Reprinted from yesterday's late edition.
Bob Gibson and Tom Paxton reaffirmed the participatory quality of folk music in a delightful program at the Cellar Door Sunday night.
Both songwriters must be counted among the survivors from the early '60s folk revival. Paxton in particular has maintained his songwriting skills, alternating between sharp wit and poignancy to bring subjects home. That first quality is evident in hilarious songs and Watergate, jogging, Anita Bryant and Paxton's own rambunctious daughter.
The other side of the coln was best conveyed on " Who's Garden Was This," still the most effective environment disaster song written.
Bob Gibson has not been very visible over the past decade, and his charm and considerable talent make one wonder why. His 12 - string guitar work was a major influence on musicians in the early '60s, and his return to performance (he also has his first record in ages about to be released) is a much more important event than the reunion of Peter, Paul and Mary. That trio probably conjures up more images of the folk days than Paxton and Gibson combined. But as so often happens, the real vitality and talent emanate from songwriters and performers like these, who quickly ply their trade.