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sing4peace Jody Gibson/Cranky Yankee's daughter seeks stories (29) RE: Jody Gibson/Cranky Yankee's daughter seeks stories 21 Sep 09


Thought you all might be interested to know that Jody also had two other kids. After Jody passed away in 2005, my brother, Dave "the singing fisherman" Katzberg died in January of 2007. Dave and Jody played together frequently at the annual "Fiddlers and Fishermen" concert in Portsmouth, RI and at the weekly open mike at Billy Goodes' Tavern in Newport, RI.

Dave was a Harley riding, deep sea fisherman, catching "bugs" in the Georges Banks. He was quite a songwriter and was possessed of a slightly twisted sense of humor. Dave died of leukemia and left the world at 44 before he could record his songs: Jesus was a Zombie, Mark of the Devil, I Was In A Bar Last Night (to the tune of starry, starry night) and These Are The Reasons Ted Kennedy Drinks (to the tune of My Favorite Things)- just to name a few of his favorites. He knew more verses to the "Hitler only had one ball" song than anybody in the world. There will never be another like him.

My sister, Kate Katzberg is alive and well and can be found at www.myspace.com/katekatzberg She has a couple of her original compositions up there. Kate has been playing with a new band "The Naybobs" featuring Steve Jobe on viola, guitar and hurdy gurdy,Bob Asperinio on bass and mandolin and Winnie Lambrecht on hand held percussion. Kate plays guitar and sings. Their repertoire is quite eclectic with everything from 16th century ballads to Buck Owens to Kate's originals.I do believe that my sister is the second funniest person I have ever seen on stage - next to Lucille Ball. She used to be part of a duo called "Katzberg and Snyder" that reigned as numero uno favorite folky band around Rhode Island in the 80's, early nineties before Kate and Steve Snyder broke up their 18 year musical partnership. Steve went on to work for WGBH Boston Public Radio helping to produce "The World" and "Sound and the Spirit".

Kate and I also have a half sister named Laurie. Laurie and her father, Fremont could whistle and sing very nicely but were never professional entertainers.

Jody has grandchildren: My daughter, Emma is a dancer - teaching and competing in various styles of swing dance. Got her start with Ceilidh and Ballet - She can sing but won't. She also knows her stuff about vitamins and herbs and all things healthy. My son, Tom is a letter carrier by day and a disc jockey by night. We just gave him Dave's guitar to learn on. Who knows where that will lead?

Kate's daughter Amelia is already a promising performer possessing her mother's dry wit and a rather nice flair with the fiddle. Son Noah is an athletic ball of energy that nobody can quite fill up.

Now you are up to speed with what Jody used to refer to as his "offspring".

springing off now,
Joyce


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