Very sad news
Posted 04 March 2009 - 03:48 AM
While we never met, we corresponded on many issues regarding repairs and restoration am I shall miss his wise and cheerfully given advice.
I am hopeful that his friends at Buttonbox will be able to carry forward Richards sterling work.
Posted 04 March 2009 - 03:58 AM
Thank you, Rich, for the help and kindness you offered me twenty-five years ago.
Posted 04 March 2009 - 04:02 AM
I only knew Rich from his writings here, but to me he
stood out as a beacon in the concertina community.
Posted 04 March 2009 - 04:15 AM
Like others, I'll be playing my Morse concertina tonight.
Posted 04 March 2009 - 06:00 AM
Posted 04 March 2009 - 06:28 AM
My condolences to his family and friends.
Posted 04 March 2009 - 07:18 AM
I first met him many years ago when he was on a Morris tour of England, and he saw someone playing the 2nd ever Hayden Duet (the first from the very first batch of Wheatstone 46 button Hayden Duets). He immediately ordered one from that same batch, and was a champion for the Hayden duet ever since.
Some years later (it must be about 15 to 20 years ago now) he stayed along with Doug and Danna at my home, to discuss the making of Morse Haydens. We corresponded many times since about these, and it is with deep regret that these never finally materialised during his life time.
He will be a great loss to the whole concertina world. I have lost a very good friend and, am crying as I write these words!
Posted 04 March 2009 - 07:41 AM
Posted 04 March 2009 - 07:51 AM
Thanks, Rich, for helping me to make music.
Posted 04 March 2009 - 08:54 AM
Posted 04 March 2009 - 09:05 AM
Posted 04 March 2009 - 11:18 AM
There was just something about Rich that endeared people to him whose contacts with him were limited, or even those who had never met him. Distance prevented the two of us from having more frequent one-on-one contact, and yet I feel I have lost a friend. Reading many of these posts confirms that many others feel the same way. There are also hundreds of people whose lives have been made a little happier because of Rich's concertinas.
I never met Rich personally, but I agree with what Frank wrote. I always enjoyed reading his posts on here and I wish I had met him. I never bought one of his concertinas; I went with one of Franks, but it wasn't an easy decision. I have had a chance to play a Ceili though and it was a wonderful instrument. I will tell one short story about the first time I got to try it.
It was a few years agos up in the Catskills. I had been playing concertina for maybe 6 months. Anyway, I was taking Father Charlie's concertina class. I ran into a guy I had first met a couple of years before when I first went up to the Catskills. The way he looked, he could be anywhere between 85 and 120. Anyway, his son had just gotten him a Ceili as a gift. He had played the Anglo when he was young in County Clare but had given it up when he had become an adult. As he put it, his father had told him, "You can play music or you can get a job but you can't do both". So after not playing for maybe 60 years he finally had a concertina again. We traded instruments, and played a few tunes and I enjoyed listening to his stories.
About a year and a half ago I saw him again... He was still playing the Ceili.. but had actually worn the bellows to the point where they were worn part way through from going across his leg. He had remounted the bellows so that part was now up. Still it was obvious that he loved playing the instrument and played it often.
Now we all, I hope, can leave a legacy behind of joy we bring to others. I think, however, that Rich, by making excellent concertinas that were far more affordable than traditionally constructed instruments has built himself a lasting legacy of joy that will hopefully be passed on to future generations.
Edited by bill_mchale, 04 March 2009 - 11:18 AM.
Posted 04 March 2009 - 11:37 AM
A little part of our traditional culture is leaving us with him. A little part of him is with us yet, living in his instruments.
Rest in Peace, friend.
Posted 04 March 2009 - 11:43 AM
The world is a poorer place today.
Posted 04 March 2009 - 11:57 AM
Posted 04 March 2009 - 12:43 PM
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