'Treme,' Ep. 20: The Circle, Unbroken
by Patrick Jarenwattananon and Josh Jackson
June 27, 2011
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Patrick Jarenwattananon: So who are all those musicians in the funeral gathering for Harley? I recognize quite a few who we've seen in the show before. I take it many of those folks have some experience on the streets, seeing as how Harley wasn't much of a club/indoor musician.
Josh Jackson: Reverend Goat Carson officiates the ceremony at Washington Square Park in the Faubourg Marigny — where Harley was killed. Slim Jim (aka Spider Stacy) calls Harley the Human Jukebox 2.0, a nod to the late guitarist and bluesman Ferd "Snooks" Eaglin. Coco Robicheaux speaks after Davis. There are quite a few buskers among the attendees. Ingrid Lucia from the Flying Neutrinos is present. There's Washboard Chaz and clarinetist Doreen Ketchens. Doreen's husband, Lawrence Ketchens, is the tuba player. We also see musicians that crossed paths with Harley and Annie — accordionist Wilson Savoy and Susan Cowsill, who sings "Will the Circle Be Unbroken?"
The most striking presence is that of long-time New Orleans street performers David Leonard and Roselyn Lionheart. They're wearing the hats with "Mo'Lasses." David and Roselyn are a great musical couple, and you can still find them on Royal Street whenever they're not in Europe or somewhere in the world.
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