George Washington University, Washington DC #1
Airdate: May 4, 1963
Repeat: August 3, 1963
The Limeliters: "Lonesome Traveler," "Hard, Ain't it Hard," "I‘m Goin' Back," "Whistling Gypsy."
The Clancy Brothers & Tommy Makem: "Port Lairge," "Bold O'Donahue."
Bob Gibson: "Come and Go With Me," "This Train" (with The Limeliters).
Lynn Gold: "Come All Ye Fair and Tender Ladies."
FINALE: "This Little Light of Mine" (Everyone).
The fifth to air, this show was the second HOOTENANNY taped; the first after the pilot which was still awaiting an airdate. Production had taken place on February 15. "A 'bursting at the seams' audience of GWU undergraduates" was how Variety described the attendance for both shows at the campus. The trade paper also noted that "High interested is being evinced in this folk singing program, first regular network tv series based on folk music." The news of the Seeger/Weavers ban had yet to break and all sides were optimistic.
By the time it aired, however, Ramblin' Jack Elliot, one of Woody Guthrie's more authentic disciples, had decided to join those who were boycotting the series. "If I did the program, I couldn't stand up and sing again, or sit down to dinner again with Pete Seeger, the greatest folk singer of them all and the originator of the whole idea of hootenanny."
No kinescope of this episode has surfaced, nor has a complete audio track. The sole known audio excerpt includes most of "Bold O'Donohue" by the Clancy Brothers & Tommy Makem; "I'm Goin' Back" by the Limeliters, and a snippet of the closing number, "This Little Light of Mine" (which sounds like it was going absolutely nowhere).