Marcie Pankake, Lyle Lofgren, Willard Johnson, Jon Pankake, Bud Claeson This
is a scrapbook of photos and articles about them, mostly provided by
Bud Claeson in May of 2022 to me, outside on a chilly Minnesota spring
day. The photography reflects this...
we didn't get to page 52. Perhaps that part told of being
on our competing public radio station in Northfield Minnesota. It
was a good experience for both of us, and led to Bud looking me
up again after nearly 50 years, and occasional emails with Lyle.
They occasionally made it into the Twin Cities newspapers, this one undated but early 60's by their look.:
They were responsible for bringing a A list of 1960's Folk performers to the Guthrie Theater in Minneapolis:
They also helped bring the New Lost City Ramblers there in 1960
Mike Seeger and wife playing with Lyle Lofgren, early 2000's Fiddler Lyle Lofgren's musical history probably written around 1981: This was an early handbill (a ditto, perhaps?) lacking Marcie at that time.
You can image the dollars they made as folk musicians... Their handbills frequently impersonated older musicians:
I had them on my WCAL radio folk program, around 1975 or 6, and
recorded them at coffee houses in Minneapolis, Willard was considering
retiring from the band:
But later he rejoined...
Jon Pankake wrote liner notes for some Folkways records in addition to writing a local music magazine recounted here::
His outspoken style alluded to in the article led to heated arguments with young Bob Dylan my article linked here Ironically it was his liner notes rather than his musicianship that earned him a Grammy in 1998:
Here were surviving members of the band in the early 2000's