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Obit: Sandy Paton (22 January 1929 - 26 July 2009)

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Subject: RE: Obit: Sandy Paton (22 January 1929 - 26 July 2009)
From: kendall
Date: 07 Jan 14 - 08:15 PM

Time is supposed to ease the grief, but, in this case it has failed.


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Subject: RE: Obit: Sandy Paton (22 January 1929 - 26 July 2009)
From: bbc
Date: 01 Aug 13 - 10:23 PM

Thanks for refreshing this thread. For those of us who live near Folk Legacy, Sandy's spirit is, still, easy to sense. Nonetheless, I miss him, sorely. He was a very special man & I feel blessed to have known him in his latter years & called him friend!

Barbara


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Subject: RE: Obit: Sandy Paton (22 January 1929 - 26 July 2009)
From: Little Hawk
Date: 27 Jul 13 - 01:09 AM

"Everything passes, everything changes,
Just do what you think you should do
And someday, maybe
Who knows, baby
I'll come and be crying to you."

- Bob Dylan 'To Ramona' lyrics, closing lines.


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Subject: RE: Obit: Sandy Paton (22 January 1929 - 26 July 2009)
From: Sandra in Sydney
Date: 26 Jul 13 - 10:36 PM

his memorial is here and at Folk Legacy


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Subject: RE: Obit: Sandy Paton (22 January 1929 - 26 July 2009)
From: Don Firth
Date: 26 Jul 13 - 07:39 PM

Sandy was one of Nature's Noblemen. I cherish his memory.

Don Firth


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Subject: RE: Obit: Sandy Paton (22 January 1929 - 26 July 2009)
From: Thomas Stern
Date: 26 Jul 13 - 05:16 PM

He is greatly missed.
Thomas.


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Subject: RE: Obit: Sandy Paton (22 January 1929 - 26 July 2009)
From: Elmore
Date: 26 Jul 13 - 02:20 PM

Thought I'd take this opportunity to remember Sandy on the fourth anniversary of his death. I miss his great posts on Mudcat, his exquisite voice, and his goodness.


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Subject: RE: Obit: Sandy Paton (22 January 1929 - 26 July 2009)
From: MGM·Lion
Date: 26 Jul 11 - 06:51 AM

Recently, talking over lang-syne with my sister, 85, I mentioned that the young American who sang at my 26th birthday party in Hampstead in 1958 had died a year or two back, did she remember him? "Why, she exclaimed, "that beautiful young man with the exquisite voice! Of course I remember, I have never forgotten him".

Just thought I should mention it.

Still remembered with friendship & affection, Sandy.

~Michael~

I was tickled to death to discover, on joining Mudcat just two years ago, that Sandy had remembered me, and a song I used to sing while he was here, in a post in the late 90s.


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Subject: RE: Obit: Sandy Paton (22 January 1929 - 26 July 2009)
From: kendall
Date: 26 Jul 11 - 06:40 AM

When Folk Legacy first decided to record me I didn't know how to absorb the honor.The second time I still didn't know what to do with it. It was so far out of my reach I couldn't even see it.
Over the years Sandy and I developed a very special friendship, and I got to know the other side of him. His humorous observations, his politics and his caustic wit that he would often show me fit right in with my own. I was honored that this genuine gentleman had a side to him that I never saw him share with anyone else.
One of the most intelligent and knowledgeable people I've ever known, plus, one of the wittiest. I'll never stop missing him. Gotta quit, can't see.


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Subject: RE: Obit: Sandy Paton (22 January 1929 - 26 July 2009)
From: RoyH (Burl)
Date: 26 Jul 11 - 05:27 AM

Sandy, I think of you often, and hold your memory in reverence. I will never forget how kind you and Caroline were to me on my first visit to America. Rest in peace dear friend. ROY


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Subject: RE: Obit: Sandy Paton (22 January 1929 - 26 July 2009)
From: katlaughing
Date: 25 Jul 11 - 11:13 PM

Beautidul memorial, bbc. Thanks for reminding us and for letting us know how Folk Legacy and Caroline are doing. Somehow, I expect Sandy is smiling, along with Kaelan, seeing how things are going.


