Category Archives: Jim Rooney Productions

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#80 Birthday Bash – Station Inn Nashville, TN

January 28, 2018  [used by permission http://www.alanmesser.com/ ] A stellar lineup of Irregulars joined Jim to bring in a new decade of Rooney: “Lonesome” Pat McLaughlin, recently on an extended tour with John Prine and a Dan Auerbach album, much of … Continue reading

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LIAM O’FLYNN

March 18, 2018 I am mourning the loss of one of the great voices in Irish music, the sound of the uilleann pipes as played by Liam O’Flynn. I first met Liam at a festival at Ballysodare in Co. Sligo, … Continue reading

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Ireland Trip winter 2018

Published by Jim Rooney · March 6, 2018 · Returned to Vermont last week after three weeks in Ireland to put a cap on my 80th Birthday Celebrations. We enjoyed beautiful clear, crisp Spring weather in Ireland. Daffodils and snowdrops … Continue reading

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Pete Kuykendall

It is with a heavy heart that I pass on the news that Pete Kuykendall, a major figure in the Bluegrass world, passed on after a lengthy illness. Pete befriended Bill Keith and me when we met him back in … Continue reading

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TOWNES

In early 1973 I was working on an album at the Bearsville Studio in Woodstock with Eric Von Schmidt. When we were done, Eric and I went down to Brooklyn to deliver the album to Kevin Eggars, who owned Poppy … Continue reading

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IBMA Conference

[Ed. note:  Bill Keith died on October 23, 2015, soon after this was posted. He had been ill for some time.] Last week I was able to connect with two of my long-time musical families–the Bluegrass Family and the Folk … Continue reading

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BYRON LINARDOS R.I.P.

This afternoon I heard that Byron Linardos–Byron Lord Linardos–had died. I gathered myself together, went out back to our pond, sat down with some Bacardi Dark Rum (somehow Eric Von Schmidt had shown up) and some Greek olives, looked up … Continue reading

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Bluegrass Fiddler/Bell Labs Mathemetician Tex Logan

April 29, 2015 I first laid eyes on Tex in 1953. It was in the studios of WCOP in Boson. My buddy Dick Curley and I had found our way in to the radio station after hearing the Confederate Mountaineers … Continue reading

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JEAN RITCHIE 1922-2015

Another link in the chain is broken. Jean Ritchie has left this world. Jean was a dear friend, surrogate mother and teacher to my wife Carol Langstaff. Carol’s mother Diane Hamilton and Jean were good friends. Jean was a role … Continue reading

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HERB McCULLOUGH

May 8, 2015 Yesterday morning I got the news that my dear friend Herb McCullough had passed away at his home in Florida. Herb (or Herbal as my girl friend Judy liked to call him) and I went back a … Continue reading

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