Concert poster for Dock Boggs and Mississippi John Hurt

Dock's Live Performances


For now, all of Dock's performance information here is stuff I have scraped from various articles. If you have any more information to add or tapes of live performances to share that might have survived the years, please email me. Also, if anyone is aware of an invaluable information source for this section, please let me know.
1920's | 1963 | 1964 | 1966 | 1969 | 1970

1920's


Norton Hotel, Norton, Virginia -- ?? ?? 1927

  • For traveling Brunswick talent scouts, he performs a few bars of both "Country Blues" and "Down South Blues".

String Band Contest, Hazard, KY Courthouse -- 3 November 1928

  • His band was dubbed "the Dock Boggs Virginia String Band."

1963


American Folk Festival, Asheville, NC -- 25 June 1963

  • No information as of yet.

Unknown Venue, University of Massachusetts, Amhearst, MA -- 23 July 1963

  • No other information.

Club 47, Cambridge, MA -- 24 July 1963

  • No other information.
Special thanks to John Byrne Cooke, who verified this performance from the Club 47 calendar listing from the 10 July 1963 issue of Broadside, vol. II, no. 9.

Club 47, Cambridge, MA -- 25 July 1963

  • No other information.
Special thanks to John Byrne Cooke, who verified this performance from the Club 47 calendar listing from the 10 July 1963 issue of Broadside, vol. II, no. 9.

Newport Folk Festival, Newport, RI -- 27 July 1963

  • Played at a daytime workshop.
  • No other information
Special thanks to John Byrne Cooke.

Newport Folk Festival, Newport, RI -- 28 July 1963

  • Performed "Drunkard's Lone Child", "Oh Death", and "Sugar Baby". While I believe these three songs were performed on Sunday, I could be mistaken. Anyone know for certain?
Special thanks to John Byrne Cooke.

Friends Of Oldtime Music, Unknown Venue, New York City, NY -- circa mid-to-late 1963?

  • Performance occurred after American Folk Festival (25 June 1963).
  • No other information.
Could this be the same NY Friends of Oldtime Music concert listed as 13 December 1963?

Unknown Venue, Princeton, NJ -- circa mid-to-late 1963?

  • Performance occurred after American Folk Festival (25 June 1963).
  • No other information.

Unknown Venue, Philadelphia, PA -- circa mid-to-late 1963?

  • Performance occurred after American Folk Festival (25 June 1963).
  • No other information.

Friends Of Old Time Music, NYU School Of Medicine, Alumni Hall -- 13 December 1963

  • Dock co-headlined with Mississippi John Hurt.
  • This information came from the concert poster at the top of this page.

1964


Guthrie Theater, Walker Art Center, Minneapolis, MN -- 25 January 1964

  • The first night in the Folk Music Series at the Guthrie Theater.
  • Other performers that evening included Roscoe Holcomb and the New Lost City Ramblers
Special thanks to Wally Marx, Jr. for this information.

University of Chicago Folk Festival, Chicago, IL -- circa early 1964?

  • Performance occurred after American Folk Festival (25 June 1963) and probably after the aforementioned Minneapolis show (25 January 1964).
  • No other information currently available.

Unknown Venue, Shimer College, Waukegan, IL -- circa early 1964?

  • Performance occurred after American Folk Festival (25 June 1963) and probably after the aforementioned Minneapolis show (25 January 1964).
  • No other information currently available.

1966


Appalachian State University, Boone, NC -- 17 November 1966

  • Two hour performance to a small, select audience
  • Arranged by Dr. Cratis D. Williams, then Dean of the Graduate School
  • "Dock talks much about his careers, performing and mining, muses on why he stopped performing, and generally reminisces."
Special thanks to W. Roberts for this information.

1969


Clinch Valley College, VA -- 4 December 1969

  • Participated at banjo, guitar, and singing workshops with Mike Seeger on the afternoon of 4 December 1969.
  • Performed "Wise County Jail".

1970


Appalacian People's Old-Timey, Folk-Rock, Camp Meeting Music Fair -- 12 September 1970

  • Last public performance.
  • Finished a 25 minute set with "Oh Death".
Below are performances on which I have even less information than the rest of the performances listed.

Carleton College, MN -- No date information

  • No setlist information as of yet.
  • Backed by Jon Pankake on guitar.


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