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Subject: RE: John Dwyer - Songs & Stories
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 12 Nov 09 - 11:07 PM

I'm sure he'd have been a Mudcat regular, had it been around when he was. Yes, Bob, Burma. I found a note with the photo, I think his father sent the framed photos to his mother. It seems to say something about the Amazon, but perhaps that is a joke. :)


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Subject: RE: John Dwyer - Songs & Stories
From: GUEST
Date: 03 Feb 14 - 05:35 PM

I'm trying to find Maggie Dwyer, concerning permission to use her father's "San Juan Pig War" in a reprint of a publication. If anyone can point me in her direction, I would be grateful!


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Subject: RE: John Dwyer - Songs & Stories
From: GUEST,Diana Waring
Date: 03 Feb 14 - 05:43 PM

Could someone help me connect with John Dwyer's daughter, Maggie? I am seeking permission to use John's song, "San Juan Pig War" in a small book publication, and need to contact someone with his estate.

Please contact me here:
dianawaring@gmail.com


Thanks!


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Subject: RE: John Dwyer - Songs & Stories
From: maeve
Date: 03 Feb 14 - 05:45 PM

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Subject: RE: John Dwyer - Songs & Stories
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 03 Feb 14 - 06:34 PM

I'll send you an email. Thanks!

Maggie


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Subject: RE: John Dwyer - Songs & Stories
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 16 Jul 14 - 09:52 AM

There has been a steady trickle of interest in a few of Dad's songs to do with Pacific Northwest History. I have in my hands a book sent by Ms. Waring that is designed for use in home school settings. Westward Ho!: The Heart of the Old West is a beautiful book with a CD that has as its first half explanations of historic places, events, and activities, and the back of the book is the music and words to each song that illustrates the history. I'll read, listen, and post a review later.

Dad's song about the San Juan Pig War is the one used in this book.

SRS


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Subject: RE: John Dwyer - Songs & Stories
From: GUEST
Date: 16 Jul 14 - 01:26 PM

Hi Maggie ...

The Pacidic Northwest Folklore Society puts out a bi-monthly on-line publication called "The Hoot." I've started a series of articles titled "Those Who Led The Way." And your father John certainly was one of the leaders. This next issue will feature Walt Robertson. After that, I'd like to feature Don Firth, and then your late father John Dwyer. I'll be in touch with you as I write that article. CHEERS, bob(deckman)nelson ... still safely hiding in Everett, Washington, where I see your father's beach house often.


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Subject: RE: John Dwyer - Songs & Stories
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 16 Jul 14 - 02:29 PM

Hey, Bob. Thanks!


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Subject: RE: John Dwyer - Songs & Stories
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 13 Aug 19 - 01:33 PM

The contents of my home office were rapidly packed into boxes in June (2019) when I needed to do major repair construction on a couple of rooms. The result is that as I put everything back I'm trying to be more orderly about where I place the various parts of my father's collection. There are boxes of books, of cassette tapes he recorded at many live events in the Pacific Northwest and in Vancouver, B.C., and boxes of notebooks, files, LPs, and even reel-to-reel tapes.

I retired a year ago and am to the point where I can tackle this job. Those of you who knew John Dwyer know he was a retired community college reference-librarian-pack-rat so the books are various and obscure. In the past I have used his books and notes to look up the words to songs for people, and now I may be in a better position for that, though the biggest task ahead is to build an Access database to catalog the contents of the cassette tapes.

When I get started I'll probably start a new thread for keeping people apprised of the progress or to ask questions they might have. This is a head's-up that I'm finally tackling the job.

Of less importance to me right now, but possibly of interest to Mudcat members, are all of the obscure cassette tapes he bought or was given by other people. I'll make a list of what they are, but as I work will decide how many layers of this onion I have to peel to end up with a good representation of his work in collecting and performing folk music in the Pacific Northwest. I'll have to determine if he learned songs from those cassettes or merely kept a robust collection. I suspect he had his own lending library going - there are quite a few things that say "Return to John Dwyer" on them. Old habits die hard.

Maggie


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Subject: RE: John Dwyer - Songs & Stories
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 15 Jul 20 - 07:09 PM

John M. Dwyer died in 1997, and his music and instruments and books and recordings went with various family members. My brother has the original guitar that Dad used for many years, and is preparing to take it to his daughter and her husband's family where there are lots of musicians. I asked him to please photograph the list of songs before it was out of his hands.

My son is a guitarist with several guitars of his own, so my brother took Dad's guitar to him to clean and restring, and they put it in a shiny new Amazon-ordered case (the old one was pretty crumbly but apparently did it's job in protecting the instrument all of these years.)

