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Mark Ross Obit: Anne Feeney (1951-2021) (15) RE: Obit: Anne Feeney 1951-2021 04 Feb 21


I met Anne around 1999 when I was hired by Amtrak to play on the Inaugural run of the Three Rivers (Chicago to Pittsburgh). They gave me a room from Montana to Pittsburgh and back, with a 7 hour layover in Pittsburgh. I called Utah Phillips to ask what I could do there on the layover. He put me in touch with Feeney, who picked me up at at the depot, took to me to a friends house for some food and a chance to trade some songs, and then gave me a tour of the town, which included a visit to the Stephen Foster memorial, a ride on the funicular railway and a stop for a drink, before driving me back to the station to start my trip home.
A year later I asked her to come to Butte for a Folk Festival. I couldn't guarantee her any money but she paid her way out to play for us.
She would come to Eugene Oregon to play at the Oregon Country Fair, an event to would see up to 50,000 people over the weekend. In 2012 I heard that she had broken her wrist and I called to tell her that if she needed me to play guitar I was available, and that that year was Woody Guthrie's centenerary. The next thing I knew she had booked a tour that started on June 29th and ran for 3 weeks with one night off! It was Folk Music Boot Camp. At the Country Fair she came down sick with a kidney infection ending up in the hospital. I took her her phone and glasses, and when I goat to the ICU she immediately got on the horn to cancel our gigs in Weed Californis, and Reno Nevada. The nurses were saying that she would be there for a couple of days, but Anne insisted on making the last show in San Francisco (an 8 hour drive from Eugene). We made it, a half hour late!
The woman was the Energizer Bunny of Folk Music! It will be long time before we see her like again.

Mark Ross


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