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Folk Heritage; Paul Geremia

Part of Folk Heritage with Dick Pleasants.


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Folk Heritage
Paul Geremia
Series Description

Folk Heritage premiered Sunday, October 1, 1978 with Dick Pleasants and Marie Rhines as co-hosts. In September 1979 Rhines left and Pleasants became the solo host of the series, a position he would hold until his retirement in 2004.

Folk Heritage was a broadminded series that explored the traditional and the contemporary, bluegrass and American folk to ethnic instruments. Pleasants was involved in the local and regional folk music community. This personal commitment led to the program featuring live, in-studio performances by musicians from all around the New England area and beyond. By stressing quality and diversity in the music, Pleasants was broadening the audience: "..there is a whole new class of folk instruments popular today listeners who may only think of themselves as 'classical' lovers, for instance, are learning that folk music can really be very complex and intricate. And accessible," Pleasants noted.

Although the series switched from Sunday evenings to Saturday afternoons, it consistently featured a wide range of songwriters and musicians in live performances and interviews, including Pete Seeger, Tom Paxton, Odetta, Patty Larkin and BeauSoleil. For his farewell program on March 13, 2004, Pleasants welcomed Sparky and Rhonda Rucker into the studio for conversation and music.

Source: Prime Time WGBH Program Guide (October 1978); On Air WGBH Radio Program Guide (September 1979) GBH Members Guide (May 2004)

Program Description

Guitarist Paul Geremia, who developed his fingerpicking style listening to 1930’s musicians Blind Blake, earned a solid reputation as a country blues musician, with a repertoire culled from the1920’s and 1930’s. But his skills as a songwriter, pianist, singer and harmonica player helped make him a popular draw on the folk music. In this interview and live performance on the Folk Heritage, he’s in great form.  

Paul’s self-deprecating humor comes through in his interview with Dick Pleasants. After ending an instrumental piece a little awkwardly, he tells Dick, “They say I’m a good finger picker, but I usually make mistakes all over the place. It’s a good thing I can sing.” And sing he does. Songs in this hour include “She Moves it Just Right” by Barbecue Bob, Blind Lemon Jefferson’s “Mosquito Moan, Clifford Gibson’s ”Tired of Being Mistreated” and Paul’s own composition, “I Just Roll Along.” 

Paul turns to the piano for his boogie-woogie original. “Henry David Thoreau” and an ballad he wrote during what he calls his “sensitive singer-songwriter” phase, “She is as She Does.”

He returns to the guitar for more originals: “Something’s Gotta Be Arranged,” which highlight’s Paul’s bottleneck slide work, and “She Does My Heart Good,” and “I Really Don’t Mind Livin’,” which feature his melodic harmonica work. 

Paul Geremia winds up this hour of The Folk Heritage with “My Health is Getting Better, Too.”

Duration: 1:04:17

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