Richard Fariņa Recording History

Rare, out-of-print, or unreleased recordings are indicated in blue.

September, 1962:
Richard Fariņa and Carolyn Hester perform with Rory and Alex McEwen at the Edinburgh Folk Festival in Scotland, which is aired on BBC-TV.

September 1962:
Richard accompanies Carolyn Hester and Rory and Alex McEwen on four songs shortly after the Edinburgh Folk Festival. (Hajdu 129) These songs were released as an EP, Four For Fun.
released only in Scotland; long out of print

January 14 & 15, 1963:
Richard records songs with Eric Von Schmidt, Bob Dylan, and Ethan Signer at Dobell Record Shop in London, (released as Dick Fariņa and Eric Von Schmidt.) Two songs were not included on the album: "Lemonade Lady" and "Old Paint."
released only in England; out of print

Early 1963:
Richard plays dulcimer and recorder on the soundtrack to Eric von Schmidt's short film, The Young Man Who Wouldn't Hoe Corn, based on his children's book of the same title. Eric describes the session in Baby, Let Me Follow You Down, p. 115:

Von Schmidt was making a short film on a folksong theme, "The Young Man Who Wouldn't Hoe Corn," and he and Ethan and Dick got together at Ewan McColl's and Peggy Seeger's and taped a soundtrack with the very pregnant Peggy doing the engineering. Ethan played mandolin, banjo, and fiddle, Eric played guitar, and Dick played dulcimer and recorder. He had never played the recorder before and learned the tune in one night.
Richard mentions this soundtrack in the liner notes of the album with von Schmidt, but oddly enough he is vague about his participation in the project.

Late 1963:
Joan records a demo of five of Richard's songs for Maynard Solomon, who signs him as a publishing client (Hajdu 195-196). Four acetate demos are know to exist:
"Reno, Nevada"
"Joy 'Round My Brain"
"Almond Joy"
"Another Country"
A reliable source reports that Richard plays guitar, not dulcimer, on these tracks, and Mimi's voice can be heard only distantly, and only on "Joy 'Round My Brain." I'm not sure whether these recordings are from this 1963 session, or the following 1964 session, or something else entirely.

Summer 1964:
Following their debut at the Big Sur Festival, Richard & Mimi submit a demo tape to Vanguard to audition for a recording contract (Hajdu 208).

Early Autumn 1964:
Celebrations for a Grey Day is recorded at Olmstead Studios in Manhattan and released April 1965 (Hajdu 225). This session might have included some of the songs later released on Memories.

January 3, 1965:
Richard records tracks for Broadside magazine, some with Mimi, some solo, some with Eric Andersen. Sis Cunningham donated these and many other recordings to the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Their Broadside Collection currently lists the following songs credited to Fariņa:
"Piper Song (The Rats)" (solo)
"Michael, Andrew and James" (with Mimi)
"Didn't Mean to Make You So Sad" (with Eric Andersen)
"One Way Ticket" (with Mimi)
"Death Row" (solo) [undated]
"I Like Living, I Like Life" (solo) [undated]
NOTE: I've been told that "Piper Song" is incorrectly attributed to Fariņa; it is an unidentified singer.
A list of the Broadside Collection is available on the University's website:

April 1965:
Richard records two songs with Judy Collins for her Fifth Album: "Pack Up Your Sorrows" and "Carry It On." The album was released November, 1965. A picture on page 182 of Judy's Songbook shows her, Richard, Mimi, and Lush in the studio.

Early 1965 (?):
Richard (and probably an anonymous Mimi) record "House Un-American Blues Activity Dream," "Birmingham Sunday," and "Bold Marauder" for The Singer Songwriter Project (July 1965). Since this was released on Elektra, it's possible that they recorded these songs around the time of the sessions with Judy Collins.

Saturday, July 24, and Sunday, July 25, 1965:
Richard & Mimi rock the house at the Newport Folk Festival. They played three different sets for different portions of the festival: the Contemporary Songs Workshop and the Dulcimer Workshop on Saturday, and the New Folks concert on Sunday afternoon (the famous rainy concert). The songs listed below for the two Saturday workshops are taken from the boxset, Richard & Mimi Fariņa: The Complete Vanguard Recordings, but we can't know for sure if that was all the songs performed then.