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Subject: Obit: Sandy Paton (22 January 1929 - 26 July 2009)
From: bbc
Date: 25 Jul 11 - 09:41 PM

Well, folks, tomorrow marks the second anniversary of Sandy's passing. He's much in my thoughts & I've just reviewed the threads on Kaelan's passing in June, 2009, & Sandy's in July of that year. Time moves on. Caroline is doing well, although I'm sure she thinks of Sandy (& Kaelan) every day. Whenever I go to the house, I still miss seeing Sandy reading at the table, with a cup of coffee, or sitting at the computer. I miss discussing the concerts I've attended & the performers I've discovered. He was such a special friend!

Folk Legacy is celebrating its 50th year of existence. Its recordings are available, now, on Amazon & sales are up. Duane D. is a regular Folk Legacy employee, not just festival help. I wish Sandy was here to see it!

This weekend, Duane & I visited the Housatonic River site where Kaelan was lost & we spent that time remembering him & his beloved grandfather. They are both a terrible loss to the world, in one sense. At the same time, each was a special blessing & gift. I am so glad to have known them & to be able to remember tham at this time!

best,

Barbara


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Subject: RE: Obit: Sandy Paton (22 January 1929 - 26 July 2009)
From: Deckman
Date: 21 Apr 10 - 12:12 AM

Even though we'd never met, we knew of each other. Sandy gave me great guidance when I had to write the obit of Walt Robertson for Sing Out magazine. I've never forgotten that. We did talk on the phone alot ... I think we still do? bob


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Subject: RE: Obit: Sandy Paton (22 January 1929 - 26 July 2009)
From: GUEST,kendall
Date: 20 Apr 10 - 07:41 PM

Sandy told me a story that I had never heard before. That's always a rare treat.


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Subject: RE: Obit: Sandy Paton (22 January 1929 - 26 July 2009)
From: Art Thieme
Date: 20 Apr 10 - 07:16 PM

Before fully awake today, I lay there thinking of calling Sandy on the phone. Then I remembered. It's just hard to believe.

Art


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Subject: RE: Obit: Sandy Paton (22 January 1929 - 26 July 2009)
From: katlaughing
Date: 04 Feb 10 - 08:48 PM

Me, too, Joe. Thanks, very much.


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Subject: RE: Obit: Sandy Paton (22 January 1929 - 26 July 2009)
From: maeve
Date: 04 Feb 10 - 08:08 PM

Thank you, Joe. I appreciate being able to read this tribute.

maeve


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Subject: RE: Obit: Sandy Paton (22 January 1929 - 26 July 2009)
From: Joe Offer
Date: 04 Feb 10 - 08:05 PM

Sing Out! Magazine, Volume 53, No 2 (Autumn 2009/Winter 2010) arrived today. This tribute from editor Mark Moss was in the Last Chorus section, on page 147.

    SANDY PATON
    1929 - 2009

    Folk-Legacy Records founder Sandy Paton passed away on Sunday, July 26, around 6:30 p.m. He had been in poor health in recent years, suffering from emphysema, which required that he be constantly connected to oxygen. About a month ago, Sandy and Caroline's grandson died tragically - drowning in a river in Connecticut. Sandy took the loss extremely hard.

    Sandy, with his wife Caroline and the late Lee Haggerty, founded Folk- Legacy Records in 1961 as an independent recording company specializing in traditional and contemporary folk music of the English-speaking world. Over the 48 years Folk-Legacy has existed, they have produced more than 120 recordings, with Sandy doing the actual recording and taking cover photographs. Folk-Legacy has always exuded the best of what a true, home-spawned independent label should be: the embodiment of a personal passion, with love focused on the music itself.

    Sandy was a terrific singer in his own right, as well. He and Caroline were designated as the Official Connecticut State Troubadours for 1993-1994. Hearing Sandy and Caroline sing, or even better the family - with sons Robin and David - was always a treat. Their performances were always participatory, with lots of singing and learning. Simply wonderful.

