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Obit: Mitch Uharriet (May, 2004)

Gypsy 13 May 04 - 10:02 PM
katlaughing 14 May 04 - 05:22 PM
michaelr 14 May 04 - 08:56 PM
GUEST,john.uharriet@us.army.mil 14 May 04 - 10:38 PM
GUEST,Bob Tedder 15 May 04 - 08:16 PM
Gypsy 16 May 04 - 10:19 PM
GUEST,artzaina@earthlink.net 17 May 04 - 11:07 AM
GUEST,James Uharriet 17 May 04 - 12:28 PM
GUEST,Steve Goodbar 17 May 04 - 01:10 PM
GUEST,Marilyn Uharriet zozoa@burgoyne.com 17 May 04 - 03:17 PM
GUEST,Danie & Ken 17 May 04 - 07:53 PM
Gypsy 17 May 04 - 11:15 PM
GUEST,Mitchy' Sister 17 May 04 - 11:36 PM
Gypsy 17 May 04 - 11:57 PM
GUEST,UHS Swim and Dive Team 18 May 04 - 06:47 PM
GUEST,Pat 18 May 04 - 09:40 PM
GUEST,Kristine 18 May 04 - 11:16 PM
GUEST,Mouse 20 May 04 - 12:06 AM
GUEST,Mitchy's sister 20 May 04 - 01:01 AM
GUEST 20 May 04 - 04:20 PM
GUEST,Mitchy's sister 20 May 04 - 11:37 PM
GUEST,Mouse 21 May 04 - 12:10 PM
GUEST,Lauren Beuving 21 May 04 - 05:29 PM
GUEST,Aunt Lois Passey (wicked step mother's sis) 21 May 04 - 10:25 PM
Gypsy 21 May 04 - 10:46 PM
GUEST,Kristine 22 May 04 - 01:19 AM
Gypsy 22 May 04 - 07:27 PM
Gypsy 22 May 04 - 07:38 PM
michaelr 22 May 04 - 08:54 PM
GUEST,Kristine 23 May 04 - 12:44 AM
michaelr 23 May 04 - 03:20 PM
GUEST,Dan Harris 23 May 04 - 07:09 PM
Gypsy 23 May 04 - 08:11 PM
Kristine Robin 23 May 04 - 09:07 PM
GUEST 23 May 04 - 09:13 PM
GUEST,Dan 23 May 04 - 09:28 PM
GUEST 23 May 04 - 09:33 PM
GUEST,Mitchy's sister 24 May 04 - 05:19 PM
GUEST 24 May 04 - 05:27 PM
GUEST,Kenny Blacklock 24 May 04 - 10:26 PM
Gypsy 24 May 04 - 10:49 PM
Gypsy 24 May 04 - 10:57 PM
GUEST,Bart Uharriet 25 May 04 - 02:16 PM
Kristine Robin 25 May 04 - 04:13 PM
GUEST,A&B 26 May 04 - 04:57 PM
GUEST,John, Chicago 30 May 04 - 11:58 PM
GUEST,Bob Tedder 31 May 04 - 03:58 PM
GUEST,Bob Tedder 31 May 04 - 04:17 PM
Gypsy 31 May 04 - 11:03 PM
GUEST,Marilyn Uharriet, WSM 05 Jun 04 - 03:36 PM
Gypsy 14 May 07 - 11:01 PM
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Subject: Obit: Mitch Uharriet
From: Gypsy
Date: 13 May 04 - 10:02 PM

I just found out that Mitch died.........a northern california man, you may have seen him in Northern Ren Faire, and certainly at Stafford. The world is a smaller place without him. I grieve at his passing.........a tip of me hat to ye, laddie


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Subject: RE: Obit: Mitch Uharriet
From: katlaughing
Date: 14 May 04 - 05:22 PM

Sorry for your loss, Gypsy.


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Subject: RE: Obit: Mitch Uharriet
From: michaelr
Date: 14 May 04 - 08:56 PM

That is sad news indeed! I met Mitch a couple of years ago when his band played at my local (NorCal) Irish pub, The Rose in Santa Rosa. A kind and talented gentleman with a great love for music. He had handicaps (polio maybe, I'm guessing) but didn't let them keep him from performing. Sadly, I did not get to know him well.

Gypsy, are you in CA? Do you have any more info, by chance? PM me if you like.

