Hootenanny was used in the early twentieth century America to refer to things whose names were forgotten or unknown. In this usage it was synonymous with "thingamajig" or "whatchamacallit", as in "hand me that "hootenanny"." Hootenanny was also an old country word for "party". Now, most commonly, it refers to a folk-music party.

According to Pete Seeger, in various interviews, he first heard the word hootenanny in Seattle, Washington in the late 1930s. It was used by Hugh Delacey’s New Deal political club to describe their monthly music fund raisers. After some debate the club voted in the word hootenanny, which narrowly beat out the word wingding. Seeger, Woody Guthrie and other members of the Almanac Singers later used the word in New York City to describe their weekly rent parties, which featured many notable folksingers of the time. Joan Baez made the analogy that a hootenanny is to folk singing what a jam session is to jazz.

Several different television shows are named and styled after it, including:

* Hootenanny, an early 1960s musical variety show broadcast on ABC in the United States.
* Hootenanny, a show by Jools Holland broadcast every New Year's Eve on BBC Two in the United Kingdom, airing from 11 o'clock till 1 o'clock.

In 1963 and 1964 there was a BBC1 show called "The Hoot'nanny Show", recorded in Edinburgh. (Ref: [http://tonyreespopdiaries4.mysite.wanadoo-members.co.uk/page1.html] ). Two albums with the same title were released, with contributions from Archie Fisher, Barney McKenna (before he joined The Dubliners), and The Corries.

In 2007 a set of 3 DVDs called "The Best of Hootenanny" was issued, culled from the 1963-64 ABC-TV series. It contained clips of performances by The Chad Mitchell Trio, The Limeliters and The New Christy Minstrels, and even Woody Allen as a stand-up comedian.

Most recently, in the UK, The Big Chill has adopted the name for a mixed-media Sunday review - encompassing comedy and folk music - at their London venue The Big Chill House.

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External links

* [http://www.pseudobook.com/thepseudobookreview/?p=115 Remembering Hootenanny]

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