Contemporary Songs Workshop (Saturday, 11:00-1:30)
Leaving California (One Way Ticket)
Sellout Agitation Waltz
Pack Up Your Sorrows (with Peter Yarrow)
House Un-American Blues Activity Dream

Dulcimer Workshop (Saturday, 2:00-3:00)
Bold Marauder
Hard-Lovin' Loser (with Bruce Langhorne and Al Kooper)
Dopico (with Bruce Langhorne)
Celebration for a Grey Day [first released on Folk Music at Newport, Part 1]
Shady Grove (with Jean Ritchie)

New Folks Concert (Sunday Afternoon)
This is the famous rain-drenched concert. Todd Everett states in the liner notes of The Complete Vanguard Recordings that this concert was not recorded well because there was a blues band at an adjacent stage creating interfering noise. However, at least one person I have talked to says he doesn't remember any other concert going on at the same time, and furthermore it just wasn't the practice to have two large, amplified, crowd-drawing concerts at the same time (there were several small workshops at once, but not multiple concerts at once). The movie Festival shows footage from the concert, and two songs from the concert were included on Memories, but were not included on the Complete box set (despite what Everett's erroneous liner notes claim). The following list is conjecture, piece together from Hajdu's account (pages 254-258), Memories, and Festival.
1.) Birmingham Sunday
2.) [unspecified song] (Fritz Richmond steps in on washtub bass)
3.) Reno, Nevada (Bruce Langhorne steps in on acoustic guitar)
4.) Hard-Loving Loser
5.) Dopico/Celebration for a Grey Day *
6.) House Un-American Blues Activity Dream * (Kyle Garahan steps in on mouth harp)
7.) Pack Up Your Sorrows (Joan steps in)
Ian Woodward further remembers that Bernice Reagon and members of the Charles River Valley Boys were onstage as well.
most songs unreleased, except 5 and 6, which were released on Memories

Late September, 1965:
Reflections in a Crystal Wind is recorded in Olmstead Studios in Manhattan and released in December of 1965 (the date 1966 is very often given for this album, but Hajdu states Dec. 65, and the CD says "Originally released in 1965." (Hajdu 268-269) Some songs on Memories were probably recorded at these sessions as well, and perhaps also the 45rpm versions of "Pack Up Your Sorrows" and "Joy 'Round My Brain" (which are slightly different from the Memories versions).

February, 1966:
Richard & Mimi perform on Pete Seeger's Rainbow Quest TV show. They perform "Celebration for a Grey Day," "Pack Up Your Sorrows," "Bold Marauder," "House Un-American Blues Activity Dream," and "Joy 'Round My Brain," and back up Seeger on a couple of tunes. It was broadcast Saturday, February 26, 1966.
available only on video

Late March, 1966:
Richard starts to produce a "rock and roll" album for Joan. Hajdu writes that Fariņa "managed to audition and hire musicians, book studio time, lead rehearsals, rent instruments and equipment, and keep meticulous notes of each activity and expense for the Vanguard accountant" (Hajdu p. 275). Al Gorgoni plays guitar; Al Kooper plays organ on "Pack Up Your Sorrows." A Sing Out! article reported that they recorded five Bert Bacharach songs, three Fariņa songs, and two Dylan songs. Other sources mention three Bacharach songs ("Anyone Who Had a Heart", "What the World Needs Now," and "Little Red Book"), as well as "Homeward Bound," "Sounds of Silence," "Yesterday," and "Brown-eyed Girl." Despite Joan's dissatisfaction with the album, the three Fariņa songs, "Pack up your Sorrows," "Swallow Song" and "All the World Has Gone By" were released as singles or on Memories.
most songs remain unreleased

April 27, 1966:
Charles Sheer interviews Richard for WBAI radio. The first interview concerns his novel; a second and longer interview addresses the contemporary folk scene. There are no musical performances. It was broadcast May 1, 1966 after the news of Fariņa's death. In this interview Richard refers to some "new songs" he has been working on. What survives of them we do not know.


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