Michael


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Subject: RE: Obit: Mitch Uharriet
From: GUEST,john.uharriet@us.army.mil
Date: 14 May 04 - 10:38 PM

Big brother, I was certainly looking forward to sitting down with you, listening to your music, catching up on everything and going out to a few ballgames upon my return. I love you and miss you. I will say my goodbyes when I get back. You are in all of our prayers.

John Uharriet
478th CA Battalion
Baghdad, Iraq


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Subject: RE: Obit: Mitch Uharriet
From: GUEST,Bob Tedder
Date: 15 May 04 - 08:16 PM

I am one of Mitch Uharriet's longest and best friends. I have known him since March of 1973. We served in the U.S. Navy, aboard the U.S.S. Norton Sound back in the mid 70's in Southern California. A Memorial Service is scheduled to be held on Sunday, May 23,2004 at the Redwood Valley Community Church, located in Redwood Valley, CA. Anyone interested in attending, please contact me by email at "btedder@direcway.com" or by telephone at 707.253.7322

Bob Tedder
Napa, CA


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Subject: RE: Obit: Mitch Uharriet
From: Gypsy
Date: 16 May 04 - 10:19 PM

John, you have my deepest sympathy.........and i most sincerely hope that this wasn't the way that you found out about your brother. I just saw Mitch on May Day, when we were performing, and he looked terrific and happy. And super supportive, as he always was of our music and performances. He will be sorely missed in our little community. Blessings and prayers for both you, and your sister.


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Subject: RE: Obit: Mitch Uharriet
From: GUEST,artzaina@earthlink.net
Date: 17 May 04 - 11:07 AM

Mitchwell Maitea!

GOIAN BEGO!

Uncle John Uharriet


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Subject: RE: Obit: Mitch Uharriet
From: GUEST,James Uharriet
Date: 17 May 04 - 12:28 PM

The last time I saw Mitch was the summer of '01 He came to Utah to visit. He entertained the family with his fiddle playing, particularly my 6 yr old daughter Emily. She was fascinated with him and his easy going sense of humor and youthful excitement. When it came time to say good bye, I hugged him and told him I loved him...I'll hang on to that one.

James Uharriet
Ft Carson CO


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Subject: RE: Obit: Mitch Uharriet
From: GUEST,Steve Goodbar
Date: 17 May 04 - 01:10 PM

Mitch was my best friend for 25 years. HE ROCKED OUR WORLD! He loved life and music and had a great big heart. I loved him dearly and will miss him forever. Even though I moved to AZ years ago we called each other all the time and got to visit and jam occasionally. We are getting ready to come to Northern California to celebrate his life with frinds and family.

Love to all,
Steve & Paula Goodbar


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Subject: RE: Obit: Mitch Uharriet
From: GUEST,Marilyn Uharriet zozoa@burgoyne.com
Date: 17 May 04 - 03:17 PM

Mitch lovingly called me his WSM (Wicked Step Mother)....
Our family - his father, three brothers, a sister and their families - are going to miss our Mitchwell terribly. We join his sister, Annie and their brother, Bradley, in thanking all those who loved Mitch so much, too.
These tributes are soooo very nice. We hope to meet most of you at the Redwood Valley Memorial on May 23, along with his Uharriet relatives: Uncle John and family and his Aunt Cecile and family.
Thanks for the wonderful words for our happy Musical Mitch.

WSM Marilyn Uharriet


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Subject: RE: Obit: Mitch Uharriet
From: GUEST,Danie & Ken
Date: 17 May 04 - 07:53 PM

Mitch will forever be part of our laughter and smiles. Mil esker my favorite cousin.


Ken Cowart & Danielle Uharriet


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Subject: RE: Obit: Mitch Uharriet
From: Gypsy
Date: 17 May 04 - 11:15 PM

I won't be able to attend the services...........would be a 4 hour trip for me, and have the flu right now. So, will send many prayers, as i have been doing since i heard the news. Blessings be upon all of you, and i share your sorrow at losing this wonderful man. Still playing "Mitch" tunes in his honour.


