Ithaca Blog

Wednesday, September 30, 2009

Peter Stampfel, Underground Old-Time Music Legend, in Ithaca

Peter Stampfel, legendary figure of '60s folk music in New York City, will appear in Ithaca this week.

The time and place are not yet set. Ithaca Blog will have the information as soon as it is available.

Stampfel played, sang, and wrote for the Fugs and the Holy Modal Rounders when, from the Lower East Side, they brought off-color, often off-key anarchy to the Village folk scene. Their rawness - perplexing or distasteful to many - was authentic and liberating to others.

The enfant terrible pose obscured Stampfel's genial nature, able playing, and real devotion to music. He remains a fascinating and fun figure, half a century into his career.

Plans for his visit to Ithaca include collaboration with Johnny Dowd and Richie Stearns, among others.

Steve Burke
for Ithaca NY Blog

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