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- 3rd October 1970 with Chris Etheridge
- 1970 The Black
Hawk San Francisco
It was at a concert at The Black Hawk
that Joan Baez heard Tom Jans.
Joan then introduced him to her sister
- 22nd October 1970 The Ash Grove, LA
this concert is remembered by David Hartzeim writing at
- Oct / Nov 1970 The Four Muses, San
1970 The Back Door, UC San Diego
(with guest appearances by Massive Ferguson,
Bruce Langhorne and Kris Kristofferson)
7th November 1970 Coffee House San Francisco
18th November 1970 The Quiet Knight Chicago
may have been a residence of a few days. Will Bartel
December 1970 The Boston Tea Party
with Doc Watson and The Incredible String Band
(date assumed to be December - data from
Itzero who was there)
- 28th December 1970 Gaslight NYC
with Steve Baron, Jef Lowell (on bass)
- 1971 UC Davis Ca
in 1971 or so, Tom and Mimi Farina played at the Coffee House
on the U.C. Davis campus. Will Bartell and Tony Plescia were also on
- March 1971 New York City
reviewed in Village Voice 11th March 1971
text not available at present
- 14th March 1971 Marshall Tavern, Marshall Ca
- 18-23 April 1971 The Boarding House San Francisco
have been April 1972)
- 1971 Monterey Folk Festival
In a review in Sing Out, Herbert Wise remarks that
Mimi Farina and Tom Jans were "wonderful."
- May 1971 Los Angeles
with Joan Baez and Stoneground.
- 1st July 1971
Santa Monica Auditorium
research by karls confirms that Mimi and Tom opened for Cat Stevens at this concert. The rest of the US tour
with Cat Stevens seems to have taken place in
Oct / Nov 1971.
- 30 July 1971 Cambridge Folk Festival England
Mimi Farina and Tom Jans appeared on July 30 / 31
and also on 1st August.
from the Programme Notes:
Farina appears as she sounds. Each smile is a touch of summer, and her voice is as
beautifully clear and direct as the expression in her eyes. Tom Jans's voice is soft and
mellow, as yan to yin. They compose, play guitars and sing, and let you come with them
into the refreshing beauty of their music. The songs they perform are written by
themselves or by friends, or 'borrowed' from records. (They are also salted very
occasionally with 50's rock-and-roll). Much of their harmony with their audience is due to
a complete lack of affectation and self-consciousness; they need no 'hard-time' trappings
or hip patter. Their music and themselves is enough..
photos and set lists by Richard
(July 30th) "Country Evening" Club Tent 5pm
including Gary Farr, Smiley, Joe Locker, Western Echoes,
Pete Seeger, Bill Clifton, Mimi Farina & Tom Jans
carolina / reach out / you're sixteen / me and bobby mcgee / in the
quiet morning / the praties are small / never ending song of love /
letter to jesus / carry it on / pack up your sorrows
Saturday (July 30th) Main Tent
madman / me and bobby mcgee / in the quiet morning / you're sixteen
/ the praties / never ending song of love / instrumental
Sunday (August 1st) Open Air
including Anne Briggs, Jean Ritchie, Mr Fox, Mimi Farina
& Tom Jans
carolina / me and bobby mcgee / children of darkness / letter to
jesus / good god I'm feeling fine
Sunday (August 1st) Main Tent
never ending song of love / reach out / not known / not
known / great white horse / in the quiet morning / mental revenge /
no need to be lonely / good god I’m feeling fine
all songs mimi farina and/or tom jans except:
you're sixteen - Johnny Burnette
the praties are small - trad
never ending song of love - Delaney Bramlett
children of darkness - Richard Farina
great white horse - Buck Owens / L Scott
mental revenge - Mel Tillis
- 29th August 1971 Beat gæst (Danish Radio)
A Danish radio programme. May not have contained
"live" songs. Usually the guest would play records and host the program, talking
'bout their lives, preferences etc.
- 1971 Newcastle England
- 1971 opened for Cat Stevens in Manchester England
exact date not known - 1971 presumed
Review by Jerry Gilbert
The appearance of Mimi Farina and Tom Jans at
Cousins on Friday attracted an audience far in excess of the usual Friday night crowds,
although the evening itself proved to be slightly disappointing. Martin Carthy, Tim Hart,
Mike Cooper and Al Stewart were among those who had come along to see Tom and Mimi, whilst
Andy Fernbach, John Altmon and an highly impressive guitarist, Johnson Field provided
But Cousins appeared to be a mis-chosen venue
for the American duo to wind up their tour. They seemed to lack confidence and cohesion.
