Watch this FREE new film and support the famed Newport Folk Festival

Support the future Newport Folk Festival

‘Tis a little-known-fact that THE HOBBLEDEHOY’S editor-in-chief Johnny Foreigner spent many days of his youth on the streets of Newport, Rhode Island – famous for Danish socialite Claus Von Bulow (found not guilty at his second trial of killing his wife “Sunny”); The America’s Cup Sailing Races; and of course, the Newport Folk and Jazz Festivals. Where was it that Bob Dylan first  played an electric guitar in concert? Why, in Newport, of course! Normally, Johnny Foreigner would be sitting on a blanket in Fort Adams and digging the festival vibes these past weekends, but due to the Covid virus, all events were canceled. Ah, me.

Dylan at the 1965 Newport Folk Festival “goes electric” and folks flip out
JFK in Newport
President John F. Kennedy and wife Jackie watching the America’s Cup races in Newport, RI
Claus Von Bulow, the Danish socialite known for being accused of the attempted murder of his wife Sunny

This terrific new film – OUR VOICES TOGETHER – is available for online viewing starting Sunday, August 2.

“Newport has a 60-year history of giving artists a place to play, collaborate, and speak to the times. It has been a megaphone for not one singular voice, but many. Although this year there is no physical stage, the spirit of the Newport Folk Fest continues on through this film with a collection of original performances and an ending Newport fans expect each year: A moment of togetherness.”

It may be the next best thing to actually being in Newport for the live festivals, and your contribution will help fund future festivals. Please watch and give what you can! This film will only be viewable for 24 hours.

And please tell THE HOBBLEDEHOY your opinions of the film, the festival, and also whether or not you think Claus actually murdered his wife “Sunny” in 1979.

Source: Newport Festivals Foundation

Murder Most Foul-dehoy

Michael Stevenson | The Hobbledehoy

I’m crawling out of me skin during this Covid-19 lockdown, so to kill some time I’m adding lyrics to Dylan’s “Murder Most Foul.”
Feel free to join in:

Righteous brothers be right; Andrews sisters hold tight
Ever see Dallas from a DC-9 at night?

Rudy can’t fail, shorty on the wood
Is that the only law that Liberty understood?

Hand in hand to a barbecue stand
Emanuel chose Richard to leave The Band.

Diamond in the back, sunroof top,
She’s big at the little and bottom at the top

Ruby, Ruby how I want ya
Oliver Stone is a-gonna haunt ya

I Like Ike, tell me What’d I Say?
Chicken in every pot; Jockomo feena nay

Pay Allen Price, bare Eric Burden
Sew my ol blue jeans behind an iron curtain

Time’s gonna take it’s toll
Pay for the love that we stole
On the side of the street that’s sunny
That’s Just Montgomery Clift, honey!

Crash on the levee and a wreck on the highway
Our D-I-V-O-R-C-E
Becomes final today

Charlie Pride comes before The Fall
Kicker Conspiracy, b-de, b-de, b-de,
Folks, That’s all!

Marcus Mumford’s transplendent “Farewell”

From Another Day, Another Time-Inside The Music of Inside Llewyn Davis

LYRICS: BOB DYLAN

Oh it’s fare thee well my darlin’ true

I’m leavin’ in the first hour of the morn

I’m bound off for the bay of Mexico

Or maybe the coast of Californ

So it’s fare thee well my own true love

We’ll meet another day, another time

It ain’t the leavin’

That’s a-grievin’ me

But my true love who’s bound to stay behind Continue reading