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Called me up not long ago, wanting to give me my violin back... He was in ill health, and a very close friend. He called me any time he needed fiddle or violin work, and played one of my violins from a few years ago... then we'd just sit and BS for a while. He played very accomplished violin, jazz fiddle, and country music. He would often come over to the house, and entertain my wife and I, back when he was in the full swing of life. Jon Alan “Doc” Meeks died unexpectedly in Roswell, New Mexico on June 9, 2015 at the age of 72. Doc is survived by his wife, Betty Ann Meeks, daughter Darcy Naylor and husband Shannon Naylor, son Jack Meeks and wife Rebecca Meeks, daughter Sara Daulong and husband Sammy Daulong and daughter Laura Meeks. Of those who called him Poppa are: etc. Bye Doc - love you, my friend. Your friends Mary and Craig
Hello Fiddling Friends at Maestronet- I’d like to invite you to our 9th Annual Fiddle Hell Gathering at the Colonial Inn and Scout House in Concord, Massachusetts, Nov. 8-10, 2013. An overview of Fiddle Hell 2013 is at http://www.reinerfam...troduction.html There's a full schedule of over 100 hands-on workshops and jams at http://www.reinerfam...l-schedule.html Rates are low for the weekend or a single day, and parking is free. Our fiddle staff includes 22 excellent traditional players who are also great teachers: Alan Kaufman, Andy Reiner, Barbara McOwen, Bob Alessio, Clayton March, Dave Reiner, David Kaynor, Ed Pearlman, Ellen Carlson, George Fowler, John Chambers, Julie Metcalf, Laurie Hart, Mark Simos, Matt Glaser, Matt McConeghy, Paul Harty, Pete Anick, Serena Eades, Stacy Phillips, Terri Lukacko, Tom Morley. If you come from the classical tradition, here's a chance to try fiddling in a supportive environment. There will be various fiddle styles represented, including New England, Irish, bluegrass, Southern oldtime, Scottish, Cape Breton, French Canadian, Swedish, swing, gypsy, Cajun, Texas and Western Swing. The Saturday Night Concert is on Nov. 9th, 7:00-9:00PM, at the nearby Concord Scout House (free if you’re at Fiddle Hell; walk-ins $15). It will be followed by a contra dance. Our 52 Fiddle Hell Common Tunes are listed at http://www.reinerfam...-tune-list.html , and we have recorded them on a 2-CD set, played both fast and slow. This 2-CD set is just $15 postpaid at http://www.reinerfam....com/store.html . It’s a great way to prepare for the jams at Fiddle Hell, and to improve your learning by ear. I really hope to see you at Fiddle Hell this year! Dave Reiner