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Remembering Fred - A Tribute to Fred Holstein

by Fred Holstein

Acoustic folk music by various artists recorded live at the Memorial Concert for Fred Holstein at the Old Town School of Folk Music, Chicago, IL on April 3, 2004
Genre: Folk: Traditional Folk
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Fred Holstein: Passing Through
4:07 album only
2. Ed Holstein: Railroad Bill
12:33 album only
3. Kathy Cowan: Intro
0:18 album only
4. Kathy Cowan: Dona Dona
4:10 album only
5. Fred Campeau & Mitch Thomas: Intro
0:18 album only
6. Fred Campeau & Mitch Thomas: Will You Miss Me
4:01 album only
7. Chris Walz: Intro
3:21 album only
8. Chris Walz: The Old Rose & Crown
4:37 album only
9. Barbara Barrow: Intro
0:12 album only
10. Barbara Barrow: A Real Good One
2:36 album only
11. Tom Dundee: Intro
0:20 album only
12. Tom Dundee: Waltzing Matilda
3:46 album only
13. Jimmy Tomasello & Steve Levitt: Intro
0:20 album only
14. Jimmy Tomasello & Steve Levitt: Bartender's Blues
4:06 album only
15. Michael Miles: Intro
2:25 album only
16. Michael Miles: This Train
3:52 album only
17. Ella Jenkins: Intro
1:44 album only
18. Ella Jenkins: Did You Feed My Cow?
1:30 album only
19. Chris Farrell: Intro
1:27 album only
20. Chris Farrell: Turning Toward The Morning
4:38 album only
21. Kathy O'Hara & Diana Laffey: Intro
1:54 album only
22. Kathy O'Hara & Diana Laffey: I Don't Drink Tequila No More
4:20 album only
23. Rick Neeley: Intro
1:22 album only
24. Rick Neeley: Spin and Turn
2:17 album only
25. Barbara Silverman: Intro
0:38 album only
26. Barbara Silverman: Poem and Train Medley
2:50 album only
27. Al Day: Intro
1:48 album only
28. Al Day: Sammy's Bar
4:37 album only
29. Betsy Redhed: Intro
0:05 album only
30. Betsy Redhed: Rock Salt and Nails
6:08 album only
31. Ed Trickett: Intro
0:39 album only
32. Ed Trickett: People Like You
2:25 album only
33. Carolyn Ford: Intro
2:18 album only
34. Carolyn Ford: Hobo's Lullaby
5:30 album only
35. James Craig: Intro
0:17 album only
36. James Craig: Poem for Fred
1:22 album only
37. James Craig: Days of '49
4:02 album only
38. Corky Seigel: Intro
1:27 album only
39. Corky Seigel: Vu Ja De
5:14 album only
40. Bonnie Koloc: Intro
1:18 album only
41. Bonnie Koloc: Nevada Jane
4:45 album only
42. Bonnie Koloc: Story
1:44 album only
43. Bonnie Koloc: I Believe If I Lived My Life Again
6:17 album only
44. Ken Hicks: Intro
2:21 album only
45. Ken Hicks: All The Good People
7:37 album only


Album Notes

The words of Michael Smith's special song, beautifully sung on this CD by Barbara Barrow, explain why we produced this project. Every town does need a folk singer, and we did have a good one in Fred. The Memorial Concert for Fred Holstein at the Old Town School of Folk Music® was an exhilarating display of talent that needed to be preserved in his memory. It sold out in 30 minutes and many who wanted to attend could not. We had great cooperation from the artists, the Old Town School, WFMT, and Rich Warren. We hope Fred's friends and fans take comfort and pleasure in this collection of songs in his tribute. As the song goes, "We had a good one, but he's gone."

The compilation begins with a song from Fred, a performance that was not previously released, heard here thanks to Rich Warren, to remind us why we miss him. The performances speak for themselves - heartfelt tributes by talented friends and admirers, many of whom teach at the Old Town School of Folk Music®. The net proceeds of this project will benefit the Fred Holstein Scholarship Fund at the Old Town School.

The Remembering Fred Group

The Artists

Ed Holstein is Fred's brother and an accomplished
performer. He is on the staff of the Old Town School
of Folk Music®, where he teaches guitar.

Kathy Cowan teaches voice at the Old Town
School. She toured with Kiltartan Road.

Fred Campeau & Mitch Thomas are long time area

Chris Walz teaches guitar at the Old Town School
and is a member of Weavermania.

Barbara Barrow is on the staff of the Old Town
School, is a founder of Weavermania, and, with
Michael Smith, created and performed an opera,
"The Grapes of Wrath."

Tom Dundee is a popular writer and performer with a
national following.

Jimmy Tomasello is a respected teacher of guitar
at the Old Town School and a popular performer.

Steve Levitt also teaches guitar and other classes at
the Old Town School.

Michael Miles is a writer, actor, teacher and
performer best known for his banjo, and is on the
Old Town School staff.

