Sunday, 30 December 2012

Mike Auldridge, 1938-2012

In early October this year the EBB carried news of a tribute organised to honour the innovative dobro maestro Mike Auldridge. The December 2012 issue of Bluegrass Unlimited magazine also included a major article by Robert Haydon on his life and on his performing career, which extended over more than four decades.

Yesterday Bluegrass Today broke the sad news that Mike Auldridge had died that morning after a period of treatment for cancer. Today would have been his seventy-fourth birthday. A substantial commemorative feature by David Morris, including the words of many musicians who knew Mike, has since appeared on Bluegrass Today here. Further tributes can be expected in the next few days.

Thanks to Lilly Pavlak for these photos taken by her in recent years. The photo above shows Mike (centre) receiving a presentation at the Trnava Dobrofest, Slovakia, in 2000. Those below show more scenes from Trnava, together with shots of Mike in Chesapeake and Legends of the Potomac.

Chesapeake, in Louisville

Legends of the Potomac, in Nashville

Offstage (centre) at Trnava

Mike is standing behind the seated dobroist to right of centre