    In a world where meeting your "idols" rarely works out very well, Sandy Paton was an inspiration. His love, dedication and vision for traditional music was unwavering ... but he was never strident, pushy, or rude about his impressive knowledge. This was a guy who was all about loving the music and wanting to share his love for the songs and singers ... always visible in the glint in his eyes and infectious smile he had whenever he sang or talked about the music. And each Folk-Legacy release reflected that passion. Once I "met" my first Folk-Legacy release (the original Golden Ring recording), I was hooked ... and am proud to own almost every release from the label. Hardly "hi tech," but the music Sandy captured, made and shared was the real thing in the truest sense of the words. It was an honor to have known him.

    Tax-deductible contributions in Sandy's name can be made to the
    Kaelan Paton Memorial Fund and sent to: Caroline Paton, P.O. Box 1148,
    Sharon, CT 06069; or Salisbury Bank, P.O. Box 7, Sharon, CT 06069.

    Anyone with stories, photos, and/or remembrances of Sandy Paton is invited to send them to Linnea M. Palmer Paton at P. O. Box 472, Sharon, CT 06069, for possible inclusion in a future biography or history. - Mark D. Moss


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Subject: RE: Obit: Sandy Paton (22 January 1929 - 26 July 2009)
From: Big Mick
Date: 23 Oct 09 - 03:34 PM

Great photo's Duane. Thanks for sharing!!


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Subject: RE: Obit: Sandy Paton (22 January 1929 - 26 July 2009)
From: GUEST,maddy De Leon
Date: 23 Oct 09 - 02:48 PM

If you get down this far, you have a lot of patience and must have loved our friend a lot, as I did. What a pleasure to walk into a festival somewhere and see Sandy at the Folk Legacy booth. It meant a break, (or many) from hurrying between workshops, to sit down and talk quietly with a good friend.


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Subject: RE: Obit: Sandy Paton (22 January 1929 - 26 July 2009)
From: katlaughing
Date: 06 Oct 09 - 09:23 PM

Those are really special, Duane. Thank you, very much.


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Subject: RE: Obit: Sandy Paton (22 January 1929 - 26 July 2009)
From: maeve
Date: 06 Oct 09 - 03:27 PM

Thank you, Duane D.

maeve


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Subject: RE: Obit: Sandy Paton (22 January 1929 - 26 July 2009)
From: Duane D.
Date: 06 Oct 09 - 03:25 PM

(Second try.) I just added a set of 27 images of Sandy from 2000-2009, most of which have never been posted to the internet, from past concerts, 2000 Clearwater Festival, and the Paton Family Reunion Dinner June 13, 2009. To view the set, click here.


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Subject: RE: Obit: Sandy Paton Obit in UK Guardian paper
From: maeve
Date: 01 Oct 09 - 02:32 PM

In case it disappears, and because Sandy and Caroline and family are so important to so many of us, here's the article in its entirety. Thanks for making note of it, Roger the Skiffler.
From link above http://www.guardian.co.uk/music/2009/sep/30/sandy-paton-obituary
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       * guardian.co.uk, Wednesday 30 September 2009 18.56 BST
    "During the late 1950s and early 60s, a wave of American folk singers broke on British shores – artists such as Ramblin' Jack Elliott, Richard Fariña and Bob Dylan. Amid this procession was a personable couple named Sandy and Caroline Paton.

    Sandy Paton, who has died aged 80, continued to make music with Caroline for many years, but his most important contribution to folk music was to co-found the record label Folk-Legacy, which has survived the vicissitudes of the independent record business for almost half a century. Folk-Legacy LPs, instantly recognisable by their sober, black-and-white sleeves, introduced enthusiasts both to voices of the East Coast folk revival, such as Gordon Bok and Rosalie Sorrels, and to older practitioners such as the Kentucky singer Sarah Ogan Gunning and the North Carolina banjo player and singer Frank Proffitt, whose tale of the murderer Tom Dooley was turned into a million-selling disc by the Kingston Trio.

    Paton's father was a geographer, and the family moved often. He spent his teens in Seattle, painting, acting and discovering folk music, eventually choosing the latter as his profession. In 1957 he met Caroline and later that year they visited Britain, performing at folk clubs such as the Troubadour and Eel Pie Island in London.

