Updates: 15.01.2021 02:27
Prague – The last farewell to Antonín (Tony) Linhart, the tramp guitarist and founder of the Pacific group will take place today in the Strašnice crematorium in Prague. The popular singer and songwriter died on January 8 at the age of eighty. According to the current measures valid for the fifth, strictest stage of the anti-epidemic system, a maximum of 15 people can attend funerals and services. Those interested can pay homage to the folk legend in front of the ceremonial hall.
Linhart, together with the brothers Wabi and Miki Ryvolová, Captain Kid or Honza Vyčítal, belonged to the generation of creators and performers of traditional tramp songs. Their recordings, which have been difficult to promote in the recording studios of Czechoslovak Radio since the mid-1960s, spread thanks to the songbooks printed in the magazine Mladý svět and at the Porta festival.
A native of Prague born on April 3, 1940, he gained a relationship with folk music in tramp settlements in Pikovice, during military service in České Budějovice and during campfires during campfires. As an author, he composed about 150 songs, mostly music, lyrics and arrangements. For his songs Injured Knee and The Great Train Robbery, he won the author’s award in the national round of the Porta festival in 1974. He led his group Pacific for almost half a century. “It was 1971 and the basis of the Pacific was actually from the settlement of Mantrap and the folk group Drnkači. a year later, the laurels in both the interpreting and authoring Ports, in which we succeeded in the following year as well, “Linhart recalled.
His most famous compositions include The Whaling Expedition, Golden Valley, Hundreds of Trains and Wanderer’s Blues. He is also the author of songbooks of tramp music and tramp cookbooks. A native of Prague, the desire for the history of tramping is also known in the world of music thanks to the thirteen-part series Strange Signs.
Source: České noviny – hlavní události by www.ceskenoviny.cz.
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