Van Badham I wrote the following for his life companion, Lynne: Lynne, amidst heartbreak, be consoled that the man who was your beloved companion was no ordinary man. He was a leader, a fighter, a guru, a comrade, a friend. He was a man of independent thought and resolute moral principle. He was an artist, a maker and creator and a bard in the truest sense. Meeting Izzy as an 18 year old was the encounter that inspired the directions I took in my own life – artistic and political. He proved to me in his example that those who are as selfless as they are motivated have the power to open minds and effect change. He had the rare quality of the true champion – to understand the indivisibility of leadership and teamwork. He was good. He was kind. He shared what he learned with uninhibited generosity, he told a cracking story and he was always prepared to take the piss out of himself. He spoke truth to power. And he loved you, truly. He leaves love and good example behind him as he embarks on his next journey, and so he endures.
Against all the odds & sods, Izzy Foreal has survived the rigours of infamy, and is turning 65 on April 18th, 2014 (Good Friday), and he will be celebrating as he often celebrates life: in performance mode. Izzy will be playing with his band Izzy Foreal & Friends, which features Brett Divola and George Finney on guitars, and Christian Fisher on drums. Invitations are being sent out to especially-selected performers, to join the band on stage throughout the day – a list of those who’ll be appearing will be posted on this page. Come along & help Izzy celebrate.
Last Sunday of every month is RALEIGH RUMBLINGS day in the old SCHOOL OF ARTS HALL. This is MUSOS’ DAY. Izzy gets there early and sets up the stage. He is often assisted by the efficient GEORGE FINNEY and a variety of local and travelling minstrels. There’s no charge for this one. Bring a Plate – country style. Write your name on the Chalkboard and off we go.