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Obit: Faith Petric (1915-25 Oct 2013)

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Subject: Faith Petric, 98 today!
From: GUEST,silver
Date: 13 Sep 13 - 05:28 AM

Legendary folksinger Faith Petric, of San Francisco, is 98 years old today! Sadly, I've heard she is not well, and in hospice care. Read her daughter Carole's blog at astrangeanddistantpeople.wordpress.com Fascinating! (Sorry I couldn't do a blue clicky. [I did. -Joe-])
Ulla


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Subject: RE: Faith Petric 98 today!
From: kendall
Date: 13 Sep 13 - 06:38 AM

This is a wonderful woman.


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Subject: RE: Faith Petric 98 today!
From: RoyH (Burl)
Date: 13 Sep 13 - 07:29 AM

I agree with Kendall. It's twenty years ago since I met her and I thought even then what an inspirational person she was, EverythingI've heard about her since then has just confirmed that she continued to keep the folk flame burning in California. Sorry to hear of her illness. I send my best wishes to a remarkable, unforgettable woman. Roy Harris.


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Subject: RE: Faith Petric 98 today!
From: Sandra in Sydney
Date: 13 Sep 13 - 10:27 AM

Carole's blog - see August 9 post Carole reports she is doing well in the hospice - I ring my mother. "How are you," I ask. "Fine. I'm in the right place, but I'm not dying."

I met Faith on her last (that I know of!) tour of Australia when she was 83. I saw her at my local folk club & a nearby festival & have often quoted what she said to those of us buying her CDs - it (the CD) won't work unless the artist signs it, so I've always tried to get signatures on any CDs I buy.

sending best wises to Faith & her family

sandra


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Subject: RE: Faith Petric 98 today!
From: DebC
Date: 13 Sep 13 - 12:34 PM

Faith is also one of the founding members of AFM Local 1000 and our oldest member.
Happy Birthday, Faith!

Debra Cowan


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Subject: RE: Faith Petric 98 today!
From: Thomas Stern
Date: 13 Sep 13 - 09:10 PM

Happy Birthday Faith!!!

When I lived near San Francisco in the late 1970's, Faith was the
center of the folk community and San Francisco Folk Music Club.
Her magnificent home was the meeting place.

She was a delightful performer - recorded a bunch of LPs & CD's
and is included in a number of multi-performer collections.

Anyone know which albums are in print? Camsco or Down Home ????

Thomas.


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Subject: RE: Faith Petric 98 today!
From: open mike
Date: 13 Sep 13 - 09:34 PM

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YBhSR9Mxoj4


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Subject: RE: Faith Petric 98 today!
From: Sandra in Sydney
Date: 13 Sep 13 - 10:17 PM

Faith Petric, "The Trusty Lariat (Cowboy Fireman)"

sandra


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Subject: RE: Faith Petric 98 today!
From: ChanteyLass
Date: 13 Sep 13 - 11:03 PM

I have never heard/seen Faith Petric in person. The last time I knew she was performing in RI (with two other women, both of whom I had previously seen and enjoyed), I got into my car which almost immediately broke down. I knew at the time that I would probably never get to hear her. It was a disappointing night for me. The only good thing was that I was close to home when my car died and I was able to nudge it back to my condo, but I could never have made it to the concert venue and back.

Happy birthday, Faith. I'm sorry I missed you!


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Subject: RE: Faith Petric 98 today!
From: GUEST,Kiyohide Kunizaki
Date: 14 Sep 13 - 10:46 AM

Happy Birthday from Downtown Tokyo.

Kiyohide


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Subject: RE: Faith Petric 98 today!
From: Elmore
Date: 14 Sep 13 - 11:00 AM

I was fortunate to have seen Faith many times at the Fox Hollow and Old Songs Folk Festivals, and more recently doing guest appearances at The Freight and Salvage in Berkeley. I always enjoyed her work and wish her a belated happy birthday.


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Subject: RE: Faith Petric 98 today!
From: GUEST,Brian & Jackie
Date: 24 Oct 13 - 04:33 PM

We met Faith many years ago in Port Fairy in Victoria Australia.We corresponded a few times by email and we have a few CDs and I sent her one of mine. She is a wonderful and patient person and please pass on my best wishes for her recovery. We simply have to celebrate her 100th Birthday in a proper manner. If I could get over to SF I would. God bless you and keep you Faith.

Regards,

Brian Nield


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Subject: RE: Faith Petric 98 today!
From: Joe Offer
Date: 24 Oct 13 - 05:11 PM

In her report to the San Francisco Folk Music club's discussion forum yesterday, Carole said that this is a time for quiet for Faith, so visitors should check with Carole and find out if it's appropriate to visit. My mother-in-law was born in the same year, 1915, and died this year in June. There is indeed a time and a need for quiet at this point.
I'm glad I've had the chance to know Faith over these last 20 years or so. I don't think she liked me at first, but we got to the point where we enjoyed each other very much. I last saw her January 1, 2012 - the day she broke her hip at San Francisco's Camp New Harmony.
Bless her.

