Well, for the first time, I’ve been bootlegged. And now that I’ve been the “victim” of “illegal” music downloading, I can say it firmly: I like it just fine. (And while I am not trying to make my living this way, I have to say that the positive effects of having our music shared freely among an active community of interested fans far, far outweighs any “losses” — we played to a packed house in Toronto.)

Thanks to some folks on the Dylan Pool web site, who’ve been discussing our show, I have two nice soundboard recordings: one of Mike Ford, of the great Canadian band Moxy Früvous, singing a beautiful version of Dylan’s “I Dreamed I Saw St. Augustine” with Mike Skliar on dobro and me on harmonica, and my version of “Stupid Is the New Smart” with Mike Skliar on dobro.

Outside the Renaissance Cafe Outside the Renaissance Cafe
We arrived at the cafe to find our names on the board outside and Mike’s “Crazy Like a Fox” playing on the CD player inside.
You Ain’t Goin’ Nowhere
Mike Ford propels Mike Skliar’s jazzy version of the Dylan standard.
What’s So Funny About Peace, Love and Understanding?
Another of the three songs we did with Mike Ford.
Ken Ken
During “What’s So Funny”
Mike Mike
During one of the closing numbers.
Those Who Made It All Possible Those Who Made It All Possible
The crowd! We had a great time at the Renaissance.

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3 Responses to Bootlegged!

  1. couscous1021 says:

    That is some recording, Ken! Crystal-clear, sounds great. I take it they were a great crowd, and for that I congratulate you- even if you did get taped 🙂

    • ken says:

      Oh, I should be clear: This wasn’t a surreptitious recording. The reason it sounds so good is that it was made with a DAT machine plugged into the soundboard; he did it not only with our permission but with our active encouragement. I’m just enjoying having my music on a site usually used to trade bootlegs of Dylan shows.

  2. Anonymous says:


    Dear Mike S & Ken,
    What a fantastic performance last weekend in Toronto. The music was rich, soothing and a moving experience. You both should definitely approach Dylan to either be his back-up band or be the pre-runner band (whatever the first band is called). I applaud your talent, your energy, your poetry-in-motion and your music. Thank for a great musical adventure in Toronto. I hope you will give us an encore performance.

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