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Folk Singer David Olney Dies On Stage While Performing At Age 71

He said: “David was playing a song when he paused, said ‘I’m sorry’ and put his chin to his chest. He never dropped his guitar or fell off his stool. It was as easy and gentle as he was.

Folk singer David Olney reportedly died over the weekend at age 71, during a stage performance at a music festival in Florida.

On the night of Saturday, David Olney was right on his second performance of the day at the 30A Songwriters Festival, when he suddenly paused at the middle of the show, causing  the audience to believe he was just “taking a moment” to put himself together.

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Amy Rigby, who is also a singer-songwriter was on stage with David Olney at the time of his death. He described his final “graceful and dignified” moments in a Facebook post thus:

“David Olney was in the middle of his third song when he stopped, apologised, and shut his eyes,” she wrote. “He was very still, sitting upright with his guitar on, wearing the coolest hat and a beautiful rust suede jacket we laughed about because it was raining like hell outside the boathouse where we were playing…”

She added: “I just want the picture to be as graceful and dignified as it was, because it at first looked like he was just taking a moment.”

Another singer-songwriter, Scott Miller, was also present at the time of David Olney’s death, and paid tribute to him on Facebook, writing: “What a force, what a writer.”

He said: “David Olney was playing a song when he paused, said ‘I’m sorry’ and put his chin to his chest. He never dropped his guitar or fell off his stool. It was as easy and gentle as he was.

“We got him down and tried our best to revive him until the EMTs (emergency medical technicians) arrived. The world lost a good one last night. But we still have his work. And it still inspires. And always will.”

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During the day, David Olney ’s first performance at the 30A Songwriters Festival, which obviously would be the last he would ever complete, was recorded and shared on his YouTube channel what it below.

During his music career, David Olney released a total of 20 albums, both as a solo artist and as part of the group The X-Rays. He’s survived by his wife, Regine, and two children Redding and Lillian.

Alice Campbell for SurgeZirc UK
Alice Campbell for SurgeZirc UK
Alice Campbell is a highly skilled and experienced royal writer, currently working with SurgeZirc UK. With a passion for journalism and a keen interest in the royal family, Alice has established herself as a prominent figure in the field.
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