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Rick Fielding tribute, March 21, Toronto

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Subject: RE: Rick Fielding tribute, March 21, Toronto
From: Eve Goldberg
Date: 13 Apr 09 - 11:02 AM

Pat Sibley put together a great photo montage of the concert.

click here


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Subject: RE: Rick Fielding tribute, March 21, Toronto
From: Bill D
Date: 24 Mar 09 - 09:18 PM

Thank you, bbc....it was hard to choose what pics to show. Everything I have of Rick shows him as part of things....leading, sharing enjoying. I am glad I spent money I barely had on a digital camera early.


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Subject: RE: Rick Fielding tribute, March 21, Toronto
From: bbc
Date: 24 Mar 09 - 09:05 PM

Folks, thanks so much for sharing with those of us who couldn't attend. I will never forget Rick. He was an extraordinary person, teacher, performer. I'm thankful I could call him friend. Bill, it was fun to revisit those photos from the Mudcat pages. Thanks!

best to all,

bbc


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Subject: RE: Rick Fielding tribute, March 21, Toronto
From: Eve Goldberg
Date: 24 Mar 09 - 08:29 PM

OK, I haven't had a chance to post for a day or two, but I've been follwing the thread.

My one regret on Saturday night-- I didn't get any desserts! Which was probably a good thing for my waistline... but Tricia, who made them all, is an extraordinary chef and baker whose food is always filled with lots of love.

And yes Joanne, it was a treat to hear Glen Reid again.

It's amazing to me to read this thread and realize all the ways Rick helped connect people to each other, and all the ways he helped steer many of us on to new things. Jeri, I remember you getting up and playing a song at the memorial concert at the Tranzac - to me that was a beautiful illustration.


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Subject: RE: Rick Fielding tribute, March 21, Toronto
From: Tinker
Date: 24 Mar 09 - 10:10 AM

Jeri, it was in no way "too much information" Somehow a love song based on heather and Rick-- written by you and then touched by Rick and Mick.... Well, I'm sitting here with a few tears and a wonderful sense of the rightness of love in all it's many forms. It's a piece of Mudcat at it's best combining gifts and talents and helping the stories be told.

Miss you all


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Subject: RE: Rick Fielding tribute, March 21, Toronto
From: Big Mick
Date: 23 Mar 09 - 07:00 PM

The facts are, Jeri, you wrote this wonderful piece. If I am to judge from what I could see from the stage, there were many folks touched by your elegant imagery. There were eyes closed and heads swaying. I hope I did your words justice. They certainly touched me as I imagined you thinking of Rick and Heather as you wrote them.

Glad I could provide the tune and other things.

Mick


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Subject: RE: Rick Fielding tribute, March 21, Toronto
From: Jeri
Date: 23 Mar 09 - 06:42 PM

Well, I got about 11 hours of sleep last night and had to fight my to consciousness this morning, and I'm feeling better.

I thank Lillian for her words about the song I wrote and Mick sang, but know that it wasn't just my writing.

Too much information:
I'd sent the words to both Rick and Mick. When I went up to visit Heather after Rick died, she handed me his song book and asked, 'Did you write this?' I know Rick had been working on it at some point but dropped it when he got sick. He'd edited it a bit, and I later sent his edits to Mick, and he finished it, writing a tune and a couple of bridges.

See, I'd given it to Rick and Mick. I didn't think Mick was going to do anything with it and Rick was gone. I don't know that I ever would have gone near it again.


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Subject: RE: Rick Fielding tribute, March 21, Toronto
From: balladeer
Date: 23 Mar 09 - 05:29 PM

Jeri, you should be asleep. You did a lot of driving on the weekend.


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Subject: RE: Rick Fielding tribute, March 21, Toronto
From: Jeri
Date: 23 Mar 09 - 05:03 PM

Thanks, Joanne. I don't think my brain's working so well.


