DIARY - 3 JANUARY 2005 - LOUIS MCMANUS RIP
MCMANUS 48 RIP
born multi-instrumentalist Louis McManus Jr died at 48 on December
12, 2004, after a long battle with diabetes.
McManus suffered the first of a series of strokes at 41 in 1997.
The strokes deprived the popular musician of his greatest talent
Louis was known as "one take McManus" for his studio brilliance
on recordings by artists diverse as The Bushwackers, Shane Howard
and many Celtic bands.
was born in 1956 into a musical family - parents, Norah and Louis
McManus (Louis Sr) were of Catholic Irish stock. Louis' grandfather
Owen was born in Tyrone but had settled in Glasgow.
migrated to Australia in 1962 and settled in Werribee, west of Melbourne.
Louis Sr, a fiddle player, gave his son a mandolin when he was five.
By the time he was eight, Louis Sr said, "There was nothing more
I could teach him."
Under his dad's tutelage he was soon acclaimed as child prodigy.
became one of the world's most brilliant players of the mandolin,
tenor banjo and acoustic guitar.
was in big demand on sessions and wrote music for shows and film,
and played electric guitar in urban Aboriginal rock groups that
he joined or formed after meeting Maxine Briggs, an Aboriginal woman
who was to become his wife.
Louis performed with The Bushwackers from the mid seventies and
was a member of diverse Celtic bands until his first stroke.
info about Louis's career and recording please visit Steve Jones
comprehensive web page - www.louismcmanus.com
Condolences may be sent to his widow, Max McManus, and his parents,
Louis Snr and Norah McManus, at the following address:
P.O. Box 866
Castlemaine, Victoria 3450
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