Today, Tomorrow …
Linda and I eventually found a way to be collaborators again, and in the summer of 1976 we played a pair of reunion concerts of which I still have vivid memories. In the mid-90’s we revived our musical partnership in earnest, and we’ve been appearing together regularly since then. We also issued a CD, ‘Naked Under the Moon’, produced by Craig Anderton (which you can learn more about at www.kac-cohen.com).
   
A couple of years ago, while writing about my experiences as a performing musician, I found myself more and more preoccupied with folk music and my involvement in it. As I began to think about how much fun it would be to get back to that, a voice very deep inside me said ‘Well, why don’t you?’

So I did. I bought a banjo, the first one I’ve owned since the late 60’s, and began practicing guitar again. Working to my advantage is the fact that the Minneapolis-St. Paul area has been a national center for folk music since before Bob Dylan first began performing around the University of Minnesota campus in the late 50’s. There’s a coffeehouse on practically every corner, and a seemingly inexhaustible supply of musical talent. I’m sure that this is not a coincidence: if you’ve ever lived through a Minnesota winter, you know there’s not much to do except stay indoors and play music!
   


Kac-Cohen

On stage at the Ginkgo Coffee House in St. Paul, July, 2007. Photo by Carl Brookins.

In the fall of 2007, I joined a newly formed group called the Milltown Band, specializing in traditional American, British and Irish music, and we made our debut in January of 08. This was the fulfillment of a dream! In my early days as a folk performer what I wanted more than anything else was to be part of a group following the Weavers’ example, but I just couldn’t make it happen. Now, after many years, it has happened. Hallelujah! You can hear (and see) us at www.myspace.com/milltownband.

The Milltown Band. Left to right: Beth Woehrle, Tony Balzarini-Leonhart, Annie Woehrle, Michael Kac.
   

Around the time of the formation of the Milltown Band I began getting together regularly with Tim Fast [myspace.com/timfastmusic], a brilliant singer-songwriter whose work I greatly admire, and we’ve talked about trying to recruit some other people to form a group with a more contemporary emphasis. Can I manage being in two groups? The way I look at it, if I’m lucky I won’t have to make a choice, and if I’m really lucky I will. In addition to working with Tim I’ve made some outings with Laura Underwood, an up-and-coming vocalist with a great feel for blues and jazz.
Laura Underwood