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Obit: Ray Alden - Jul 2 1942 - Sep 19 2009

GLoux 19 Sep 09 - 03:11 PM
GUEST,Hootenanny 19 Sep 09 - 03:25 PM
GUEST,Russ 19 Sep 09 - 03:26 PM
Martha Burns 19 Sep 09 - 06:22 PM
open mike 19 Sep 09 - 06:40 PM
RangerSteve 19 Sep 09 - 08:05 PM
GUEST 19 Sep 09 - 09:02 PM
GUEST,pvc 19 Sep 09 - 10:09 PM
GUEST,Hootenanny 20 Sep 09 - 06:21 AM
GLoux 20 Sep 09 - 03:07 PM
nickp 20 Sep 09 - 03:43 PM
dick greenhaus 20 Sep 09 - 04:00 PM
GUEST,Andy Cahan 20 Sep 09 - 05:00 PM
GLoux 20 Sep 09 - 08:24 PM
GUEST 20 Sep 09 - 09:35 PM
Janie 20 Sep 09 - 10:04 PM
GUEST,Arnie Naiman 21 Sep 09 - 04:25 PM
JGarber 23 Sep 09 - 09:30 AM
GUEST,Deb (Marks) Nichols, a cousin of Diane Alden 25 Sep 09 - 01:13 PM
Guy Wolff 27 Sep 09 - 06:21 PM
GUEST,BanjoRay 27 Sep 09 - 07:40 PM
Guy Wolff 30 Sep 09 - 10:04 AM
Guy Wolff 04 Oct 09 - 09:06 PM
GUEST,gary brandwein 14 Oct 09 - 07:14 PM
GUEST,Bill Woods 17 Dec 09 - 08:28 PM
GLoux 29 Dec 09 - 02:27 PM
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Subject: Obit: Ray Alden - Jul 2 1942 - Sep 19 2009
From: GLoux
Date: 19 Sep 09 - 03:11 PM

Ray passed just past midnight, local time (EST). Very, very sad.

-Greg


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Subject: RE: Obit: Ray Alden - Jul 2 1942 - Sep 19 2009
From: GUEST,Hootenanny
Date: 19 Sep 09 - 03:25 PM

Sad news indeed Greg. Yet another guy responsible for getting the music out over the years most recently with the Field Recorders Collective material.

Hoot


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Subject: RE: Obit: Ray Alden - Jul 2 1942 - Sep 19 2009
From: GUEST,Russ
Date: 19 Sep 09 - 03:26 PM

Great person and musician.

Russ (Permanent GUEST)


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Subject: RE: Obit: Ray Alden - Jul 2 1942 - Sep 19 2009
From: Martha Burns
Date: 19 Sep 09 - 06:22 PM

Very, very sad news. Ray was so much fun, on top of being such a good musician. Will never forget the skit he put on at Pete Peterson's big Labor Day Party, years ago, when Pete was presented with Charlie Poole's very own banjo -- a feat that Ray also arranged. A pretended telephone conversation with Charlie Poole, long-distance from Heaven. Utterly hilarious. We never thought so personally about Heaven in those days.

Ray was one of the few people I wasn't able to catch up with again after returning to music this last year. Spied him once briefly in a night-time jam session at Rockbridge in 2008, but he was playing. Came back a few minutes later and he had left. Never thought that would be my last sight of him. Wish it were otherwise.


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Subject: RE: Obit: Ray Alden - Jul 2 1942 - Sep 19 2009
From: open mike
Date: 19 Sep 09 - 06:40 PM

Apparently he was a banjo player and field recorder/collector of music.

Ironically, here is a quote from him:

(found on this page: ttp://www.fieldrecorder.com/)

A Note from Ray Alden

"All things pass; all that lives must die. All that we prize
is but lent to us, and the time comes when we must surrender it.
We are travelers on the same road that leads to the same end."

http://www.fieldrecorder.com/docs/collectors/alden.htm

and on this page : http://unjobs.org/authors/ray-alden
there is mention of "Chubby Dragon" record label and
Run of the Mill String Band. more here:

http://www.runotmill.com/files/Fiddler%20Mag%20Review.PDF

here on Mugwumps is a list of banjo classes and workshops he taught:
http://www.mugwumps.com/bcn/BCN07-OT-ClassList.html

Here is also some info on the web about building your own speakers.
http://www.audioxpress.com/reviews/media/AHF%20Book%20Review.pdf
this is from Australia, but i think it is about the same Ray Alden.

on this page there was a request last month to send cards and letters
to Ray: http://oldtimemusic.com/

He sounds like quite a guy. sorry i never met him, but the news of his passing has encouraged me to do some research. Glad he left us
such a legacy of music...the music lives on!


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Subject: RE: Obit: Ray Alden - Jul 2 1942 - Sep 19 2009
From: RangerSteve
Date: 19 Sep 09 - 08:05 PM

Back in the summer of 1973, I went looking for the jam sessions that I had read about that took place in Washington Square in NYC. I met Ray on that first day. He was sort of the leader of the old-time sessions. I wasn't very good as a musician, but he treated me as if I was just as talented as anyone else, taking the time to teach me some tunes and encouraging me to sing, since I was a better singer than banjo player. Not many people would have tolerated me as much as he did. He was an incredibly generous person. I'll miss him greatly. RIP, Ray.


