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Obit: Mudcatter Tannywheeler (1943-2013)

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Joe Offer 29 Apr 16 - 03:48 AM
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Subject: Obit: Mudcatter Tannywheeler
From: Joe Offer
Date: 29 Apr 16 - 03:48 AM

I tried to contact Mudcatter Tannywheeler for information about her mother, Hally Wood. Tannywheeler always responded to me quickly in the past; but this time, I got no response. Turns out that she died January 11, 2013. May she rest in peace.


A Mudcatter sent me this link.
http://www.legacy.com/obituaries/statesman/obituary.aspx?pid=162464643

Cynthia Tannehill Ryland of Elgin (TX) went to sing with the angels on January 11th, 2013. Beloved wife, mother, grandmother, cousin, sister and friend, she found unbridled joy in good music, good company and loving family. She was born Cynthia Tannehill Faulk at Seton Hospital in Austin, TX on November 28th, 1943 to John Henry Faulk II and Harriet Elizabeth Wood. She attended schools in Austin, TX, New York, and Georgetown, TX. She graduated from Georgetown High School in 1961, and later attended The University of Texas in Austin where she studied voice & music. She loved to sing and had a beautiful voice, and her repertoire included opera, jazz, folk, and church music. She married Robert C. Ryland of Uvalde, TX on August 7th 1966. They raised three children in South Austin, where they lived for 35 years. She was active in the Episcopal Church choir and Daughters of the King, and in the Austin Friends of Traditional Music.
Her parents and one brother in-law, John D. Ryland, preceded her in death. She is survived by Her husband, Robert C. Ryland, and three children, Patricia Louise Ryland, Robert Cyrus Ryland and Jesse Tannehill Ryland of Elgin, and five grandchildren: Martha Zo Ryland, Henry Levon Ryland & Tave Lawhorn of Elgin, and Jade Ryland and Hunter Ryland of Lockhart. She is also survived by two sisters, Johanna Faulk and Evelyn Faulk of Toronto, Canada, and two brothers, Frank Faulk of Toronto and John Henry Faulk III of Austin. A funeral and memorial service will be held on Saturday, January 26 at 2 p.m. in Calvary Episcopal Church, 603 Spring St. in Bastrop, with a reception to follow in the parish hall. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made in Mrs. Ryland's honor to Hospice Austin, or to the ministries of Calvary Episcopal Church. Make a joyful noise unto the Lord, all ye lands Serve the Lord with gladness: Come before his presence with singing - Psalm 100

Published in Austin American-Statesman on Jan. 20, 2013


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Subject: RE: Obit: Mudcatter Tannywheeler (1943-2013)
From: Bugsy
Date: 29 Apr 16 - 09:54 PM

RIP

Bugsy


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Subject: RE: Obit: Mudcatter Tannywheeler (1943-2013)
From: Bill D
Date: 29 Apr 16 - 10:08 PM

awww... I remember her from Ramblewood. She was a delight. I have a great picture of her making her way up the steep hill toward the auditorium.


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Subject: RE: Obit: Mudcatter Tannywheeler (1943-2013)
From: Janie
Date: 29 Apr 16 - 11:31 PM

Same here, Bill. I recall that she was quite delightful. And always valued her contributions on Mudcat, above and below the line.

Thanks for letting us know, Joe.


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Subject: RE: Obit: Mudcatter Tannywheeler (1943-2013)
From: Acme
Date: 29 Apr 16 - 11:41 PM

We talked about her father (John Henry Faulk is a legendary journalist and storyteller in Texas and beyond, and was one who was blacklisted during the McCarthy era). They had a lot of good conversational, political, and musical company visit during her childhood, and she told me that she was given her nickname "Tannywheeler" by Woody Guthrie. I'm not sure if she got to any of the Getaway meetings, but she talked about looking forward to them.

