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Resources for Episode #005: Richard Fariña Tribute Part 2

Richard Fariña, John Blosser, Jerry Rockwell

Listen Now (Duration 39 min.)

In this episode, we focus on the melodic and rhythmically complex music Fariña created on his dulcimer and explore how his heritage and world travels influenced his music. We talk with Fariña’s relatives, people he knew, and two dulcimer players he influenced. We present intimate stories and letters from him to show how his music was ultimately the result of his zest for life.

Guests:
Joellen Lapidus (dulcimer player)
• Owenie Crozier (Fariña’s Irish uncle)
• Jim Crozier (Fariña’s Irish cousin)
• Terry Hennessy (luthier who made Fariña’s dulcimer)
Neal Hellman (dulcimer player)
• Omar Lugones (Fariña’s Cuban cousin)

Music:
• Intro music: Road to Santa Cruz performed by Wayne and Patricia. Composed by Wayne.
Four Marys performed by Jean Ritchie (from The Most Dulcimer)
Celebrations for a Grey Day performed by Richard and Mimi Fariña (from 1965 WMBR broadcast)
A Swallow Song performed by Caroline Doctorow (from Carmel Valley Ride)
The Quiet Joys of Brotherhood performed by Caroline Doctorow (from Another Country: The Songs of Richard and Mimi Fariña)
One Way Ticket performed by Richard and Mimi Fariña (from 1965 WMBR broadcast)
Tuileries performed by Neal Hellman (from Emma’s Waltz)
Asika Thali performed by Neal Hellman Janet Herman, and Shiloh Hellman (live recording)
Reflections in a Crystal Wind performed by Plainsong (from Reinventing Richard: The Songs of Richard Fariña)
Celebrations for a Grey Day performed by Richard and Mimi Fariña (from 1965 WMBR broadcast). According to Rick Turner, Fritz
Richmond
is playing washtub bass.

Website Resource Links
Ed Freeman's 1965 WMBR radio interview with Richard and Mimi Fariña in Cambridge, Massachusetts.
Terry Hennessy: Luthier of the Fariña Legend: (This article first appeared in Dulcimer Players News Vol. 25 No. 4, November 1999-January 2000) Written by John Blosser.
The Richard and Mimi Fariña Fan Site

 

Photos & Videos

Richard and Mimi Fariña

Richard and Mimi Fariña. Used by permission.

 

 

from left to right: Richard Fariña, Richard's Aunt Liz, Richard's grandmother Catherine Crozier, Theresa (Richard’s mother) and Richard’s uncle, Otto Crozier.

Richard Fariña and his Irish relatives in Moortown, County Tyrone in Northern Ireland. Moortown is the townland where Richard’s mother was born. Richard was probably about 16 in this photo.
From left to right: Richard Fariña, Richard's Aunt Liz, Richard's grandmother Catherine Crozier, Theresa (Richard’s mother) and Richard’s uncle, Otto Crozier. Courtesy of the Crozier family.

Moortown Ceili Band. This picture was taken on Sunday 18th January 1948, all five members were Lough Neagh fishermen. 
From left to right: Richard’s uncle Otto Crozier holding the accordian, Arthur Ryan, Tommy John Conlon, Richard's uncle George Crozier holding the fiddle, and Hughie Conlon. George Crozier is the George that Owenie mentioned in this episode.

Moortown Ceili Band. This picture was taken on Sunday 18th January 1948, all five members were Lough Neagh fishermen.
From left to right: Richard’s uncle Otto Crozier holding the accordian, Arthur Ryan, Tommy John Conlon, Richard's uncle George Crozier holding the fiddle, and Hughie Conlon. George Crozier is the George that Owenie mentioned in this episode.

Jim Crozier (Fariña’s cousin), Patricia, and Owenie Crozier (Fariña’s uncle)

From left to right: Jim Crozier (Fariña’s cousin), Patricia, and Owenie Crozier (Fariña’s uncle). Taken in Moortown, County Tyrone, in Northern Ireland 2014.

 

Neal Hellman playing Tuileries. For more videos of Neal Hellman playing dulcimer, go to his YouTube channel.

 

Emma's Waltz

Neal Hellman recorded Tuileries on his 2013 album Emma's Waltz.

 

Carmel Valley Ride

Caroline Doctorow recorded A Swallow Song on her 2003 album Carmel Valley Ride.

 

Another Country … The Songs of Richard and Mimi Fariña

Caroline Doctorow recorded The Quiet Joys of Brotherhood on her 2008 Fariña tribute album Another Country … The Songs of Richard and Mimi Fariña.

 

Reinventing Richard: The Songs of Richard Fariña

Plainsong recorded Reflections in a Crystal Wind on their 2015 Fariña tribute album Reinventing Richard: The Songs of Richard Fariña.

Terry Hennessy and Patricia Delich holding Terry's recent dulcimers.

Terry Hennessy holding one of his recent dulcimers. Patricia holding her Celtic dulcimer that Terry made in 2002. Terry visited us in CA in 2013.

 

Richard Fariña's dulcimer

Richard Fariña's dulcimer. As of this writing, it's part of the Smithsonian's Museum collection.

 

Headstock on Fariña's dulcimer

Headstock of Richard Fariña's dulcimer. The H stands for Hennessy, the luthier who built Richard Fariña's dulcimer.

 

Omar Lugones

Omar Lugones, Richard Fariña's Cuban cousin.

 

Omar Lugones

Omar Lugones giving his 2011 presentation, Remembering Richard Fariña, at the Carmel Valley Library in Carmel, California.

 

Omar Lugones and Patricia Delich

Omar Lugones and Patricia after his Carmel Valley Library presentation.



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