-Joe Offer-


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Subject: RE: Faith Petric 98 today!
From: GUEST,kendall
Date: 24 Oct 13 - 08:21 PM

I saw her perform at Old Songs a couple of years ago. Amazing!


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Subject: RE: Faith Petric 98 today!
From: Mick Tems
Date: 25 Oct 13 - 03:32 AM

When we started our fledgling folk club in Llantrisant more than 30 years ago, Faith Petric and The Frisco Fire Band were among our first and favourite guests. Llantrisant Folk Club is still going strong, and, Faith... Penblwydd Hapus! Happy Birthday!

Mick Tems


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Subject: RE: Faith Petric 98 today!
From: jacqui.c
Date: 25 Oct 13 - 08:01 AM

I saw her at Old Songs - must be around eight years ago. I thought she was amazing.

She was also very enthusiastic about the Utah Phillips CD and straightway offered a song for the album.


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Subject: RE: Faith Petric 98 today!
From: Bev and Jerry
Date: 25 Oct 13 - 02:08 PM

We received the following today, October 25, 2013:

Faith died around midnight last night.
Family and friends were with her through her last day, talking to her, singing, reading poetry and book of dead passages, and sharing music.
Her passing was peaceful.

There will be more information coming on a wake to mark her passing and a memorial to celebrate her life.


Bev and Jerry


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Subject: RE: Faith Petric 98 today!
From: KT
Date: 25 Oct 13 - 02:16 PM

I met Faith about 20 years ago in Alaska -- She performed in a couple of different venues and two songs stand out in my mind - The first was in a public school or library, where she sang Nancy Shimmel's "1492" --- "In 1492 Columbus sailed the ocean blue. It was a courageous thing to do, but someone was already there."

The other was in a popular bar, frequented by locals and tourists alike. On this particular evening, the place was packed, and seated at tables right up front near the stage, were several rough looking, rowdy guys, who were obviously having a good time. She commanded their attention by singing the Berryman's "Chat With Your Mother." During the refrain, she looked right at them, stopped playing, and pointed her finger toward them when she sang, "It's from them I would expect to hear the "F-word" not from YOU!" Everyone loved this 78ish folk singer who was delightfully bold, had a ready laugh and a whole lifetime's worth of folk music to share with those who would listen. Faith Petric-- What a treasure!
KT


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Subject: RE: Obit; Faith Petric (1915-25 Oct 2013)
From: Joe Offer
Date: 25 Oct 13 - 02:38 PM

My favorite Faith Petric song is "It's a Pleasure to Know You." It was, indeed, a pleasure to know you, Faith. May you rest in peace.
-Joe Offer-

IT'S A PLEASURE TO KNOW YOU
(Karl Williams)

It's a pleasure to know you
And the comfort you bring...

I came to your city after I left my home
And I was a stranger dressed up in stranger's clothes
Favors I needed but charity's out of style
And rare as the beauty in the face of a trusting child

Chorus: And it's a pleasure to know you
A pleasure to see you smile
A comfort to know
We'll share the road awhile
Pleasure is fleeting
Comforts are far between
It's a pleasure to know you
And the comfort you bring

They say life's a journey a highway from birth to death
Mapped in despair and traveled in hopelessness
Well they may believe it but just between you and me
The trick to the traveling is all in the company

Chorus

Lovers may leave you lovers may turn away
And children may scorn you you know they will someday
The seasons are fickle and fate is not known as kind
But friendship's a diamond and trouble's the diamond mine

Chorus


Obituary from Sing Out!: http://singout.org/2013/10/25/faith-petric-passes-98/

Faith Petric Concert from the 2012 SF Free Folk Festival - this is terrific:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Z939fIGq5B8


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Subject: RE: Obit; Faith Petric (1915-25 Oct 2013)
From: GUEST,Phil Cooper on Spouse's laptop
Date: 25 Oct 13 - 03:13 PM

May she rest in peace.


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Subject: RE: Obit; Faith Petric (1915-25 Oct 2013)
From: GUEST,Chanteyranger
Date: 25 Oct 13 - 06:37 PM

Richard Adrianowicz would bring Faith to some of the SF chantey sings. Faith would sing "Sammy's Bar" and other nautical songs. We'll have a moment of silence, and then a whole lot of singing in her honor at the next one.

I missed her earlier years at the SF Folk Club, first hearing her sing as a regular floor singer at Dick Holdstock and Allan Macleod's Castle Folk Club in the late 1980's and early 90's. At Camp Harmony she wrote a satirical song about eating thanksgiving turkey....can't remember the lyrics, but we loved her singing it at the camp ceili night.