They opened with "Carolina's On My Mind" and followed with "Reach
Out", "Me and Bobby McGee" and "The Praties..." all of which were
fairly unimpressive and in a couple of instances the two guitars clashed terribly.
Then Tom went into his rock'n'roll
routine and sang Johnny Burnette's "Sweet Sixteen" which opened the way
beautifully for "Children of Darkness", an old Richard Farina number which Mimi
and Tom have retained. On the night I enjoyed Andy a good deal more.
(reference for this cutting
not available at present)
- 1971 Scandanavia
- 1971 Poland
1971 Paris France
Mimi & Tom (A&M publicity shot)
- 1971 Fall Academy
of Music in Philadelphia
Opened for a James Taylor-Carole King concert.
Reviewed in "The Distant Drummer."
(text not available at the present time)
A&M publicity photo
- 25 September 1971 8th Annual Big Sur Folk Festival.
- 14 October 1971 Freeborn Hall at UC Davis
opening for Gordon Lightfoot
an original poster for this concert by Randy Tuten
is available for $200 at www.rtuten.com
On tour with Cat Stevens
October & November 1971 including Lincoln Center for the
Arts in NY, Trinity University, San
Antonio, Houston, The Dallas Memorial Auditorium, LA (two concerts), Denver, Berkeley,
& San Jose.
- 21st October 1971 University of Waterloo Ontario Canada
- 23rd October 1971 Massey Hall Toronto Canada
- 24 October 1971 Philharmonic Hall NY
Variety 3rd Nov 1971 (p 43)
Cat Stevens scored at Philharmonic Hall, Oct 24, in two sold out
performances, both times following a fine folk-style duo, Mimi Farina & Tom Jans. The
two Ron Delsener productions grossed $30,500.
Mimi Farina & Tom Jans both played guitar. Both have good voices and while Miss
Farina, sister of Joan Baez, frequently was deadpan, her comments were
set included "Children of Darkness", which was written by Richard Farina, the
performer's late husband.
- 28th (or31st) October The War Memorial
Syracuse New York
- 30th October 1971 Kleinhans Music Hall Buffalo New York
- 4th November 1971 Auditorium Theatre Chicago Illinois
- 6th November 1971 Kennedy Center, Washington DC
- 10th November 1971 Municipal Auditorium Atlanta Georgia
- fall of 71 (exact date unknown) Trinity University San Antonio
- 21st November 21st 1971 Dallas Memorial Auditorium Dallas
- 23rd November 1971 Denver Coliseum Denver Colorado
- 24th November 1971 Berkeley Community Theatre
poster artist (probably): Randy Tuten
- 26th Nov 1971 Santa Clara Fairgrounds San Jose Ca
- 27th / 28th November 1971 Greek Theatre Los Angeles
Review Billboard 18th December 1971by Nat Freedland
.....The bill was opened by Tom Jans and Mimi Farina with some pleasantly harmonised
1971 ? Gaslight II
with David Buskin
- late 1971 Gaslight NYC (unconfirmed)
- 1971 or 1972 Drinking Gourd San Francisco
- 1971 or 1972
University of Rhode Island
- March 1972
opened. It is not clear if this is Stonehenge England possibly for a
festival held at the Spring Equinox, or Stonehenge Ipswich Mass.
- April 72 Cornell University
- 08th April 1972 Case Western University Cleveland Oh
Tom and Mimi opened for Dave van Ronk.
Broadcast by WNCR-FM
in the quiet morning / mama tried / reach out/ you're sixteen /
children of darkness/ loving arms / letter to jesus/ madman /
great white horse / carolina / good god I'm feelin' fine / carry it on
12 April 1972 Bitter End NYC
supported by Chris Smither
Review: Variety 26 April 1972
Mimi Fariña, sister of Joan Baez, and Tom Jans are a smooth folk-singing
duo with easy audience communication, good material and good vocal and guitar form. Miss Fariña is the widow of Richard Fariña, writer-performer, who died a couple of years ago.
Their Bitter End gig is unusual since they've usually headlined Gaslight II in
previous visits to Greenwich Village. Their friendliness, natural humor and tunes carry
easily in both rooms. They open their set as they open their A&M album, with Jans'
"Carolina," sung by Jans with Miss Fariña supplying humming harmony.
Most of the other numbers, regardless of who starts, wind up as duets and their
voices blend perfectly, even though they've been performing together for only a bit more
than a year. Although most of their material are originals, they also score with Merle
Haggard's "Mama Tried," a country tune turning up more in other areas these
days, and "You're 16," a rocker from the '50s, which is a fun selection.
