Wednesday, February 19, 2014


Second airing of 'The Folklorist'
BBC4 tomorrow


Izzy Young, famous for being one of the "grown ups" on MacDougal Street in the 1960s, will have an audio biography featured on BBC 4, Thursday Feb 20th. 

It will air 11:30 UK time but be available to hear for a few days after at this link:

It's a great half hour piece dedicated to Izzy's life and times. It includes the story of how Izzy and Mike Porco opened GERDE's, the first Folk Music cabaret in Greenwich Village. 
In front of 110 MacDougal

A goose pimpled out-of-towner
got the thrill of her life

Interviewed for this BBC clip are Lenny Kaye, Terri Thal, John Sebastian and little ol' me. (I snuck in there in the 20th minute)

Izzy stayed at my place the night before the interview last June. I was happy to deliver him to Des Shaw and Seth Lakeman for the recording. We took the subway down to Washington Square and after the interview, the affectionate Izzy took my arm as we walked across the square. He didn't need me to keep his balance. That's just Izzy. Long live Izzy!

Enjoy the BBC show. 


Israel G. Young will be featured in the documentary POSITIVELY PORCO- the unbelievable story of Gerde's Folk City. Check out the trailer!

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