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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:
• Road to Santa Cruz - performed live by Wayne and Patricia. Composed by Wayne
• Four Marys - Jean Ritchie from The Most Dulcimer
• Celebrations for a Grey Day - Richard and Mimi Fariña from the 1965 WMBR radio broadcast
• A Swallow Song - Caroline Doctorow from Carmel Valley Ride
• The Quiet Joys of Brotherhood - Caroline Doctorow from Another Country … The Songs of Richard and Mimi Fariña
• One Way Ticket - Richard and Mimi Fariña from the 1965 WMBR radio broadcast
• Tuileries - Neal Hellman from Emma's Waltz
• Asika Thali performed live by Neal Hellman Janet Herman, and Shiloh Hellman
• Reflections in a Crystal Wind - Plainsong from Reinventing Richard: The Songs of Richard Fariña
• Celebrations for a Grey Day - Richard and Mimi Fariña from the1965 WMBR radio 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, 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)
Left to right: Jim Crozier (Fariña’s cousin), Patricia, Owenie Crozier (Fariña’s uncle). Moortown, County Tyrone, Northern Ireland, 2014.


Neal Hellman playing Tuileries

Emma's Waltz
Emma's Waltz. Neal Hellman (2013)

Carmel Valley Ride
Carmel Valley Ride. Caroline Doctorow (2003)

Another Country … The Songs of Richard and Mimi Fariña
Another Country … The Songs of Richard and Mimi Fariña. Caroline Doctorow (2008)

Reinventing Richard: The Songs of Richard Fariña
Reinventing Richard: The Songs of Richard Fariña. Plainsong (2015)

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 Carmel Valley Library in Carmel, California

Omar Lugones and Patricia Delich
Omar Lugones and Patricia after his Carmel Valley Library presentation