Ella Jenkins is the cherished great lady of
Chicago folk music, best known for her performances
for children and a good friend of Fred. She
recently received a lifetime achievement award from
the National Academy of Recording Arts and
Sciences (presenter of the Grammies®).

Chris Farrell is a longtime teacher at the Old
Town School, an actor and a veteran of the great days
of Chicago folk music.

Kathy O'Hara & Diana Laffey are veterans of the
Chicago folk scene and are known for their humor.

Rick Neeley is on the staff of the Old Town School,
where he teaches banjo. He is an expert on Bob Gibson.

Barbara Silverman is on the staff of five departments
at the Old Town School and, with her jug band, has appeared on national radio. She also performs with The Teflons.

Al Day is another veteran of the Chicago scene, a
writer and a talented performer.

Betsy Redhed is a popular local performer whose father was co-owner with Fred and others of folk clubs in Chicago.

Ed Trickett has performed with Gordon Bok and Anne Muir and plays the guitar and hammered dulcimer.

Carolyn Ford, with her twin sister, started listening and
then playing folk music at the height of the Chicago
scene in the '60s and '70s.

Jim Craig runs Hogeye Music in Evanston, IL and
is a successful performer with many years of

Corky Siegel was Fred's roommate and classmate before launching his successful career as a blues harmonica player
and composer with Siegel Schwall Band and now his Chamber Blues group.

Bonnie Koloc was and is one of the great female folk voices, a great friend of Fred's and a visual artist and composer. She lives in Iowa.

Review in Dirty Linen (#117 April/May '05 page 19)

"It isn't easy for fans of folk and eclectic music to search out excellent local and regional musicians from across the country. Fred Holstein was a mainstay of Chicago folk music for almost three decades, and Remembering Fred:A Tribute to Fred Holstein is a double-disc tribute by his friends and fellow performers. Many performers on the CD are local musicians and instructors at Chicago's Old Town School of Folk Music, but you may recognize names like Corky Siegel and Tom Dundee. A previously unreleased track from Holstein opens the first CD, setting the bar for the rest of the fine performances that follow. Apparently, folk music is not dead, just under deep cover."

Review in Sing Out! (Vol 49 No. 2 Summer 2005 p158)

This two-CD set was recorded at a tribute concert held last year for late Chicago folk singer Fred Holstein. Ed Trickett, Bonnier Koloc, Corky Siegel, Ed Holstein and others included songs from Fred's repertoire and some they thought he might like, plus there's Fred's previously unreleased rendition of "Passing Through." As Barbara Barrow sings in a new Michael Smith song inspired by Fred's passing, he was "a real good one." So is this album.--MR



to write a review

Railroad Bill

Great performances
It was great to hear Chicago's folk performers again. I especially enjoyed Ed's monologue about Fred.

Rose Morowitz

Such Wonderful Memories
My husband and I moved away from Chicago 12 years ago. I am now back and hearing this CD brought tears to my eyes. Listening to Fred at the beginning and "All the Good People" at the end made me realize how much I missed Folk Music when I was living in LA. My husband was such a fan of Freds that we played his music at my husbands funeral. It seemed fitting.

Georgianne Nienaber

Gone from Chicago for 25 years
Gone from Chicago for too long. Africa took it all out of me. This CD reminds me of old friends and why we all gotta go home. Goin' home. Bonnie Koloc still rocks...Chicky Ford, too.

Georgianne Nienaber

Gone from Chicago for 25 years
Gone from Chicago for too long. Africa took it all out of me. This CD reminds me of old friends and why we all gotta go home. Goin' home. Bonnie Koloc still rocks...Chicky Ford, too.

Barb Miller

I left Chicago about 20 years ago and wonderful music like this,
makes me homesick. Sacramento CA may have the coast and the mountains
for great hikes, but we don't have WFMT or the wonderful Folk Music
Clubs of home. It was great to hear all the great songs and singers from
my long ago years in Chicago. ARGH I want a Jays Potato chip, Fannie May
Candy, and the WFMT Midnight Special!

Sandy Wong Darroch

If you missed the concert, this is the CD to own.
Fred's memorial concert sold out in thirty minutes. So if you weren't able to attend, this is the next best thing. If you attended the concert, here's something to remember that special evening. The artists paying tribute to Fred include the heavyweights of Chicago's folk scene.

Bumped into Fred on a folk song music special on TV. Fell in love with his music. Heard he had died and this set has been a great way to learn more about him, enjoy his music and his style of folk that's had a great influence on Chicago folk music .. thanks guys!

DEborah Callahan

It is woderful! Thank you so much.
It was lovely folk music. And so good to pay tribute to such a deserving artist. Thank you so much for the privelege of sharing the music.

Lauren Zimmerman

What a great night!
I was sitting in the audience that day. This CD captures that magic and the magic that was Fred. Thank you to the musicians and the Old Town School, it is good to be home.

Banjo Dan

My wife and I first heard Fred Holstein at "Somebody Else's Troubles" back the early '70s. This CD brings back many great memories. Listen to this CD and then listen to Fred himself ("Fred Holstein: A Collection")to find out what all his friends were singing about!
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