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11-28-2006Sean Giblin, member of Traveler family, dies at 43

Fellow Traveler Dan Levy passes along this sad news about former Spin Doctors sound engineer and monitor mixer Sean Giblin:
Sean Giblin (1963-2006)

Sean Giblin died on November 27 after suffering from cancer.

Sean was my first friend in the Nightingale Bar/Wetlands scene that spawned so many great friendships and so many great times. We met as fellow music lovers across the counter at my local CD shop, Smash Compact Discs on St. Marks Place, where Sean worked in the late 1980s. After seeing Blues Traveler and Spin Doctors on two successive nights in December 1989, I told Sean about these incredible new bands. It turned out he had heard of them already. Before long, Sean and I were spending a lot of time following the bands around, and he began his life's pursuit of live audio recording and sound engineering. Very quickly, Sean became a highly valued and sought-after engineer, a career which began and thrived strictly out of his great passion for live music.

Our mutual friend Asher Miller phoned me today to tell me about two events in Sean's honor on Thursday, November 30:

1:30-3:30: Greenwich Village Funeral Home, 199 Bleecker Street (between Macdougal and Sixth Avenue).

4:00-7:00: Art Bar, 8th Avenue between Jane Street and W. 13th Street, informal gettogether

I am sitting here thinking about a few memorable moments in which Sean and I acknowledged we were privileged to be part of such a powerful and inspiring musical world, among them the Blues Bake in Greenwich, Connecticut, in 1990, and a show on Sean's 30th birthday at the Warfield in San Francisco. But there were so many. I look forward to seeing some old friends at the Art Bar this Thursday and sharing some laughs and memories.

Please pass on the news to anyone you think would be interested.