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Posted By: Genie
03-Nov-08 - 12:05 PM
Thread Name: Obit: Stan James of Washington (Nov 2008)
Subject: RE: Obit: Stan James of Washington has died
I think a Stan James tribute concert at Folklife would be great and very fitting.

Bruce Baker sent the news out to the members of the Seattle Folklore Society yesterday.

Its with a heavy heart that I announce the passing of Stan James in the past day. Stan was found in his Granite Falls Home by a neighbor, details are sketchy at this time. As plans for a memorial are known, they will be sent out.

Stan was a long time folks singer in Seattle, and performed at many coffee houses. His travels to Australia decades ago helped bring that musical tradition back to North America. His picture at Rainy Camp graces the web page of Seattle Song Circle.

Please forward this on to the music community, he certainly will be missed.


The last time I saw Stan, in fact, was at Folklife in May.   He was on the panel with Bob (Deckman), Don, et al. sharing songs and stories of the history of folk music in the Pac. NW.   Then, in the hospitality suite, I was showing Stan and a couple others how my new iMac with the built in camera can make instant videos, so I 'shot' him and the others for a few seconds.
It was just a demo of the equipment, and I recently deleted it when I was trying to clear out space on my hard drive.   Now I'm sorry I did that.   Of course I never dreamed that would be the last time I'd see Stan.

Stan was involved in the SFS weekly song circles a number of times when I first started going to them, in the mid 1990s.   He was always a delight, usually sharing a very moving or, more often, very funny song I'd not heard before, or a new (to me) twist a familiar folk tune or lyric.
Of course, Stan had a wonderful, strong voice and his performance/presentation was always most engaging.    I'd love to have been around Seattle back in the days when Stan was running the coffee house.

This comes as another great shock, like the untimely loss of too many Pac. NW folkies (Bob Kotta, Jinx Davis, Jim Hinde, Dave Carter - just to remember a few), not to mention others (e.g., Rick F) we didn't get to hear in the NW as often.    From a musical standpoint, I can only hope they've got a great jam going on somewhere.