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 http://www.rjcowdery.com/.
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 http://beta.blogger.com/www.theblackswans.com.
SOURCE [DISPATCH ARTICLE]: http://columbusdispatch.com/live/content/local_news/stories/2008/07/03/sayre_obit.html?sid=101
(If you have not been to see RJ do so. What a voice.)
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.
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 Levensonwww.OldTimeMusic.us