Miss Fariña and Jans both play six-string acoustic guitars. In their encore,
however, they go to grand piano. Their being seated at the piano stool prompts a good
example of their effective dry humor as Miss Fariña says, "It feels strange over
here. That's because I don't play the piano." Jans plays for the encore, another
duet. This is an engaging folk team.
Review: Billboard 29 April 1972
Mimi Fariña and Tom Jans, of A&M Records, performed on April 12 in an
attenuated folk style which was largely devoid of energy and substance. Although they
generated some heat with Merle Haggard's "Mama Tried," Fariña and Jans were
generally listless and unexciting.
Accompanying themselves on acoustic guitars, Fariña and Jans sang "You're
16," poking self-conscious fun at the Ozzie and Harriet-type TV family situation
comedy, rendered Fariña's composition, "Reach Out," about a suicide whom she
said was right to do away with himself (life is so awful, but try to hang on anyway, she
advised to the audience), and "Letter to Jesus," probably Fariña's best
21-22 April 1972 San Francisco
April or May 1972
6th & 7th May Four Muses
San Clemente Ca.
Ralph and Holly Barr opened
May 1972 San Francisco
Benefit Concert Appearance(s) with Mimi Farina in support
California Anti Air War Initiative. Other artistes noted as taking part
included Taj Mahal, The Committee and Joan Baez
Dick Cavet tv show
good god I'm feeling fine
1972 Putney College,
1972 Green Room, Tulagi,
- 1972-73 Touring with
When I met Chris in 2001 he was
performing in California &
Hawaii, and occasionally
Sussex, England, when not designing and making
slides for bottleneck guitars.
There was an
excellent article in the Saratoga News
published that year. We are saddened to hear that Chris Ramey passed
away 18th April 2004. There are tributes on the
- November 1973 Mickey Newbury's Country Party
Benefit for Pacifica Radio Station KPFA-FM
"... warm set from Mickey who then introduced a series of surprise guests
: Rambling Jack Elliot, just in from Hawaii and mildly high on acid, who told about
falling in love with a waitress last year at the Boarding House while listening to Mickey
sing; he was joined by Tom Jans who did a quick set of his own."
Stone 12 December 1973)
- 14 November 1975 Other End New York
Review Variety 19 November 1975
Tom Jans brings a harder rock act from the Coast in his first date at this
Greenwich Village cafe's Cabaret Room. Jans also hits folk-rock and country-rock in his
good set, one that displays his talents as cleffer.
Jans, who previously performed with Mimi Farina is a good singer and interpreter.
He is also okay on guitar. But lead guitar honors are capably shared by Scott Shelley who
also aids vocally, and Jerry Swallow. Vocal support usually
is supplied by Kerry Hatch, a
good bass guitarist and Mike Utley, who excels on a variety of keyboards including grand
piano and synthesizer. Jans actually opens on piano but soon shifts to guitar. Kelly
Shanahan , a capable drummer, completes the outfit.
Jans effectively mixes material from his new Columbia album with older material such as
"Loving Arms" etched bymany others including Elvis Presley. From the LP come
from "Out of Hand" country single for Gary Stewart. Jans stage manner is good
also, He's developing a good set for club or concert.
Review Billboard 13 December 1975
Johnny Rivers Tom Jans
Jans did the front end of a two part show Nov 14 with Johnny Rivers presenting the best
part of the show at the other end.
Jans was suffering from a bad cold which affected his throat. That is pure death for a
"blues-shouter" type like Jans who writes all his own material. However like the
name of a former club he went on singing until the "bitter end". What saved his
act show as the driving sound of his musical group.
Rivers on the other hand appeared to be in the best of form....... The result was
that what started out to be a less than satisfying night with the
Jans struggle ended by
being quite pleasurable although not "goose-pimply exciting". Jans leaves on
tour with Janis Ian and Rivers continues on club and college dates. Rudy Garcia
1975 Mulligans, Buffalo New York
with Scott Shelley, Jerry Swallow,
Kelly Shanahan, Kerry Hatch & Mike Utley.
Radio Broadcast, particularly interesting for the early version of
"Ready to Roll".
loving arms / boogie jam / directions and connections / ready to roll/
where did all my good friends go / struggle in darkness
- 1975 Cain's Ballroom, Tulsa, Oklahoma
backstage at Cain's Ballroom - on the
bill with Hank Williams Jr.
Left to right: Jerry Swallow, Kelly Shanahan, Tom, Scott Shelley with
Southern Comfort, Chris Cotton (standing) and Kerry Hatch.
