Jack Hardy Old News

Jack on Bob Fass's Show on September 27, 2007
Hosting of the Bards Festival
"St. Clare" on Felicity May 1st, 2002
Jack on World Cafe March 7th, 2002
Victory in Apartment Case
Jeff Hardy Victim of World Trade Center Tragedy
Jack Wins Wildflower Songwriters Contest
Bottom Line Benefit a Big Success; Signed Posters Available
Al Grierson
Kerrville Photo
Back Home Studio Open House on July 8th (Pennsylvania)
New Album: Omens!
July 1999 Tour of Europe
Jack at the 1998 Falcon Ridge Folk Festival
Sing Out! Feature
The Passing (1996-1997 Album)
Kate Wolf Memorial Award
Jack Wins South Florida Folk Festival Songwriter Contest
Fast Folk Taken Over by Folkways/Smithsonian (at folkmusic.about.com)
The Collected Works of Jack Hardy (CD Boxed Sets!)

New News

Jack on Bob Fass's Show on September 27, 2007

Jack will be on Bob Fass's show on WBAI-FM in New York City on Thursday, September 27, 2007. The show starts around midnight, so it will actually be the early hours of Friday, September 28.


Hosting of the Bards Festival

The Hosting of the Bards, a Catskill Song & Poetry Festival and Symposium, will take place again this year on July 16 and 17 in Narrowsburg and Calicoon, New York. For more information, see www.hostingofthebards.com.


"St. Clare" on Felicity May 1st, 2002

Suzanne Vega's recording of Jack's song "St. Clare" will be part of the episode of Felicity that will air on May 1st.

Update May 2, 2002: Information on the episode and an mp3 of Suzanne's version is available at the Felicity Tunes web site.

Jack's own version of the song in a recent concert may be heard at Jack Hardy in Performance.


Jack on World Cafe March 7th, 2002

An interview with Jack will be broadcast on World Cafe on March 7th. Check the World Cafe web site to find local station(s) that carry the radio program.


Victory in Apartment Case

As reported in the December 24, 2001, New York Times, Jack has won the eviction case brought against him by the owners of his rent-stabilized apartment apartment in Greenwich Village. The apartment has served as the meeting place for the weekly Songwriters' Exchange gatherings for some 18 years.

Jack has expressed his thanks and appreciation to everyone who helped in this struggle, including those who supported the November 2000 benefit concert.


Jeff Hardy Victim of World Trade Center Tragedy

Jack's brother Jeff is missing and presumed dead in the New York City World Trade Center tragedy. Jeff played bass on many of Jack's albums, as well as on many of the Fast Folk recordings. He toured in Jack's band for 11 years.

In recent years Jeff worked as an executive chef at Cantor Fitzgerald, on the 101st floor of the north tower.

Anyone wishing to make a donation in Jeff's memory may consider the Windows of Hope Family Relief Fund, which provides aid to the families of victims of the World Trade Center tragedy who worked in the food service profession throughout the complex.

A Page for Jeff

Willie Nininger's Tribute to Jeff

September 27, 2001, New York Times portrait of Jeff

September 25, 2001, article on Jack and Jeff in the New York Times


Jack Wins Wildflower Songwriters Contest

Jack was one of three winners of the Songwriters Contest at the Wildflower Festival in Richardson, Texas, on May 19, 2001. He was recognized on the strength of two new songs, "Autumn" and "Ponderosa and Piñon Pine." The other winners were Rachel Bissex and Josh Lampkin.


Bottom Line Benefit a Big Success; Signed Posters Available

A benefit for the defense of Jack's rent-stabilized apartment, headlined by Suzanne Vega, took place at the Bottom Line in New York City on November 18. Jack's Greenwich Village home has also been the home of the Songwriters' Exchange for 17 years. The benefit was a huge success, with both shows sold out, including standing-room-only tickets.

