Hootenanny at University of Alberta at Calgary, February 14, 1964

This event, held in the university gym, was co-sponsored and broadcasted by UACR (forerunner of CJSW) and CFCN, and featured two artists who went on to much bigger careers as part of the "Great Folk Scare of the 1960's" - Joni Mitchell (Anderson at that time), and Will Millar, who later was lead singer in the Irish Rovers. Will performed with Derek Swinson, who was a PhD student in Physics, and later went on to be a professor of Physics and Astronomy at the University of New Mexico.

The opening act was the Chiniki 4, probably chosen because they were all students at the University (see accompanying photo, which appeared in the Gauntlet, the following week). From left to right, the performers are Rod Hayward, Russ McKinnon, Dave Hanley (me), and Jim Love. Later that spring, Russ and Jim were elected President and Vice-President of the Students' Union, respectively (1964-65). I also ran for Students' Council that year, but lost - this setback probably allowed me study time to get my marks up to admission standards for medical school.

Still learning to play the guitar,
David A. Hanley, MD, FRCPC
Professor Emeritus,
Departments of Medicine, Community Health Sciences, and Oncology

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