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Thread #152242 Message #3559996
Posted By: GUEST,Ardie Lockman, Fresno Folk Dancer and friend
20-Sep-13 - 05:24 AM
Thread Name: Obit: Kenny Hall, old time musician (1923-2013)
Subject: RE: Obit: Kenny Hall, old time musician (1923-2013)
I first saw Kenny at the first ever Sweet's Mill Folk Music weekend in July, 1963; I was 15 then... My Folk Dancing Family were all invited by the Byxbe Family, organised as a pot-luck and music jam session... Besides Kenny and his first wife, was Gene Bluestein and 2 of his sons, Joel and Evo... As a dedicated Balkan Folk Dancer, I was new and largely illiterate about Early American Folk Music... As a friend of Michael Byxbe, who was a talented Banjo player and Folk dancer, I had heard a few things... With the likes of Gene Bluestein and Kenny Hall playing, my attention was greatly expanded...
I was so in awe of Kenny that I was able to sign up Kenny to play at my wedding reception with my first wife, Jeanette, many years later... I kept count on time; Kenny initiated 16 tunes, some with differing cadence, all in a row and changed without missing a beat... Amazing!!!
Rest in peace, old friend... You are surely in a better place, now...