Mick McGarry Obituary, Death – When I heard that Mick McGarry, a prominent figure in the music scene of the city of Hull, had passed away, it came as a complete and utter shock to me. I am going to miss him. It has been an incredible pleasure for me to watch him perform over the years, beginning with the time I saw him for the first time at an Old Town tavern when he was playing in a band called Punch the Horse and ending with the most recent time I saw him perform in July with The Hillbilly Troupe.
His performances have brought me a lot of happiness over the years. The first time I saw him perform was at an Old Town tavern where he was playing for the band Punch the Horse. I will never forget that show. There is a significant void inside the labor movement that requires immediate attention in order to be filled. Our thoughts and prayers are with him, as well as with his family, friends, and loved ones.
We’ve had the good fortune to perform on stage at the same time as him and The Hillbilly Troupe on a number of occasions. In 2013, I even had the opportunity to play with them a cover of Ohio by CSNY. I was a part of that performance.
Every time I saw him, he had a magnetic presence that was dripping with sophistication and charm. I recall him telling me about how, back in the day, he would smoke so many cigarettes during a show that the smoke would turn the tips of his fingers black. I can still remember what he said to me. I am able to recall what it was that he said. I had no trouble remembering what it was that he had said.