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lisa null Obit: Louisa Jo Killen (1934-2013) (135* d) RE: Obit: Louisa Jo Killen, Aug 9 2013 10 Aug 13


Oh what a loss.

Louisa was a tremendous influence on me-- opening me up to the special joys of broadside balladry when I first heard him at Fox Hollow in 1970. Over the years, we became pretty good friends as we performed many of the same places in the seventies and early eighties. In addition to being one of the great singers, she was also a bundle of information and strong opinions.

I had the great pleasure of hearing Peter Bellamy and Louisa Jo sing together in joint workshops at two festivals I helped organize at Wesleyan University: gorgeous strong, unblended harmonies combined with quick repartee followed by good natured argument into the wee hours.

Another thing I remember was her after/hours blues guitar. The last time she performed in the DC area, I believe, was at a wonderful house concert at Judy and Dennis Cook's. It was a fascinating experience as she shared a great deal about her childhood and youth. We will certainly miss her in this house-- I am so grateful that so much of her legacy will live on and on.


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