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Friends of Pitt Kinsolving

GUEST,Mary Katherine 11 Feb 16 - 10:35 PM
Charlie Baum 11 Feb 16 - 11:47 PM
GUEST 12 Feb 16 - 07:28 AM
Charlie Baum 12 Feb 16 - 07:54 AM
GUEST,Mary Katherine Sans cookie 13 Feb 16 - 01:50 PM
GUEST,Steve Shapiro (FolkWorks) 04 Apr 16 - 03:44 PM
maeve 05 Apr 16 - 11:14 AM
GUEST,Guest: Lisa Null 05 Apr 16 - 07:36 PM
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Subject: Friends of Pitt Kinsolving
From: GUEST,Mary Katherine
Date: 11 Feb 16 - 10:35 PM

Pitt Kinsolving, West Coast folkie with East Coast roots, is reaching out.

Pitt Kinsolving has been out in California since the 1980's, but we know that he had a past of folk music involvement in Connecticut and the Northeast before that. Out in Southern California, Pitt has been involved in several folk music series, Audio Engineering (with Wes Dooley) and the Caltech Folk Music Society. He engineered the sound for Bound for Glory concert series, and then he went on to be very involved in the Topanga Banjo & Fiddle Contest. Check out http://folkworks.org/features/feature-articles/2264-2015/45747-pitt-kinsolving-a-folk-hero-and-a-bluegrass-celebration to get an overview.   Pitt is now 83 and he has been fighting cancer for the last 4 years, He is currently in a convalescent home in Los Angeles dealing not only with cancer, but also recovering from an auto accident. He would dearly love to hear from some of his friends from the Northeast. Unfortunately, right now, he has trouble with using his hands, and he can't really use a computer for email. Talking on the phone is even a challenge in the facility. We're asking his friends back East to contact Pitt's friend, Rex Mayreis at Rmayreis@earthlink.net and he will print messages out for Pitt. Phone communication may be possible, so send a phone number so that Pitt may be able to call some of the folks he wants to reconnect to. PLEASE HELP SPREAD THE WORD! If you know other friends of Pitt's, or if you can share this information with circles of people who might remember him, please help. He particularly hopes to reconnect with Lisa Null, Patrick Sky and Lorraine Hammond. See http://pasadenafolkmusicsociety.org/pitt to find out a bit more about what has been going on with Pitt these last few years.


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Subject: RE: Friends of Pitt Kinsolving
From: Charlie Baum
Date: 11 Feb 16 - 11:47 PM

Message passed along to Lisa Null.
--Charlie Baum


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Subject: RE: Friends of Pitt Kinsolving
From: GUEST
Date: 12 Feb 16 - 07:28 AM

Message passed along to Patrick Sky.

Bruce Murdoch


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Subject: RE: Friends of Pitt Kinsolving
From: Charlie Baum
Date: 12 Feb 16 - 07:54 AM

Message passed along to Lorraine Hammond.
--Charlie Baum


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Subject: RE: Friends of Pitt Kinsolving
From: GUEST,Mary Katherine Sans cookie
Date: 13 Feb 16 - 01:50 PM

Bless you all. Lisa Null sent Pitt a wonderful long letter that I know he will appreciate. Mudcat rocks! (Er...we), actually I guess it folks, but you know what I mean).


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Subject: RE: Friends of Pitt Kinsolving
From: GUEST,Steve Shapiro (FolkWorks)
Date: 04 Apr 16 - 03:44 PM

It is with a sad heart: Pitt Kinsolving died at 6:30 a.m., Sunday, April 3, 2016, after a multiyear battle with cancer.
FolkWorks *www.FolkWorks.org) will be posting an obit/appreciation in the coming days.
Steve


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Subject: RE: Friends of Pitt Kinsolving
From: maeve
Date: 05 Apr 16 - 11:14 AM

Such a loss. Thank you for letting his friends here know.


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Subject: RE: Friends of Pitt Kinsolving
From: GUEST,Guest: Lisa Null
Date: 05 Apr 16 - 07:36 PM

Pitt and I spent close to a decade together with my two sons, Jacob and John, in New Canaan CT. He helped me get started as a performer, acted very much as a father to my two sons, helped Green Linnet get started by providing the sound engineering, and traveled with us in a big clunky motorhome all over America's East Coast. We had wonderful trips to Ireland and especially Indonesia, where Pitt practically went native, adapting a sarong for his preferred way of dress.

Pitt was incredibly mechanical and could fashion beautiful instruments with his hands-- anyone who has played his dulcimers or enjoyed his decorative banjo necks knows much about this skill. One reason I loved him so, back then, was because he joined hand to heart better than almost anyone I knew. I remember riding with him on a steep down hill when the breaks ran out. His skill and calmness as the car sped downhill and dodged several cars in front of us to safety made me feel secure and slightly in awe of hum! Another wonderful part of Pitt was his love of ideas and literature. He practically knew the Rubaiyat of Omar Kayyam by heart and guided me through his shelves of philosophy and economics. We argued all day long about politics and music, but we were very good companions.

Of course we had our problems and were probably not meant to be a permanent couple though we tried and tried. Nevertheless, there was great affection and it was truly sweet while it lasted!


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