Tuesday, 28 October 2014

Rest in Peace, Hazel McGee

Hazel and Mac McGee
Country Corner Coffeehouse
South Hadley Falls, Massachusetts, USA (2013)
Hazel McGee is no stranger to the older generation of bluegrass fans in Europe. After years of fighting the good fight against cancer, Hazel passed away on Monday morning (October 27, 2014).

This musical couple, Hazel (originally from Tennessee) and Mac (originally from Georgia) moved to the northeastern USA in 1960, eventually settling in Portsmouth, New Hampshire where they raised their family, worked day jobs and kept the music flowing... all at the same time. 

Hazel and Mac were singing partners for over 60 years; husband and wife for 57 years. They formed the White Mountain Bluegrass Band in 1970.

Hazel and Mac McGee's names are engraved on the International Bluegrass Music Museum's "Pioneers of Bluegrass" plaque. A very special honor awarded to less than 90 musicians from the first generation of artists in bluegrass music history.

White Mountan Bluegrass toured the European continent a total of 10 times since Rienk Janssen first brought them to the Netherlands in the late 1970s. Their final Euro tour was a special trip made specifically to attend the 'Strictly Country Magazine Farewell' event in May 2011. They retired the band in September 2013.

Hazel McGee has left many of us with fond memories and, of course, she leaves behind her songs; songs which she sang in her distinctive, most soulful of mountain voices. Hazel will be dearly missed by her family, friends, neighbors and fans.

Fans and friends may contact the family at this address:

Herman "Mac" McGee
51 Bunker Lane
Madbury, NH   03823

for more on the lives of Hazel and Mac McGee

"Going Home"
Het Blauwe Huis
Harpel, Netherlands (May 6, 2011)