Tony Provencher
Original, Traditional, and
Good Time Music ♫ ♫ ♫

Tuesday, December 23, 2014

100 Years ago: The Christmas Truce of 1914

100 years ago at Christmastime, a most remarkable thing happened, as, inspired by the Christmas Spirit, soldiers in the trenches on both sides of the line met, unarmed, in No-Man's Land and exchanged carols, gifts, and a lively football (soccer) game, putting to a pause World War I in what became known as the Christmas Truce of 1914.

This amazing true story was, another World War and some decades later, made by John McCutcheon into a moving song that deserves to become a Christmas staple, especially on this 100th anniversary of the Christmas Truce of 1914.

Christmas in the Trenches
~ John McCutcheon

When I saw John McCutcheon perform this song some years ago, he introduced it, as he does here, with a chilling story of his experience playing it in Denmark to an audience including some German World War I Veterans. Please give a listen:


Friday, April 11, 2014

R. I. P. Jesse Winchester

I first became a fan of Jesse Winchester and his music during the time of his exile in the late sixties. It wasn't until the 2006 Boston Folk Festival that I finally had the pleasure of seeing and hearing him in person. On that occasion I was moved to write these words:
"We returned to our stakeout in the main field to hear Jesse Winchester, another favourite of mine. Jesse's laid back demeanor gave the impression, even though we were several thousand strong, sitting in a six or seven acre field, that we were invited for a little chat in his living room. The chat was filled with Jesse's beautiful voice, untarnished by time, singing some of the most accessible melodies ever written, delivering lovely lyrics that touched us all deep inside."
Jesse Winchester's Facebook Page posted today:
"Friends, our sweet Jesse died peacefully in his sleep this morning. Bless his loving heart."
Bless his loving heart, indeed -- one of the finest gentlemen the folk community has ever known -- God speed, Jesse.

Monday, April 22, 2013

R.I.P. Richie Havens

A crushing blow... Farewell, Richie Havens... Too soon gone...
Saw him perform at the 2006 Boston Folk Festival... What a spellbinding spiritual experience! When he performed this Jackson Browne song we were mesmerized...

Sunday, September 23, 2012

Autumn's Child

Autumn is under way... my favourite time of year. May you all be blessed with a bountiful, colourful, and enjoyable Autumn :)

Saturday, August 4, 2012

Archived Article #1 - Tony's Merrimack Valley Progressive Article - Feb 1993

Tony's Merrimack Valley Progressive Article - Feb 1993 It was in February of 1993. Tony was enjoying some local success playing at pubs and coffee-houses, and he joined the Cowpasture Collective, which ran the Canal Street Coffee House and published the Merrimack Valley Progressive.
Long-time friend and member of the Cowpasture, Jeannine Schiavoni, wrote for the Progressive, and arranged an interview with Tony. The outcome was this lovely article by Jeannine, and some photographs she took, one of which Tony used to make his Good-Time Music logo:

Tony's Good-Time Music Logo

Please click the thumbnail at left to read the article as it was published in the February 1993 Merrimack Valley Progressive.

Sunday, June 3, 2012

Doc Watson 1923-2012

This is a stunningly beautiful - and chilling tribute to Doc Watson!
May he rest in peace.

Saturday, May 19, 2012

Tony's Music Is Up and Running

Well, all the song pages and player pages are up and I have pretty much completed Tony's Music. Please feel free to visit, browse around, sample some of the music, and leave a comment, either here, or in the Guestbook.

Hope you enjoy