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Obit: Martin of the Barking Spider, Cleveland

CupOfTea 03 Feb 11 - 03:05 PM
Neil D 03 Feb 11 - 11:57 PM
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Subject: Obit: Martin of the Barking Spider, Cleveland
From: CupOfTea
Date: 03 Feb 11 - 03:05 PM

Emails streamed in today from all around town to say that Martin Juredine, much adored owner of the Barking Spider Tavern passed away February 1, after a long illness.

This man has been the cornerstone of folk and acoustic music in Cleveland, Ohio for the last quarter of a decade. My memories aren't a patch on the influence he had in encouraging performers through that period. His down to the ground laid-back goodness was legendary. In a tiny, homey carriage house he presented live music every day of the year - sometimes more than one show - day and night. For years. National performers debuted there, local performers honed their skills, the budding open mic movement came to life there.

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Subject: RE: Obit: Martin of the Barking Spider, Cleveland
From: Neil D
Date: 03 Feb 11 - 11:57 PM

I was only there once when I subbed for the regular driver of my buddies" band, "Blond Boy Grunt and the Groans". I drove 120 miles in the blizzard of the year. It was a cool club, as you said an old carriage house. I spent the evening sitting in front of the fireplace drying out my feet. The employees and clientelle were all appreciative that we showed up at all and even though the crowd was on the small side because of the weather, they kicked in almost $200 bucks into this little barrel they passed around at the end of the night. It's a unique, cozy folk club and I hope whoever takes it over keeps it going unchanged for many years.

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