the wumb site (March 12, 2011):
We are sad to report the passing of songwriter Jack Hardy.
He was an important figure in the Greenwich Village folk scene and his
songs are sung by singers around the world. Jack was the host and organizer
for a long running songwriter's circle in New York City that at times
included Shawn Colvin, John Gorka, Lucy Kaplansky, David Massingill
and many other well known writers as regulars.Gorka's
song "Jack's Crows" was a tongue in cheek tribute to the circle. He
was the founder of the Fast Folk Musical Magazine and its series of
recordings that are now available from Smithsonian Folkways. Jack's
own recordings were made for labels both here and in Europe and there
was a 10 disc retrospective of his work from 1965 to 1995. His recent
work is on his own Great Divide label. Jack will be missed by his friends
and fans worldwide.
of the few "Jack's Crows" live versions (recorded by Maureen
Jacobs Oct 23, 2008 in Bakkeveen, the Netherlands).
Gorka (on Facebook) about Jack:
(March 14, 2011):
Goodbye Jack -- Give 'em hell
Jack Hardy was a hero of mine who became a friend. He encouraged me
to write songs when I needed encouragement the most. I attempted a version
of his song "Potter's Field" on Friday night after hearing the news
of his passing. I can't believe he's gone. The first opening act I did
at Godfrey Daniels Coffeehouse was in June of 1979. Russ Rentler and
I did a set as The Razzy Dazzy Brothers opening for Jack. That whole
summer I listened to Mirror of My Madness and The Nameless One. Hearing
Jack play that night and talking to him about songwriting changed my
life. I'm very glad to have known him, but I wish he were still here.
here to listen to John Gorka talking
about Jack Hardy in 2005 on mpr (and the song "Potter's Field")
here to listen to a live version of the John Gorka song "Up
until then" by Jack Hardy, Margo Hennebach & Shawn Colvin.
from Fast Folk Musical Magazine (Vol. 5, No. 2) [Live At the Bottom
Line 1988] This is a low quality version, you can buy it on itunes
is a link to the Fast folk tribute CD "A Tribute to Jack Hardy"