Thursday, 11 October 2007

Andy Smith

Ron Stevens of the UK sends the sad news that Andy Smith, a central figure of the British bluegrass scene, died on Monday 1 October after several years of serious illness. The funeral took place at 11.15 a.m. on Tuesday 9 October in St James's church, Styvechale, Coventry, England. Those attending were asked to donate to the Lewy Body Disease Association in lieu of bringing flowers. Ron adds:

This great guy, who was the friend of anyone who ever played the banjo in the UK, and his wonderful music with his sister Jan were major contributions to the Midlands bluegrass scene, never to be forgotten. His innovations and inventions were known both sides of the Pond, and I personally have met USA performers who are still the proud owners of an Andy Smith capo. Our heartfelt sympathy goes out to Barbara and all Andy's family at this most distressing of times.