John McGann, R.I.P.
I just received some sad and quite shocking news a few days ago; it seems that John McGann, the well-known and respected Boston area Guitarist/ Mandolinist (of Kevin Burke & Johnny Cunningham’s "Celtic Fiddle Festival" amongst others) passed away quite unexpectedly from kidney failure. He was more familiar, perhaps, to fans of American Traditional Music, but did more than his fair share of Irish music in his time. That first recording he did with Kevin Burke & Johnny (on a cassette tape, no less!) was one of the very first recordings of Traditional Music that I ever purchased. I very nearly wore it out! Taken from us much too soon, he was only 54 years old. Our hearts go out to his family and friends.