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Thread #122101   Message #2691415
Posted By: georgeward
01-Aug-09 - 12:19 AM
Thread Name: Obit: folklorist Sandy Ives (August 2009)
Subject: RE: Sandy Ives gravely ill (July 2009)
I was never one of Sandy's students...and yet, of course, I was and am. You can't care about songmakers working within a tradition (maybe any tradition) and not be. Such is the importance of his lifework, and of only a part of it at that.

In a week overly aware of the importance of sharing a few beers, it's probably also worth saying that he and Bobbi rate way up there on my list of folks worth spending an evening with. Haven't done so for years. Never got to do it often enough. But nevertheless.

And when Sarah Cleveland - unaccompanied balled singer - brought the largely-student house down at the Buffalo Folk Festival in 1979 (I think), that was partly the doing of the august Dr.Edward D. Ives, who - having shared a few beers - led the cheers from the front row.

Sandy and love and admiration,

George Ward