Uptown Folk Club's 25th Year!!
It is with deep sadness and regret that the Uptown Folk Club must announce to its members, and all fellow musicians and songwriters, that an original founding member of our club, Brian Parsons, has passed away suddenly (June 5, 2021) from complications suffered by a heart attack on May 26, 2021. Brian was 68.
Together with a few “folkies” in the mid-nineties, Brian started the Uptown Folk Club by initially holding open stages in community and parish halls. Concerts and the annual “Winterfest” event soon followed. Throughout the 26 year history of the club, Brian was the sound technician for nearly all the music performed at our various venues. He was a unique entertainer who could write both serious and quirky tunes and, as he would say, play “a little guitar”. Brian also has been a member of several Edmonton music groups over the past thirty years. He has produced his own cd’s and been a contributor to both the uptown compilation cd’s, “Where Music Comes To Play” and “Where Music Comes To Play Too”. One of his songs, on the second cd, Heroes All To Me (Loseca's Song), was composed for his work colleagues.
Brian truly represented the spirit and character of the folk club, namely, “The Home of Songwriting and Spontaneity”. His presence, personality and inspiring sense of humour will be sorely missed.
“Play, sing and write songs in peace”
The family has asked that donations in lieu of flowers be made to the Heart and Stroke Foundation (www.heartandstroke.ca)
To view more of Brian Parson’s musical contributions visit his Facebook page and Youtube channel.
June 6, 2021
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