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Unfortunately the video is a bit old. Andy passed on in Nov 2011. I have known about Mr Mackie for a few years and he is still an inspiring person to me. What the video doesn't mention is that he also was doing the same thing in Michigan. He was there for his last years living with his family. An inspiring man who let his love of music shine thru. http://andymackiemusic.org/AMM...../Home.html has his story, videos of him teaching kids to play the harmonica and him building the Mackie music stick (otherwise known as the strumstick/dulcitar/long neck mountain dulcimer).
thanks for the update! We know where he went , music heaven...
I am really lucky to play with a few old guys, one in particular who we will call perry, mid 80s in age, lives in his camper up in the woods about 45 minutes from here, very much a hermit. No family around for a few hundred miles, just his neighbors and freinds.. Has nothing to do but pick his banjo, dobro and guitar and write music, outside of just the day to day surviving here. Last labor day weekend his doc told him he needed to have gall bladder surgery.. He told his doctor he would rather die playing music with his freinds (4 day event) than lay around recuperating in the hospital. He already is a ticking time bomb with a pacemaker he cannot have replaced. After the show this year he went in and had a gall stone the size of a baseball removed.. Tough old coot. The day hes gone and not sitting in his spot in the circle in the gazebo, Im going to have to go excuse myself, find a quiet spot in the woods and cry until I cant anymore.. my favorite perry line is, just play something that fits, they will never know...lololol I hope we get a few more years togather.....
An excellent musician who did what he could to spread music. Hope someone who knew him writes another verse for "Will the circle be unbroken" for him.
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