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Subject: RE: Obit: Mitch Uharriet
From: GUEST,Mitchy' Sister
Date: 17 May 04 - 11:36 PM

To all of you that knew Mitch, How fortunate you were to have known such a talented, quick witted, generous man. He was my best friend, my counsler, my advisor, my confidant, Oh yea, and my big brother.
I miss him somethin' terrible.
Mitch died on 11 May 04. He passed away of a heart attack while in slumber. He is survived by his Father, Step mother, Myself, and 5 half sibilings, Uncles, Aunts and a whole lot of Cousins.
Mitch produced 2 albums, one on cassett and one on CD. I can't remember the name of the tape, but I will look for it and get back to you.
This is a great forum. I hope to see more of these obits from you all.
Mitch is a pickin' and grininn in my heart, I hope yours too.

Thank you all for the support and Love you have showed me these last few days. God Bless you All.


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Subject: RE: Obit: Mitch Uharriet
From: Gypsy
Date: 17 May 04 - 11:57 PM

I LOVE my CD.........Unusual Suspects, which is also available thru Amazon. I got one of the first copies. If i can track down the tape, i would love to buy a copy. He was a truly talented, wonderful man. Annie, blessings be upon you. And, all of you.


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Subject: RE: Obit: Mitch Uharriet
From: GUEST,UHS Swim and Dive Team
Date: 18 May 04 - 06:47 PM

Thank you for everything!!! We loved to have you at the pool. You always had a smile on your face and a huge heart! We love you!!


Swimmers~

Tess, Amanda, Tucker, Mark, Jeremy, Lauren, Alyica, Elena, Anna, Abby, Molly, Jondi, Collin, Amanda H., Anna C., Karlie, Jenna, Kandace, Brian, Jet, Delia, (all others not named)

Divers~

Gabe, Ember, Rosie, and others

Coaches~

Lee & Chris

Thanks for Everything!


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Subject: RE: Obit: Mitch Uharriet
From: GUEST,Pat
Date: 18 May 04 - 09:40 PM

What a wonderful way to pay tribute to someone who brought so much joy to those he came in contact with. I can't even remember when I first met Mitch. Being a long time friend of Annie's (I think she was 18 when we met?, correct me if I'm wrong Annie!) Mitch was just a young man at the time too.

I remember Mitch and his talent as a ventrilouquist and how he entertained my children when they were very young. Even back then Mitch could pick like the best! I am so thankful that I have Mitch's Unusual Suspect CD and will cherish the sounds that eminate through the stereo for years to come.

Thank you Mitch, thank you Annie.

My heart goes out to you and your family. I wish I could be with you through this difficult time but since I can't be with you in person I will be with you in spirit, you will be in my thoughts and prayers.


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Subject: RE: Obit: Mitch Uharriet
From: GUEST,Kristine
Date: 18 May 04 - 11:16 PM

Mitch was my beloved band mate for three years, and I just can't believe he's gone. I've been teary eyed all week and missing him terribly. I have pictures spread all over my bed which reflect his many characters. It's wonderful to come here and see his name on this website (which he first told me about,) and all the posts from so many who loved him.

I have set up a tribute forum on my website, and plan to give a copy of all the entries to his sister. I am also putting together a compilation of studio and live performances with Mitch. If you do post on my site, I will let you know when I have it done. You can follow the links from my homepage to the tribute page. Please take a moment to sign in and post your memories.
http://www.kristinerobin.com
Also, there are some photos of Mitch on both the main section and member's section of my website.

Kristine


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Subject: RE: Obit: Mitch Uharriet
From: GUEST,Mouse
Date: 20 May 04 - 12:06 AM

Only my mom and Mitch called me mouse.
Played music with him for years...now he's gone.

Funny, thinking back. All that crazy stuff seems so important now. I guess it is that way when you lose someone. But those were some good times.

He was wry and spry and every day now we talk about him and the funny Mitchisms he would say.

Gonna miss him. He knew I would. I know cause he told me "You'll miss me when I'm gone, won't ya, I know I'm right."

I told him he wouldn't be gone for a while...
I guess we never know how long it will be.

Think I'll post some of those Mitchisms in a new tread on Kristine's site.

I'll be seeing you Mitch, don't know when.

M


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Subject: RE: Obit: Mitch Uharriet
From: GUEST,Mitchy's sister
Date: 20 May 04 - 01:01 AM

Hello All,
Just a quick update:
From all the responses I have recieved over the last 5 days(EM's, phone calls, visitors, etc.) I think that there will be an impromptu musical jam session (right after services on Sun.) for which this county and perhaps this state has ever seen!!! Lots and lots of musicians that have ever played with Mitch will be there. Please try to make the services if you can. What a tribute to my big brother this will be. Yea!!!
Mitch, they Love you! They really do!!!
Thank you everyone. thank you Gypsy for the oppertunity to speak with out breaking into tears. God Bless us all. Annie


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Subject: RE: Obit: Mitch Uharriet
From: GUEST
Date: 20 May 04 - 04:20 PM

All I can offer are condolences; but they are heartfelt.


