Harry Tuft and...
Don Pinella

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:

Hi, Folks: I'm pleased to announce that my next guest in my Quinlan Cafe series at Swallow Hill is Don Pinella, one of the principle members of "Dakota Blonde," Colorado's premier acoustic group. Don's talents are sometimes hidden in the group, so I thought it would be a good time to let my friends know more about him. Here's a bit of background:

“I grew up in a musical family with a love for singing and making music. Listening to the family harmonize and play inspired me. I was part of several music groups in high school and college, but mostly for fun, and short lived.

“I majored in music performance (piano) with a minor in psychology my first year of college, and changed my major the second year to Music Therapy. The Music Therapy career brought me to Colorado where I worked with emotionally troubled Children and teens at the Colorado Mental Health Institute. That is where I met and started making music with Mary and Tony which eventually became Dakota Blonde. Now, after twenty four years as a member of Dakota Blonde I continue that same love of singing and making music, and I continue to be inspired and humbled by all the wonderful people and musicians I have the privilege of knowing, performing with, and sharing the power of music.”

There will be a song circle following, so come with instrument and/or voice and stay for it.

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