Rest in peace.

-Chanteyranger


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Subject: RE: Obit; Faith Petric (1915-25 Oct 2013)
From: Jeri
Date: 25 Oct 13 - 06:48 PM

I remember her from Old Songs Festival. She also published a parody I wrote in her Sing Out! "Folk Process" column. Only song I ever got (and will likely ever get) into Sing Out!

She lived what I would imagine was a marvelous life. When I think of her, I think of intelligence and helpfulness, and I believe she really knew how to laugh.


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Subject: RE: Obit; Faith Petric (1915-25 Oct 2013)
From: Bev and Jerry
Date: 25 Oct 13 - 07:57 PM

She did live a marvelous life. We have been privileged to be her friend for the last 35 years during which time she was the matriarch of the San Francisco Folk Music Club. She also stood for many progressive causes including marching during the civil rights movement of the 1960s.

She knew the lyrics to more folk songs than anyone we know and, when she gets to heaven, the angels better not make any mistakes when singing the songs or she will quietly take them aside and gently correct them.

Bev and Jerry


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Subject: RE: Obit; Faith Petric (1915-25 Oct 2013)
From: Dan Schatz
Date: 25 Oct 13 - 07:59 PM

Faith was one of the warmest, most generous and inviting performers and human beings I have ever known.

Here's my small remembrance. Jerry and Bev, I've never met you, but you play a small role in this story.

Dan


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Subject: RE: Obit; Faith Petric (1915-25 Oct 2013)
From: Elmore
Date: 25 Oct 13 - 08:16 PM

It was certainly a pleasure to have known her through her performances at festivals and folk clubs. May she rest in peace.


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Subject: RE: Obit; Faith Petric (1915-25 Oct 2013)
From: GUEST
Date: 25 Oct 13 - 08:33 PM

Sad news indeed.

I was Faith several yars ago when whe toured Australia. she was a lovely lady and an inspiration.

Rest easy Faith.

Bugsy


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Subject: RE: Obit; Faith Petric (1915-25 Oct 2013)
From: Sandra in Sydney
Date: 25 Oct 13 - 09:27 PM

several year, Bugsy?

As far as I know Faith was 83 when she (last) came to Australia.

She performed at my folk club, I really need to go thru my old albums from last century & scan relevant pics.

RIP Faith, condolences to her family & friends

sandra


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Subject: RE: Obit; Faith Petric (1915-25 Oct 2013)
From: Joe Offer
Date: 26 Oct 13 - 03:24 AM

Here's a YouTube video of Faith singing "Geritol Gypsy" at a radio station in Sydney in April, 2001:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5PAbnDRkK_4

I met Faith in about 1995, when I took a date to a house concert in Davis, California. We didn't know anybody there, and we didn't know anything about Faith. It was the first or second time I had ever been to a house concert. We got there early and had seats in the front row, and Faith sat down next to us and chatted with us until the concert began. That was delightful, and so was the concert. She treated every song like a treasure she wanted to share with us. I got to know her later through the San Francisco Folk Music Club, and I learned a lot from her over the years.

-Joe-

Searching for "Fort Knox of Folk Music, I came across this fascinating article (click)


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Subject: RE: Obit; Faith Petric (1915-25 Oct 2013)
From: RoyH (Burl)
Date: 26 Oct 13 - 05:58 AM

Safe journey Faith. It was great to meet you, although many years ago, I have never forgotten it. I have hoped to get back to California sometime, and one of the reasons was to meet up with you again. You will be remembered by all as one of the icons of the American folk music scene. My condolences to family and friends. ROY


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Subject: RE: Obit; Faith Petric (1915-25 Oct 2013)
From: GUEST
Date: 26 Oct 13 - 11:28 AM

fondest memories of those alternate friday nights at her magnificent house.. clayton street...pea soup on the stove.. room after room crawling with ear worms..

What folk queen mentor! .. I always wanted to be Faith Petric when I grew up.

Rest In Peace ----

Sandrolin


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Subject: RE: Obit; Faith Petric (1915-25 Oct 2013)
From: Vic Smith
Date: 26 Oct 13 - 11:40 AM

She came to our folk club in Lewes, East Sussex, Englan as guest way - way way back - early 1970s? She was with a bunch of others. Then I asked them to come to our BBC Radio Sussex station to record songs for our folk music programme. One (Denis?) was an expert of native American music and sent me some tapes. For some reason my main memory is of a trio of the six or so that were there singing a lovely harmony version of "Home In Pasadena" and calling themselves the California Humming Birds. We had a number of requests from listeners for that track to be repeated, so we did play it several times,


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Subject: RE: Obit; Faith Petric (1915-25 Oct 2013)
From: Waddon Pete
Date: 26 Oct 13 - 11:48 AM

Sad news that Faith has left us. She was much-loved. My condolences to all who miss her.