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Subject: RE: Obit: Mitch Uharriet
From: GUEST,Mitchy's sister
Date: 20 May 04 - 11:37 PM

For Kristine,
Please contact me, mitch's EM or by Mitch's phone. soon. thanks.


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Subject: RE: Obit: Mitch Uharriet
From: GUEST,Mouse
Date: 21 May 04 - 12:10 PM

For those of you who don't have a copy of Mitch's CD (old thyme tunes both traditional and his own beautiful originals), you will be able to order them online until they sell out.

All the sales will go to a memorial fund.
Plus, there is a tribute compilation CD of his live performances being put together...complete with his jokes and general humor.

I think everyone who buys a copy of Mitch's CD will get the other one free...
These are coming from Kristine Robin's website (she was his band mate for many a year too, and is pitching in to help Mitch's sister with the memorial fund this way.)

Here is a link where you can get Mitch's CD.

--Yea, I guess that's Mitch ridin the horse on the cover photo...now, that's not how I remember him but its a good picture--

Thanks everybody.
Mouse


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Subject: RE: Obit: Mitch Uharriet
From: GUEST,Lauren Beuving
Date: 21 May 04 - 05:29 PM

I knew Mitch for about the last 5 years. He played the mandolin in the Praise Band at Redwood Valley Community Church. I was priviledged to be able to listen to him as we practiced or played for a couple hours a week. What a man! I wish I could repeat some of his great jokes. If someone messed up he would say "thats an ice cream offense". He was a great mentor for the young musicians. He loved to use his instrument to praise God. The song he seemed to enjoy the most was playing the lead on Banjo for "I`ll Fly Away" We will sing it again Sunday at the memorial service followed by ice cream. The memorial service is at 1 pm at Redwood Valley Community Church. Heading North on Hy101Take the West Road exit and turn right and then right again at School Way (at the stop sign) go about 1 mile the church is on the right immediatly after the RR tracks.


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Subject: RE: Obit: Mitch Uharriet
From: GUEST,Aunt Lois Passey (wicked step mother's sis)
Date: 21 May 04 - 10:25 PM

Mitch was an ambitious talented man. Swimming, music, happy, loved of earth and ALL life, and family............meant so much to him. Heaven is a better place with him there, and we are left with his loving memories--a little sadder!
Love to all his family and friends.
Auntie Lo


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Subject: RE: Obit: Mitch Uharriet
From: Gypsy
Date: 21 May 04 - 10:46 PM

Want to keep this on top until at least after the memorial. Anyone going, if you could possibly post how it was, quotes, etc, would be gratefully appreciated by those of us who cannot attend. Someone, anyone, play Mitch's version of Whiskey before Breakfast........with the lyrics. I learned that tune ( the first of many) after hearing him play and sing it. Will always do it as a tribute for him.


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Subject: RE: Obit: Mitch Uharriet
From: GUEST,Kristine
Date: 22 May 04 - 01:19 AM

Here you go Gypsy, click here for:
"Whiskey Before Breakfast" a la Mitch

By the way, we included one of his unique introductions…

His sister was asking me if I knew who you were. If you're so inclined to be in touch with her, you can reach her through Mitch's email, or his telephone. Otherwise you can email me through my website at www.kristinerobin.com and I can put you in touch with her. Thank you for starting this thread, it's been helpful for dealing with the loss.


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Subject: RE: Obit: Mitch Uharriet
From: Gypsy
Date: 22 May 04 - 07:27 PM

Kristine, you only vaguely know me. You taught me the lyrics to Tha Ma Sgith last summer at Stafford.......which i truly appreciate. We DO have a lot of friends in common......am just over the hill from you. Logged into your site, you are welcome to pass my addy on to Ms Annie. Blessings to all of you tomorrow.......will anyone be recording the session? Might be a great memorial CD to put out for Mitch.


