Monday, June 22, 2009

Erik Darling

Erik Darling was a fine folk singer, banjo and guitar player that emerged during the Folk Revival and passed away last year at the age of 74.. In the 1950's, he formed the Tarriers, a succesful folk group that created a calypso craze with "The Banana Boat Song". He later joined the Weavers to replace Pete Seeger and formed another succesfull band called "The Rooftop Singers" who made a hit with the old jug band song "Walk Right In".He played on many sessions with other folk singers, including Ramblin' Jack Elliot, Judy Collins, Jean Ritchie, etc... He recorded also some fine solo lps and wrote an autobiography which tells of his experiences and aventures during the great days of the Folk Revival, including the famous folk music sunday sessions on Washington Square in New York.
You can visit his website and order the book (which contains a cd with 24 songs) here.
Here's is first solo lp for Elektra Records.
DOWNLOAD HERE (my copy is a bit scratchy but i hope you'll enjoy this nice folk lp from the 1960's)


Uncle Gil said...

Interesting album.
It's funny this record comes from France just near my town...
Keep up the good job!

Allen`s Archive said...

I like your page and have started my own blog for old-time traditional country music at Come look & listen!!

Ian Carlos said...

great stuff but would it be possible to put up then track listing for the album otherwise i just play them in alphabetical order! usually the artist makes a conscious choice about the track orders i think.
thanks! great website

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Duncanmusic said...

Erik lived here in the Canandaigua & Naples area of the Finger Lakes in Central New York State for a time. I saw him play here at the Grape Festival in Naples back the the '80s sometime (I was playing in a rock band back then). I was sad to hear of his passing as I had been asking around to find if he was still around here or if anyone remembered him when he lived locally. Thanks for posting an almost impossible LP to find.