Sections you'll find below are:
- A Musical Thanksgiving
- Duke Special Went Down to Georgia (Thanksgiving Weekend 2010)
- The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down (YouTube video)
- PoaF's Thanksgiving Radio Podcast
- Stephen Foster's "Hard Times Come Again No More"
- And Just Recently...
A Musical Thanksgiving
1) Pertaining to that species of poetical composition, represented typically by the Iliad and Odyssey, which celebrates in the form of a continuous narrative the achievements of one or more heroic personages of history or tradition. OED
Nine years later, in 1976, The Band gave their farewell concert, "The Last Waltz" on Thanksgiving day. After feeding their audience a lavish Thanksgiving feast, The Band (Robbie Robertson, Rick Danko, Levon Helm, Richard Manuel, and Garth Hudson) were joined by an incredible number of great musicians on stage, including Belfast's own Van Morrison. The Last Waltz concert was filmed as a musical documentary by Martin Scorsese, and includes reflections of the group members as they retire from the road.
Duke Special Went Down to Georgia (Thanksgiving Weekend 2010)
Before we look at that performance, however, it's worth mentioning a few anecdotes about Duke's trip to the United States during the holidays. Not long ago, Ms. Gaddis kindly shared a bit of information with Punch of a Friend about this visit. She explained:
Prior to a trip to America in 2010, there was a mention in a newsletter from Duke Special HQ that asked if anyone here wanted to host a house gig. I emailed back and forth for quite a while with Phil Nelson to set things up, and that was that. The first time I met Duke was when my sister and I picked him up at the airport. In Atlanta. On the day after Thanksgiving. I felt terrible about having him flying into the busiest airport on the busiest travel weekend!
The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down
"The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down"
Ralph J. Gleason (1969) explains why this song has such an impact on listeners:
PoaF's Thanksgiving Radio Podcast
Stephen Foster's "Hard Times Come Again No More"
'"Hard Times Come Again No More," (sometimes, "Hard Times") is an American parlor song written by Stephen Foster. It was published in New York by Firth, Pond & Co. in 1854 as Foster's Melodies No. 28. Well-known and popular in its day, both in America and Europe, the song asks the fortunate to consider the plight of the less fortunate...'
Duke Special (and friends) Cover some American Classics
The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down (The Band)
I'm So Lonesome, I Could Cry (Hank Williams)
I Saw the Light (Hank Williams)
It's All Over Now, Baby Blue (Bob Dylan)
All I Really Want to Do (Bob Dylan)
Angel Flying Too Close to the Ground (Willie Nelson)
And Just Recently...
On Sunday, 11/24/14, the second part of Duke Special's concert with the RTE orchestra (9/11/914) was played on RTE1. I missed the show, but found this tweet from the The South Wind Blows "Other Voices archive,Duke Special opens Tonight's show with a stunning reading of Van's Orange Field."
11/28/14 (Friday) Duke Special will play at Bennigan's Bar in Derry, NI.
(12/7/2014) Duke Special will be a guest performer at Dan Whitehouse's December 7th concert at the Glee Club Main Room, Birmingham.