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Subject: RE: Obit: Ray Alden - Jul 2 1942 - Sep 19 2009
From: GUEST
Date: 19 Sep 09 - 09:02 PM

Ray did old-time music a tremendous service when he started putting out LPs and later CDs in his Chubby Dragon incarnation, and even more so when he began putting out the Field Recorders Collective series which is just phenomenal. Field Recorders Collective is reorganizing (or maybe already has) as a nonprofit and will continue to issue field recordings of a wide range of old-time musicians. If you like old-time music, check out their web page:
http://www.fieldrecorder.com
Amazing recordings of everyone from fiddlers of the 1930s to nouveau oldtime of the 1980s to the Balfa Brothers in NY in the mid-1960s. A tremendous body of work.

Besides which, Ray was full of love of life and enjoyment of old-time music, not just the part about preserving it. He was such fun, I can't believe I won't see him again. He will be greatly missed.
Suzy T.


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Subject: RE: Obit: Ray Alden - Jul 2 1942 - Sep 19 2009
From: GUEST,pvc
Date: 19 Sep 09 - 10:09 PM

For Ray Alden it was never enough to discover, learn and analyze the music; organize, illustrate, preserve, package and distribute the wealth; teach, experiment, and recreate - or create his own- no, he had to pass right through to the human level, and become part of and blood of those families where the music came from, with friends made everywhere he went along the way.


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Subject: RE: Obit: Ray Alden - Jul 2 1942 - Sep 19 2009
From: GUEST,Hootenanny
Date: 20 Sep 09 - 06:21 AM

"Apparently he was a banjo player and field recorder/collector of music."
You are obviously a newcomer to old time string band/fiddle/banjo music.

As I mentioned above and as you should by now have now discovered, those of us who appreciate such owe him a great big thank you.

He will be missed.

Hoot


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Subject: RE: Obit: Ray Alden - Jul 2 1942 - Sep 19 2009
From: GLoux
Date: 20 Sep 09 - 03:07 PM

Dan Peck posted this to the New River Old Time (NROT) list regarding Ray:

Old time music has lost one of its great champions: banjoist,
collector and documentarian Ray Alden, who succumbed to a battle
against cancer and died in his home in Croton, New York. He was 67
years old.

One of the first devotees of the music from Round Peak, Ray Alden
began making field trips to North Carolina in the early 1970s
recording the music of Tommy Jarrell, Fred Cockerham, Kyle Creed and
Ernest East. Ray's tireless devotion to their music provided him with hundreds of hours of exceptionally well recorded and meticulously documented field recordings of these musicians and many others in the region.

A tireless advocate for this music and culture, Ray abandoned a
successful and safe career as a teacher of mathematics at New York's
prestigious Stuyvesant High School to devote himself full time to the documentation, dissemination and performance of the music of Round Peak.

A powerful and dynamic banjoist himself, Ray Alden was a gifted
teacher and a member of numerous bands including "Ben Steele and His
Bare Hands" and the "Southern Schoolhouse Rascals." He was also a
talented designer of custom HiFi speaker systems who literally "wrote the book" on their construction inspiring legions of young audiophiles to build his innovative loudspeakers.

Ray Alden's commitment to the process of old time music saw him
inaugurate numerous record projects including "Visits" and the
successful "Young Fogies" and "American Fogies" series and in recent years his launching of the Field Recorder's Collective label, his bold vision to make hundreds of hours of rare and unique field recordings he and others have made over the years available to a wider audience in affordable and lovingly documented packaging.

Ray Alden was beloved and respected by those whose music he collected and celebrated as much as he was revered and idolized by the many whom he inspired by his generous great hearted example.


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Subject: RE: Obit: Ray Alden - Jul 2 1942 - Sep 19 2009
From: nickp
Date: 20 Sep 09 - 03:43 PM

A sad loss. I posess many of the FRC cds and treasure them. His legacy will live on.

Nick


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Subject: RE: Obit: Ray Alden - Jul 2 1942 - Sep 19 2009
From: dick greenhaus
Date: 20 Sep 09 - 04:00 PM

Anyone know anything about what will happen to the Field Recorders Collective recordings? Too good to lose.


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Subject: RE: Obit: Ray Alden - Jul 2 1942 - Sep 19 2009
From: GUEST,Andy Cahan
Date: 20 Sep 09 - 05:00 PM

Such sad, sad news about our dear friend Ray.
I'd known Ray since I was 15, and he had a great deal to do with my interest in learning about the world of old time music. I suspect that many others feel the same, whether through Ray's personal encouragement, or the amazing work he did to make the music widely accessible. We'll miss him so.


