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A folk band with big dreams

Christine recalls a warm day when her band played in a music competition. It was also the day when the lofty dreams of this young musician would come crashing to the ground.

The five girls in the folk band sitting on a balcony.

Christine with her guitar, surrounded by her folk band.

I was born in 1950 and grew up with Bob Dylan, Leonard Cohen and Donovan. I also made music myself, playing guitar in a folk band. We were all in the same class at school and from time to time we were asked to play at children's parties and folk dances.

I remember this one time when we entered a music competition and we had to take a bus to get there. After the ride we needed to walk a mile or so from the bus stop out of town to get to the venue. It was a hot summer's day and, after trudging for what seemed like hours along the main road, we were horrified to see that all the other bands were getting ready to play - with their amplifiers, electric guitars, drums and microphones–they all looked so professional! And we just stood there with two folk guitars, maracas and a tambourine!

Joan Baez and Bob Dylan together on stage.

Joan Baez and Bob Dylan were the biggest role models for the young folk band.

We were so disappointed and knew that we didn't stand a chance. If I would have had my way, I would have trudged back to the bus stop without having given a performance. But we went on stage and played unplugged - without microphones, amplifiers or electric guitars.





I can't even remember what is was we sang but I presume that it was something like "We shall not be moved" - trying to imitate Joan Baez. Or maybe it was Bob Dylan's "Blowin' in the Wind"? What I can remember is that it was the day that we realized our dreams of signing a recording contract would never became a reality.

Sent by: Christine from Germany
Edited by: Kerstin Boljahn

Blowin' in the Wind is the title of a popular folk song written in 1962 by Bob Dylan and released on the album, The Freewheelin' Bob Dylan.
Joan Baez is a folk singer from the USA with a trademark soft soprano voice. She later began to blend folk with rock. She and Bob Dylan would also play together on stage.

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