Many people may already be aware that Kenny passed away on Wednesday 11 July 2012. Family and friends were with him.
For years he was the organiser, promoter, master of ceremonies, sound man and guiding light of the Star and New Dawn Folk Clubs in Glasgow. Legions of visiting artists have stayed with, and dined with the Caird family.
Kenny’s funeral will take place at Craigton Crematorium, Berryknowes Road, Cardonald, Glasgow G52 2DB on Wednesday 18 July at 2.30pm followed by a gathering at Avant Garde (formally Laurie’s Bar), King Street, Glasgow.
All our thoughts are with Trish and his family.
Tom Holmes, Secretary/Organiser,
‘Live at the Star’ Glasgow.
The following was originally posted on 26 June 2012:
Kenny Caird is a Glasgow folkie. To be more precise, he’s a Govan folkie. He’s 57.
For years he was the organiser, promoter, master of ceremonies, sound man and guiding light of the Star and New Dawn Folk Clubs in Glasgow. Legions of visiting artists have stayed with and dined with the Caird family. He knows and can remember more jokes than any ten other people you could name.
He’s a stirrer-upper. He upsets the apple cart. He takes an electric guitar (with synthesiser attached) to traditional music sessions (and plays the digital oompah), but he also plays traditional tunes on the concertina with sensitivity and skill. He loves the blues and he hates injustice.
About three weeks ago, with characteristic directness, Kenny told us that he is losing his battle with cancer. The melanoma that took his eye (and led him to create a YouTube persona called “WanEyedFolky“) had returned agressively and viciously, causing him to lose the use of his legs. An optimistic prognosis is six to 12 months.
A group of Kenny’s friends have combined to put on a testimonial music event that will raise a support fund for Kenny and his family through this most difficult period and beyond. The title of the day is “Undefeated”.
That name came from a powerful song by Robb Johnson, one of Kenny’s favourites. They organisers have been humbled by and are extremely grateful for, generous commitments of support from large numbers of people in the Scottish folk music community. So many immediately said: “just tell me what you need”, and that in itself is a massive tribute to the regard in which he is held.
Kenny was once described to me as being like Ronseal – “does exactly what it says on the tin”.
That pretty much sums him up, for me. He’s a man with strong convictions and strong principles and he’s fiercely loyal to his loved ones and his friends.
What marks him apart from many of us is that he’ll hold to his convictions and principles even when it’s not convenient, when it causes him or other people problems, even when life could be much simpler and gentler if he just looked the other way.
In short, he has integrity. And that integrity is in part, I imagine, what has led him to explain publicly just what he’s facing.
No window dressing.
No soft soap.
Just the truth.
And sometimes, the truth with unanticipated oompahs.