I remember reading remarks from people here at Mudcat about the lists of songs taped onto the back of his guitar, so I asked my brother to email them to me, saved them as non-lossy PNG files, and uploaded them to a file on Google Photos. I haven't used Google's uploaded Photos site much (I enjoyed Picasa, but that is a few years back now) and hope this stays the small set of photos I've uploaded now (and none of my dogs and garden populate it as time passes!)

A little background: Dad took guitar lessons from Don Firth in Seattle. I think Don is probably also the one who recommended the guitar that he purchased and used for all of those years. (He had other instruments, but when arthritis became a problem he stopped playing and sold the newer instruments). Don also advised a lot on song collection, performance, etc. and one of the interesting things (I've asked if he'll send it to me) in the guitar case was a small notebook. I put up the photo I was sent, and it includes a note Dad kept for himself from Don about how to put together a set list. This is probably a very old note that just always stayed in the case.

The photos should enlarge or download if any of you are interested to see his typed list and hand-written notes. John M. Dwyer guitar - taped song title lists.


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Subject: RE: John Dwyer - Songs & Stories -Guitar List photos
From: GUEST
Date: 16 Jul 20 - 10:01 AM

MAGGIE … SEEING JOHN'S OLD GUITAR AND SONG LISTS BRINGS BACK MANY PLEASANT MEMORIES. BOB(DECKMAN)NELSON


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Subject: RE: John Dwyer - Songs & Stories -Guitar List photos
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 16 Jul 20 - 11:48 AM

Thanks, Bob, I was hoping you'd see this! Dylan cleaned the guitar and restrung it and said that while you can feel a tiny amount of warp along the frets it doesn't show and it's probably mostly from so much use. Over all of this time it remains a very nice guitar.

I still have the tuning fork he kept in that old case. It was part of the magic of the process when I was very young and Dad was learning to play, that striking of the tuning fork to his shoe or another object then touching it to the instrument.


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Subject: RE: John Dwyer - Songs & Stories -Guitar List photos
From: Deckman
Date: 18 Jul 20 - 11:12 AM

MAGGIE … ( MY APOLOGIES FOR THE BIG LETTERS, BUT I DON'T SEE WELL ANYMORE) …. VIEWING THE PICTURES OF JOHN'S GUITAR AND SONG LIST BRINGS BACK A FLOOD OF MEMORIES. I WELL REMEMBER THE FIRST TIME HE SHOWED ME THE "FIRST EDITION" OF THOSE LISTS. IT WAS A WARM DAY, AT HIS BEACH FRONT HOME AT MISSION BEACH, WHERE I HAVE SPENT SO MANY HUNDREDS OF HOURS SINGING AND SHARING SONGS WITH JOHN AND SO MANY, MANY FRIENDS.

WHEN I FIRST SAW THE SNGS LISTED AND TAPED TO THE BACK OF HIS GUITAR, I SUGGESTED THAT HE ADD MORE SHEETS OF PAPER, IN LAYERS, LIKE A BOOK. TYPICAL OF HIS PUNNY HUMOR, HE REPLIED; "i'LL LEAF THAT ALONE!"   CHEERS, BOB (DECKMAN) NELSON


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Subject: RE: John Dwyer - Songs & Stories -Guitar List photos
From: Deckman
Date: 18 Jul 20 - 12:00 PM

MAGGIE … I NEGLECTED TO MENTION THE MOST MOVING MEMORY FIXED IN MY PEA BRAIN WHEN I SAW THE PHOTO OF JOHN'S GUITAR. IT COMES FROM HIS INCREDIBLE MEMORIAL SERVICE YOU HAD AT CAMP PARSONS, IN SEATTLE. WHAT A TURNOUT … I SWEAR HALF OF SEATTLE WAS THERE.

THIS HUGE ROOM HAD CHAIRS LINING ALL FOUR WALLS. AS I LOOKED AROUND AT THE CHAIRS, MY EYES CAME ACROSS ONE EMPTY CHAIR, WITH JUST A GUITAR PLACED UPRIGHT IN IT. MY FIRST THOUGHT WAS: "THAT'S AN OFF WAY TO SAVE A SEAT." THEN IT HIT ME, AS I SAW YOU SIT DOWN BESIDE IT … THAT CHAIR WAS RESERVED FOR THE LATE JOHN DWYER.

I HAD TO LEAVE THE ROOM AND GO OUT TO PARLING LOT FOR A BIT. BOB(DECKMAN)NELSON


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