Peter


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Subject: RE: Obit; Faith Petric (1915-25 Oct 2013)
From: ChanteyLass
Date: 26 Oct 13 - 02:20 PM

Thank you, Joe, for that link. I've been adding links to the Comments below my own Facebook post about Faith. I also noticed that when I click on that link, when I scrolled up above where the article begins there is another photo of Faith.


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Subject: RE: Obit; Faith Petric (1915-25 Oct 2013)
From: Bev and Jerry
Date: 26 Oct 13 - 04:06 PM

Here is a link to the obit in Sing Out!


Bev and Jerry


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Subject: RE: Obit; Faith Petric (1915-25 Oct 2013)
From: lisa null
Date: 26 Oct 13 - 10:52 PM

Faith is someone I looked up to a lot--although she did have a straight forward and tuneful voice, she was a singer for whom having a "pretty voice" was simply irrelevant. She had a contagious aesthetic that rested on putting a song forth a clearly and truthfully and lyrically as possible.

Faith was a serious asthmatic and got in touch with me in the mid-eighties when she heard I had become an out-of-control asthmatic. We talked a lot about our fears of not being able to sing. She had those worries too, but she realized being a folk singer was about the song, not the singer. That cheered her up and kept her amazingly productive for years.... but, more than admiration, I have gratitude.

Faith went out of her way to mentor me back into singing again and gave me more advice about getting my asthma back in control than a whole passel of doctors. We were not close friends when this mentoring began-- I was just another woman singing on the road. I felt very close to her, though, as time went on, I was so touched by her kindness and her determination to reach out, again and again.


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Subject: RE: Obit; Faith Petric (1915-25 Oct 2013)
From: Elmore
Date: 27 Oct 13 - 11:28 AM

Reilly and Maloney (Remember them?) dedicated their concert at the Freight and Salvage to Faith last night.


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Subject: Keeping Faith
From: Bill Amatneek
Date: 28 Oct 13 - 01:27 PM

I have posted a short tribute to Bay Area folk music legend & old friend, Faith Petric, here:
http://vineyardspress.com/node/88

Best regards to all,
Bill Amatneek


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Subject: RE: Keeping Faith
From: ChanteyLass
Date: 28 Oct 13 - 10:37 PM

This deserves a clicky. http://vineyardspress.com/node/88

This might be added to the existing Obit: Faith Petric thread. thread.cfm?threadid=152199
    Threads combined. -Joe Offer-


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Subject: RE: Obit: Faith Petric (1915-25 Oct 2013)
From: GUEST,silver
Date: 29 Oct 13 - 01:09 PM

So sad to hear about Faith's passing. I only met her once, in Dublin in 2008, but she was my pen-friend for 11 years. What an amazing woman. I'll always remember her optimism, humour and courage. My condolences to her daughter and granddaughter.


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Subject: RE: Obit: Faith Petric (1915-25 Oct 2013)
From: Joe Offer
Date: 31 Oct 13 - 06:21 PM

Some great photos of Faith here: http://www.indybay.org/newsitems/2013/10/30/18745703.php

https://picasaweb.google.com/100099411443461704890/FaithS91st

https://picasaweb.google.com/100099411443461704890/FolkClub2009213#


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Subject: Obit: Faith Petric
From: GUEST,Art Thieme
Date: 06 Nov 13 - 08:56 PM

Breuce Haywire Brack Brackney emailed to tell me of the passing of Faith Petric, the woman who was, for many of us, the mother of folk. What a huge loss. I knew she was in hospice care, but it's always a shock.

Art


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Subject: RE: Obit: Faith Petric
From: ChanteyLass
Date: 06 Nov 13 - 09:12 PM

Thanks, Art. Yes that is sad news. You might want to take a look at the tributes here, including the links to other people's tributes. thread.cfm?threadid=152199


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Subject: RE: Obit: Faith Petric (1915-25 Oct 2013)
From: GUEST,Susan Wageman
Date: 24 Nov 13 - 09:29 PM

Faith Petric's Memorial and Celebration at the Freight & Salvage in Berkeley will be streaming LIVE starting at 8:00 pm PACIFIC TIME (that means 11:00 pm EST) on Wednesday January 15, 2014. Wherever you are in the world, you can tune in! You can purchase online tickets on a pay-what-you-want basis starting now at http://www.concertwindow.com/shows/faith-petric-memorial. The webshow will not be recorded – it's offered in real time. I hope you can join us!


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Subject: RE: Obit: Faith Petric (1915-25 Oct 2013)
From: ChanteyLass
Date: 24 Nov 13 - 09:35 PM

Oh, my! What an interesting idea!


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