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Subject: RE: Obit: Mitch Uharriet
From: Gypsy
Date: 22 May 04 - 07:38 PM

Bless you, Kristine........just got it downloaded, and have oh so many memories of watching the man perform this piece. Thank you ever so much!


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Subject: RE: Obit: Mitch Uharriet
From: michaelr
Date: 22 May 04 - 08:54 PM

I wish I could be there for the memorial service tomorrow. I'm sure it will be a wonderful celebration of Mitch's life and music. My thoughts will be with you all.

What's Stafford?

Michael


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Subject: RE: Obit: Mitch Uharriet
From: GUEST,Kristine
Date: 23 May 04 - 12:44 AM

Gypsy, I do have a vague recollection of teaching someone Tha Mi Sgith, but I'm afraid I'm with Michael in not knowing...or remembering what Stafford is. Can you refresh my memory?

Michael you mentioned that you met Mitch when we played at The Rose, did I meet you as well?

Sorry you both can't make it tomorrow. Your thoughts, and posts are very much appreciated.


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Subject: RE: Obit: Mitch Uharriet
From: michaelr
Date: 23 May 04 - 03:20 PM

We may have met, Kristine, memory's a bit fuzzy... :-)


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Subject: RE: Obit: Mitch Uharriet
From: GUEST,Dan Harris
Date: 23 May 04 - 07:09 PM

I was saddened to learn of Mitch's passing only about 1/2 hour ago. My mother brought me a copy of the Daily Journal from Ukiah where she was visiting her dad when she picked up the paper and saw the obituary and brought it home to me. I knew and played with Mitch many times, and I spoke to him on the phone a few months ago after my return to this part of the state. I was looking forward to jamming with him at Wild Iris this year, and it will be that much emptier without him there. I played with him many times in the String Creek Band, did a live show with him and Bob Eisenhauer on KZYX for Lunch On The Back Porch, played a gig at the Fair in Ukiah with them and we put together a little Celtic group and played at the Celtic Fair in Willits, calling ourselves Tinker's Damn. I will miss him, and my heart goes out to all his friends and family.


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Subject: RE: Obit: Mitch Uharriet
From: Gypsy
Date: 23 May 04 - 08:11 PM

Stafford is Heart of the Forest Faire............where Mitch was appalled that i (gasp) PAID to get in! Was told in no uncertain terms to call him, next time i wanted in. Just heard from Dan......the CD sounds fabulous.......put me on the list to buy! Blessings and prayers to all of you this day. And to everyone going to Wild Iris, and seeing that Mitch sized hole.


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Subject: RE: Obit: Mitch Uharriet
From: Kristine Robin
Date: 23 May 04 - 09:07 PM

Dan, I'm sorry you didn't learn about his passing sooner. We just got back from the memorial service, which was a wonderful coming together of folks from all parts of Mitch's life. In the service itself, the pastor, Kevin Mcdougal, reflected on who Mitch was and the many things he was involved with. The church group who Mitch loved and played with shared some of the songs that he especially loved. A few of us who were in Night n' Gael played some songs, and the pastor opened it up for people to share stories and memories. Afterwards, we had a potluck and an ice cream party, and then many musicians jammed for hours, playing all the songs that Mitch loved. It was wonderful meeting family and friends from his past and present, but sad that it takes this sort of thing to bring us all together. For you local folks, there will be another musical session in Mitch's honor at the Potter Valley Cafe this coming Friday. Night n' Gael opened the Cafe, and Kimber and Barbara and Skip Newell have been close friends.


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Subject: RE: Obit: Mitch Uharriet
From: GUEST
Date: 23 May 04 - 09:13 PM

Mitch Uharriet's memorial service was standing room only, when I arrived. His fellow musicians played tributes for him which were all lacking his unique way of making them sound. It was like you could recognize the song and that Mitch wasn't playing it, for probably the first time ever. A young boy played violin in his place; and it was beautiful to see his ability to recall Mitch in style and presence. No better tribute can be made by any student; for the teacher. The sanctuary was filled with such a cross section of Mitch's life. So many young people were there. So many of us who were unfamiliar with each other, because we all knew Mitch from where we found him and didn't all share him together. I kept thinking to myself about how thrilled he would have been to be there with us all. I can't believe he wasn't there with us. Teach music to children every chance you can find. And sing out loud in front of people.