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Subject: RE: Rick Fielding tribute, March 21, Toronto
From: balladeer
Date: 23 Mar 09 - 04:56 PM

Jeri, David Woodhead said Rick asked him if he'd like to take a particular guitar home from Rick's place. He said yes and never took it back.

Mick, we SHALL sing together one day. For now, get better!


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Subject: RE: Rick Fielding tribute, March 21, Toronto
From: Jeri
Date: 23 Mar 09 - 04:47 PM

Lovely, MMario.

Mick, you're a selfish bastard. I acquired Heather's cold. Two month and two colds for me. I can only wonder if that was something I also shared with you.

The concert was full of music, but also quite a few stories. Other folks mentioned that, and they also said how appropriate it was.

I asked Grit if I could have his guitar, and he said 'no'. He also indicated he didn't mind my asking. I think he recognized it for the compliment I intended.

There WAS a story (by John, I believe) about a guitar. About him playing it and Rick asking 'Do you want to take it with you?' years ago, and that he never returned it.

The overall impression I got from the night and all the stories and songs was that, if Rick ever affected someone's life, he did it big. He did it so big that those people are out making difference in other people's lives... and so it goes.


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Subject: RE: Rick Fielding tribute, March 21, Toronto
From: Sandy Mc Lean
Date: 23 Mar 09 - 04:35 PM

I am happy to hear that this went so well, as I knew it would! I hope that everyone who tried to get in at least got close enough to listen!
I only knew Rick through Mudcat but like so many others I considered him a friend and a mentor.


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Subject: RE: Rick Fielding tribute, March 21, Toronto
From: MMario
Date: 23 Mar 09 - 04:21 PM

Yet sometimes in the silence
From one verse to the next,
We can almost hear soft laughter there once more
And the echo of his voice is ringing
In the final chord --
Tonight he's singing on the other shore.


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Subject: RE: Rick Fielding tribute, March 21, Toronto
From: Big Mick
Date: 23 Mar 09 - 04:17 PM

THE DESSERTS ........ HOW COULD I FORGET THE DESSERTS?????



Jeri...... the RASPBERRY TORTE....... to absolutely die for ...... and I ate mine all by myself and managed to filch a bite of yours.......YES!!!!!!

Mick


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Subject: RE: Rick Fielding tribute, March 21, Toronto
From: Big Mick
Date: 23 Mar 09 - 04:14 PM

Joanne, you are kidding, right? Encourage you? I want the honor of singing with you. At the moment I am laying around with a nasty cough and closed up throat (as you saw after the concert). But one day, my friend.

Here is what Lillian Wauthier, who "instigated" the concert said about it in an email to the participants:

Last night's special celebration, a tribute and memorial to Rick Fielding, was a most incredible and magical concert. It's hard to find the right words to describe it....one of my volunteers said to me "what MADE that night was Rick" and that's absolutely true; it was all about Rick and I think that many of us are where we are today because of him.

A huge, heart-felt THANK YOU to all the phenomenal musicians who gave of their time, talent and generosity to give us an outstanding performance. Thank you to Tony Quarrington Mose Scarlett, Wendell Ferguson, Grit Laskin, Bill Garret, Crabtree & Mills, Eve Goldberg, Glen Reid, D'Arcy Wickham, Chris Coole, John Zytaruk, "Pineapple" Frank Barth, Bill MacLean, Bob Cutler, Marianne Girard, David Woodhead, Liam Jones.

A special thank you to the out-of-town musicians - Ron Jones who came from Vancouver, Mick Lane and Tom Verlin from Michigan and Matt Watroba from New Hampshire. [Editorial note: that should be "Matt Watroba from Michigan" - Mick]

Thank you also to visitors from afar - Patricia Sibley from Vancouver Island -she put together a beautiful collage of photos of Rick and the memories collected from his friends and fans - and Jeri who came from New Hampshire; we heard her beautiful love song for Rick and Heather sung by Mick Lane. I think there were several other out-of-towners in the audience as well.

