RIP: Al McKenney, 1944-2015

August 26th, 2015, 1:00 pm by Sara
Al McKenney

Al McKenney

Wearing suspenders and a purple beret and making daily downtown rounds to share lively chats about politics, music and books, Alan “Captain Fun” McKenney was often called the Unofficial Mayor of Saratoga Springs, NY. He passed away at home in Saratoga Springs on Saturday, August 15, 2015, amidst his legendary collection of albums and books.

McKenney was a life-long lover of music, and over the years he was a founding member of the Wildflowers collective; road manager for such acts as David Bromberg, for Boys of the Lough, Clannad, Martin, Bogan & Armstrong; tour manager for the U.S. State Department’s American Music Abroad program; record producer for Utah Phillips; stage manager and emcee of the Smithsonian’s National Folk Festival, Clearwater’s Great Hudson River Revival, the Philadelphia Folk Festival and the Kent State Folk Festival.

GO HERE to read the obituary about Al McKenney’s colorful and extraordinary life…

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Memorial gatherings will be held from 2-4pm on Sunday (August 30) at the Ashland Historical Society in Massachusetts and in Saratoga Springs at Gaffney’s from 1-6pm on Sunday, September 13.

One thought on “RIP: Al McKenney, 1944-2015”

  1. PhilthyRex says:

    R.I.P. Al! Your memories and t-shirts live on! Love, Phil

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