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Subject: RE: Obit: Mitch Uharriet
From: GUEST,Dan
Date: 23 May 04 - 09:28 PM

Just back from the memorial. Whew. Who knew? Who are all these people? We jammed for hours. But Mitch and his playing were absent.

Hay Gypsy, here is the "play list" on the live (2001-2002) memorial CD. Anything ending in "..." is a track of Mitch joking between sets, some songs start or end with him too:

Banjo Clark
Here's my favorite song...
Whiskey Before Breakfast
Song From Jail...
City of New Orleans
Euskal Harria
Home With The Girls
Its Hot...
Dusty Miller
Butterfly
Blackberry Blossom
Joke Police...
St. Ann's Reel / Over the Waterfall
Josephine's Waltz
Designated Driver...
Shady Grove
Come on in...
The Girl I Left Behind Me / McCloud's Reel
Shepard's hook or crook...
Star of the County Down
Kimber's Kitchen
Cripple Creek / Blackberry Blossom
Pie Cost...
Mari's Wedding
Iris Rose
Flowers of Edinburough / Gallopede
Salt Creek / Cluck Old Hen
Kesh Jig / Morrison's Jig
Butterfly
Whisky Before Breakfast (with Mandocello)
Ashoken Farewell

Will have it available very soon.


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Subject: RE: Obit: Mitch Uharriet
From: GUEST
Date: 23 May 04 - 09:33 PM

As I only learned of his passing this afternoon, it was too late to make the service, which is frustrating because I'm only 1/2 hour away and was doing nothing worthwhile today anyway. Perhaps I can make it to Potter Valley on Friday. I just ordered the CD, looking forward to getting it. In the meantime I have a copy of the String Creek Band demo tape that Mitch, Ken Burnett, and Bob Eisenhauer made at Spencer Brewer's in '96, as well as a tape of our KZYX appearance, full of Mitch's commentary (and bad jokes!) that I can listen to in remembrance of him. I miss you, Mitch.    -Dan (I'm cryimg as I type this)


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Subject: RE: Obit: Mitch Uharriet
From: GUEST,Mitchy's sister
Date: 24 May 04 - 05:19 PM

I wish to thank everyone that attended Mitch's service on Sun. I was so overwhelmed at the service I did not get to talk with most of you, but I am certainly glad you could be there. What an amazing service it was. Pastor Kevin McDougall Did a wonderful job. I applaud you sir. The Praise Team was also met with great joy. Fabulous job kids!! And afterwards at the Ice cream social when the musicians got together to play music togeather I just know Mitch was enjoying it as much as everyone was. Thank you to those who brought food, music and for just being there. God Bless us all.


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Subject: RE: Obit: Mitch Uharriet
From: GUEST
Date: 24 May 04 - 05:27 PM

I miss Mitch. I miss him real bad. My heart is broken in a million pieces. I hurt. He left without saying good bye. I don't understand. His memory will live on in my heart till the day I die. And then after that maybe I can go and sit with him a while. And just be. I love you Mitch. see you later.


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Subject: RE: Obit: Mitch Uharriet
From: GUEST,Kenny Blacklock
Date: 24 May 04 - 10:26 PM

The memorial CD Kristine gave me at the service is fabulous. Thank you, thank you, thank you! It brings back so many memories of Mitch over the years. So many of his favorite tunes are on it.

A couple of questions... Does anyone know where Mitch learned "Home With the Girls?" I remember when he first played it for me several years back. He was so excited about it at the time. Did anyone play "The Blackest Crow" with him? I know he learned it for the Cloverdale Fiddle Contest earlier this year, but alas, I missed hearing him play it.

We all miss you Mitch.


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Subject: RE: Obit: Mitch Uharriet
From: Gypsy
Date: 24 May 04 - 10:49 PM

Am heading to site to get the memorial cd as soon as i leave here. Thanks for the update on how the service went..........was thinking of you all. And for certain sure, Mitch was there. the obit in the Press Democrat was pretty good. If i can find it, will post online.


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Subject: RE: Obit: Mitch Uharriet
From: Gypsy
Date: 24 May 04 - 10:57 PM

Obituaries
May 24, 2004

Mitch Uharriet

Mitch Uharriet, a diving coach, self-taught folk musician and former Santa Rosa firefighter, died of a heart attack May 12 at his Mendocino County home. The Redwood Valley man was 48.


