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Tom Winslow, Folk and Country Blues Musician, Dies at 69 November 13, 2010

Posted by David W. King in Uncategorized.

Tom Winslow, an Albany, New York folk and country-blues musician died Oct. 23 of complications from a stroke. A memorial service will be held at 3 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 21, at Garland Bothers Funeral Home at 75 Clinton Ave. in Albany., NY

After moving to upstate New York from his native North Carolina in the early 1960s, Winslow met Pete Seeger at a concert in Albany and became an original crew member of the Clearwater. Seeger’s Hudson River Sloop Clearwater organization launched the vessel in 1969 to promote environmentalism and help clean up the Hudson.

Winslow wrote “Hey Looka Yonder (It’s the Clearwater)” to rally support for the sloop and to unite “young and old” and “black and white” in its cause. He recorded the song for the album “Tom Winslow” in 1969 on Biograph Records.

A resident of New Baltimore, Winslow performed many times with Seeger and took guitar lessons from the Rev. Gary Davis, master of the country-blues guitar, says his daughter, Thomasina Winslow. Starting in the late 1960s, he traveled the country playing at festivals and clubs and serving as artist in residence at colleges and universities conducting workshops in folk and acoustic blues. With a grant from the state Education Department, Winslow with his whole family — wife Edral (who died in 2007), daughter Thomasina and sons Gary and Carlton — performed and taught in Capital Region schools about the development of American music.

“It was important to him to keep Americana music alive,” says Thomasina, now a traveling musician herself and a music teacher at St. Anne Institute in Albany. Winslow remained a steady presence on area stages up until his death. Craig says Winslow was one of those musicians who can’t be replaced.


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