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Thread #73430   Message #2620063
Posted By: GUEST,Vic Clunet
27-Apr-09 - 07:59 PM
Thread Name: Whatever happened to Raun MacKinnon?
Subject: RE: Whatever happened to Raun MacKinnon?
I first met Raun through Mac Walter in Baltimore. I had met Mac when he was 18 and going to St. Mary's college. He was, even at that age, a very competent finger-style guitarist and a small group of us used to hang around together. One day he told me he'd heard this incredible young woman named Raun MacKinnon. He said she was going to be staying at his house in Baltimore when she came down from New York to play at a local club (Patches 15 Below) and he wanted me to come hear her. I remember driving up to Mac's house in the afternoon and meeting her and later, going to the club to hear her. All I can say is she took my breath away with her program, songs and guitar playing. I have seldom seen anyone handle a big Guild guitar with such ease and her playing was such that I couldn't take my eyes off of her. Some of her early songs then were Macedonian Rag and Sacrifice of the Goat; both of which showed her mastery of the instrument and her finger-style virtuosity. I will never forget her and feel truly fortunate to have had the opportunity meet her and to see her perform.