To Manchester, to see Arlo Guthrie perform. Arlo is a girlhood hero of ‘er indoors, and a favourite of mine. He rarely makes it to these shores – the last time we saw him was 1988- so this was a must-see for us.
He was great. Backed by son Abe and grandson (!) plus an excellent pedal steel player, he ran through some of his most well-known songs, and some of his dad’s, in fine style. His between song – and sometimes in-song – chat is brilliant. He’s wry, clever, witty and self-deprecating; actually, quite a considerable orator. We sang along to the inevitable “Alice’s Restaurant” and “This Land is Your Land.” We also listened to a newly discovered wire recording of Woody, and were moved by an encore which showcased a new song, lyrics by Woody – apparently there are thousands of songs he never recorded. Two hours without a break – not bad for an old-timer!
Arlo still has it… by Dr Rob Spence is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 4.0 International License.