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Obit: Bill Spence (Aug 12, 1940 - Feb 7, 2019)

GUEST,Mary Katherine 07 Feb 19 - 11:12 PM
GUEST,Mary Katherine 07 Feb 19 - 11:52 PM
GUEST 08 Feb 19 - 11:05 AM
Waddon Pete 08 Feb 19 - 12:02 PM
bbc 08 Feb 19 - 12:32 PM
Jeri 08 Feb 19 - 03:57 PM
Brian Peters 08 Feb 19 - 06:09 PM
Elmore 08 Feb 19 - 08:43 PM
Hollowfox 11 Feb 19 - 04:13 PM
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Subject: Obit: Bill Spence RIP February 7, 2019
From: GUEST,Mary Katherine
Date: 07 Feb 19 - 11:12 PM

John McCutcheon reports the death earlier this evening of hammered dulcimer master Bill Spence, whose recording on Front Hall did a great deal to spread the good word about this lovely instrument.


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Subject: RE: Obit: Bill Spence - Aug 12 1940-Feb 7 2019
From: GUEST,Mary Katherine
Date: 07 Feb 19 - 11:52 PM

And I should have mentioned Bill's many decades of involvement with Old Songs. Condolences to Andy and all Bill's many friends.


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Subject: RE: Obit: Bill Spence - Aug 12 1940-Feb 7 2019
From: GUEST
Date: 08 Feb 19 - 11:05 AM

So sad.


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Subject: RE: Obit: Bill Spence - Aug 12 1940-Feb 7 2019
From: Waddon Pete
Date: 08 Feb 19 - 12:02 PM

You Tube and Google will give a good picture of Bill Spence and his wonderful achievements. I have always loved the sound of the hammered dulcimer and he was a great exponent. My condolences to his family and friends. I have added his name to the "In Memoriam" thread,

RIP,

Peter


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Subject: RE: Obit: Bill Spence - Aug 12 1940-Feb 7 2019
From: bbc
Date: 08 Feb 19 - 12:32 PM

I read about it, this morning, on Deb Cowan & Shelley Posen's Facebook pages. Such a loss to the community! Bill's playing, Old Songs, Inc., & the Old Songs Festival have been such a gift! Blessings on Joy Bennett for undertaking carrying on the tradition & my deepest sympathy & gratitude to Andy for the huge contributions she & Bill have made to the folk community!

with love,

Barbara


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Subject: RE: Obit: Bill Spence - Aug 12 1940-Feb 7 2019
From: Jeri
Date: 08 Feb 19 - 03:57 PM

I've known Bill since 1973. He contributed so much to folk music and his community, and he was crazy in the best way possible. I have a couple of Fennig's albums, and I used to go to every dance I could that they played. I didn't know he was ailing, and it's been a few years since I saw him at Old Songs Fest. I'll remember what he wore was usually louder than the music.
Bye, Bill.


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Subject: RE: Obit: Bill Spence - Aug 12 1940-Feb 7 2019
From: Brian Peters
Date: 08 Feb 19 - 06:09 PM

Oh no, this is terrible news. I heard and loved his music many years ago, and was thrilled to meet him when his wife Andy first invited me to Old Songs Festival in the 1990s. Met him many times since then - always good company and - as Jeri said - a very natty dresser. A fine photographer too. I'm so sad to hear this.


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Subject: RE: Obit: Bill Spence - Aug 12 1940-Feb 7 2019
From: Elmore
Date: 08 Feb 19 - 08:43 PM

My condolences to Bill's family.


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Subject: RE: Obit: Bill Spence (Aug 12, 1940 - Feb 7, 2019)
From: Hollowfox
Date: 11 Feb 19 - 04:13 PM

The postings here and elsewhere say a lot about his bouncy personality and his sense of humor, But the first image that comes to mind is watching him play the hammer dulcimer. All the notes were precise, but his mood was always calm, almost meditative.
Folks should remember that before he was known for his dulcimer playing, he was well known as a master sound engineer.


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