Tuesday, March 7, 2017

Remembering Musician and Caledonia Folk Club Founder Bill Crawford

On February 21, 2017, the Ontario folk community lost an important member. Bill Crawford was a talented musician and also the co-founder of the now-defunct Caledonia Folk Club. He was part of the folk duo Cravan Spirit (with Ed Vandendool)Our condolences to his family, friends and fans.

Click here for his obituary

Reaction to his passing was all over the Internet. Here are some samples. We may add more later on:

Jim Marino (Freewheelin' Folk Show): I remember great artists like Stephen Fearing appearing in Caledonia thanks to Bill. I first met Bill and Ed Vandendool when they first appeared at the Festival of Friends in 1995 as Cravan Spirit. He also was a prominent member of the "Tears of a Thousand Years" Committee that raised over $20000 for the 9/11 relief fund. Sincere condolences to his family and friends from The Freewheeling Folk Show and 93.3 CFMU.

Jeremiah Budnark (Brantford Open Stage): Bill (along with Ed Vandendool) founded the Caledonia Folk Club shortly after the Hamilton Folk Club and for (I think it was) 18 years provided a haven for folkies and a fine opportunity for performers. It was the first place I ever managed the nerve to go on stage and have always regarded it as my 'home' club. Bill and family also became friends. They and the folk clubs have changed the path of my life and for that I will always be grateful. Bill will be missed.

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