It’s with great sadness that I mark the passing of my old friend, Moseley Stephen Scarlett, who died on May 30. When I say old friend, we became friends in the 1960’s. In 1969 we made our Mariposa Folk Festival debut at the same “New Songwriters” concert. We played together often through the 70’s & 80’s, but the 20 years working together with our friend Jackie Washington really took our friendship to another level. As well as his amazing, baritone voice and crisp, fingerpicking guitar he will be missed for his generous spirit, great sense of humour and loquaciousness.
I plan to sing a little tribute to him at the Big Blues Bash, starting at 7:30 on Tuesday, June 4 taking place at the Cadillac Lounge in Parkdale. It’s an amazing lineup including Suzie Vinnick, Samantha Martin, Jennie Thai, Bird Stafford many more, with a house band led by Gary Kendall. It’s a benefit for the Toronto Blues Society.