    Paton recorded three EPs of American folk songs for the small Jazz Collector label and assisted the Scots folklorist Hamish Henderson in recording the celebrated Aberdeen singer Jeannie Robertson and her daughter Lizzie Higgins. While in Britain, Caroline gave birth to their son David, and some of the songs they sang to him appeared a couple of years later on their Topic EP Hush Little Baby.

    Back in the US, Paton worked for a time in the record department of a Chicago store, building up its stock of folk albums. On a song-collecting trip to Appalachia, he recorded Proffitt and Horton Barker, a blind ballad singer from Virginia. Impressed by the tapes, his friend Lee Haggerty suggested they create a record label, and provided financial backing.

    Based in Burlington, Vermont, where the Patons then lived, Folk-Legacy opened its catalogue in 1961 with an album by Proffitt. There were further LPs by traditional performers, such as two volumes of songs from the community of Beech Mountain, North Carolina, but the mainstays of the enterprise were artists such as Bok, Ed Trickett, Art Thieme and Michael Cooney, and the Scots singers Jean Redpath and Archie Fisher. A popular early release, Golden Ring, was subtitled A Gathering of Friends for Making Music. The phrase succinctly defines the Folk-Legacy ethic.

    In a catalogue that eventually topped 120, the Patons allowed themselves an occasional album of their own, and over the years released Sandy & Caroline Paton, I've Got a Song, New Harmony and When the Spirit Says Sing. Paton also continued his field-recording work and in 1977 he produced the collection Brave Boys: New England Traditions in Folk Music for New World Records.

    The Patons' services to folk music were recognised in awards from the California Traditional Music Society, the Memphis Dulcimer festival and the Eisteddfod festival of traditional arts in Massachusetts. In 1993 the Commission on the Arts in Connecticut, where they had moved in 1967, declared them "official State Troubadours".

    Paton is survived by Caroline and their sons, David and Rob.

    • Charles Alexander (Sandy) Paton, folk musician and record company owner, born January 22 1929; died July 26 2009

    Sandy Paton obituary"
    This article was first published on guardian.co.uk at 18.56 BST on Wednesday 30 September 2009. It appeared in the Guardian on Thursday 1 October 2009 on p37 of the Obituaries section. It was last updated at 18.56 BST on Wednesday 30 September 2009.


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Subject: RE: Obit: Sandy Paton Obit in UK Guardian paper
From: bbc
Date: 01 Oct 09 - 06:40 AM

That's a lovely article; thanks for bringing it to our attention. For those who may not know, Sandy's memorial gathering will be held soon--on Saturday, October 10, 2009. All are welcome. Details on another thread or PM me.

best,

Barbara


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Subject: RE: Obit: Sandy Paton Obit in UK Guardian paper
From: GUEST, topsie
Date: 01 Oct 09 - 04:55 AM

You had me worried there for a minute - it's 1still st October here in my house.


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Subject: RE: Obit: Sandy Paton Obit in UK Guardian paper
From: sian, west wales
Date: 01 Oct 09 - 04:27 AM

Thanks for the 'heads-up' RtS. The item is, indeed, online here

sian


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Subject: Obit: Sandy Paton Obit in UK Guardian paper
From: Roger the Skiffler
Date: 01 Oct 09 - 04:21 AM

There's a full column obit for Sandy in today's UK Guardian newspaper ( 3rd Oct 2009). I haven't checked to see if it's in the online issue yet.

RtS


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Subject: RE: Obit: Sandy Paton (22 January 1929 - 26 July 2009)
From: bbc
Date: 19 Sep 09 - 09:07 PM

Thanks for that song, Tom. I appreciated hearing it & seeing you sing it. Ironically, I saw your post tonight, just as I was listening to Wanda Fischer feature Sandy & Folk Legacy's music on her WAMC Hudson River Sampler radio show.


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Subject: RE: Obit: Sandy Paton (22 January 1929 - 26 July 2009)
From: katlaughing
Date: 19 Sep 09 - 04:55 PM

Thanks for the beautiful quote, Tom. There's a story I think you would like, posted here. As soon as I find it, I will post a link. Super Search isn't working rightly so it may take me a while.:-)

kat


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Subject: RE: Obit: Sandy Paton (22 January 1929 - 26 July 2
From: Stringsinger
Date: 19 Sep 09 - 01:11 PM

Evelyn and "Fiddler" Beers were beautiful people. They are sorely missed too.