He was born Raymond Mitchell Uharriet in Los Angeles on Nov. 3, 1955, and moved with his family as a young boy to San Jose. There, he attended Pioneer High School, where he excelled on the diving team.


He served in the Navy for three years in the mid-1970s and was stationed in Long Beach, where he served aboard a ship as a firefighter.


"He liked it so much that he wanted to further his studies in it and become a firefighter" professionally, recalled his sister, Annie Uharriet of Rainier, Ore. "That was just like Mitch.... He really went for it, just like his music."


After studying fire science at a Southern California college and working in the Coast Guard, his sister said, Uharriet moved to Santa Rosa and took a job with the Santa Rosa Fire Department in 1979.


In the mid- to late 1980s, however, a back injury forced Uharriet out of firefighting. Dejected, Uharriet turned to music for solace, training himself in the fiddle, banjo and mandolin.


"He taught himself out of desolation; what a lesson that is," said Jack Sklena, a longtime friend and neighbor in Redwood Valley. "He never passed any of his troubles along. He just wanted to bring joy and pleasure and happiness to everyone he met."


Uharriet performed weekly at Redwood Valley Community Church and, billing his forte as "Bluegrass to the British Isles," played in pubs, cafes, wineries, fairs and contests.


"It wasn't always for money," his younger sister recalled. "Mitch just wanted to keep the music alive."


For most of the past 10 years, Uharriet also coached diving at Ukiah High School.


In addition to his sister, Uharriet is survived by his father, Raymond Uharriet, and stepmother, Marilyn Uharriet, both of Hooper, Utah; four half brothers, Brad Fischer of Henderson, Nev., Bart Uharriet of Starkville, Miss., James Uharriet of Fort Carson, Colo., John Uharriet of Weston, Fla.; and half sister Jennifer Uharriet of Hooper.


A memorial service was Sunday at Redwood Valley Community Church. His remains were cremated.


-- Katy Hillenmeyer


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Subject: RE: Obit: Mitch Uharriet
From: GUEST,Bart Uharriet
Date: 25 May 04 - 02:16 PM

I just learned about this thread today and I'm glad to have the opportunity to share some of my thoughts and stories with all of you who knew and loved Mitch.

I am so grateful that I got to spend some time with Mitch on two successive weekends during the summer of 2001 when I was in northern California on business. It was the first time we'd seen each other, to the best of my recollection, in about twenty-two years! Although much time had passed since we'd been together, it didn't seem like it at all--Mitch was as open and brotherly to me as though we'd never been apart.

I got to ride the Skunk Train and hear him perform. I'll never forget the expressions on the faces of the Asian tourists who had never seen or heard a banjo before--they were simply awestricken by Mitch's performance. I, too, was blown away by his passion and musicianship. I took lots of digital photographs that I'd be happy to share with anyone who's interested. Just e-mail me at Bart.Uharriet@SSRC.MsState.Edu and I'll send you what I have.

I also got to see him perform with Kristine, Dan, and Marc at one of the local wineries and I was really impressed with the entire band. I remember thinking that they really had something special going on. I took pictures at the winery, too. My camera doesn't have a zoom lense, so I had to stand right in front of the stage to get good shots. Anyone remember that?

We had coffee together one Sunday morning in a little cafe in Willits and I remember how relaxed I felt just being there with Mitch. With his charm and terrific sense of humor, he could really make a person feel at ease. Of course, anyone who knew Mitch knows exactly what I'm talking about.

My last night in California, we had dinner at the Konocti Harbor Resort and attended a concert there together. Later, we went to a saloon in Ukiah to hear a band play that Mitch knew. I stayed so late I had to drive to Sacramento afterwards with no sleep to catch my early morning flight. Just great memories that I will always cherish!

Annie,

I hope you are doing all right during this difficult time. Sarah and I have you in our thoughts and prayers. We're just terribly heartbroken over this tragedy. If we can do anything for you, just let us know.

Love to all,

Bart


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Subject: RE: Obit: Mitch Uharriet
From: Kristine Robin
Date: 25 May 04 - 04:13 PM

Bart, I do remember you taking that shot in front of the stage!

Part of the memorial compilation I put together was actually recorded at that performance.

I was putting together photos of Mitch, and didn't have any of him playing on the Skunk Train, so I will definately be emailing you about those.

I'm so glad that you had that time with him, and those memories to cherish. What a special person!