Thank you to Heather Fielding and Steve Fruitman for their fine emceeing of the evenings proceedings. And thank you to all the committee and volunteers for their hard work and a job well done.

Thank you to Jason LaPrade (Crystal Clear Sound) and Dave Lang for the great sound; they had a huge task and they kept the evening flowing smoothly. Thanks to Paul Mills who wore two hats - performing and recording the whole evenings' event. Thanks to all the photographers capturing the moments- looking forward to seeing some pix soon.

Finally thank you to Tricia Hurst for her luscious desserts!

It was so wonderful to have everyone together making such exquisite music and to hear songs commemorating Rick, as well as Rick's own songs, honoured so lovingly. It was quite overwhelming. How blessed we all are to be part of such a vibrant and caring musical community. Rick was one of the mainstays of this community and revered by his fans and fellow musicians alike. He was a brilliant songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, music historian, story-teller, leather artist...the list goes on. But above all he was a man who embraced life and everything about music; he was a patient teacher,
always giving of his vast knowledge, and he was a keen observer of people. He treated people well and earned everyone's respect and admiration.

And from the funny, insightful and heart-warming memories and stories told, it was obvious that Rick was an extraordinary man and musician who deeply touched, influenced and inspired the lives of a great many people. It was a joyous tribute to a man who was well and truly loved. He would have approved of, and been so pleased with, the synergistic energy and the grand outpouring of love....in fact, I think we heard him chuckling out in the
wings....

Lillian


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Subject: RE: Rick Fielding tribute, March 21, Toronto
From: SINSULL
Date: 23 Mar 09 - 01:02 PM

I was at the Shanty Sing in Portsmouth but thinking of you all. Can't wait to see the replay.


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Subject: RE: Rick Fielding tribute, March 21, Toronto
From: balladeer
Date: 23 Mar 09 - 11:24 AM

Mick, you are referring to David Woodhead. David plays many different instruments, all with a master's touch, but he does have a particularly striking approach to the bass guitar. You heard him playing A Thousand Thank Yous, which was written by the great Toronto violinist, Oliver Schroer, not too long before his untimely (and still very recent) passing. When David played Ollie's piece so melodiously and sensitively on his electric bass on Saturday night, it felt like a requiem for Rick - and for Ollie as well.

And Mick - thank you for your personal words of encouragement to me.

You are a pretty special guy.

Joanne


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Subject: RE: Rick Fielding tribute, March 21, Toronto
From: Big Mick
Date: 23 Mar 09 - 10:56 AM

You are another gift that we owe Rick for, Joanne. For those that don't know of Joanne, I urge you to take a listen to the CD's by Crabtree and Mills. One earful and you will be hooked. That was one of Rick's greatest gifts. He loved music and people so very much, that he hated to see either of them squandered. That is why he dragged Glenn back into performing, that is why he encouraged Chris Coole, that is why he encouraged Jed Marum, and that is why he stayed after you to start again. And guess what? We are all blessed with it because of this. We get to hear you all express your musical souls full of passion and beauty and wisdom.

Speaking of Chris Coole and Rick, I often am speaking to young musicians who think that speed is the essence of good playing. I always point out to them that the really great players develope speed, and then slow it down for beauty, and that the greatest beauty in music comes with going at the exactly right pace for what is being done. Often the best examples of a master are when they are playing a simple tune with amazing elegance. Rick's version of Ola Belle Reed's High On A Mountain is an example, in fact a prime example. When I sat across the stage from Chris, and the wonderful Eve Goldberg started that song, and Chris led off with that perfect banjo ....... my skin just tingled.

Was it Bill Maclean that did that amazing fingerstyle instrumental on the bass guitar? I thought Chet Atkins might have slipped in and was playing on a 6 string. It was magic.