Frank


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Subject: RE: Obit: Sandy Paton (22 January 1929 - 26 July 2009)
From: woodyguth3
Date: 19 Sep 09 - 10:53 AM

Thank you Kat,
It certainly was a painful month. Losing Sandy Paton, Mike Seeger and Sam Hinton. But thoughts of there being a "Last Folksinger" are vanquished by the great enthusiasm for traditional music that I read here in the Mudcat community. For me, these three will live on in the music we sing.

While thinking about Sandy, Mike and Sam, I stumbled across a poster for the last Fox Hollow (1980). On it, Evelyne Beers wrote, "Every time someone opens a fiddle case, tunes a guitar, puts on their dancing shoes, or just stands in the rain, Fox Hollow will be recalled with laughter and tears as we remember events that have changed us all. For many, Fox Hollow has become a legend; that means it can never really cease. It is carried on in our hearts. 'The seeds have been sown...'"

I think her words could also be said about each of these three men.
~Tom


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Subject: RE: Obit: Sandy Paton (22 January 1929 - 26 July 2009)
From: katlaughing
Date: 18 Sep 09 - 11:35 PM

Tom, that is beautiful! I think it deserves its own thread, if you don't mind? It's very meaningful in light of the three of them all passing on recently. Thanks for the videos posted on your website, too.

ATB,

kat


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Subject: RE: Obit: Sandy Paton (22 January 1929 - 26 July 2009)
From: woodyguth3
Date: 18 Sep 09 - 09:28 PM

Hello friends,

Thank you all for wonderful remembrances of Sandy. It is a great way to know him better. I knew Sandy only casually. I have warm memories of casual conversation at Fox Hollow, NEFFA, and several other places where he and Caroline would perform, or at the Folk Legacy table where I spent all of my lunch money. Moved in part by the posts in this discussion thread, and also by learning of the death of Mike Seeger in the same week, I wrote a song that I would like to share.

The Last Folksinger

Warmly,
-Tom


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Subject: RE: Obit: Sandy Paton (22 January 1929 - 26 July 2009)
From: bbc
Date: 26 Aug 09 - 09:29 PM

Hi, folks,

Hard to believe it's been a month since Sandy's passing. I had dinner with Caroline tonight & it still surprises me that Sandy is absent. Caroline is getting more up-to-date on orders & asked me to let folks know that she has some time to chat now & would welcome your calls. She still hasn't figured out a way to see the computer well enough to manage email. She appreciates the cards that have been sent, but hasn't managed to read them all yet, since her vision makes it quite difficult. Caroline hopes that many of you may be able to join her at Sandy's memorial on Saturday, October 10th. See information here

best,

Barbara


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Subject: RE: Obit: Sandy Paton (22 January 1929 - 26 July 2009)
From: GUEST,MtheGM
Date: 06 Aug 09 - 11:17 PM

Caroline: PS to message just posted. If you should feel inclined to contact me to renew acquaintance after all this time:

Michael Grosvenor Myer, 34 West End, Haddenham, Cambs CB6 3TE, UK.
e: - mgmyer@keme.co.uk


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Subject: RE: Obit: Sandy Paton (22 January 1929 - 26 July 2009)
From: GUEST,MtheGM
Date: 06 Aug 09 - 11:03 PM

Dearest Caroline: I wonder if you will remember me: I used often to meet you and Sandy at the clubs where he sang in London in 1956-57; he would always ask me up to sing. It is long ago and we have had no contact since; but you and he were real friends at the time [I remember you at a birthday party I had in Hampstead in the flat I shared with John Brunner, later one of the most distinguished of sf writers — everyone there was bowled over by the beauty of Sandy's singing]; and I still have some of the EP discs he made at the time for Collector Records which I still often play. Sandy lived to a good age, and I am 77 myself now; but it is always hard. I lost my own darling wife Valerie of nearly half-a-century, whom you might just remember as my fiancée while you were here, two years ago. So I know the grief you are feeling after all these years: and I do offer you and your family my most sincere condolences in your sorrow.
Michael Grosvenor Myer


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Subject: RE: Obit: Sandy Paton (22 January 1929 - 26 July 2
From: DADGBE
Date: 05 Aug 09 - 10:25 PM

Thanks for the kind words, Joe!

