“Fred was the very essence of the Chicago folk scene in the 1970s and early 80s…it was on stage that he was truly in his element…His primary instrument was the room--he knew how to read an audience, structure a set, and truly involve his audiences in his performances. You never got the feeling that he was performing to you or at you--rather he sang and played for and with us. He, more than anyone else with the possible exception of Pete Seeger, was the absolute master of the chorus song--by the end of the evening…it was impossible not to sing along spontaneously and enthusiastically. And when harmony would pop up here and there, his smile grew brighter than the spotlights.”

    -- Sandy Andina