Memorial Scheduled for Missouri Fiddler John White

John White, holding his fiddle, sits in front of an upright piano smiling.We are very sorry to report that Missouri fiddler John White, of Hallsville, passed away this past weekend. He was 81, and had just returned from teaching as a master fiddler at the Festival of American Fiddle Tunes in Port Townsend, Washington in July. John, never one to sit still for long, had also just finished recording a new CD, now available from Missouri Valley Music, and teaching at Bethel Youth Fiddle Camp, a week-long camp for young people to learn traditional Missouri fiddle.

John will be sorely missed by his family, his musical compatriots, the many young and young-at-heart musicians who learned from him, and of course, his community dance in Hallsville. The Hallsville dance was a labor of love for John for over 15 years (during which he missed only two dances!), and we will continue dancing on the second Saturday of each month at the Hallsville Community Center.

There will be an Open House in John’s honor at Bach-Yager Funeral Home in Columbia, MO on Friday, August 18 from 5-7 pm.

There will be a Celebration of Life and Jam Session, also at Bach-Yager Funeral Home in Columbia, MO, on Saturday, August 19 from 2-5 pm.