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Subject: RE: Obit: Ray Alden - Jul 2 1942 - Sep 19 2009
From: GLoux
Date: 20 Sep 09 - 08:24 PM

Dick,

Good question. I don't know all the answers, but rest assured that Ray spent his last few months assembling a team of people well qualified to continue what he started. Jim Garber, Ambrose Verdibello, Suzie Goehring and (most wonderfully) Diane Alden are involved. More details will be posted at the Field Recorders Collective website

-Greg


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Subject: RE: Obit: Ray Alden - Jul 2 1942 - Sep 19 2009
From: GUEST
Date: 20 Sep 09 - 09:35 PM

Ray was a wonderful friend and musician, as indicated above. As to the FRC, things are in good hands, as Greg mentions. All of us involved worked closely with Ray to get the last batch of CDs and DVDs out and will contnue his very valued work into the future. We will miss his comaraderie, good humor, excellent musicianship and generosity.

Jim Garber


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Subject: RE: Obit: Ray Alden - Jul 2 1942 - Sep 19 2009
From: Janie
Date: 20 Sep 09 - 10:04 PM

My condolences to friends and family.

So many are passing on now, it seems. I guess that is what happens as we get older. So good to know that neither the music nor the work falls aside, and that other good hands keep at the work of collecting and documenting.


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Subject: RE: Obit: Ray Alden - Jul 2 1942 - Sep 19 2009
From: GUEST,Arnie Naiman
Date: 21 Sep 09 - 04:25 PM

I remember first seeing Ray in the mid 1970s at The National Folk Festival in Virginia I believe. He was a big man with a big smile and either had a banjo or microphone in is hands during that festival. I was just starting out on my banjo , & I distinctly remember being really impressed with his banjo playing ability way back then. Over the years that's the way it was whenever I'd see him- the big man with a passion for the music, with either the banjo or mic and the huge smile.


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Subject: RE: Obit: Ray Alden - Jul 2 1942 - Sep 19 2009
From: JGarber
Date: 23 Sep 09 - 09:30 AM

For those interested:

The celebration of Ray's life will be held on November 7th at 2 PM at Judson Memorial Church, 55 Washington Square South, New York City. This venue was Ray's idea, since his father was the minister there many years ago.

I have been posting info on Facebook and on the FRC site.


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Subject: RE: Obit: Ray Alden - Jul 2 1942 - Sep 19 2009
From: GUEST,Deb (Marks) Nichols, a cousin of Diane Alden
Date: 25 Sep 09 - 01:13 PM

My best to Diane, very sad news, My family and I are thinking of you!!


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Subject: RE: Obit: Ray Alden - Jul 2 1942 - Sep 19 2009
From: Guy Wolff
Date: 27 Sep 09 - 06:21 PM

Ray and I played together and competed against each other at the Roxbury old time music contest, I just loved his effortless fretless playing . HIs knowledge of the instrument was wonderful . He will be missed by all who were lucky enough to know him . All the best , Guy


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Subject: RE: Obit: Ray Alden - Jul 2 1942 - Sep 19 2009
From: GUEST,BanjoRay
Date: 27 Sep 09 - 07:40 PM

I met Ray at Clifftop last year where he had a stall selling the CDs made by the superb Field Recorders' Collective. His knowledge of old time recordings and the artists on his CDs was staggering, and he was prepared to spend a lot of time discussing the CDs and talking in detail about the artists. He did it all for a deep love of the music and its folk.
I'll definitely miss him next time I cross the pond to Clifftop, West Virginia.
Ray


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Subject: RE: Obit: Ray Alden - Jul 2 1942 - Sep 19 2009
From: Guy Wolff
Date: 30 Sep 09 - 10:04 AM

Here is a great clip of Ray and Dan Gardella playing .

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=s7IE-Hy7xBY&feature=related


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Subject: RE: Obit: Ray Alden - Jul 2 1942 - Sep 19 2009
From: Guy Wolff
Date: 04 Oct 09 - 09:06 PM

Tater patch . Dan Gardella and Ray with Steve Arkin

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eR30rd1slgg&feature=channel

Shortnin Bread Dan Ray and steve

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=um56vKyPqo0&feature=channel

All the best , Guy


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Subject: RE: Obit: Ray Alden - Jul 2 1942 - Sep 19 2009
From: GUEST,gary brandwein
Date: 14 Oct 09 - 07:14 PM

I taught with Ray at Stuyvesant....I used to play clarinet with hinm in the hallway....The kids knew what a treasure he was as did much of faculty. God he was a fabulous man.....


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Subject: RE: Obit: Ray Alden - Jul 2 1942 - Sep 19 2009
From: GUEST,Bill Woods
Date: 17 Dec 09 - 08:28 PM

I just found out recently of Ray's passing ... I was a student if his for 2 yrs and last spoke with him in July ... I am deeeply saddened by the news ,,,, went home and played Ducks on the Mill Pond.   first tune Ray taught me... I am sure he is teaching St. Peter the banjo right now,,,,,


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Subject: RE: Obit: Ray Alden - Jul 2 1942 - Sep 19 2009
From: GLoux
Date: 29 Dec 09 - 02:27 PM

Just got the latest Old Time Herald. It contains a wonderful article on Ray by Paul Brown.


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