Mick


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Subject: RE: Rick Fielding tribute, March 21, Toronto
From: balladeer
Date: 23 Mar 09 - 10:19 AM

Mick, you're so right. Paul and Bev are a wonderful team. I consider myself very lucky to be friends with them both - and of course, I cannot imagine a better musical partner than Paul.

During my own dark night of the soul, when I had concluded the musical stage was something that belonged buried deep in my past, Rick began exhorting me to get back out there. He urged me, several summers in a row, to come to the Woods Music and Dance Camp while he was on the staff. When I didn't do that, he began pressuring me to join Toronto's Friday Night Song Circle, and one night when Rick was playing at Toronto's Flying Cloud Folk Club, he intruduced me to Sue Goldberg and asked her to introduce me to the song circle, which she did.

That chain of events put me on the path to finding Paul Mills and the best musical collaboration of my life, and all because Rick would just not let me stay quit.

Joanne


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Subject: RE: Rick Fielding tribute, March 21, Toronto
From: Tinker
Date: 23 Mar 09 - 09:54 AM

Thanks so much for posting the tales. It never fails to amaze me when I see how much emotion and energy can come through the printed word on a Mudcat thread.... But then again Rick was a master of that too. Legacy in music and word.

thanks all


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Subject: RE: Rick Fielding tribute, March 21, Toronto
From: Big Mick
Date: 23 Mar 09 - 09:40 AM

I know exactly how you feel about Glen, Joanne. Sitting next to this man was a joy. He is such a humble, decent guy, and such an incredible talent. You know Rick is a friend, buddy, and hero of mine, and Glen (as you said so well)was one of Rick's heroes. I guess that really puts him up there for me.

Was there ever a couple of better people than Paul and Bev Mills? I can't imagine it. I often say that I would have loved being a Canadian, because I love the place, its people, my friends and cultural base so very much. And a perfect example of why that iswould be Borealis Records. If I could think of one perfect reason why I would love to be a Canadian, it would be to be part of Borealis. In every event they are there, they donated a pile of CD's for sale and every Bluenose imprinted dime of the proceeds went to the charity.

To me, when I look up and see Paul Mills, Grit Laskin, and Bill Garret onstage, surrounded by the most amazing cast of players and singers ever ........ I know that I can smile and say, "I was there....".

Mick


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Subject: RE: Rick Fielding tribute, March 21, Toronto
From: JedMarum
Date: 23 Mar 09 - 09:02 AM

Yes, R.I.P. my friend - and thanks to all for retelling the tale for those of us who could not be there.


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Subject: RE: Rick Fielding tribute, March 21, Toronto
From: balladeer
Date: 23 Mar 09 - 07:15 AM

Hello everyone.

What a privilege to be in the green room surrounded by such a concentration of my favourite musicians, and what a privilege to stay among them all, all night long. When I wasn't on stage, I was in the front row, glued to every song, every tune, every story. Normally, I have a pretty low boredom threshold, but I could have sat in that front row forever, absorbing all that love, love that was inspired by Rick and expressed through a four-hour flow of top-notch musical performances. Everyone touched me, moved me, spoke to me - but there is a special place in my heart for Glen Reid. I have been partial to singing cowboys all my life, and to my eye and my ear, Glen stands squarely and beautifully in that tradition. He is a humble man, and Saturday night he spoke gratefully of the ways Rick had helped him come through a difficult time. Now I happen to know that Glen was one of Rick's heroes. Rick was not a sentimental man, but on more than one occasion, he shared with me the deep and abiding love he felt for Glen Reid. Listening to Glen sing Lifeline to the Heartland Saturday night - a song Glen wrote, that Rick not only recorded, but named a CD after - hearing Glen sing that perfect song was my breaking point, the moment when I could no longer hold back the tears.

Rick's legacy is that he brought music to life inside so many people - and back to life inside so many others.

R.I.P. my friend.

