Pioneer folk musician Patrick Sky dies at 80
Patrick Sky, known to be a pioneer of the Greenwich Village folk scene in the 1960s, has passed away at the age of 80.
The singer-songwriter died on May 27 in a hospice in Asheville, North Carolina. As Rolling stone reports, his wife – musician and novelist Cathy Larson Sky – confirmed that Sky had succumbed to prostate and bone cancer. He was previously diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease in 2017.
Patrick Sky was best known for his highly provocative satirical record ‘Songs That Made America Famous’, which was recorded in 1971 but was not released until a few years later, following difficulties in trying to get a record company to endorse profanity.
His fellow musician and friend Eric Andersen paid tribute to Sky Thursday, May 27 in an article praising his “brilliant mind and insightful soul.”
“Well, today is a big, very sad day for me personally and for all of us who love songwriter music. Darkness? Well, he finally got there… ”he wrote in a statement on Facebook.
“Patrick Sky, Irish songwriter, singer and bagpipe maker Uilleann brought this world to light from a hospice in Ashville, North Carolina, but hasn’t left us for good. The songs are spirits and always stay behind. “
Well, today is a big, very sad day for me personally and for all of us who love songwriter music. Darkness? Now, he finally …
Posted by Eric Andersen on Thursday, May 27, 2021
Andersen went on to acknowledge Sky’s friendship with Buffy St. Marie and Peter LaFarge, based on their shared experiences as Native American Indians, and confirming a long-standing rumor: “I heard the rumor that came from be confirmed by your son Liam. Joni Mitchell’s song ‘Last Time I Saw Richard’ on her album ‘Blue’ was of course about you.
Born in Georgia, Sky grew up in Louisiana and served in the military before becoming part of Florida’s thriving folk scene. It was there that he met St. Marie and moved to New York, where he recorded his first album.
Later in his career, Sky turned more to traditional folk music, reflecting his Irish roots. In the 1970s the Creek Indian party, the Irish singer-songwriter party visited Ireland and began to learn – and build – Uilleann pipes. Sky then launched the Celtic folk label Green Linnet and served as Rhode Island’s state planner on Native American affairs.
Patrick Sky is survived by his wife Cathy Larson Sky and son Liam Sky.