Bruce Miyashita's Report on the Show

Jack thanks everyone who attended, contributed in lieu of attending, or participated. He's touched by everyone's generosity and is grateful for all the support.

Signed copies of Tim Robinson's beautiful poster for the event are available for $20, including postage. Proceeds will go to the defense of Jack's apartment. To obtain one, send a check for $20 made out to Jack Hardy to:

Jack Hardy
178 W. Houston Street, Suite 9
New York, New York 10014

Nov. 2 New York Times article on Jack's fight



Al Grierson

[Al Grierson]
photo by Arthur Wood
Al Grierson–singer, poet, songwriter, song historian–died November 2, 2000, in a flash flood near his home in Texas. Jack has written a song for his good friend and he performed it for the first time at The Vanilla Bean in Pomfret, Conn., on November 11, accompanied by Mike Laureanno on bass.

Listen to Jack's performance:

   introduction (mp3 format, 1309KB)

   "The Ghost of Grierson" (mp3 format, 128Kbps stereo, 3124KB)

   "The Ghost of Grierson" (mp3 format, 192Kbps stereo, 4689KB)

[Jack and Al]
Jack and Al, circa 1996
[Jack and Al 1997]
Jack and Al, 1997 (photo by Bill Nash)


Kerrville Photo

Jack is spending two weeks in late May/early June at the Kerrville Folk Festival in Texas, as he has for many years. Alan Rowoth has posted a photo that includes Jack on his Kerrville 2000 page.


Back Home Studio Open House on July 8th (Pennsylvania)

Jack will perform during the annual open house at Leslie Blake's Back Home Studio on Sunday, July 8th, 2001, starting at 10:00 a.m. The studio is in northwestern Pennsylvania.

Local Press Clipping on the Event


New Album: Omens!

[Omens cover] Jack's new album, Omens has been released by Prime CD. Four top musicians play with Jack on the recording:

Mike Laureanno - bass & vocals
Tom Duval - electric guitar & vocals
Kate MacLeod - fiddle
Dave Anthony - drums

The album includes many songs that Jack has been playing at his 1999 shows:

  1. I Ought to Know
  2. I Can't Love You
  3. Eclipse
  4. Síle na gCíoch [Sheila]
  5. Síar ón nDaingean [West of Dingle]
  6. Memory
  7. The Yellow-billed Cuckoo
  8. Willow
  9. Arrow
  10. Only One Sky
  11. Oh, Woman
  12. In the Building of the Boat
  13. The Boney Bailiff
  14. A Change of Heart

As a bonus, the CD also contains, as a "hidden track" before the first song, a 19-minute interview of Jack Hardy conducted by Suzanne Vega in December of 1999.

Lyrics and soundclips are available on the web site.

Omens may be ordered by calling 1-800-PRIME-CD.


July 1999 Tour of Europe

Jack and his band will tour Europe in July. Concerts are planned in Germany, Switzerland, and Italy. Check the Itinerary page for the latest available information on shows.

Jack's band has been playing at recent U.S. shows and is sharp! It consists of Mike Laureanno on bass and background vocals. Long-time Hardy associate Tom Duval, a veteran of previous European tours, plays lead guitar and also adds vocal backing.


[Jack and Band] Jack, Tom Duval, and Mike Laureanno

Jack at the 1998 Falcon Ridge Folk Festival

Jack Hardy performed July 24-26 (1998) at the prestigious Falcon Ridge Folk Festival in Hillsdale, New York. He performed the following songs:
Day Event Song Album Musicians
Friday Main Stage I Ought to Know new song, unreleased solo
Eclipse new song, unreleased solo
Saturday "Living Planet" Workshop The Promise Civil Wars Mark Dann - bass
David Hamburger - dobro
Your Time Is Your Own Two of Swords Mark Dann - bass
David Hamburger - dobro
Saturday "Songwriting Process" Workshop In the Market for a Muse new song, unreleased Mark Dann - bass
David Hamburger - dobro
Sunday "Playing with the Band" Workshop Memphis new song, unreleased Mark Dann - bass
David Hamburger - pedal steel
Malcolm Hardy - trumpet
Gerry Malkin - sax
The Passing The Passing Mark Dann - bass
David Hamburger - acoustic guitar

In 1997, Jack performed "Willie Goggin's Hat" and "The Zephyr" at Falcon Ridge.


