Hally Wood Tribute at Living Room

A tribute to the late folk singer, Hally Wood, was held at the Living Room in Manhattan’s lower East Side on September 30. Sharing songs and memories were folk music legends Jean Ritchie, Oscar Brand, John Cohen, Jerry Epstein, Joe Hickerson, and Robin Roberts. Frank Davis from Houston, a discovery of Hally Wood’s, played “the big daddy” a banjo-type instrument he constructed from a snare drum and a guitar neck. Present as well were Hally Wood’s nieces, Annabelle Lee and her daughter Irene, who sang “The Wild Ox Moan,” “Oh, Daddy be Gay,” “Worried Blues,” and “The Cuckoo,” which were among the folk singer’s favorites.

The event was organized by Hally’s daughter Cynthia Tannehill Faulk Ryland of Austin, Texas, and friend Jim Mason of Bethlehem, PA, and was documented on audio and video. ACE contributed Alan Lomax’s recordings of Hally Wood, made when she lived in Puerto Rico in the 1960s. Ethnomusicologist and former WNYC radio host Henrietta Yurchenko (whose memoir, Around the World in 80 Years: a Musical Odyssey, was published in 2003) sent regrets that she was unable to attend, but invited the cast to her apartment after the event. Reminiscences by absent family and friends were read aloud.

Originally posted: September 30, 2007