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All Join Hands

All Join Hands

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Peter E. Randall | Thomas Curren
6 X 9 in
202 pg

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All Join Hands is the story of what happened when a ten-thousand-year-old musical tradition was
put into the hands of a seventeen-year-old Boston boy in 1947. While in high school, Dudley
Laufman apprenticed with fiddlers and callers throughout New England. Eventually, he squired
the old country dance traditions through to their revival in the 1960s at the Newport Folk
Festival, the Club 47, and Robert J. Lurtsema’s Morning Pro Musica broadcasts. Decades of
performances in famous venues and small villages led to his receiving the National Heritage
Fellowship Award in 2009.
       As Tom Rush, iconic singer/songwriter says, “Tom Curren has done a brilliant job here,
weaving an engaging narrative of how Dudley Laufman coordinated and energized the amazing
resurgence of an ancient art form—the contradance/square dance—in New England and
beyond.” All Join Hands calls for a new quickening of spirit, nurtured and energized by the
traditional arts of New England.

Thomas Curren
Author Bio

Tom Curren is a writer, farmer, conservationist, and an historian who lives in New Hampshire with his wife, folklorist Kathy Neustadt. Since the 1970s, Tom has had an extensive career writing and speaking about New England culture, life and landscape. He has written four local town histories as well as the statewide account of Old Home Day. As part of the singing group “The Good Old Plough” he has appeared at dozens of historical societies around the state, at the Shelburne Museum, on NBC’s “Good Morning America,” and well as in special performances on New Hampshire’s Channel 11 Educational Television Channel and on WEVO, New Hampshire Public Radio. He gives presentations at local historical societies and similar gatherings throughout the region. 

Tom recently published a history of the Boston-Cambridge folk music revival titled I Believe I’ll Go Back Home, about which the national Library Journal said: “Ultimately, the book is about America writ large, the power of our best (and worst) selves, and the role of music in inspiring, reflecting, and recovering the ideals of various times and people. In this time of discord, Curren hits exactly the right note.”