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Thread #98649   Message #1956438
Posted By: NormanD
03-Feb-07 - 07:53 AM
Thread Name: Obit: Eric Von Schmidt RIP (1931-2007)
Subject: RE: Obit: Eric Von Schmidt RIP (February 2007)
Very sad news, but not unexpected. He'd managed to carry on working during his recent years of ill health and produced some fine pieces (mentioned above). He was a blues man to the end - first as a performer, inspirer, and mentor to many others (Tom Rush and Chris Smither) and lately as an artistic chronicler and portraitist.

There's a well-known photo of Bob Dylan in one of his first England folk club appearances, at The Troubadour in 1962 or 63. He's on stage with Martin Carthy, Richard Farina, and Eric Von Schmidt.

His role and influence is under-reported and acknowledged. We should remember him fondly and well.

My thoughts are with his family.