09 June 2009

John Kavanagh ¶ 1960–2009

A few weeks ago, local musician, bookseller and friend of the press John Kavanagh suffered an asthma attack while swimming at White Point, Nova Scotia. He died several days later in hospital. John was perhaps best know as a ukulele player, and performed tunes from his expansive, eclectic repertoire of classical, rag-time and popular music at a number of Gaspereau Press events, including the 2008 Wayzgoose.

In tribute to John, I’ve designed and printed a letterpress broadside based on one of John’s frequently performed pieces, “Simon Smith & His Amazing Dancing Bear.” You can find a video of John performing this song at the following link:

There will be a memorial concert for John at the Rose Creek Center for the Arts on Saturday June 13. You can find information about this event at:

– AS

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