Sunday, November 25, 2012

HISTORY OF SYRACUSE MUSIC "OFFICIAL SITE" - CHAPTER # 64 - HALL OF FAME FIDDLE KING - HAL CASEY PASSES AWAY

We are sadden to hear of the passing on January 17, 2012 of former New York State Fiddle Champion, &  SAMMY Hall of Famer- Hal Casey.

The areas top fiddle player for six decades started his career at age six. Casey started playing square dances and Irish jig at the Hibernian Club. He studied classical violin and was very active in various orchestras. He formed a jazz group and toured the east coast. This led to a spot on the Grand Ole Opry as a staff musician in the early 50's. Hal has performed with such musical greats as Ernest Tubb, Bill Monroe, George Morgan, Randy Travis, Brook Benton, Vassar Clements and Bill Haley & The Comets

He returned to Central New York in the 1950's and resided here ever since. Hal won six fiddle championships in New York State and Canada.  Hal Casey was inducted  into the "Fiddlers Hall of Fame" in Osceola, NY in 1976. Casey has appeared on many albums and released his own album "North Country" on Nashville's King International Records in 1979. During the 80's he also partnered with world class guitarist Loren Barriger.

Hal performed and was inducted into the Syracuse Area Music Hall of Fame (SAMMY's) in February 2002. Casey was a musical special guest on Los Blancos album "Cookin' With The Cats" released in December 2004. Casey's latest band was called "Swing This" that included another Hall of Famer Mark Hoffmann. The very talented Hal Casey was 83, he will be deeply missed.

1 comment:

  1. Thank you so much for writing about my father Ron, we are going to have a tribute and benefit to aid my mother in the future and hopefully we will have all our video footage, audio, photos and anecdotes together by then. I hope to keep his music alive as long as I can!
    Hal Jr.

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