Harry Tuft and...
Carla Sciaky

Harry Tuft and...

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

A note from Harry: Hello, folks and happy holidays. My guest will be a long time friend and occasional collaborator: Carla Sciaky. Carla Sciaky is a multi-instrumentalist based in Denver, Colorado. As a solo folksinger and songwriter, she toured the US and Europe through the 1980s and 90s, with a discography of eight solo albums. Her songwriting has won her many awards. She was a member of Colorado’s renowned Mother Folkers in its heyday. At present, Carla performs as a soloist as well as appearing in the annual concert series “Jews Do ___”, in reunion concerts with her trio The Folkaltones, for occasional shows with The Klez Dispensers, the Baroque Chamber Orchestra of Colorado and with her ensemble Sémplice. In addition, Carla maintains a small practice in the healing arts called Doorways to Healing, and is currently working on a book project.

Carla and I have hosted ballad concerts at Swallow Hill over several decades. We will probably visit a ballad or two at this concert. As before, the concert starts at 7:00 in the Quinlan Café at Swallow Hill. Following our performance and a short break I also host a song circle, so all are invited to stay and join in with instruments and/or voices.

Tickets are $10, available on line and at the door. Advance tickets are encouraged (no extra charge). I hope to see many of you there.


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 - Quinlan Cafe
71 East Yale Ave
Denver, CO, 80210