Wake for Tom McFarland

Jef Jaisun jef@jaisunphoto.com
Tue Sep 14 01:54:43 EDT 2004

Wake for N.W. Bluesman Tom McFarland, who passed away Sept. 3rd.

Sunday, September 19th
New Orleans Creole Restaurant
114 First Avenue South in Pioneer Square, 206-622-2563
Seattle, WA

For more info, Call Jim Hamilton @ 253-661-2223

Below is a short list of musicians expected to be performing in memory of
Tom McFarland, most are former members of his band over the years.

CHRIS STEVENS, guitar & vocals
BRIAN BUTLER, guitar & Vocals
MIKE "Harmonica Playboy" LYNCH, harp & Vocals
DON "Jr. Earl" McNEFF, songwriter, harp, guitar, Pike Market Legend
KIM FIELD, Harp, Vocals, author of the standard text, "Harps, Harmonicas,
and Heavy Breathers"
MARK "Tall Cool One" DALTON, bass
JAY MABIN, harp & bass
Kirk "K.T." TUTTLE, drums
NORM BELLAS, keyboards
TOM "T-Boy" BOYLE Guitar

Plus local DeeJays, surprise guests, and Suzie McFarland herself... and good
food, lots of tall tales and plenty of reminiscing about the remarkable 30
year run the Blues has had in Seattle!

    Bluesman TOM McFARLAND has died.  He went in his sleep, Friday, September
3rd.  Through the 1970s and 80's the singer, songwriter and guitarist was at
the center of the blues scene in this corner of the nation.  In First Avenue
longshore joints like the Boulder Cafe and the Ridge, in nightclubs in the
Pike Place Market, Pioneer Square, at the Legendary Jolly Roger Roadhouse
and Ballard's Owl Cafe, not to mention through multiple appearances at
Bumbershoot and other area festivals, McFarland taught a generation of
listeners the value of America's indigenous musical art form.

    Tom left Seattle in the late 70's for fame in the Bay Area. There, Chris
Strachwitz quickly signed him to Arhoolie records. His first album of
originals, "Travelin' With The Blues," led to radio and TV performances, a
headliner performance at the San Francisco Blues Festival, and extended
national tours with the likes of  Lightnin' Hopkins, Otis Rush and Charlie
Musselwhite.  Following his return to the Northwest in the 1980's, Tom
released two albums on Portland's well-regarded Flying Heart label, "Just
Got In From Portland" and "Voodoo Garden," both of which have had
international airplay and sales, and both of which are still in print on CD.
Tom and his band were also featured for two tunes on the still-selling "Live
at the Roadhouse" compilation, also featuring his contemporaries Isaac
Scott, Lloyd Jones, Curtis Salgado and Paul Delay. (Get the remastered CD
from http://www.pauldelay.com/roadhouse.ihtml)

McFarland's beautifully crafted songs have been recorded by many other
artists, and tunes like "Goin' Back to Oakland" and "Blue Reverie" are
already approaching the status of blues standards.  Tom McFarland's work,
and his memory will live on.

Jim Hamilton and Mark Dalton

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