In memory: Jimmy Quinn, Tommy Ramone
Thanks again to Ray O'Brien and 'Bluegrass in Ireland' for sharing an item published today on the Mohill Bluegrass Festival Facebook page: a three-minute video by Cinny McAdam of Jimmy Quinn, singing lead on 'Carolina Star' in a barroom jam - a reminder of what the scene lost with Jimmy's death in February this year.
Tommy Ramone, born Tamas Erdelyi in Budapest, Hungary, in 1949, died last Friday (11 July). He was the drummer and last surviving founder-member of the Ramones, the pioneering New York punk-rock band who were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2002 and given a Lifetime Achievement Award at the 2011 Grammies.
By that time he had become the most notable of the growing number of pickers making the transition from punk rock to old-time music, and performed on vocals, mandolin, guitar, banjo, and dobro as a member of the duo Uncle Monk with Claudia Tienan (see photo). They toured in Ireland in late April and early May 2010.