Jack White and Marcus Mumford head up star-studded 'Inside Llewyn Davis' gig in New York
Patti Smith, Joan Baez, Carey Mulligan, Elvis Costello also appeared at last night's three-hour long folk music celebration and benefit show
Jack White and Marcus Mumford were amongst those appeared at the sold-out, three-hour long folk music concert, which took place at New York's prestigious Town Hall venue. Inspired by the forthcoming new Coen Brothers film, Inside Llewyn Davis, which is released on January 24, 2014, the film featured music from the T Bone Burnett-helmed soundtrack as well as the classic folk songs which inspired the movie, which is set in Greenwich Village in 1961.
Jack White opened up the second half of the show, performing a banjo, fiddle and double bass assisted version of The White Stripes' 'We're Going To Be Friends', as well as a version of folk singer Tom Paxton's 'Did You Hear John Hurt?' "This next song sort of tells it all from beginning to end," said White by way of introduction as the audience filed back into the building after the intermission. "I'll let you get back to you seats with your grenadaes and popcorn and whatnot."
Marcus Mumford appeared later in the set, performing John Fahey's 'Give Me Cornbread When I'm Hungry' with folk music legend Joan Baez. "That's fucking Joan Baez, man!" he exclaimed when she left the stage. "Everyone's been too cool to have one of those OMG moments." The frontman of Mumford & Sons, who recently announced their hiatus, went on to perform Bob Dylan's 'I Was Young When I Left Home' and 'Fare Thee Well' from the Inside Llewyn Davis soundtrack alongside the film's star Oscar Issac and the evening's defacto house band, the Punch Brothers. Marcus Mumford and the Punch Brothers then rounded up the evening with a rendition of the previously unheard Dylan song, 'Farewell', which also features on the soundtrack.
Patti Smith also performed, singing 'Babe I'm Gonna Leave You', a classic folk song which was covered by Led Zeppelin. She also performed 'People Have The Power', a song which she wrote with her late husband, Fred 'Sonic' Smith, alongside The Avett Brothers, Lake Street Dive and Dave Rawlings. "I'm sure that Fred would be glad to
see all these people," she commented. "I don't even know who they are, but I'm glad to see them!" Joan Baez also joined the group and hugged Smith after she walked onto the stage. "Well, I knew her name," joked Smith at the end of the track.
Other acts to appear during the star-studded set were Elvis Costello, The Avett Brothers, Rhiannon Giddens of the Carolina Chocolate Drops, Lake Street Dive, Colin Meloy of The Decemberists, The Milk Carton Kids, Keb Mo, Conor Oberst, Dave Rawlings Machine, The Secret Sisters, Gillian Welch, Willie Watson, Bob Neuwirth and stars from the film, Carey Mulligan, Stark Sands and Adam Driver. John Goodman hosted the event.
Nods were also made to other Coen Brothers film soundtracks during the evening, as Carey Mulligan, Gillian Welch and Rhiannon Giddens performed 'Didn't Leave Nobody But The Baby' from O Brother Where Art Thou, and the evening opened with the Punch Brothers' take on 'Tumbling Tumbleweeds', which featured in The Big Lebowski.