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Friday, June 7, 2019

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        Mose Scarlett Passes

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        It's with great sadness that I mark the passing of my old friend, Moseley Stephen Scarlett, who died on May 30. When I say old friend, we became friends in the 1960's. In 1969 we made our Mariposa Folk Festival debut at the same "New Songwriters" concert. We played together often through the 70's & 80's, but the 20 years working together with our friend Jackie Washington really took our friendship to another level. As well as his amazing, baritone voice and crisp, fingerpicking guitar he will be missed for his generous spirit, great sense of humour and loquaciousness.
        I met Mose several times, played with him twice and I always loved his gentle candor and was in awe of his deep level of musical knowledge.
        I first met Mose Scarlett when he came to town to play the Underdog in the late 80s. We became fast friends and I took him on a walking tour of the town he had grown up in. We went by some of his childhood haunts, played some guitar. I was sad to see him get on the train to Toronto, but we visited many more times, in Toronto, Peterborough and many festivals over the years. Mose had an astonishing memory for some of the finest details of decades-old conversations. He was a kind, compassionate man and he played and sang like no other. I checked in on him the day before he passed and he was resting. Rest in peace, Mose.
        Doug McClemont:
        Goodbye to my friend Mose Scarlett, ragtime guitarist with the richest baritone voice I've ever recorded. Played bass with Mose on several gigs. The songs he played from the 1930's and 40's had more chords than most albums have now. He exposed me to a lot of great old-timey music from the early part of the last century. Played several intense Trivial Pursuit games with him and our buddy Norm Hacking when he lived on Major St. A classy gentleman with a wicked sense of humour, whose song introductions were often longer than the songs he performed. We'll miss you, Mose.


        Links: Mose Scarlett, Video above courtesy of randallstaffordcook

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