Edward "Doc" Flemming
Folk Singer and Supporter
March 19, 1919 - March 4, 1981

 

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Don Grooms 1930 - 1998 

 

Don Groom was a Cherokee Indian and Florida songwriter. Born in Cherokee, North Carolina, Don later went on to study journalism and traught at the University of Florida in Gainesville. His songs are song at festivals and campgrounds throughout Florida. He wrote songs about Native Americans, Florida and about being a good human being. He was appreciated for his original songs, as well as his wit, humor and sincerity.

 Born in 1930, Don Grooms was raised in Cherokee, North Carolina. He came from a family with Cherokee and Appalachian heritage. As a child, he played a cornstalk fiddle, a cigar-box banjo, and a $3 Silvertone guitar. At age 10, Grooms began playing for square dances and at 14 he belonged to a dance band that played pop tunes. Grooms became a professional journalist and moved to Florida to teach journalism at the University of Florida. While in Gainesville, Grooms was influenced by Will McLean, which motivated him to return to songwriting and playing guitar. He became a fixture at the Florida Folk Festival, where he performed on stage alongside Florida Folk Troubadours Gamble Rogers, Jim Billie and Will McLean. Grooms received the Florida Folk Heritage Award in 1996.



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Thelma Ann Boltin
Cousin Thelma Ann Boltin,   was director and emcee of the Florida Folk Festival for 30 years, an institution that she helped found in 1952. Boltin was actively involved in the field of folklore for over 40 years, helping start smaller festivals like the Heart of Florida Folk Festival, held in Dade City. She served as the chairman of folk music for the Florida and National Federation of Music Clubs and was the recipient of a national award from the American Association for State and Local History for "contributions to preservation and popularization of Florida folkways, folklore, and folk music."


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It is with sadness that I inform everyone that our beloved jammer, Bill Bullard, passed away peacefully in the arms of his love, Danu and with his best friend and music partner, Brent, beside him.  Over the two evenings
prior to his death early on the morning of Mar. 8, Susan and I , Danu and her son , Joe, Brent, Bill's sister and brother and other friends and family shared songs and stories of Bill.  As Bill's brother, Marty, said at the bedside of Bill, "he is the best person I've ever known."  

 

Read more: William "Bill" Bullard 12/22/48 - 3/8/07