News just received that John Starling, one of the founding members of the Seldom Scene has entered hospice. When he passes, only Ben Eldridge and Tom Gray will remain from the original group, John Duffey and Mike Auldridge having died in 1996 and 2012 respectively.
The "Scene" was unusual in that they all had "day" jobs and considered their weekly jams their "poker night." Once going public, stage performances were of short duration in local clubs in the DC area. Though Duffey was the unofficial leader (and the strongest personality) everything was shared equally and there had to be full agreement on the repertoire.
Here's a performance featuring John singing lead (probably from around 1980 -Starling left in 1977) of Herb Pederson's Wait a Minute.
May John's transition to his new adventure be a smooth and comfortable one. Thanks for the memories.
John Starling - Guitar and Lead vocal, John Duffey - Mandolin, Mike Auldridge - Dobro,
Tom Gray - Bass, Ben Eldridge - Banjo and Phil Rosenthal - Guitar.