In Memory of Owain Phyfe
It is with sad new that on September 5th, 2012 I learned Owain Phyfe passed on. He is survived by his wife Lady Paula, his sons, and all the people whose lives he touched with his music. He will be greatly missed. Owain had a passion for music that was sung during the medieval and renaissance times. You could always hear him playing the greatest hits of the 13th, 14th, and 15th century. I have also noticed that when you would hear is voice there was always a wine tasting or some other event concerning wine nearby.
My first memory of Owain Phyfe was at the Louisiana Renaissance Festival in 2010. This was my first festival and I really did not know what to make of it. I was walking down the road towards the wine tasting and I could hear this hauntingly beautiful male voice singing. Over the next few visits to the faire I would always stop by to listen to him for a while.
In 2011 I was able to get on the cast of the Louisiana Renaissance Festival, where I was the gardener to the Baron. I went by the name Harry Sodder (The Gardener for You Know Who). During this time I was able to mingle with the cast a little bit more and get to know them. It was during this time I was able to get a pair of wine tasting tickets. The wine tastings are hosted by a good friend of Owain, Jamie Haeuser. It was during this wine tasting, which I highly recommend, that I was able to get my first concert with Owain Phyfe, and got a lot of great wine. I really enjoyed the concert not only because of the great music, but Owain explained a lot of the songs. We got to know where they came from and what they were about. I learned the back story of “We Be Soldiers Three”
Twice more I was blessed with seeing two other concerts in which he performed. It was during these concerts that I was introduced by Owain to a non-profit group called RESCU Foundation. This is the Renaissance Entertainers Services and Crafters United. This is a foundation that accepts donation and help other renaissance performers with pertinent medical bills. Owain was actively seeking donations to help others and I think I ended up giving him what I had in my pockets, which was like $10.
So in honor of my friend Owain Phyfe I added a new widget to my site. This widget is for the RESCU Foundation.