RIP Andy M. Stewart

RIP Andy M. Stewart

This came across my Facebook feed this morning.
https://www.facebook.com/jimmy.keane/posts/10153949688316162?fref=nf

I had the opportunity to have a few drinks with him at the bar in the Canal Street Tavern in Dayton, Ohio. He dispensed great wisdom about the music business (not quite a wretched hive of scum and villainy, but close), and the etiquette for recording songs written by (ahem) someone else.

A great loss.

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Sorry to hear that, very sad news. RIP Andy

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Very sad. Caledonia’s Hardy Sons and So Many Partings are two reasons I play trad. RIP Andy.

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How strange that I listened to a couple of my Silly Wizard albums Christmas night. I hadn’t heard them for some time and just got in the mood. Andy once helped me with some of the Scottish dialect in Parish of Dunkeld:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BkgC7wiG68M


He and Phil Cunningham were mighty influences to me. We lost Johnny Cunningham and now Andy Stewart. I was working on "Valley of Strathmore" today, too. Good slow song for flute. I’ll play it at tonight’s session in his honor.

Good lad.

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I was fiddling along to Ramblin’ Irishman today unaware that he had rambled on. What a voice! Thanks for the music Andy.

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https://youtu.be/aleyPzq_I8c


I heard the sad news yesterday, and although I’d only met up with Andy a few time in the past 15 years or so, we grew up playing music together in Blairgowrie. He was a fine musician, one of the best singers of traditional Scottish songs ever, and wrote some classic songs as well, his best ones showing his wry sense of humour. We had many, many great times together, and I will miss him.
The above clip on "Youtube" is taken from a live show in the USA from 1983, which was released as a VHS video tape. It shows Andy at his best, improvising an introduction after being interrupted by Johnny Cunningham. Andy was the best "front-man" I ever saw in any folk band, you just don’t get that ability to communicate with an audience in the Scottish folk scene any more [ IMHO ].
His sensitive treatment of the song "The Land O’ The Leal" also shows what a great singer he was.
RIP, Andy.

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Kenny - I’m not sure if your posted concert is the one I’m thinking of, but at a performance at Wolf Trap in the US (an outdoor venue), there came a light rain during the performance. Always ready with the wry quip, Andy exclaimed, "How can you people live in a climate like this?" It still makes me laugh. I only ever spoke with him once. How great it must have been to hang out with him and play music!

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What a sublime rendering of the song, and with Johnny’s instrumental…
The introduction on this one is just pure genius, too:
http://youtu.be/SHH7Lyo707Y


RIP, in the Land of the Leal, two giants.

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I’ve just added a photo to the foot of the site’s homepage in memory of Andy. It was taken at a session at a 1980s Edinburgh Folk Festival. I’ve never been sure if the homepage was only looking at photos of recent sessions, or if "historical" session photos are permitted, but I hope this can stay up for a few days before it gets moved off by subsequent photos posted. There’s a well-known accordion player in it too, and if you look very closely to the right, that’s my arm holding the flute, trying to get back in. :)

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I have ‘The Queen of all Argyll’ on repeat…. RIP.

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Last Wednesday, Colin and I played 5 of our favourite Andy M. songs in his memory and as a musical tribute to the fine body of music he has left us to enjoy.
Available to hear until Thursday 14th Jan.

http://www.shmu.org.uk/fm/shows/wednesday-session

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Thanks for sharing, Kenny!

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I Just got Back from USA today 2nd Feb 2016 and was so Sorry to Hear the News. We met in Thurso in the Early 70s along with Dougie Maclean and so many others that was a part of Silly wizard Later on.
We had some great times then and lots of music & songs but i had not seen him since the late 90s in USA.
My Condolences to his Family, Christy Delaney.