Harry Tuft and...
Four Songwriters

Harry Tuft and...

Swallow Hill Music - Tuft TheatreDenverCO
All Ages
Doors at 6:30pm, Show at 7:00pm. All sales are final.

A note from Harry:

Folks: I'm pleased to announce that the next episode of "Harry And..." will occur Thursday, April 11th, in the Quinlan Cafe at Swallow Hill, 71 E. Yale at the south edge of Denver. AND, I'm taking a slightly different approach this time: I've invited four songwriters from the area (mostly), to take turns offering a few of their writings: Sylvia Angell, Kim Rea, Walter Schmidt, and Rande Smith. All are accomplished writers, and most are known more for the writing than the performing of their songs; however, I am sure you will be taken by the depth and variety they will bring, and i promise a very entertaining evening.

As always, the concert starts a 7; there is a break at 8:15 or so, and a song circle from 8:30 to 10 or so. And, I encourage you all to stay, and to bring an instrument if you so choose.

Harry Tuft

Harry Tuft grew up singing and playing a series of instruments – from the piano to the clarinet, ukulele, baritone uke, and, in college, a six-string guitar.

Philadelphia's lively folk scene provided the setting for Harry's first ventures into public singing. From there, friendships with Dick Weissman and Roger Abrahams fostered a growing interest in Anglo-American folk music.

In 1960, needing a break from his studies (preparing for an architectural career), Harry traveled out to the Rocky Mountains for some skiing. He found a job at "The Holy Cat" in Georgetown, as a dishwasher, busboy, waiter, bartender, janitor, and – if there was a lull in the work at night – he could sing in the bar.

There he met Hal Neustaedter – owner of "The Exodus," a folk club in Denver – who suggested that he look into starting a folklore center in Denver. With further encouragement from Izzy Young, owner of the first and (then) only Folklore Center, in New York's Greenwich Village, Harry opened the Denver Folklore Center in March 1962.

Putting his energies into the store over the years, Harry has found time for teaching and occasional singing, as time allows. In his first album, "Across the Blue Mountains," Harry was ably joined by old friends Dick Weissman, Jay Ungar, Ed Trickett, Artie Traum and Laraine Grady Traum.

In 1972, Harry and friends Steve Abbott and Jack Stanesco formed Grubstake – originally named "This Band Is Starving." Their five albums include "What You Do With What You Got" and "Warts and All."

40th Anniversary Concert Series

Swallow Hill turns 40 in 2019, and we are celebrating all year long.

Monthly concert events - including this one - feature beloved artists from Swallow Hill’s storied history, as well as those who are leading us into our future. All of these artists uphold Swallow Hill's legacy of bringing Denver its favorite artists in folk, bluegrass, blues, Americana and the singer/songwriter community.

We look forward to celebrating with you!

Venue Information:
Swallow Hill Music - Tuft Theatre
71 East Yale Ave
Denver, CO, 80210