Minneapolis folk giant Bill Hinkley was a teacher to the end

  • Article by: JON BREAM , Star Tribune
  • Updated: May 26, 2010 - 9:47 AM

The man whom Garrison Keillor called the “Buddha of the West Bank” died at 67, surrounded by song.

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signjayMay. 25, 10 7:59 PM

There is an eerie silence when a musician dies. The notes, the lyrics that filled the air in Minneapolis and the upper Midwest are suddenly and respectfully mute, as if they are looking for their place, their custodian. More than anyone in the broad, inadequately-named Minneapolis"folk scene", it was Bill Hinkley who, for 40 years, taught so many of us, from country guitar to Irish Fiddle, from Swing to Blues to Bluegrass, beginner to advanced. Sitting across from Bill was like visiting the Dalai Lama. Whether in a structured class or a late night jam session, you were instantly the student, Bill the teacher. Never will there be another like him, and those of us who were fortunate enough to drink in his gentle wisdom are all richer for knowing him.

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sudbirdMay. 25, 10 8:30 PM

Jay, you said it so perfectly. Thanks, Bill, for a tremendous run, teaching and inspiring countless musicians to explore and grow. It's hard to believe we won't see you around anymore at jams, lessons, classes, playing or expounding on yet another amazing historical, scientific or musical topic. I'm just a drop in the ocean of sorrow at your passing, but I just want to hereby salute you and all you've done for all of us; it's over but it's not gone.

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chefpedleyMay. 31, 10 6:23 PM

bill played some of the music on my 50th birthday party and passed on my 60th....he just moved upstairs. eino pedleyhiennen...

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