Chris was the road manager.
- 1975 Mother Blues, Dallas Texas
- 1976 Seattle Washington
Sound System provided by Sundown Sound
(David Cutter Portland Oregon)
- 7th March 1976 Irvine Bowl, Laguna Beach
Tom Jans (with Shanahan, Utley, etc.) opened for Emmylou Harris.
recalled as "what a great show it was".
- 5th & 6th May 1976 M-Shop, Iowa State Memorial Union
- fall (?) 1976 Cotton Bowl, Dallas Texas "The Can Jam"
The Tom Jans Band (from left to right) Swallow, Shelley, Jans, Shanahan,
Hatch, Utley (not in view) opening for Michael Murphy
at the "Can Jam"
The concert was to raise food for the food banks. The admission fee was
only 2 cans of food. Most everyone who went took many more cans than that. This
concert included a memorable performance of "Where did all my good friends go".
Kelly Shanahan has looked at this photo and says in this photo the
band are performing the Eagles parody "avocado".
"...there were only 2 tunes we did that didn't have bass and drums.... Loving Arms,
and Avocado. Process of elimination tells me we were playing Avocado because Kerry is
singing and not playing his bass. The fact that he's not playing bass means that I'm also
not playing drums which boils it down to either Lovin' Arms or Avocado. The fact that he
didn't sing background on Lovin' Arms tells me it had to be Avocado."
Facing the camera on the left is
Scott Shelley, Tom is next, then Chris Cotton, member of the road crew,
and manager, George R.
- 15th Oct 1976 Kansas City Mo
Uptown Theatre opening for Dwight Twilley
"Tom Jans and I hang out bar- hopping on the Plaza closing the last bar
around 330am. He introduced me to Irish Coffee. He also taught me about his studio band
LITTLE FEAT...Tom Waits hero was Tom Jans...both are my heroes...mm "
(note from the Uptown Theatre web
- 16th Oct 1976 Kansas City Mo
Friday Night Uptown Theatre
"Tom Jans Free Concert Uptown Theatre
Yes another night of
bar-hopping....Roger & Tom Jans"
(also from the Uptown Theatre web
- Fall 1976 University of Minnesota, Whole Coffeehouse club
"... played one of, if not THE, best club show, I've ever seen and heard.
We were fortunate enough to meet him after the show: very nice guy."
- 5th/6th Nov 1976 M-Shop, Dublin
not known if this was a solo or a band gig
- probably late 76 Baton Rouge Louisiana
solo in a small club - no other details known
- 1976 Jive 95 KSAN-FM San Francisco
interview on a chat show (Tom Heyden ?)
some solo acoustic live songs including "Mama don't you cry"
(?) and an Eagles parody, "Avocado" .
(Avocado, probably best known performed
Al Yankovitz, was written by
William E Martin,
also known as
Bill Martin ,
and not by Tom as I first thought when I
- 1977 Texas Opry House, Houston Texas
Opening for David Allan Coe
The first song was Avocado,
trying warm the crowd, followed by Once Before I Die. Very few in the
audience knew Tom's work, but as the set progressed the reception became
more friendly. Once Before I Die was performed a second time
following a request.
Tom opened for David Allen Coe in Houston and in Austin, and probably
other towns and cities. This tour was put together by CBS because both
Coe and Jans were signed to CBS at that time. In most venues it was a
biker crowd and I understand that Tom's solo acoustic set was not always
- 10th May 1977 Avro's Toppop
Tom Jans and Jerry Swallow recorded two versions of Why don't you love me' in
the TV-studio. (may not have been broadcast)
- 12th: May 1977 Sportpaleis Ahoy Rotterdam
Valerie Carter opened for the Eagles
and Tom Jans joined her for "Back on my feet again".
- 14th May 1977 Oor - Feest, Brakke Grond, Amsterdam
Special concert with Jerry Swallow & Tom Salisbury,
as a birthday party for Oor magazine. The concert was
broadcast on Dutch Radio a few weeks later.
once before i die / out of hand / bluer than you / back on my feet again / loving arms /
ready to roll /why don't you love me / young man in trouble / distant cannon fire /
struggle in darkness
Marshall Ca. 14th March 1971
Sportpaleis Rotterdam, 12th May 1977
grateful thanks to doug
for information re Mimi & Tom concert appearances
thanks to karls for researching
the tour with Cat Stevens
thanks to gr for identifying
members of the band
and crew side-stage at Dallas
and thanks to all who remembered the shows
Can you please help by providing more
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