Posted by: nickwardscenarios | July 27, 2013

Cambridge Folk Festival 2013

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Friday 3.05pm Club Tent

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Portland Folk Club Saturday singaround, Tim Mellor on the right, the legendary Tom Paley fiddling on the left.

Tom’s memory is very sharp.  It was Harvey Matusow who wrote a newspaper article naming Tom as the red banjo player who was a regular at Communist hot spot the Peoples’ Songs HQ. The New Lost City Ramblers were enjoying fast-rising popularity and were invited to appear on a TV station (Tom can’t remember which one). On arrival Tom was asked to sign one of two statements. 1. That Harvey Matusow was a liar. 2. That he did not support the communist ideals of Peoples’ Songs. Tom refused to sign either and was blacklisted. The New Lost City Ramblers did not survive as a direct result. Tom went on to tell me that he had never been a member of the Communist Party but that was no one’s business but his own.
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The New Lost City Ramblers did not survive in the original line-up – Tom was dropped – that must have hurt.

Tom Paley and the New New Lost City Ramblers?

FROM Nick Ward TO 3 recipients
  • Banjo Nick my first instrument, recently reunited – as for Robin, Tom Paley reckins he is the most exciting folk musician around – I’m campaigning to see him on main stage for the 50th CFF… Tom reckons he can pick the banjo with his toe nails and play the fiddlSee More
[edit]. In 1955, he came clean with a book, False Witness, in which he discloses
that he was an FBI agent and was paid to lie 
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