Joanne


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Subject: RE: Rick Fielding tribute, March 21, Toronto
From: Omie Ohmy
Date: 22 Mar 09 - 11:13 PM

I was at the tribute for Rick last night. I had never met Rick in person but now I have... in every way!!!
It honestly did indeed feel as if he was there and remember I had never met Rick! What a privilege to meet him and know him through the love and the music shared by his friends!
These are moments from which the power of music manifests itself and then we are all reminded once again what brings us hope in a dismal world.
I had the dreadful task of having to announce at the door that there was no more room in the house available.
It was a night mare to see the crestfallen faces as people who had lined up for? (actually the first one arrived at 6:30 and the doors opened at 7:30) but many had to turn around and go home.
I know how many chairs we put up, I know how much came in the door $ wise but I can also safely say that neither the chairs nor the $ can attest to the # of bodies in the room.
My guess is there were between 225 and 250, standing against the walls, sitting on the floor, and on the tables, all there soaking up the love within the stories and the songs.What a colection of fine musicians on one stage!!
Truly a night to remember! I just came off the phone with Heather and she is still basking!
So Mick and Matt think the Toronto folk community is special? Well I cannot get over the Mudcatters as a community when I read the words of so many who were not able to come but were there in spirit!
WOW, I have been moved!!


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Subject: RE: Rick Fielding tribute, March 21, Toronto
From: Duckboots
Date: 22 Mar 09 - 10:51 PM

It was a wonderful evening and I'm still taking it all in.

Thanks to Eve, Mick and Peter for trying to write about it, it was all they've said and more.

Now not to take anything away from Lillian, Mick, but she wasn't the only organizer, the credit for this goes to the whole committee of Lucy Bowers, Doug Campbell, Topaz Dawn, Jennifer Sutton and Lillian. Lucy should get a special mention because she was the instigator - is that what you'd call it Mick? The one who started it all happening.

The "wee red headed lass taking pictures" is Emma, sometimes a volunteer and sometimes Omie Lucy's conscript, but last night our official photographer. Her assignment was to take pictures of the musicians.

What can I say about the musicians. It was a wonderful line up to begin with but what made it so special is the way they all worked together: I think Bill McLean set the tone, he was Rick's bass player in the Acoustic Workshop band, and when he found out who was playing he e-mailed everyone to say "Hey, happy to work with you and what can I do". And suddenly it seemed everyone was sharing information.

I was in the Green Room before the show and all these performers were in groups here and there working out how to help each other. Eve got everyone together to work on the final song..it was teamwork from beginning to end.

I think that's all I can say right now. It was quite magical.

Heather


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Subject: RE: Rick Fielding tribute, March 21, Toronto
From: Eve Goldberg
Date: 22 Mar 09 - 10:00 PM

After the concert someone said it would have been great to ask all of Rick's students, anyone who had ever taken a lesson from Rick, to stand up. I wish we had thought of that.


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Subject: RE: Rick Fielding tribute, March 21, Toronto
From: Big Mick
Date: 22 Mar 09 - 09:49 PM

Peter, PM me with your phone. Somehow, in the transition to the new cell, I have your name but no number.

Mick


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Subject: RE: Rick Fielding tribute, March 21, Toronto
From: Peter T.
Date: 22 Mar 09 - 09:47 PM

It was more than a nice touch. It was very moving. It reminded everyone there of the way Rick had of honestly moving people up a level. I had time while Mick was reading it to think about how he did that, and I think that the difference between his way of doing that kind of thing and other people's is that when other people do it, it is often just some kind of general exhortation -- oh, you know, be the best you can be, read this book on how to be better than you are -- but Rick would honestly tell you what your skills were and so when he said you could be better than you currently knew, you took it seriously.

It was Eve who said it best last night. He taught his students how to treat people, especially students who were going to be teachers.   I think it is this combination of honest appraisal, plus belief, that was his hallmark -- and Jed's letter made us all see that.

yours,

Peter T.


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Subject: RE: Rick Fielding tribute, March 21, Toronto
From: Big Mick
Date: 22 Mar 09 - 09:42 PM

Jed, I read your letter to the assembled fans. It was a very nice touch.

