Portsmouth, New Hampshire has always been one of New England's cultural centers, but the evenings of June 23rd and 24th, 1988 were destined to become very special! At the Theatre By The Sea, located just across the river from Maine on the beautiful Atlantic seacoast, four of Folk Era's top acts gathered to film a pilot for a proposed television series with the working title, Sing Out America! Northeast Winds, Robbie O'connell, The Shaw Brothers and The White Mountain Singers would all be performing together as a unit for the first time as The Folk Era Concert Series. The concerts were also being recorded direct to digital on a professional D.A.T. recorder, and the result is the compact disc you now have in your hands.
This is a very special album, for it demonstrates the versatility and enthusiasm that a Folk Era Concert provides. There are the beautiful ballads like Robbie's "Kilkelly", the Shaw Brothers' "The Gundalow Song", and "Seven Daffodils", and the White Mountain Singers' "Memories", and funny songs like the Shaws' "Ah Woe, Ah Me", and the White Mountain Singers' "Pamela Brown". But the show stoppers are the songs where the crowd really got involved. The Shaws' "I'm The Man" and Northeast Winds' "Valporiso". Robbie's "You're Not Irish" and the White Mountain Singers' "Drunken Sailor", "Place In The Choir" and "Booted In Boston" will have you singing and clapping along, just as the crowds were on those special evenings. Fortunately, you're in a position to repeat these great performances time and time again. front row center!