Final Notes, Drake McCon Walsh

On November 23, Drake McCon Walsh of Millers Creek, North Carolina, passed away. He was 79 years old. As a small child he would sneak out a banjo belonging to his father, Dock Walsh, and in time learned to play several instruments. In later years he would remember such musicians as Clarence Ashley coming to the Walsh home to play with his father. He served as a corporal in the US Army during the Korean War, and while stationed overseas was a member of a band that needed him to play the fiddle, which learned. The fiddle would become one of his primary instruments. In Germany, he played in a band with Vic Damone.

Back home in the States, Walsh had a long career as a salesman for C. D. Coffee and Sons in North Wilkesboro, North Carolina. He played music for VFW Post 1142, and at WKBC’s Hometown Opry. A great banjo and harmonica player, in recent years, he has been best known as a fiddler and mandolinist, and as a member of the Elkville String Band and the Lloyd Church Band. He is survived by his wife, Mazie Ward Walsh.

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