Monday, November 28, 2011

Tributes to Mike Rafferty

Mike Rafferty died on September 13, 2011. If you're a regular or even an occasional reader of this blog, you know that Mike was very important to me.  To officially mark his passing, I have noted below the many remembrances he received.  I have compiled this list mainly for myself, but others may find such a reference meaningful or useful.



On September 14,, the online version of the local paper in the area where Mike lived, reported the news of Mike's passing.
Mike Rafferty of Hasbrouck Heights, legend of Irish traditional music, dies at 84

On September 23, Paul Keating of wrote a lovely description of the funeral and tribute to Mike.
The heart of Irish traditional musician Mike Rafferty 

On September 28, Earl Hitchner of The Irish Echo wrote a beautiful tribute which included comments about Mike from various well-known Irish musicians.
A Music-Filled Farewell to Mike Rafferty


September 13, Comhaltas Ceoltoiri Eireann, Mid-Atlantic Region's newsletter
Farewell Mike Rafferty

September 14, World Music Central
Renowned Irish Musician and National Heritage Fellow Mike Rafferty Dies at 84

September 15, Gwen Orel of New York Irish Arts
Safe home, Mike Rafferty (1926-2011). Mick Moloney on "The Mighty Raff".

September 16, IrishPhiladelphia carried some reflections by Gabriel Donohue
In Memory of Mike Rafferty

September 18, Ramblinghouse
Death of Flute Player, Mike Rafferty

October 30, Truffles Turtles & Tunes
Rafferty, a piece written by Mike's protege, Brian Holleran.  (Brian's tribute was originally posted on Facebook on September 14, 2011.)

November 18, Truffles Turtles & Tunes
Fatherly Connecgtions, my own tribute detailing the similarities and differences between Mike and my own father.


  • September 17, "A Thousand Welcomes" on WFUV Fordham University Radio, 90.7 FM - Kathleen Biggins host
  • September 17, "The Wind that Blows" on, Shannon, Ireland
  • September 18, "The Traditional Hour," Cork Community Radio, 100.5 FM Cork, Ireland - Jessie Cawley host
  • September 18, Manao Radio, 91.5 FM, Maui, Hawaii 
  • October 11, "The West Wind" on Clare FM, - Claire Kelville host

If I have missed any significant memorials, please post a comment or email me.

To see all my blog posts that mention Mike Rafferty, click HERE.

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