in 1962, and three years later it reached #3 on the Billboard chart for a group called We Five, subsequently hitting the British charts as a hit for Crispian St Peter. In this film we see no security officials, no handlers, no PR men, and no prima donnas, just raw footage of the artists joking around and jamming like mad, not even noticing or caring that they were being filmed. The people sitting nearby invited the three of us to join them and lit up a joint. The party was finally over but many of the musicians didn’t want it to end. The ad for the Festival Express. The line-up included many of the greats of the era, including The Band, the Grateful Dead, the Flying Burrito Brothers, Ian and Sylvia and the Great Speckled Bird, Sha-Na-Na, and Janis Joplin. Joplin is likely the best white female blues singer ever, and she held nothing back that night. Ian Tyson sang, played guitar and composed. When somebody expressed disappointment, he said The Band were terrific and they were almost all Canadians, so they were the right choice to close the concert. The next number was sung by Bonnie Bramlett and various other artists joined in through the course of the set. It was a very special Canada Day. Dave and I mentioned the June 24 concert in Port Chester, saying truthfully it was the best rock concert we had ever attended (still true in my case). One of the few people who actually slept on the Festival Express, the subject of a just-released documentary, remembers a time when musicians didn't have entourages . Ian and Sylvia Ian and Sylvia. Members of the Grateful Dead joked about hijacking the train and driving it back to San Francisco. I have been a Buddy Guy fan ever since. The music is very good and provides some of the best footage of these vintage bands at their creative peak, but what makes the film truly special is that it gives us a backstage pass to watch the individual musicians interacting musically and personally on the train, something you don’t get in either Monterrey Pop or Woodstock, where the bands just arrived, played, and left. Those were wonderful times. A few songs later he stepped onto a fork lift which carried him right out to the crowd as he used his ridiculously long power cord. Festival Express Another book by John, the first biography on Ian and Sylvia, has been published titled Four Strong Winds: Ian and Sylvia. Next up was a band that really set the crowd on fire. Near the end of the song the camera pans to the left than back right and I can spot myself and a number of friends grooving away. You would have, too. The jaunt was called "The Festival Express," and a camera crew tagged along to capture the shows on film, as well as the constant party that took place en route. The Festival Express was plagued by trouble from the onset, as idealistic young crowds stormed the Toronto gates in protest of what they considered to be an outrageous $14 ticket price. The Dead were scheduled to perform at Altamont but after arriving by helicopter they quickly realized things were totally out of control and got back on the chopper, wondering what had gone terribly wrong. We decided to write off the two Toronto shows, but figured that if we started hitchhiking the next day we should be able to make it to Winnipeg in time for the Canada Day concert. 146:22. This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Ian Tyson was born on September 25, 1933. Wow! Title: Festival Express. Just like in Winnipeg, Buddy Guy stunned the crowd with his blues guitar playing and singing. Ian Tyson and Sylvia Fricker (m Tyson) sang together in Toronto clubs as early as 1959. Between Jerry and Ian, you can see Bob Weir who is wearing a hat and leaning to his left. 1962 wurde Albert Grossman in New York City auf sie aufmerksam, der zu dieser Zeit auch Bob Dylan managte. Well done. We knew then that we were holding history in our hands. Festival Express is a 2003 rockumentary film about the 1970 chartered train tour across Canada taken by some of the world's biggest rock bands, … “You just looked at me and I looked at you. The albums can be defined as early country-rock music. We were totally exhausted from attending a legendary Grateful Dead concert on June 24 at the Capitol Theater in Port Chester, New York. “First, I’m going to pick you up – and then I’m going to put you down!” – Buddy Guy. Chatting with Miss Joplin, Rush, Ian and Sylvia, and other entertainers at the bash, I learn they all dig the Vancouver scene and were disappointed Vancouver as a site for the festival was cancelled. Next up was The Band, who were really exceptional, the best act at the Winnipeg concert in my opinion, playing a superb version of The Weight, featuring Levon Helm’s soulful singing and Dylanesque lyrics, followed by keyboard specialist Richard Manuel’s soulful rendition of Dylan’s I Shall be Released – for me the best performance of the festival tour. Three of Bob Dylan's "Basement Tapes" compositions are covered on these albums, most of the rest were written by Ian or Sylvia. There was a blues car, a rock car, and a folk and country car producing some impressive cross-genre connections, like rock guitarist Jerry Garcia of the Grateful Dead playing some nasty blues licks while blues ace Buddy Guy wails “I just can’t do it baby.”