So nice to read the lovely tribute written by John's wife. John has been a treasure in the mountain dulcimer world and his influence remains here and with all who knew him and who loved his music.
updated by @robin-thompson: 10/01/21 08:35:47AM
I missed this when it was first posted. It must have been when I was traveling out west. His wife's tribute to him gives us a wonderful picture of him. I know he is missed by family and friends. His music will live on and continue to inspire all who listen to it.
"The dulcimer sings a sweet song."
Thanks for picking it up Ken, it looks as if the link got broken in the middle
John's obituary, written by his wife Angela is in today's Guardian. I knew him since the 1980s in Bristol, from the Iron Acton folk Club at the Lamb Inn, where he was the only other person I knew locally who played the mountain dulcimer. He was a wonderful, but modest, player, a knowledgeable folk musician and a lovely, kind, unassuming gentle-man. He is such a loss to the dulcimer community.
I'm so very, very sad to hear of John's passing. What a wonderful musician and dulcimer player he was, and he helped so many people to find joy in making music.
There are 18 truly beautiful music clips that John posted here on FOTMD over the years. I do hope that folks will have a listen to them on John's fotmd page, here:
And if you care to, leave a message on John's fotmd profile page Comment Wall while you are on his page.
Farewell to a fine and kind person, and amazing musician.
That's sad news, Geoff. John used to be pretty active here online, although not so much in recent years.
He once posted a version of the old country blues Leaving Home that showed me the range of material that could be played on the dulcimer.
Please share our condolences with Angela and make sure she knows that even those of us who never met John in person thought very highly of him as well.
I am shocked and saddened by John's death. John was such a fine player and a gentleman! He encouraged me on my mountain dulcimer journey and I am grateful to him for doing so.
I'm sad to report the sudden death of John Shaw, a fabulous MD player with many friends on both sides of the Atlantic. He was a mentor to so many of us in the UK when we started playing, and his superb dulcimer arrangements of such a wide range of fascinating music will constitute a major legacy for the international dulcimer community. John taught at many UK festivals and even a few years back toured venues on the US East Coast. His smooth, melodic and unfussy style of playing, such a positive influence on so many new players, was another major legacy. He was also an excellent singer and performer, and a longstanding member and one time Chair of the UK Nonsuch Dulcimer Society. His wife Angela would like the FOTMD community in particular to know that he thought very highly of you all. In turn, I'm sure you will miss him as we all do over here. Geoff Black