Years and years ago, Jon and I discovered guitar musician/composer George Cromarty.

We bought his album, “Wind in the Heather”, I believe soon after we moved to Baltimore in 1983. I think we wore the grooves out on the record.

Many years later, I realized I hadn’t heard any of his music since we’d switched to cassettes, and then CDs and MP3 players. So I went looking for more modern formats of his music.

I found nothing.

In a panic, I realized that somehow this amazing musician had dropped out of sight.

All that was left to prove he’d ever existed was some references and my single copy of his album.

Turns out Mr. Cromarty didn’t record much music, and some of it may not have been preserved. What was recorded was only available on vinyl. He died in 1992.

But that’s changing. The internet being the fine Galactic Encyclopedia that it is, I’m now able to find his music on YouTube. It turns out many, many other people have been looking for him, too. And it looks like there are plans in the works to digitally record his music and make it accessible again.

Until then, may I introduce–or reintroduce, if you’re already familiar with this delightful album of beautiful solo acoustical, instrumental guitar music–to George Cromarty’s Wind in the Heather.

And to help support this effort, if you enjoy the album, please “like” the George Cromarty Facebook page supporters have set up for him. (Update: This page no longer exists, but I still hope his music gets digitalized someday!)

Beautiful music
Beautiful music

Author: Luann Udell

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  1. Thank you for this lovely article. George was my father and it’s nice to see the Google search results finally showing ANYTHING about him. 5 years ago there was really not much at all. Articles like yours are so helpful in keeping his memory if his talent and brilliance alive.


  2. I wonder if anyone has talked with Dancing Cat about a CD or making digital files available? It’s hard to imagine such a great LP not being available on CD, particularly given that Dancing Cat must have sold many thousands.


  3. I grew up near Fresno and remember George and Ed when they performed at our coffee house hangout, The Renaissance, on Blackstone Avenue. This was “headquarters” for many of the aspiring folkies, including me.. This had to be around January, 1961 because his sister had a party for me on the 20th, the day before I had to report for military service. Sadly, I never got to hear George’s later, more serious and nuanced guitar work during his lifetime. The recordings are amazing.


  4. My father was Ed Rush. I remember him telling me that George had contacted him about a reunion of the Goldcoast Singers. My father said that he didn’t want to go back to that past, which he considered a time in his youth that he wished to leave behind. It’s a pity that my father didn’t value that relationship or the work that they did beyond the fact that he managed to collect royalties for the work over most of his life through ASCAP. I have found that George was a highly talented musician (unlike my father who only posed with a guitar for the album, and could not play a note on any instrument). George was the true artist in that collaboration and my father the satirist and pretender, which came naturally to him and served him throughout his life. I would like to know more about George Cromarty and to ensure that his family receive the royalty payments they are due, If any of his family read this please feel free to get in touch.
    Christopher Rush 415-939-8526


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