Sing Out! Feature

Jack Hardy's career and contributions are profiled in the May/June/July 1997 issue of Sing Out! (vol. 42, no. 1). The issue also includes the words and music for "Morgan's Dance," a song from The Passing.


The Passing (1996-1997 Album)

In 1996, Jack recorded an album which is now available in stores, at shows, and from 1-800-PRIME-CD. It is called The Passing (on 1-800-PRIME-CD, PCD 061) and contains the following songs:
  1. The Passing
  2. Black-eyed Susans
  3. Willie Goggin's Hat
  4. The Hallowe'en Parade
  5. The 20th Century
  6. You Only Leave Your Heart Once
  7. That Close to Crying
  8. If I Ever Pass This Way Again
  9. Dachau
  10. Morgan's Dance
More information on The Passing is available at 1-800-PRIME-CD.
[front cover of The Passing]


Kate Wolf Memorial Award

On the weekend of February 1st and 2nd, 1997, Jack Hardy was presented with The Annual Kate Wolf Memorial Award at The Birchmere (Washington, D.C. area). Among the previous winners were Nancy Griffith, Tom Paxton, and Christine Lavin.


Jack Wins South Florida Folk Festival Songwriter Contest

Date sent: Tue, 14 Jan 1997 20:26:17 -0500
From: Michael Stock <mstock@DC.SEFLIN.ORG>
Subject: south florida folk festival

I will just pass a long a few notes from this past weekend's South Florida Folk Festival. The weather was good with just the threat of rain, temp. in the mid 70's.

The national songwriting contest had some very good entries. 145 entrents with 2 songs each, finalist at the festival whitteled down to 20. The overall winner was Jack Hardy (the Jack Hardy). He is automatically invited to next year's festival, and according to Jack, it will be the first festival he has been invited to play at.

I am really proud of the efforts put into this 6 year old festival. 4 stages with quality acts throughout the day and a mainstage with, among others, Tom Prasada-Rao, Rod MacDonald,Penny Lang, Small Potatoes and Andrew Calhoun. Jack Hardy performed (with Wendy Beckerman) as winner of the contest on Sunday.

Michael Stock
"Folk & Acoustic Music"
172 NE 15th Street
Miami, FL 33132

Jack Hardy appeared at the January 1998 Florida Folk Festival.


The Collected Works of Jack Hardy (CD Boxed Sets!)

Fifty-Fifty Music [formerly Prime CD] has re-issued Jack Hardy's first 10 albums in two five-CD boxed sets:

These sets make available Jack Hardy's early and out-of-print albums on CD for the first time, and include his more recent albums, some of which have never been released in the U.S. Lyrics and liner notes for the albums are part of the package.

Part I contains:

Vol. 1: Early and Rare (PCD 051), including selected songs from the album Jack Hardy
        (1970), plus early and rare songs from 1965-1974.
Vol. 2: The Mirror of My Madness (1976) (PCD 052)
Vol. 3: The Nameless One (1978) (PCD 053)
Vol. 4: Landmark (1979-80) (PCD 054)
Vol. 5: White Shoes (1982) (PCD 055)
Part II contains:
Vol. 6: The Cauldron (1984) (PCD 056)
Vol. 7: The Hunter (1984) (PCD 057)
Vol. 8: Through (1989) (PCD 058)
Vol. 9: Two of Swords (1991) (PCD 059)
Vol. 10: Civil Wars (1993) (PCD 060)

Several of the CDs contain bonus tracks that were not available on the original albums.

One may order from Fifty-Fifty Music.


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