Best,
Ray


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Subject: RE: Obit: Sandy Paton (22 January 1929 - 26 July 2
From: Peter T.
Date: 05 Aug 09 - 07:23 PM

I knew of the Patons through Rick Fielding, and they meant everything to him. If there is meeting after, I know who's one of the first.

Peter T.


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Subject: RE: Obit: Sandy Paton (22 January 1929 - 26 July 2009)
From: Joe Offer
Date: 05 Aug 09 - 02:34 PM

Ray Frank's post is a wonderful example of Sandy's wisdom. I've seen and heard that fretless Frank Proffitt banjo that Ray restored so carefully. Listening to Ray play it is a trip to heaven. Ray shares his knowledge and talent, and mentors younger musicians with all the generosity and kindness that Sandy gave to him. Ray isn't THAT much older than I am, but he was my first folk music mentor; and he gave me the spirit of Sandy Paton before I even knew who Sandy was.

That's the way these treasures should be passed on, and Sandy did it with such grace. Ray has passed on that grace to many of us in California.

-Joe-


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Subject: Sandy Paton Memorial 10 October 2009
From: katlaughing
Date: 05 Aug 09 - 12:46 PM

Answered my own questions with a phone call to the lovely Lady. With her permission, I post the following:

Memorial and Musical Tribute to/for Sandy will be held on Saturday, 10 October 2009 at Music Mountain. They chose that date in order to not interfere with the Getaway and other fests, plus that was the best date for two of their dear friends from Scotland (sorry I didn't write their names down and do not remember them.)

Caroline sounds very good; I hope I have as much grace and understanding if I ever go through the losses she has. She said please do not worry about her. She has a sister in town, the kids and grandkids are just a few miles away and she is going to learn to use the computer!

She also said, the FIRST memorial to Sandy is to get their business back in order; the past two months were so difficult, it suffered, but they are getting it done and are pleased with any new orders, too.

Sandy's ashes have been mixed with half of Kaelon's and will be spread according to his wishes. (Kaelon's mother has the other half of his.)

As has been said, Sandy had a wonderful, peaceful, pain-free passing. He didn't want any music, but he did want them to hold his hands as they said goodbye that Friday night, then by Saturday he was unconscious and just slipped away. Caroline was grateful it was with such ease. There's more, but I think most of it's already been said before. What extraordinary people they all are and how fortunate we are that Folk Legacy is continuing.

kat


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Subject: RE: Obit: Sandy Paton (22 January 1929 - 26 July 2009)
From: katlaughing
Date: 05 Aug 09 - 11:13 AM

bbc, how's Caroline doing?

Would love to hear more stories, folks.


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Subject: RE: Obit: Sandy Paton (22 January 1929 - 26 July 2
From: DADGBE
Date: 04 Aug 09 - 04:53 PM

That was Sandy, Mick. He was an original. He also had an impish and sometimes wicked sense of humor.

When we were working on 'I've Got a Song' he would spontaneously create obscene parodies of Malvina Reynolds' lyrics. For the title track, he would walk around the house singing,
"I've got a dong, it's about so long and about so big around,
But it's got a disease so I can't use it."

For 'Magic Penny, he sang,
"Love is something, if you give it away, you'll end up being poor."


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Subject: RE: Obit: Sandy Paton (22 January 1929 - 26 July 2
From: Big Mick
Date: 04 Aug 09 - 12:02 PM

He gave you Frank Profitt's banjo? What a treasure!! What a man!!!


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Subject: RE: Obit: Sandy Paton (22 January 1929 - 26 July 2009)
From: GMT
Date: 04 Aug 09 - 11:52 AM

So sorry to hear this, my condolences to his family and close friends.

