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Benefit concert to honor memory of Ray Fadden

"Whatever he did, he did it big," said John Fadden.

Adirondack folk singer Roy Hurd, who is known throughout the North Country, was one of Ray Fadden's students. Hurd remembered him for his passion for Native American culture and, particularly, of the Mohawk Nation.

"He basically saved the culture of the Mohawk people as far as I'm concerned and as far as what I've read because the children didn't know much about it back then," said Hurd. "Ray completely influenced my artistry. He influenced and touched a lot of lives."

The importance Ray Fadden had in Hurd's life, and the lives of many others, said Hurd, is why he decided to organize a concert in his memory. The concert, which will benefit the Six Nations Indian Museum and the Fadden family, will be held this Saturday, March 7, at the auditorium of Saranac Central High School on Picketts Corners Road.

When John Fadden learned the concert would benefit the museum - the place where his father spent many of his final years - he was very pleased. Raising money for the museum is something he said will have an impact on educating future generations.

"The work that my dad started isn't finished," he said. "That's what we try to follow through with at the museum. It's very important."

This Saturday's benefit concert will be held from 1-4 p.m. and feature performances not only by Hurd, but by Grammy Award-winning singer and songwriter Joanne Shenandoah, among others. Several Native American storytellers will also be featured during the event, including John Fadden's son, David Fadden.

The cost of admission for the event will be $15 per person at the door or $10 for high school students. Children younger than 12 will be admitted free.

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