All the best,

Mick


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Subject: RE: Rick Fielding tribute, March 21, Toronto
From: JedMarum
Date: 22 Mar 09 - 09:40 PM

Thanks so much, y'all for the update. I would have given my right arm to be the there - but it was busy in Houston! Rick was a crucial influence in my decision to change my life, and I thank him very day.


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Subject: RE: Rick Fielding tribute, March 21, Toronto
From: Peter T.
Date: 22 Mar 09 - 09:35 PM

apologies to matt!

yours,

Peter T.


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Subject: RE: Rick Fielding tribute, March 21, Toronto
From: Bill D
Date: 22 Mar 09 - 09:22 PM

It didn't seem so important at the time, but the very first photos in the Mudcat gallery were of Rick's concert for FSGW in 1999, and I was in one with him and some other folks.
It was both a pleasure & an honor to know Rick and share talk & music with him.
I look forward to an announcement of a broadcast of the concert.


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Subject: RE: Rick Fielding tribute, March 21, Toronto
From: katlaughing
Date: 22 Mar 09 - 08:58 PM

Thanks for the reports. PLease be sure to let us know when it will be broadcast!

BillD...that picture went straight to my heart and here I am weeping, again, for the wonderful friends we all have here at Mudcat and for the two exceptional people we have lost...Rick and, now, Malcolm.

luvykat


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Subject: RE: Rick Fielding tribute, March 21, Toronto
From: Eve Goldberg
Date: 22 Mar 09 - 08:29 PM

Thanks Jeri,

I did a little sleuthing and found myself ("I once was lost but now I'm found"), and used Joe's helpful FAQ to get my password back.

Nice to be reading all the fun conversations again!


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Subject: RE: Rick Fielding tribute, March 21, Toronto
From: Jeri
Date: 22 Mar 09 - 08:22 PM

Apparently, the line went up the stairs of the church, out the door and around it. I don't know that ALL the 'turned away' found a way in, but I did see a couple of them inside. I got there about 4:30 and until the concert was over at 1:30 (or so) AM, I sat down for maybe a cumulative 10 minutes. Every single performer was amazing, and if Rick could have decided the format, he would have done it exactly the way it happened.

For each set, the performers all sat on the stage and took turns. There was a backing band that was more incredible than most of us can dream of. The whole night couldn't have been better in any way... aside from maybe more chairs and room. I wonder how many people were there.

Two things:
ve, you can e-mail Joe Offer at joe(at)mudcat.org. Your Mudcat 'handle' is 'Eve Goldberg', but Joe will have to get you your password..

The other thing is that the show was recorded and will be broadcast by CIUT at a time to be determined.


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Subject: RE: Rick Fielding tribute, March 21, Toronto
From: Big Mick
Date: 22 Mar 09 - 08:12 PM

I have tried for so long to figure out why I love the folk community around Toronto so much, or rather should I say to figure out how it is that there are so many generous, giving, and talented people in one spot. Last night it became apparent what the answer to that is. There is a caring spirit in these wonderful Toronto folkies. Every last one of them, from the wee red headed lass taking pictures, to Lillian Wauthier the Organizer, to every last person working as a volunteer, to the last audience member, are a reflection of Rick's attitude of caring and teaching. Every last artist, from my phenomenally talented friend Eve Goldberg, to the incredible "name" performers such as Paul Mills, Grit Laskin, Bill Garret, Chris Coole, Tony Quarrington (I am a huge fan of this man), my buddy Mose Scarlett, Glen Reid, Joanne Crabtree (yep, I'm in love with her voice), Matt Watroba, to the most incredible house band I have ever seen, were giving and encouraging to a fault. I believe that Rick's spirit is alive in each and every one of them. His influence, and his voice, will be heard for many years. I am in awe of the wonderful community of singers and players, and I thank them from the bottom of my heart for allowing me to be a part of their company as we remembered our dear friend.

