David Olney, age 71
General mountain dulcimer or music discussions
I just saw this thread - afraid I've been away from FOTMD (and the dulcimer) for too long. I'm coming back to both.
I was very fortunate to talk with David Olney a couple of times when I worked at a public radio station in Boston that played his music and became a big fan, and caught some performances and became a bigger fan. The breadth of types of songs he wrote is quite varied, from touching love songs to writing about John Barrymore or the Titanic (from the iceberg's point of view.) Saw him live most recently when he came to the Portland, Oregon area where I live. That's a fond memory. His death came as a shock.
For years he had a weekly informal vlog on Youtube where for about ten minutes he'd update fans on appearances, maybe read a sonnet or haiku he had written, sing a song of his (or sometimes other writers he admired) and then give some background on how the song came about. They're all still there - just search for "David Olney You Never Know" on Youtube.