Wednesday, 21 August 2013

Leo Duffy passes

Thanks to Richard F Thompson, a long-standing free-lance writer about bluegrass music matters and correspondent for BluegrassToday.com, for this bit of sad news from Great Britain:

Leo Duffy, one half of the English bluegrass duo the Duffy Brothers, passed away on Saturday, 17 August from bowel cancer, which had only very recently been diagnosed.
The Duffy brothers, Leo (banjo) and Ray (guitar), mixed bluegrass music – with impeccable sibling harmonies as well as virtuoso instrumental abilities - with humour in a very fluid and thoroughly enjoyable show.
Leo (banjo) and Ray (guitar) Duffy
They became professional entertainers in 1978 after winning the Marlboro Country Music Talent show at the Wembley Festival of Country Music.
This led to a steady rise to stardom through the 1980s and 1990s. During the 1980s the brothers won most national awards available culminating in five consecutive wins of the coveted Duo award by the International Country Music Association.
With appearances on most TV networks including guest spots on BBC 2 and BBC Radio 2, the Duffy Brothers were acknowledged to be at the forefront of bands who helped to popularise bluegrass music in Britain.