Reflection by Pat Thomas // Photos by Eric Ellwood
I’d heard Bloomsbury many years ago at a street festival – but it was before I started coming to Pullen, and before I knew of all the Pullen connections with the group. So when I saw that they would be “getting the band back together” for a Pine Cone fundraiser….and it would be at Pullen…I quickly bought tickets. And Mike and I were so glad we did!
It was a lovely spring night which began with desserts on the Pullen terrace, putting that space to wonderful use. Then the concert began, to an almost-full house. Some of my memories:
- Appreciative applause and whistles when the group came on “stage.”
- Toes tapping to pieces with various tempos and hearing eclectic music showcasing their varied interests: from bluegrass to shape-note to John Denver and Peter, Paul and Mary to mountain music to hymns.
- Harmonica and banjo (two different kinds – who knew?!) and guitar and bass and fiddle, and the lovely clear tenor of former Pullen Associate Minister Mel Williams.
- The easy camaraderie of the group members – which included both original members and new ones.
- Lemma Mackie remembered as the original female voice; vocals now were provided by Wade Smith’s daughter
- Clapping along and singing along, and many smiles as we walked back out into the cool spring night, appreciative for the opportunity to be a part of a Raleigh musical tradition which began at Pullen over 40 years ago.