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Music Passings 2021

Paddy Moloney (1938 - 2021) October 12 Paddy Moloney of the Chieftans (b. 1938) October 11 Deon Estus of Wham! (b. 1956) October 9 Dee Pop of the Bush Tetras (b. 1956) Jim Pembroke of Wigwam (b. 1946) October 8 Everett Morton of The Beat (b. 1950) Jem Targal of Third Power (b. 1947) October 7 Scott Koenig , Manager of Fear Factory, Biohazard October 5 Pat Fish of the Jazz Butchers (b. 1957) Hobo Jim , Alaskan folk singer - Cancer (b. 1952) October 2 John Rossall of The Glitter Band - Cancer (b. 1945) October 1 Robin Morton of the Boys of the Lough (b. 1939) September 30 Greg Gilbert of The Delays - Bowel cancer (b. 1977) September 29 Julia Nixon of Julia & Company - COVID (b. 1955) September 28 Dr. Lonnie Smith , Jazz orgainist - Pulmonary fibrosis (b. 1942) Barry Ryan (b. 1948) Darrell Bath of the U.K. Subs Mike Renzi , Composer, music director for Peggy Lee & Mel Torme (b. 1941) September 27 Andrea Martin , Songwriter (b. 1972) September 26 Alan Lancaster of Sta
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Review: Chicago @ Artpark, Lewiston, NY

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Archive Interview: Mel Carter (2012)

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