GMT


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Subject: RE: Obit: Sandy Paton (22 January 1929 - 26 July 2009)
From: SINSULL
Date: 04 Aug 09 - 10:39 AM

It is a comfort to know that neither Kaelan nor Sandy is alone. RIP


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Subject: RE: Obit: Sandy Paton (22 January 1929 - 26 July 2
From: balladeer
Date: 04 Aug 09 - 10:33 AM

Too much death around this summer.

There will never be another Sandy Paton.
He was so woven into the conscience of the American folk scene.
A man filled with character and soul, a large man in every way.
God blessed him with an honest spirit and a perfect complement in his life-long loving partner, Caroline, and God will bless him still.

Love and blessings be with you always, Caroline.

Joanne (Hindley-Smith) Crabtree


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Subject: RE: Obit: Sandy Paton (22 January 1929 - 26 July 2009)
From: Deckman
Date: 02 Aug 09 - 02:49 PM

a note to Joe Offer ... I respectfully suggest that this thread be archived. Bob(deckman)Nelson
    Done. This is easy for anyone to do. Just click the "printer-friendly" link at the top of the page, and then save the resulting page to your computer.
    But yes, I'll make sure to save a "safety copy." These are some of the most wonderful posts I've ever read.
    -Joe-


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Subject: RE: Obit: Sandy Paton (22 January 1929 - 26 July 2
From: DADGBE
Date: 02 Aug 09 - 01:49 PM

In early winter of 1964 I lay on the rug in a friend's home as we listened to The Golden Ring. It was a life changing experience – who knew?! Nothing has been the same since and thank God for it.

The music was amazing. While it wasn't the first recording of music not made for performance that I'd ever heard but it was the first one that moved me. We stared at that plain black cover and wondered where in the hell Huntington, Vermont was. The AAA map showed us a tiny dot. Christmas break was coming up so I decided to see if I could find this mythical record company. Eventually, in the remote, snow covered Huntington valley I found the village of Hanksville and Lee Haggerty. He invited me to stay as there was nowhere else nearby. The next day, Sandy and Caroling returned from New York where they had been at Frank Proffitt's memorial.

The welcome was almost overwhelming to a college kid who didn't know much of life. Sandy and Caroline treated me as a welcome friend – the way they treated everyone. They were interested in what I had to offer and delighted to share themselves.

Sandy introduced me to traditional music and helped me learn to listen to it intelligently. If that had been all he ever gave me, it would have been enough.

The next summer found me working for Folk legacy as shipping assistant, chauffeur, baby sitter for David and Robin, painter and what ever else was needed. Sandy, Caroline, Lee and I set up and ran the booth at the first Fox Hollow festival where I met so many of you. That summer set the stage for a lifetime of music and connections. If that had been all he ever gave me, it would have been enough.

Sandy shared himself and his encyclopedic knowledge freely with anyone who cared to listen. The only person he treated unkindly was himself. He was never satisfied with his own efforts. When we were recording 'I've Got a Song' he was upset that the pure tenor of his earlier years had given way to a more mature voice – tempered by time and tobacco. No one else even noticed but it drove him crazy. Yet, through the whole process, he always noticed and had a kind word for my efforts as accompanist.

I once found a banjo in a corner behind the spinning wheel and asked him about it. It had been made by Frank Proffitt and used on his last recordings but had fallen into disrepair. The head was split and a peg was gone. Sandy gave it to me with the admonition to fix it and keep it working. It's still my most prized possession and it's played often. If that had been all he ever gave me, it would have been enough.

Farewell friend. Perhaps there'll be more later. I'm crying too hard to see.

Ray Frank


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Subject: RE: Obit: Sandy Paton (22 January 1929 - 26 July 2009)
From: WFDU - Ron Olesko
Date: 02 Aug 09 - 12:31 PM

I plan on paying tribute to Sandy on my radio show this afternoon at 5pm ET. I am going to play some of my favorites from Folk Legacy in addition to music from Sandy & Caroline. I know he would not want me to, but I have to play a cut form his Elektra LP as well.

You can tune in to WFDU online at www.wfdu.fm, and we now archive our shows for two weeks.


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