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Subject: RE: Obit: Mitch Uharriet
From: GUEST,A&B
Date: 26 May 04 - 04:57 PM

Other days will come, the silence
of plants and of planets will be understood,
and so many pure things will happen!
Violins will have the fragrance of the moon!

Maybe the bread will be like you:
it will have your voice, your wheat,
and other things-the lost horses
of autumn-will speak with your voice.

And even if it's not what you'd prefer, exactly,
love will fill huge barrels
like the ancient honey of the shepherds,

and there in the dust of our hearts (where
so many plentiful things will be stored),
you will come and go among the rosemary.

Sonnet XCIX, Pablo Neruda "Cien sonetos de amor"

you are in our heart of hearts.

A&B


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Subject: RE: Obit: Mitch Uharriet
From: GUEST,John, Chicago
Date: 30 May 04 - 11:58 PM

I just ran across this thread, so pardon me as I grieve here. I was Mitch's room mate when we lived on the beach in Ventura in the mid-70s. We both shared a love of the guitar and we both kind of learned it together in those days. We were college students, beach bums and wannabe musicians. I had lost touch with Mitch over the years, but I can still see his radiant smile like it was yesterday. I was there the night Mitch made his "debut" playing his 12-string in a beach joint. I'm glad to see he became something of a performer. It was certainly in his blood. My condolences to all.


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Subject: RE: Obit: Mitch Uharriet
From: GUEST,Bob Tedder
Date: 31 May 04 - 03:58 PM


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Subject: RE: Obit: Mitch Uharriet
From: GUEST,Bob Tedder
Date: 31 May 04 - 04:17 PM

John,

I don't know if you remember me, but I have red hair, and I too lived in Ventura during those same years in the mid 70's. I was over at your place to visit with Mitch quite frequently. You lived right down the alley from "John's at the Beach" Restaurant. He used to play at the "Open Mike" there, and we would go to support him while enjoying a cold pitcher of beer off the tap.

Mitch and I were in the Navy together and served aboard the U.S.S. Norton Sound, home-ported at Port Hueneme. I kept in contact with Mitch all through the years, and he actually played a big part in my decision to move up to Northern California myself. He was a great friend and I will miss him dearly.

Best wishes,
Bob


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Subject: RE: Obit: Mitch Uharriet
From: Gypsy
Date: 31 May 04 - 11:03 PM

Recieved my compilation from Kristine.............even if you don't know Mitch, it is definitly a must have. Not only is it fabulous, but really shows how great a showman he was........lots to be learned from that flat thing for our group. KristineRobin, and Dan, blessings be for burning it!


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Subject: RE: Obit: Mitch Uharriet
From: GUEST,Marilyn Uharriet, WSM
Date: 05 Jun 04 - 03:36 PM

I am sitting here listening to the memorial cd you burned, Kristine and Dan. It IS wonderful !! I, too, thank you for that priceless compilation of music. His dad thanks you, too. You did so much to make his memorial soooo nice. The entire family thanks you for everything.


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Subject: RE: Obit: Mitch Uharriet
From: Gypsy
Date: 14 May 07 - 11:01 PM

We are thinking of Mitch, and working up his version of Old Joe Clark. Does anyone know if he wrote it, or dug it up? A tip of me hat to ye, laddie. We still miss you.


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Subject: RE: Obit: Mitch Uharriet (May, 2004)
From: GUEST,Janet Campbell
Date: 23 May 07 - 12:19 PM

I was just putting music in my Itunes, and I came across Mitch's CD, Unusual Suspect, so I put it in, and suddenly wondered about the man I met only once when I rode the Skunk Train with my little girl, about 5 years ago. He was playing his banjo and mandoline, and I was amazed at his incredible talent. I loved the music! We talked a lot on his breaks, and I enjoyed his outlook on life, and his attitude toward the music. It was a very memorable trip, because of him. I bought the CD, of course. While I was downloading music, I wondered if he had put out any more CD's, so I checked online for him...and found this. I am so sorry to hear such a wonderful person and musician has passed away so suddenly, and so early. He left a lasting impression on me, and I only ever saw him one time, for about two hours. I can only imagine what it must have been like to be one of his family or friends...


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Subject: RE: Obit: Mitch Uharriet (May, 2004)
From: GUEST
Date: 31 Jul 11 - 09:21 AM

Mitch is always in my thoughts...I miss him dearly.

Jim Berryhill


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