. They brought their group Great Speckled Bird to the show to become the house band. I only wish I could have made it to Toronto, but I didn’t think my friend David and I could have gotten to Winnipeg in time for the rest of the tour. You would have, too. The Festival Express got underway on June 27 & 28 1970 when the vision of ace promoter Ken Walker to hire acts including Eric Andersen, The Band, Delaney & Bonnie & Friends, Robert Charlebois, The Grateful Dead, Ian & Sylvia and The Great Speckled Bird, Janis Joplin, Mashmakan, Mountain and Buddy Guy had come to fruition. The festival lineup featured Janis Joplin, The Band, the Grateful Dead, Buddy Guy, Delaney & Bonnie & Friends, The Flying Burrito Brothers, Ian and Sylvia and the Great Speckled Bird, Eric Anderson, Tom Rush, Mountain, Mashmakhan and many others. Backstage, Calgary’s wafer-thin mayor, Rod Sykes, approached the promoter, Ken Walker, who hadn’t slept in four days, and was popping pills to stay awake. The Dead finished their set with New Speedway Boogie, which was their response to the horrific events at the Altamont Speedway free concert in December, 1969 in which one man was stabbed to death by Hell’s Angels, Marty Balin of the Jefferson Airplane was knocked unconscious by a pool cue wielded by another Angel, whose companions also used shortened pool cues to savagely beat audience members who misbehaved in their opinion. A good story well told. In addition, the train footage shows Jerry Garcia playing and singing the song with Sylvia Tyson. After his opening song he said to the crowd “First, I’m going to pick you up – and then I’m going to put you down!” Which is exactly what he did. Oct 5, 2019 - Explore John O'Regan's board "Ian and Sylvia", followed by 894 people on Pinterest. The album was moderately successful and they made the list of performers for the 1963 Newport Folk Festival. “One way or another, this darkness got to give.”. Einige der besten Rockbands der damaligen Zeit nahmen daran teil, so auch Grateful Dead, Janis Joplin, The Band. Ironically, the cancellation of the concert in Monreal, June 24, opened a date for the Grateful Dead to play that night at the Capitol Theater in Porchester, New York, instead, widely regarded as one of their greatest ever concerts and happily we were there to enjoy it. Jerry Garcia & Sylvia Tyson on festival express train going across Canada in 1970. It was Friday night and the Festival Express was preparing to run out of steam. Getting called 'on the carpet' I got an email from the movie promotion company asking if I'd like to do any 'red carpet interviews' for the premier of Festival Express, the documentary of the famed Canadian train trip and concerts back in 1970. Night fell and on came the country rock band, Flying Burrito Brothers, playing their hit, Lazy Day. Unlike in standard music festivals where performers came together for a couple of hours or days, the participants in this tour all traveled together on the same train, partying and jamming along the way between concert venues in Toronto, Winnipeg, and Calgary. In around 1976-77 my husband and I helped Ken take those films to the bank to put them in a vault. “I don’t know where you’ve been all week, but we’ve been at a party.” – Janis Joplin. Sortierung: Legende: = in Sammlung ja/nein | = verantwortlich ja/nein | = Flohmarkt-Angebot ja/nein. Butterflies in the Glasshouse, RHS Garden Wisley. Thanks for your comment, Barbara. Exactly three months after her Calgary performance Joplin overdosed on heroin. A ticket for the 12-hour music marathon was a ridiculously cheap $12, or $10 in advance. See more ideas about festival, janis joplin, joplin. The concerts were linked together because all the musicians travelled and lived together on a private Canadian Railroad train which was open only to the perfomers, roadies and a few groupies. On July 4th our group of about 10 friends from Edmonton got to McMahon Stadium early and grabbed some good space to the right of the stage. Jan 2, 2018 - Explore MotherMcree13's board "Festival Express 1970" on Pinterest. It was an ugly, ugly event, much of which was captured by the Maysles Brothers and Charlotte Zwerin in the brilliant documentary Gimme Shelter, about the Rolling Stones 1969 US tour. Grateful Dead, Buddy Guy, wow. A few seconds later Joplin launched into an inspired set, beginning with a knock-your-socks-off passionate rendition of Tell Mama. Anderson acknowledged it was very tough doing an acoustic set in front of a festival crowd, but I was impressed by him. The smiles on the faces of the