Saturday, 21 December 2013

Denis Chanders, veteran member of Athy festival team, passes

Tony O'Brien, organiser of the Athy Bluegrass Festival (Ireland's oldest annual bluegrass event) in Athy, Co. Kildare, sends this sad news:

Denis Chanders, for many years the 'video man' and a very valued member of the organising team at the Athy Bluegrass Festival, passed away today (Saturday) at 3.00 p.m. after a long battle with illness. Denis's funeral mass is on Monday at 1.00 p.m. in St Michael's parish church, Athy, and burial afterwards in Oakvale cemetery, Stradbally, Co. Laois.

Deepest sympathy from the Athy Bluegrass Music Association and the wider bluegrass family goes out to his partner Teresa and the members of the Chanders family.

The attached photo shows Denis playing his beloved double bass, 'Berta'.