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Tom Paxton: Huntingdon Hall, Worcester
Pete Brown 2 March 2005
Here he was at Huntingdon Hall the great Folk Legend. Why Worcester when his farewell tour only took in twelve other venues in the UK with four of them capital cities, London, Cardiff, Belfast and Dublin?

Huntingdon Hall was packed, everyone was relaxed and looking forward to hearing the great man. He let us know very early in the evening that he was no fan of George W. Bush. The anti-war theme and the resulting crimes against humanity were echoed in his very moving song about the internment of Japanese- American citizens immediately following Pearl Harbour in the Second World War.

Although he did not get his Grammy award in the States he was clearly delighted to have received a Lifetime Achievement Award at the BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards ceremony at The Brewery, London in February this year.

Other songs that came over with such strength and meaning were the twin towers song about the firemen climbing up the stairs whist telling everyone else to go down and his classic Peace Will Come.

We were treated to Tinky Winky, My Pony Knows the Way, There but for Fortune and many more and we had the wonderful old favourites The Last Thing On My Mind, Ramblin' Boy and I Canít Help But Wonder. It was a beautiful and relaxed performance helped by Jez Luton who played along on every song.

All too soon the evening ended but we did find out why he was at Huntingdon Hall. It was because he loves the acoustics; so much so that eighty percent of his live album Souvenir was recorded there.