28/11/15 – Carol Ann Cisneros – Malagueña Salerosa – Big Sur Folk Festival – 1969 / Celebration At Big Sur – 1971

Song Of The Day

Cisneros-Carol-Ann-Malaguena-Salerosa-Celebration-at-Big-Sur-1969In this video the audience claps at the beauty of Cisneros voice,  the mesmerizing warble of her vibrato and the length of time she holds a note. Cisneros hails from Texas and that’s about all I know. She is completely forgotten, has no profile on the internet and it seems that she hasn’t even released any records. But with her lovely voice she performed at the 1969 Big Sur Folk Festival blowing everyone’s mind in the process.

In 1971, Celebration At Big Sur was released as a documentary film. It featured Joan Baez, Joni Mitchell, Crosby, Stills Nash and Young with Greg Reeves on bass and Dallas Taylor on drums, John Sebastian, Mimi Fariña and Julie Payne and Gospel singer Dorothy Morrison with The Combs Sisters.

I’m sure you know that Mimi Fariña is Joan Baez’s sister and was married to singer/songwriter Richard Fariña who was tragically killed in a motorbike accident as a pillion passenger in 1966 just two days after the release of his cult classic novel, Been Down So Long It Looks Like Up to Me – he was just 29 years old. Baez’s Sweet Sir Galahad is about Mimi’s courtship with producer Milan Melvin after Richard Fariña’s death – they were married at the Big Sur festival in 1969.

In the film there’s a classic Joni Mitchell performance of Woodstock as well as her singing with Crosby, Stills, Nash and Sebastian. It’s a peace and love, family and kids, Folk festival. You can see the whole documentary film (mostly) below complete with altercation between disgruntled audience member and Stephen Stills and a rousing version of Down By The River by CSNY

The festival was held between 1964 and 1971 – the 1969 festival was held one month after Woodstock. There’s also performances by Incredible String band, The Flying Burrito Brothers and Ruthann Friedman. (Friedman wrote Windy for The Association, a major sixties hit). Unfortunately these three acts were not filmed.

As a document of the times, it’s oddly rather overlooked, possibly because it’s mainly acoustic but it’s filmed in the same style as Woodstock and is rather enjoyable if you are in the mood for transporting yourself back to the hassle free Californian Pacific coast line of 1969.

Mimi Fariña died of cancer in 2001 aged 56. Dallas Taylor died of kidney disease earlier this year at the age of 66.



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4 Responses to “28/11/15 – Carol Ann Cisneros – Malagueña Salerosa – Big Sur Folk Festival – 1969 / Celebration At Big Sur – 1971”

  1. Matthew Simpson-Morgan November 27, 2015 at 6:00 pm #

    What a stunning voice! A little like Joan Baez but with its own unique fragility.

  2. simone November 27, 2015 at 8:47 pm #

    An amazing “discovery” and a beautiful version. I wonder what happened to Cisneros??
    I’ve always known the song by its more common title of La Malagueña and the versions by Trini Lopez and most of all by a record that belonged to my grandfather by Serbian singer Nikola Karovi? – a popular Yu- Mex and Schlager singer who sold a million copies of La Malagueña in 1964.

  3. nnwuest March 7, 2016 at 1:58 pm #

    I knew Carol Cisneros back in the early 1970’s. She is from San Antonio.
    She dropped out of the music scene and sang in clubs on the Riverwalk in San Antonio for a while. Lost track of her over the years but may still be in SA.

  4. Mark Tunnell February 15, 2018 at 9:31 pm #


    Carol-Ann has released at least two albums, “CSI” and “Labor of Love”. She is still based in San Antonio.

    If you would like to see more recent performance footage of her (from the 2011 Chicano Festival in SA) it is available on YouTube.

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