Since she's gone, I'll share some of her posts:

From October, 2004:

My interest in music goes back to my mother. (Wednesday would have been her 82nd birthday.) Her name was Hally Wood. She came to the Univ of Tx. to study music, having already started doing so -- her dad being musical, he made sure his daughters at least took piano -- and her natural inclinations helped her make the most of that. My dad, whom she met at the school, was involved with J. Frank Dobie and the Lomax family of folklorists. Her skills and talents led her to work transcribing some of their field recordings. She felt the musical and literary merit of the material and could not help learning a lot of it. When I was expected, she told me a friend in Med school had said there was evidence babies in the womb could hear, so, she said, she started singing to me before I was born. I don't have much technical training in the field, but I've been emotionally and psychologically tied to folkmusic since before I was born. Mama never lied.

A bit later we were in NYC, where Mama still worked with the Lomaxes -- but also Pete Seeger, Woody Guthrie, Leadbelly, Jean Ritchie, etc. These people filled up my childhood with their music -- but also with their generosity, warmth, affection. Not because I was (or am) special, but because that is (was) the ordinary way they function(ed).   How could I avoid loving the music?   Tw


Of her father she wrote in 2005 :
. . .Although he was a performer, with some of the personal foibles of same, he managed to maintain the family traits of warmth, hospitality, tolerance of differences, etc.


and this gem, in a later message:

My dad was married 3 times. He had a total of 5 kids. (I was my mother's only child.) He died survived by his last wife and still-minor son, as well as the rest of us. I had nothing of his in my house but some hats. His "stuff" is at UT here in Austin. His wife dealt with all of that. When we were all together at his house after he died we got to choose hats. After he started having skin cancers removed, he attended to his doc's advice and began wearing hats almost 24/7. Every door to the outside in his home had a number of widely varied hats around it. For walking in the yard & garden he had several; for working in the garden (veggie and flower) he had others; for going hunting with friends or fishing with his son there were special ones; for going to a meeting, speaking engagement, social event, he had a variety of more formal ones. They were all straw. I got one of his garden-working hats, which I still have and wear sometimes. My husband got one of his more formal ones. He doesn't wear it; he said it was just to remember my dad by.

I was born in 1943. I will be 62 in Nov. I did not have a big collection of family stuff. My mother also was married more than once. When I started at UT in Austin, where I met my husband, Bob, I had been a guest in my aunt's home for a few years. Bob graduated and joined the US Navy, so for a few years we stumbled around the country. We came home to Austin in Aug. of 1970 and started living in South Austin right away, renting for 2 years, then moving into the home we lived in until just [2 and a half] mos. ago. We raised our 3 kids there. I had some of my mother's (and her mother's) belongings there. "Papers" are at the same place as Daddy's things.

Might A. C. Green have been called Archie? I realize Green is not an unusual name. I knew a delightful guy at the UT folklore collection who was a friend of Daddy's who insisted I call him Archie. I was sorry when I heard he had died. He had retired to somewhere else and had invited me to come visit, but I never got to make the trip. Is it possible the 2 are one and the same?

[About my boss]: A historian and a librarian??!!?!?! Wow!!!! You lucky so-an'-so. I have long thought we should put (elementary) school teachers and librarians in charge of THE WORLD. If they don't have all the answers on the tips of their tongues, they know where and how to look for it. You may not want to tell him. Some men have trouble with swelled heads, if you're too complimentary.

My name is Cynthia Tannehill Faulk (Mrs. Bob) Ryland. My mother worked with Pete Seeger, the Lomaxes, Woody Guthrie, Jean Ritchie, Leadbelly, etc. These folks were around our home when I was a little kid. Woody always called me Tannywheeler. It was his special nickname for me. When I found out about Mudcat it was as part of my looking mother up on the internet, and my first visits to the cafe were about that, dredging up alot of those memories, so that was the "handle" that seemed appropriate.


For anyone following up on Tannywheeler, this is pretty much the extent of our conversations, here to share now that the promise not to out her Faulk roots at mudcat no longer applies.


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