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Country Joe & The Fish
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Country Joe & The Fish at Woodstock
Performed on Day 3
Started at 6.30 pm, Sunday, 17th
Played for 60 min.
Further Information
Festival Day Chronology
Prev. artist Joe Cocker at 2.00 pm
Next artist Ten Years After at 8.15 pm

Like a few other artists of the Woodstock Festival Country Joe & The Fish have also appeard on the other major U.S. music festival of that time: The Monterey International Pop Festival in 1967. Since then they have released their most important albums, reformed their line-up and become severe critics of the raging war in Vietnam.

Country Joe & The Fish resumed the festival after the thunderstorm on Sunday, August 17th. That must have been around 6.30 pm.


  • "Country" Joe McDonald - guitar, harmonica, tambourine, maracas, vocals
  • Barry "The Fish" Melton - guitar, kazoo, vocals
  • Greg "Duke" Dewey - drums
  • Mark Kapner - keyboards, ukulele, vocals
  • Doug Metzler - bass


  1. Rock & Soul Music
  2. Love
  3. Not So Sweet Martha Lorraine
  4. Sing, Sing, Sing
  5. Summer Dresses
  6. Friend, Lover, Woman, Wife
  7. Silver and Gold
  8. Maria
  9. The Love Machine
  10. Ever Since You Told Me That You Love Me (I'm a Nut)
  11. Crystal Blues
  12. Rock & Soul Music (reprise)
  13. The "Fish" Cheer > I-Feel-Like-I'm-Fixin'-To-Die Rag


Though the band had some very talented artists the Woodstock performance fell a little flat. However, it is likely that the whole set hasn't turned up yet or (even worse) that some songs were not recorded. The songs which are represented in the setlist last only 19 minutes.

Among others they performed the classic "Not So Sweet Martha Lorraine", a song driven by eerie organ sound. "Love Machine" has a good guitar solo played by Barry Melton, accompanied by the always present organ.

The encore number "I-Feel-Like-I'm-Fixin'-To-Die Rag" was introduced by the ""Fish" Cheer" but again spelled with the letters F-U-C-K like at Country Joe McDonald's solo performance. Every letter was shouted by another band member.


For Country Joe McDonald this was already the second performance at the Woodstock Festival - he had played a short solo set on Saturday afternoon.

Country Joe & The Fish were a replacement for the band Jethro Tull who turned down the invitation[1].