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Murphy Henry

Murphy Henry

Our Longest Day Jam, held Friday, June 21, in Winchester was a huge  success! By my calculations, we raised $5410! (This is adding together the money for the team, Murphy's Misfits, and the money that was donated in my name, Murphy Hicks Henry.) Thanks, again, to all of you who donated. I've tried to send personal emails of thanks, but I'm sure I didn't thank everyone.


According to the Longest Day website, you can continue to donate until July 21.


Laurie, Murphy, Nancy

Laurie Hicks, Murphy Henry, Nancy Pate

We had 70 people show up throughout the day (counting 7 kids). We started the picking promptly at 9 a.m. when my sisters, Nancy (guitar) and Laurie (fiddle), and I (banjo) sang Uncloudy Day, in memory of Mama and Daddy. We had 4 other people picking with us including Dennis Leitner, on banjo, who had driven all the way down from Illinois just to jam with us; the ever-faithful Bob Van Metre on bass; Janet Moore on guitar (ditto on the faithful!); and my first-ever modern-western square dance partner and constant cheerleader, Nick Capozio (President of the Rivermont Ramblers' Square Dance Club).


By noon we had 19 pickers, playing in two separate jams, one outside and one inside. We kept about that same number of pickers up until 6 o'clock, when folks started wandering off to get supper. (Or soak their fingers!) Still, we kept picking right up until 8 pm when the Gooseneck Rockers took over for an hour-long concert. The last song we sang, before the Rockers took the stage, was a reprise of Uncloudy Day.


The Rockers, of course, rocked the house, which was full of folks sitting shoulder to shoulder. David McLaughlin, on mandolin, joined Casey, Marshall Wilborn (bass), and Tom Adams (guitar) for an hour of old standards and newer tunes. It's always so much fun for me to sit and watch Casey play the banjo--she is so amazing. Occasionally I will hear little glimpses of my own playing in what she does but, by and large, she has carved out her own banjo path. (Never straying too far from the path that Earl trod, though.)


We were honored to have Lynn Morris come in to watch the show. She sat down right by me and I could tell she was really enjoying herself.


A special GREAT BIG THANKS to my many helpers! I could not have done this jam without you all:


Rhonda Brooks
Kristina Ellingson

Kathy Hanson

Kathy Holliday

Janet Moore

Becky Price

Bob Van Metre


And I have to single out Scott Brannon, the great guitar player and singer from Martinsburg, W.Va., who leads the Scott Brannon Band. He came early (10:00) and stayed till the end. And he was playing music practically the whole time. When we split the jam (which was getting too big to be very musical) and sent the faster pickers (Zac!) outside, Scott looked at me and said, "Where do you want me to go, Murphy?" I said, "Where do you want to go?" He said, "I'll go wherever you need me." BLESS HIS HEART! I told him to go on outside.


I cannot tell you how much I enjoyed singing with my sisters. I think our harmony has actually gotten better over the years. One of my own personal highlights was singing Sweetheart Of Mine Can't You Hear Me Calling with my sister Nancy. That song has some tough, complex bluegrass harmony--some really weird notes--and we were hitting them. It was awesome. Nancy and Laurie and I also did a trio on the Gillian Welch song By The Mark which also sounded awesome. (It's late in the day and I have run out of adjectives!)


I will quit before I type "awesome" one more time. Or fall into using "really" or "very" or "just" which are my I'm-too-tired-to-write-good words. I usually go back and take them out!
The whole day was just (see?) one of those really (ditto!) perfect days when everything just (again!) fell into place. I was very (!) happy and  very (!) tired. But it was just so very worth it! Really!

Murphy Henry

Murphy Henry

Howdy, folks!
Here are few last-minute details for those of you who are planning to come to The Longest Day Jam this Friday, June 21, from 9 am-9 pm. I have NO IDEA how many folks are coming but I'm hoping we have a big crowd! (Here is the previous post with a little backstory.)


Alzheimer's Association Longest Day Logo1. The location: 23 South Stewart Street, Winchester, VA. Big white house. Come in the front door. This is near downtown Winchester. Walking distance to lots of stuff.


1.5. The Time: 9 am-9 pm. We will actually end the jamming part right before 8 pm so Casey's band, the Gooseneck Rockers, can play a set from 8-9. The rest of us will just listen!


2. Parking: Plenty of parking on the street, both sides. And on side streets.


3. Food: We will provide bottled water all day long and a small snack in a paper bag (apple, granola bar). There is a Subway one block away and there is also our current favorite eating place Bonnie Blue about three blocks away. They serve Southern food, locally grown: BBQ, fish and grits, greens, potato salad, and yummy desserts! You can also get great coffee there.


4. Chairs: We'll try to provide enough, but if you have a folding chair, please bring it!


5. Jamming: I will be leading the jam (most of the time!), and will see that everyone who wants to play, gets to play. IF THE JAM GETS TOO BIG, we will try to split into smaller jams. Bob Van Metre has said he'll be glad to lead a second jam. Please work with us on this! If it's pretty, some of us can play outside. If it's rainy, we make have to TAKE TURNS jamming. I will try not to be too much of a control freak, and if other jams spring up inside or out, and the music does not conflict with the main jam, then let 'er roll!


6. Donations: We will have a computer set up (with someone who knows how to use it!) if you want to donate online. Here is the link to donate if you can't come jam with us on Friday. We will also be TAKING DONATIONS, cash or checks. We've already raised over $3000 in online donations and checks sent to me!!! Go us!!!


And that all I can think of! See you there!

Murphy Henry

Murphy Henry

Hi Folks,

As you will see if you read this whole thing, I have signed up to be a team leader to raise money for Alzheimer's research. And as you may know, both my parent's had Alzheimer's for the last 10 years of their lives. My sisters and I managed to take care of them in their home--with the help of some outstanding caregivers the last few years. Naturally, I worry about inheriting the disease myself. So, the more research the better! I would love it if you could make a contribution, which you can do by following the link to my team page, below.
To raise money my team, Murphy's Misfits, will be doing some bluegrass jamming on The Longest Day, Friday, June 21, from 9 am-9pm. We would also love to have you come and jam with us or just come and listen. We will be picking at 23 South Stewart Street in Winchester Va. If it's a nice day, we'll even pick outside some!

So, check out the message from the Alzheimer's Longest Day Team below. They are being very helpful and supportive.

Alzheimer's Association Longest Day Logo

Dear friends and family,I just signed up to lead a team in the Alzheimer’s Association’s newest event, The Longest Day®. From sunrise to sunset on June 21, we get to decide what we do and where we do it – but I need your help! Will you join my team and help me honor people facing Alzheimer's disease on the longest day of the year?

Here’s how it works:

  1. Visit my team page and join my team: http://thelongestday.alz.org/home/team/90881
  2. Ask your friends and family to support your participation by making a donation to our team on The Longest Day website. If you are uncomfortable donating through the website, you can send a check made out to Alzheimer's Assocation The Longest Day. Send it to Murphy Henry, P. O. Box 2498, Winchester VA 22604.
  3. Show up and participate on June 21. At least one person on our team must be in motion during each hour of daylight from sunrise to sunset.

Help me raise awareness in our community and raise funds to advance Alzheimer’s care, support, and research. Join my team today.


My Team Page: http://thelongestday.alz.org/home/team/90881