Monday, July 14, 2008

Folk Night For Folkies.

Good News For Local Singer Song Writer

The following from Ed Smith.

Local folk singer wins the New Folk Competition in Kerrville, Texas
Congratulations to RJ Cowdery of Columbus upon being named co-winner of the annual New Folk Competition at the 2008 Kerrville Folk Festival. RJ was one of 32 finalists to compete on May 24 & 25. Other winners this year include Devon Sproule, CJ Watson, Hans York, Robby Hecht, and BettySoo. Winners from past years include Grammy winning singer/songwriters Nanci Griffith, Lyle Lovett, and Steve Earle. For more information on RJ and her newest CD, "One More Door" visit

Violinist dies after near-drowning
Noel Sayre, violinist of the Columbus folk-rock band the Black Swans died July 3. The Columbus Dispatch reported that Lifeguards recovered Sayre's body from the bottom of a community pool in Wheelerburg Ohio and performed CPR on July 1. He was transported to the Southern Ohio Medical Center where he remained on life-support until he died on the 3rd. Sayer was 37.
Sayre grew up in Huntington, West Virginia and earned a degree in music from Ohio University. He performed with the West Virginia Symphony and the Portsmouth Symphony Orchestras. He moved to Columbus in the early '90s and played in the rock band Pretty Mighty Mighty and in 1994 formed the Black Swans with songwriter Jerry DeCicca. Both bands toured throughout the United States. A memorial service is being held July 12 in Huntington, WV. Donations are being sought to help cover expenses. For details vist
(If you have not been to see RJ do so. What a voice.)

Folk Night For Folkies.

Ashville Open Mic stacked to the roof tops.

You just never know what is going to happen at Ashville. We have a good regular crowd, but Thursday night we were bursting at the seams. I have posted some photo's of the new performers who I hope will be regulars.

Birthday Boys.
Open Mic regular Alex Niemiec has a birthday today. As a student he is back home on the east side of the State until college starts again. He is missed on Thursday nights and we all look forward to his return. Another birthday boy from last week is Dick Plunk. A special song was written for him by Ken and we all signed it. It is called, You Don't Know Dick.
This comes about because of a chance remark from a regular member of the audience at Papa Joe's. What followed was my having tee shits and caps printed. (See photo) Sorry the picture is not clear, I have it on maximum for the blog. The wording is Ashville Open Mic. If you Have Not Been To Ashville Open Mic You Do Not Know Dick. Every Thursday 7 till 9

The Cap you can read.

If you would like one or either please let me know. The cost depends on numbers. I am guessing, but to give you a guide the shirt will be around $10 and the caps $16. The more that order the better price I can get.

Here are the new comers from Thursday night.

Good Stuff

This from Larry Staats
Below is a copy of an e-mail about Cliff Hardesty. He and his band were the head liners for the Central Ohio Folk Festival not too long ago.
Larry Staats

Hi Larry,Please help pass on the sad news that Clifford Hardesty, Ohio's fiddler and fiddle builder died last night or early this morning in his sleep. He was 87 and will be much missed.Play nice,Dan

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