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Thread #149167 Message #3470235
Posted By: GUEST,Shauna Pickett-Gordon
23-Jan-13 - 12:45 AM
Thread Name: Obit: Chris Caswell, Norcal harp maker/player2013
Subject: RE: Obit: Chris Caswell, Norcal harp maker, player
We've lost not only a consummate Celtic musician but also one of the best middle-eastern drummers and wind players in the Bay area. He played with and for the best, and of course he shone on his own.
I'll never forget a concert he did with my group, the Peninsula Scottish Fiddlers, in 1997. Just for fun, between songs, I sneaked in a bellydancer with a plaid veil and, as secretly agreed in advance, Chris wailed an Egyptian melody on a flute while I played a brisk maqsoum. Later in that concert he entertained the crowd with his ever-popular "C++ Chantey" (chorus: "Click and drag, click and drag"), and sent them dancing in the aisles with a virtuosic reel on the pennywhistle.
Oh Chris--you've left a huge void. Peace and joy in the Summerland.