RIP: Tom Winslow, 1940-2010

Tom Winslow

We were deeply saddened to learn of the death of Tom Winslow – one of Nippertown’s great folk and blues singer-songwriters. The 69-year-old Winslow died on Saturday, October 23 from complications after suffering a stroke.

The veteran folksinger who made his home in New Baltimore performed frequently throughout the Hudson Valley and was a regular at Troy Farmers Market and at Caffe Lena in Saratoga Springs. Among his other area performances in recent years was the annual Bob Dylan Birthday Concert at Union College in Schenectady in May, 2008, where his daughter, blues singer Thomasina Winslow, was also on the bill.

Biograph Records released Winslow’s debut album, “It’s the Clear Water,” back in 1969. The album included the Clearwater sloop anthem, “Hey Looka Yonder (It’s The Clearwater),” and the environmental ode “My Dirty Stream (Sailing Down My Dirty Stream),” as well as such rallying cries as “Let Us Sing Together,” “If You Love Your Uncle Sam” and “There’s A Bright Side Somewhere.”

A memorial service for Tom Winslow will be held at 3pm on Sunday (November 21) at the Garland Bothers Funeral Home at 75 Clinton Avenue in Albany.

Tom Keyer’s story at The Times Union

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