Heather remains at the center of this community, and she walks it with grace and love. Having her in our world makes us all the better. I always leave her presence grateful that I could spend time with her.

Rick, my friend, I felt you there with us. I know you aren't happy about my accuracy on the instrument, you probably wish I would switch to the "country C", but you should know that I sang your songs from a place of love. I miss you every day, buddy, and I hope that your are in that celestial picking band you wrote about.........

Much Love,

Mick


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Subject: RE: Rick Fielding tribute, March 21, Toronto
From: GUEST,Banjo Bob
Date: 22 Mar 09 - 07:44 PM

As one of Rick's students of numerous instruments over the years, I was grateful to be invited to be part of the Tribute last night. I was extremely pleased at all of the performances and all the performers and the general turnout of Rick's fans. There were so many things I wish I had said but time didn't permit and generally they were covered by other performers. My biggest regret is that they did have to turn away people at the door, and several of my friends (and Rick's fans) were disappointed. My thanks to the organizers and to the audience, and my warmest regards to Heather Fielding.


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Subject: RE: Rick Fielding tribute, March 21, Toronto
From: GUEST,Eve G
Date: 22 Mar 09 - 07:41 PM



"Martin LaTrobe (if I have the name right) came up from across the border, and was very complimentary towards the Toronto community, but even more winningly, did one of the loveliest songs of the night, Miss the Mississippi and You."



That would be Matt Watroba, host of "Folks Like Us" on WDET radio in Detroit. He's a very fine musician, songwriter and singer, and a very very nice person to boot.

And Peter, if you want some help with those guitar chops you think you're losing, I know a good teacher in Toronto...I'm sure it would all come back pretty quickly!


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Subject: RE: Rick Fielding tribute, March 21, Toronto
From: Peter T.
Date: 22 Mar 09 - 05:41 PM

Another report.....
The show was held at the Acoustic Harvest, which Rick helped found a decade or so ago, at the church near their house, in the basement. There was a long lineup to get in, and at one point they threatened to turn people away -- which was (ahem) mostly solved in innovative ways. In the end, people were standing. There must have been 150 people there or more wedged in. It was a happy evening, no one did anything too lugubrious. And it went on till 1 a.m.   
    Highlights: well, one highlight was Mudcatter Big Mick who regaled the place in his usual expansive -- is that the word I am seeking? -- style. He sang "Voices of Struggle" and then a song of Mudcatter Jeri's, which is a sweet song. It is more than ordinarily pleasant to see how many of Rick's students are, five years on, just getting better. (Slackers like me are deteriorating). Anyway, Mick just cheered everyone up. He also talked about a famous day in the Fielding's backyard when a group of us, for some Rick-centred reason, just bonded.
   Another of Rick's students , Eve Goldberg (who has just posted) did a very moving version of "High On A Mountain" , the last song Rick ever did. And her own signature tune "Watermelon Sorbet". And Paul Mills and Joanne Crabtree (I am going with Mudcatters here) did their usual superbery - and stopped everything with "Till I'm Too Old To Die Young". Joanne also did an especially moving job of "Over the Rainbow".   And many other people did tunes, like Glen Reid from up north; Chris Coole the banjoist; and Rick's old pals, Grit Laskin, Wendell Ferguson, and Bill Garrett. Matt Watroba(if I have the name right) came up from across the border, and was very complimentary towards the Toronto community, but even more winningly, did one of the loveliest songs of the night, Miss the Mississippi and You.
   Nice tributes flowed, especially about Rick's kindness, his belief in how much better people were than they thought they were, and his encyclopaedic knowledge. There were also some nice posters of photos of Rick's life and works.
The evening was designed to have a house band on stage most of the time (Tony Quarrington, Frank Barth and others) and a kind of laid-back set of musicians swapping songs, all of which were gobbled up by the audience -- who really didn't get out of there till after 1 am, just after a colossal group finale ("A Handful of Songs").
CIUT, the radio station, has promised to broadcast their recording of the show at some point.
Rick would have been pleased......mildly abashed, but pleased.

yours,

Peter T.