musicians reflected just how much fun they were having together, and it was a joy to watch. The Calgary concert was a two-day affair and I can’t precisely remember who played on Day 1 or Day 2 and in what order. Peformers include The Band; Janis Joplin; Grateful Dead; Delaney & Bonnie; Buddy Guy; Eric Andersen; James and the Good Brothers; Ian & Sylvia; … Anyway, this train was called the "Festival Express" with musical talent including some of North America's most popular rock bands, including Grateful Dead, Janis Joplin, The Band, Buddy Guy, Flying Burrito Bros, Ian & Sylvia's Great Speckled Bird, and Delaney & Bonnie & Friends. Ian And Sylvia. Ian appears fleetingly off to the side of the stage every now and then, which was enough to make me go, OMG, Ian Tyson! Your email address will not be published. See more ideas about Ian and sylvia, Sylvia, Folk music. Release Date: 10 Aug 2005. Danko was felled by drug addiction and alcoholism in 1998. thanks for the memories! I nodded my head or vice versa and you just played.”, “I recall getting into a drinking contest with Janis Joplin and I was seriously out-matched,” recalled Ian Tyson. Ken Walker thanked Janis for coming and she replied “Next time you throw a train, invite me.” I have never seen performing artists so clearly having a great time. Festival Express tells the story of the 1970 cross-Canada train tour of some of the most popular musicians of the day. By the spring, the Festival Express was ready to roll with a dream lineup: Joplin, the Band, the Grateful Dead, Ian and Sylvia (along with their influential country-rock band, the Great Speckled Bird), Buddy Guy, Traffic, Ten Years After, the Flying Burrito Brothers, Tom Rush and Eric Andersen were all … JERRY GARCIA, SYLVIA TYSON, FESTIVAL EXPRESS, 2003 Surrey, UK, 23 Jan 2018. “It was 24 hours a day. I was 23 at the time. Actor(s): Janis Joplin, The Grateful Dead, Janis Joplin and The Full Tilt Boogie Band, The Band, Buddy Guy, Delaney and Bonnie and Friends, The Flying Burrito Bros, Ian and Sylvia and The Great Speckled Bird, Mash Makan, Sha Na Na, Buddy Guy Blues Band, Jerry He smiled and said, “That was a magic night, wasn’t it?” Damn right. ... Ian and Sylvia, and others sometimes performing together. I had to start with a beauty question. Während der Tour kam es zu mehreren Zwischenfällen. “I’ve never had one like it, before or since.”, That sense of community continued as Janis Joplin and Jerry Garcia took the stage and Janis told the crowd on behalf of all the performers. We had to decide at midnight whether to stay or go as buses would no longer be running to take kids home. It was a radical hybrid. Format: DVD. From 1959 to 1974, she was half of the popular folk duo Ian & Sylvia with Ian Tyson.From the late 1960s to the early 1970s, she and Ian also fronted the country-rock band Great Speckled Bird. Then we would hitchhike on to Calgary for the final leg on America’s Independence Day, July 4th and 5th, and then head home to Edmonton. The film combines footage of the 1970 concerts and on the train, interspersed with contemporary recollections of the tour by its participants. The 14-coach passenger train, with “Festival Express 1970” emblazoned in large letters on the side, left Toronto’s Union Station in late June 1970 to take performers to a series of outdoor concerts in Winnipeg, Calgary, and Vancouver. I told him I was a huge fan and Dave and I started a friendly conversation with him. Back on the field, after a few minor acts, the Grateful Dead took over for about two hours, opening with an acoustic set, following that with their brother band, the New Riders of the Purple Sage, which featured Jerry Garcia on pedal steel guitar and band mate Mickey Hart on the drums. The ad for the Festival Express. 12 hours of entertainment from some of the best rock bands in the world for $10 or $12 is an insane bargain. It was a radical hybrid. One of the people sitting with us said his life was complete now that he had met Jerry Garcia, which earned him a lecture from Garcia, who told him meeting a rock musician was no big deal and he should aspire to accomplish much more important things in his life. “I’ll carry the rest of my life that I’ll never get the chance to meet with Jerry and Janis again,” Buddy Guy said wistfully in 2003. The entertainers were warming up for their last three nights together. They demanded that the promoters, who lost a small fortune on the festival because of the protesters, should hand over most of the money from ticket sales to those protesters and the bands should play for free, despite their significant expenses – which sounds as spectacularly stupid now as it did then. Jerry took a long, deep toke and a seed popped loudly. The Dead and The Band were my favourite groups back then and seeing them playing back-to-back on the same stage was like rock music heaven. 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