Legacy Of Folk Music Will Live On At KAC


When the room was full, Ginger Parker turned away all others trying to enter, even board members.


In 1982 Ginger Parker organized the first Coffeehouse at the Kirkland Art Center in Clinton. In a September 2015 story in the Clinton Courier, Parker said the response was overwhelming.


The Irish group Comhaltus Ceoltoiri Eireann and Irish dancers brought out a huge crowd. “At the door I was turning away KAC board members and I was turning away people who had on their t-shirts ‘Kiss Me, I’m Irish,’’’ Parker said in that Courier story.


The story came about because after 33 years of volunteering to organize folk music concerts at the KAC, Parker was retiring as her health took a turn from a brain tumor. Earlier this month Parker, 80, of Clinton, died from complications of the disease.


KAC Co-president Damhnait McHugh said Parker’s passing is shared by all at the Art Center. “In addition to her energetic support of musicians far and …



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