Harry Tuft and...
Johnny Long

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: As the summer is winding down I'm turning my attention to the third year of my series, "Harry And...", coming up on Sept. 12th in the Quinlan Cafe at Swallow Hill. I'm delighted to announce that an old friend and longtime bluesman, Johnny Long will be my guest. Johnny is a legendary blues figure, with a wealth of knowledge of past blues greats, adding his own "special sauce" to those songs. We'll explore the blues, and I'll help to familiarize Johnny to any who may be making his acquaintance for the first time.

The format is the same: we'll hold court for an hour or so, and following a break there will be a song circle, to which all are invited, with or without an instrument. Tickets are available from Swallow Hill, on line or at the location, 71 E. Yale. As always, I can assure you of an entertaining and enlightening evening - I hope you will come.

And, also as always, if you prefer not to receive these emails, just reply with REMOVE in the subject line. I never want to annoy.

Thanks for all of your support. -Harry

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