Smoke Dawson- Fiddle
Tompkins Square (LP)
George "Smoke" Dawson played banjo in MacGrundy's Old-Timey Wool Thumpers with Peter Stampfel (later of Holy Modal Rounders) in 1960, lived for years at Caffe Lena in Saratoga Springs, NY, and roamed around the US as an itinerant bagpipe and fiddle player for decades. His life is laced with small triumphs, and tragedy. Tompkins Square reissues his only album, a remarkable 1971 private press LP on CD/LP/DL.