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2016 Obit: Rob Folsom R.I.P. (Washington State)

mg 02 Jun 16 - 10:16 PM
GUEST,Steve Akerman 06 Jun 16 - 04:31 PM
GUEST,BDenz 06 Jun 16 - 05:08 PM
Waddon Pete 09 Jun 16 - 07:22 AM
GUEST,Dean Richardson 06 Jul 16 - 06:18 AM
GUEST,Tom May 05 Apr 17 - 12:55 PM
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Subject: Obit: Rob Folsom R.I.P.
From: mg
Date: 02 Jun 16 - 10:16 PM

I have heard that Rob Folsom of Washington state USA has died. I will leave it to his closer friends to post any details.

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Subject: RE: 2016 Obit: Rob Folsom R.I.P. (Washington State)
From: GUEST,Steve Akerman
Date: 06 Jun 16 - 04:31 PM

I will miss Rob terribly; he was been part of the NW music scene for more than 30 years, contributing in so many ways.

To quote several of Rob's friends:

"Rob Folsom, friend and mentor to so many in the Pacific Northwest music world, passed away June 1st. I am both heartbroken and astonished -- Rob was so full of life and energy that one just naturally thought he would be here forever. He was truly a renaissance man: literature professor, poet, singer, songwriter, guitarist, hunter, driver of fast cars, and veteran of the US Navy. And most memorably, the best sound man for acoustic music concerts that I've ever known. I never encountered Rob without a smile, a song, a cheery laugh, and a story. I know he'll carry those with him on this new journey."
Hank Cramer

"Rob was one of the stalwart members of Victory Music, and one of the most talented sound engineers around. When he was on the board, performers could relax, knowing they were in the secure hands of a guy who knew what you needed and really cared about how you felt on stage."

"Sorry to let you know that Rob Folsom, musician and sound genius died in his sleep. Rob just did sound for the San Juan Festival on Memorial Weekend. He was my longtime friend for thirty years supporting and sharing folk music, his love of poetry, and his dogged determination to make sound set-ups perfect for acoustic musicians. Rob was one of the five that helped establish Ancient Victorys. I will never by able to attend an open mike without thinking of him, his big flowing warmth, and care for the folks around him. We are all better for having known Rob. Our love and support go out to his partner Kathye Long and all his family."
Chris Lunn

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Subject: RE: 2016 Obit: Rob Folsom R.I.P. (Washington State)
From: GUEST,BDenz
Date: 06 Jun 16 - 05:08 PM

Rob was amazing force in Northwest music -- as a musician and a sound producer at festivals -- a very, very long time. Many of our friends mentioned that he was performing to the end. What better way to go?

You are missed, Rob.

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Subject: RE: 2016 Obit: Rob Folsom R.I.P. (Washington State)
From: Waddon Pete
Date: 09 Jun 16 - 07:22 AM

Two posts? Come on, Guys! The world is very grateful for people like Rob. Especially a good sound man. They can make and break performances. I am sorry to hear he is no longer with us and add my condolences to all those who know and love him. I have added his name to the "In Memoriam" thread.



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Subject: RE: 2016 Obit: Rob Folsom R.I.P. (Washington State)
From: GUEST,Dean Richardson
Date: 06 Jul 16 - 06:18 AM

I had the privilege of working closely with Rob at The
Mount St. Helens Bluegrass festival. many years. He was
a true friend and great musician. We had many great jam
sesions in his home. It will not be the same with him
not being with us. Dean Richardson. Former president of
The Washington Bluegrass Association.

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Subject: RE: 2016 Obit: Rob Folsom R.I.P. (Washington State)
From: GUEST,Tom May
Date: 05 Apr 17 - 12:55 PM

This is very late, as I was ill and facing great challenges myself when Rob died. His passing was a blow to me, as he was a huge part of my efforts in acoustic music- and a dear friend. He did sound for me at Portland's largest annual folk music event, "Winterfolk" for almost 20 years-
recorded a number of my "River City Folk" national radio broadcasts,
did sound for other festivals I directed, and yearly we would meet up, trade stories and jokes and musical opinions... at The Juan De Fuca Festival- where I performed and emceed, and Rob and his crew would do sound.
He was a beacon of good cheer and competence, a fine singer and musician, and as others have mentioned, a true renaissance man.
I miss him every day. Thanks for being in my life, Rob Folsom....
Tom May

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