An Evening to Remember Allan Block- Jalopy Theatre – NYC

November 30, 2014

The Jalopy Theatre NYC
What a great event to celebrate the life of Allan Block – a great old time fiddler, poet, craftsman and friend at the Jalopy Theatre. Thank you Rory Block for putting it together and including me on the concert lineup. The audience was wonderful and it was an honor to appear with the great guests on the bill and to visit with New Lost City Ramblers, John Cohen. …

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Rick Lee – The Passing of a Friend

August 27, 2014

With the passing of Rick Lee this week, I have lost a great friend, and our world has lost a great singer, player, and advocate for the power and beauty of music in life. His musical genius informed and influenced me since we first met in the 1960’s. We were buddies, jammers, hikers, carousers, band mates, and collaborators on so many musical projects.

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Wynn Fay-Andy May-c.1980

Wynn Fay

Wynn was the REAL deal: soulful, musical, knowledgeable, kindhearted, and humble. I performed many a show with him. And, once you were asked to be a Ridgerunner, you were a Ridgerunner for life – and also a member of Wynn’s musical family. Ask other former Ridgerunners like Jim Rooney, Bill Kieth, Jim Heffernan, or Jeff Greenwood (who married Wynn’s daughter Zoe!) or many, many others, and you will hear them all agree.

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Tabby Crabb

I had heard through the music grapevine that a fellow had showed up in the Amherst area straight from being a member of a popular country rock band in Texas called “Medicine Wheel.” Folks said he could play pedal steel guitar, banjo, guitar and fiddle and was looking for work.

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The Star-Spangled String Band

(Kenny Kosek, Allen Feldman and I) …became the Star Spangled String Band in High School. We were crazy about old-time music. We played constantly throughout high school, did a lot of live shows and appeared on radio often. We also traveled to the fiddlers conventions at Galax, Virginia, and Union Grove, North Carolina, a couple of years running.

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