Tunesmith Cramer passes

Cancer claimed yet another talented musician when singer-songwriter Gary Cramer died on March 28, aged 53. The veteran performer-whose father, Barry Cramer, helped found this magazine-was known for his driving rhythm-guitar style and upbeat attitude, despite never having won much commercial recognition for his considerable talent.

"Gary was just so damned lively," recalled Cramer's friend and occasional playing partner Mike Beddoes, now the lead guitarist with the instro-rock quartet the Falcons. "He was extremely enthusiastic about everything, and this brought out the best in everyone who played with him."

Cramer's bands included Kootenay legends Brain Damage-"B.C.'s answer to the Grateful Dead," according to Beddoes-Ridge Runner, the Sharks, and the Works, which featured a teenage Steven Drake, later of the Odds.

A memorial service will be held on Saturday (April 8), at the Lions Hall on Galiano Island, where Cramer had lived for the past 12 years.