Very sad news came out after Christmas of the passing of Evan Farrell. I didn’t know him, nor am I very familiar with his music, but anytime a person so universally well liked by his friends and peers dies before his time it’s a tragedy.
EVAN FARRELL, Magnolia Electric Co. touring bassist, former Rogue Wave bassist, long-time member of the musical collective Japonize Elephants and contributor to countless bands, passed away Christmas weekend from injuries sustained in an Oakland house fire. He was 33.
We at Secretly Canadian have known and worked with Evan for over 10 years. He was a fixture in our community and a bright spot in all of our lives. He was exceptionally talented, funny and genuine. This can go on and on, because there is so much to say about Evan, but anyone who has come into contact with the man already understands all that can be said. Evan Farrell was a friend.
Check out this clip of Evan on YouTube on the legend of Gogo Yaya.
There’s also another way to help out Evan’s family. Chicago artist Crosshair was commissioned by Magnolia Electric Co. to design a print for a memorial concert.
From the artist:
We both played in the same band at different times, and as such, we are part of the same musical extended family. The image is an effort to speak to the soul of that family. So in a significant way, it’s about music.