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balladeer Toronto Folk History (53* d) RE: Toronto Folk History 03 Apr 09

For those who may not know, the Mariposa festival was started by a wonderful woman named Ruth Jones, who lived in Orillia at the time. Ruth is still around, and might even read this thread.

I cannot speak about Ruth without mentioning Doug Bush and Al Cromwell, who were a working duo at that time, and who I think may have appeared at that first Mariposa. In any case, they went on to become good friends with Ruth.

Doug and I had also performed together for a while, back before I learned enough guitar to accompany myself (just barely, but it was the sixties, and a girl with a guitar was still a rare sight and therefore a marketable commodity).

Al was a fixture on the Toronto scene until his untimely passing a few years ago. I could always track him down, but Doug seems to have disappeared without a trace. Now and then over the years, I've made attempts to find him (I think Ruth has also) but I've had no luck.

Does anyone out there have any leads?


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