Monday, January 2, 2012

2011 - In Memory

We mourn the loss of some of the most talented and esteemed local, national and international musicians over the past year. We’ll miss them all:

·        Hazel Dickens – A pioneer among women in bluegrass music, she was a bluegrass singer and songwriter who not only wrote provocative pro-union and feminist songs, but was a strong advocate for coal miners and the working class.

·        Jack Hardy – A singer-songwriter based in Greenwich Village, who promoted music and musicians through the Fast Folk Music Magazine which is now part of the Smithsonian Folkways collection.

·        Bert Jansch – A Scottish folk musician and founder of the band Pentangle; he was a legendary British folk music guitarist who recorded more than 25 albums and was a leading figure in the British folk music revival of the 60s. He received two Lifetime Achievement Awards at the BBC Folk Awards.

·        Bill Morrissey – A singer-songwriter from New Hampshire who was influenced by country, blues and jazz music, and is best known for dark lyrics and songs about crumbling New England mill towns. Two of his eleven albums were nominated for Grammy awards.

·        Phoebe Snow – A New York City bluesy singer-songwriter, best known for her 1975 song “Poetry Man.” Her first album Phoebe Snow sold over a million copies and featured guest performances by The Persuasions, David Bromberg and Dave Mason.

·        John Lincoln Wright – A New England songwriter who was leader of the 1960s band The Beacon Street Union. He is better known along with his band the Sour Mash Boys, who brought the voice of country music to many greater Boston and Cambridge clubs.

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