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Subject: RE: Rick Fielding tribute, March 21, Toronto
From: Claymore
Date: 22 Mar 09 - 04:25 PM

I'm sorry I missed it, but my plate was full in Shepherdstown, WV doing sound for a hammered dulcimer festival. I also miss Rick and was able to make the first memorial house concert in Silver Spring MD by Jed an number of years ago. But I might be on the watch list for Canada, and could have been turned back at the border...


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Subject: RE: Rick Fielding tribute, March 21, Toronto
From: GUEST,Eve G
Date: 22 Mar 09 - 02:55 PM

Hi all,

(It's been so long since I checked into Mudcat that I've forgotten my Mudcat name and password! Bad, bad, bad! Does anyone know how I retrieve them?)

I wanted to just say hi to you all and tell you that last night's concert was amazing. It was so packed they had to turn a bunch of people away (people started lining up at 6:30 pm!).

The music was fantastic, the stories were funny and touching, and looking around the room you could see what a tremendous impact Rick had on the folk scene in Toronto and far beyond.

The concert went well past midnight, but most of the crowd stuck around until the very end. I think Rick would have enjoyed it!


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Subject: RE: Rick Fielding tribute, March 21, Toronto
From: catspaw49
Date: 21 Mar 09 - 04:57 PM

I've had this and Rick in my thoughts for the past couple of days and I wish I was there. I still miss him as do so many others.......

Spaw


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Subject: RE: Rick Fielding tribute, March 21, Toronto
From: GUEST
Date: 21 Mar 09 - 04:36 PM

nice pic, Bill. Thanks


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Subject: RE: Rick Fielding tribute, March 21, Toronto
From: Bill D
Date: 21 Mar 09 - 01:38 PM

Funny how he just seems to be there when you are surrounded with certain people

Have a great evening, folks. I wish I could be there.


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Subject: RE: Rick Fielding tribute, March 21, Toronto
From: RoyH (Burl)
Date: 21 Mar 09 - 08:28 AM

Heather, I still treasure the memory of being on stage with Rick at Mystic Seaport festival, and still regret that his tour of the UK never came off. I can't be at the tribute, where I'm sure Rick's memory will be well saluted, but I'll be there in spirit. My best wishes to you, have a great evening. Roy Harris.


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Subject: RE: Rick Fielding tribute, March 21, Toronto
From: katlaughing
Date: 21 Mar 09 - 12:15 AM

I will be thinking of you all and sending good thoughts of thanks to Rick for being such a generous talented friend, to all of you who will be there honouring him, to all of us at Mudcat who knew him through this medium and loved him and still miss his presence, and to Heather...it's so good to see a posting from "Duckboots!"

luvyakat


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Subject: RE: Rick Fielding tribute, March 21, Toronto
From: Willie-O
Date: 20 Mar 09 - 10:46 PM

If you're anywhere near Toronto, don't miss this!

w-0


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Subject: RE: Rick Fielding tribute, March 21, Toronto
From: balladeer
Date: 20 Mar 09 - 01:02 AM

I'm looking forward to making the acquaintance of some of you fine folks on Saturday night.

Joanne Crabtree


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Subject: RE: Rick Fielding tribute, March 21, Toronto
From: GUEST,Big Mick
Date: 19 Mar 09 - 10:38 PM

Bill, I am not at a computer that I can log in on. I can't get PM's. I should be able to get email on the road in the morning. Email me using Mick at Mudcat.org. I have that set up to forward.


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Subject: RE: Rick Fielding tribute, March 21, Toronto
From: Charley Noble
Date: 19 Mar 09 - 07:57 PM

Thinking of you all.

Cheerily,
Charley Noble


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