The List Keeps Growing
I know you have read this paragraph before and it may be getting old for some but I can't leave it out yet, and too often I have to add a name to list.
There are times when we are playing that each of us, Jimmy, Jim, and I, swear we can see old friends who have left us at the back of the crowd, near the end of the bar, or out of the corners of our eyes. Friends that we came to know and now we miss deeply. I expect that Don Austin, Roy Cruze, Eddie Higgins, Joe Dwyer, Roy Tank, Tim Leogue, Bobby Welch, Alan Sokoloski, my friend Karl and the rest will make any new comers welcome at their table.
This past year we each have lost some good old friends and one in particular. In July Charles Galloway came to hear us at The St. Pat's Irish Fest and then with in the week he left us. Charlie was a long time friend and we played at his neighborhood bar on Geddes Street a number of times over the years. One of the great disappointments for me was not being able to attend Charlie's wake as we had to work elsewhere that day. Charlie always had a good word and a smile for us and we were pleased to play my song "Photographs" for him as a request.
I wrote that last paragraph last year. I have to add a new name to the list. We lost Drew Ellis just a few days ago. I man with an easy smile and a great voice. Drew and his wife Lisa were always welcome on a Flyin' Column stage to sing a few songs and bring their blend of harmony. Drew was a snappy dresser to say the least. He supported traditional pipe music as well as Scottish heritage in Central New York. Every time I met Drew out and about he had a smile, a handshake, and moment of conversation.
I think Drew was a good man and we will miss him.
I always say to myself that this is the last one of these pages I'll do but I'll keep it going I guess. It is good to remember the folks that make our lives memorable and say good bye when the time comes.
Thanks a lot! And Happy Trails!
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