Sunday, July 24, 2005

FOLKOBIT: John Herald

The death has been announced of John Herald, singer and guitarist with bluegrass band The Greenbriar Boys.

Herald formed the Greenbriar Boys in the late 50s, playing a folk circuit at a time when a young Robert Zimmerman was getting his start - indeed, Dylan opened for the Boys at Folk City, Greenwich Village in 1961. They disbanded in towards the end of the decade, but Herald remained active musically - as a songwriter, his work would be recorded by Joan Baez, Peter, Paul and Mary and Linda Ronstadt amongst others.

His last studio recordings were released as Roll On John in 2000, but was working on a new collection when he died. The New York Times reports poli ce are working on a theory the 65 year-old died by his own hand on Tuesday 19th.