Three-hour treat for folk music fans

Tan (with guitar) and Alan will be performing at Folk Night at Six In The City, Petaling Jaya this Friday.

RELIVE the good old days of the Woodstock era with veteran singers Richard Lim, Frankie Tan and Alan Lim, who are promising fans a trip down memory lane with folk music from the 1960s this Friday.

Opening the three-hour Folk Night concert at Six in The City, Petaling Jaya, will be Alan accompanied by his four-piece band, followed by solo sets featuring Tan and Richard.

The performances will feature a repertoire of songs made popular by Bob Dylan, Joan Baez, Don McLean and James Taylor.

“We will take guests back to the time when Beatle boots and tie-dyed T-shirts were in fashion,” said Pirana Graphics director Alan, who is also an event organiser.

Borne out of passion and a love for folk music, the idea for the concert came about after Alan watched Tan perform at a bar.

“What drives folk music is the storytelling. It’s not all lovey-dovey like the usual ‘You love me, I love you, we break off, I want to kill myself’ kind of music,” he joked.

The spirit of folk music, Alan explained, was originally a way of preserving tradition and culture through song.

As history marched into more turbulent times, it became an outlet for people to express their feelings against war and conflict.

Inadvertently, folk music is also linked to the Flower Power era which the 1960s and 1970s generation took to, much to the consternation of their elders, recalled Alan and Tan, who came from conservative Chinese families.

“Our parents did not like us embracing Western culture but for us, we knew where to draw the line,” said Alan.

For Tan, one vivid memory of the era was jamming on his guitar with friends.

Young people back then, he said, had better social skills because they were not glued to their phones.

“And there were house parties where the girls would sit on one side and the boys on the other.

“It was all very proper. To dance with a girl, the boy would have to go over and ask her. Once the dance was finished, he had to walk her back to her seat,” he recalled.

It is not clear if Alan, Richard and Tan will be bringing back the atmosphere of such house parties at their concert but they promise that guests will be in for a good time.

The concert starts at 7.30pm and admission is free.

Six In The City is located at 6, Jalan 51A/225A, Section 51A, Petaling Jaya.

For further details, call 017-838 7355 (Alan).

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