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Celebrate renowned Idaho folk singer Rosalie Sorrels at her memorial today

The life of Idaho folksinger Rosalie Sorrels will be celebrated at memorial services on Sunday, July 9.
The life of Idaho folksinger Rosalie Sorrels will be celebrated at memorial services on Sunday, July 9. Idaho Statesman file photo

She jammed with Jerry Garcia and left her mark on a generation. Now friends and fans will honor and remember Idaho folksinger Rosalie Sorrels at a memorial and life celebration at 2 p.m. Sunday, July 9, at St. Michael’s Episcopal Cathedral, 518 N. 8th St., Boise.

The service will include poetry readings and musical performances by Jim Stringfellow, Mitch Greenhill, Gino Sky, Belinda Bowler, John Hansen and the Divas of Boise, and a video tribute by Tom Russell with an song written for Rosalie.

A reception will follow at The Legacy Garden at Edwards Greenhouse, 4106 W. Sand Creek St., Boise, for more storytelling, music and camaraderie.

Sorrels died at 83 on June 11 at her daughter’s home in Reno, surrounded by her family.

Rosalie Stringfellow Sorrels grew up in Boise and Idaho City, and eventually performed on some of the biggest — and smallest music stages — in the nation. She joined the inner circle of great folk musicians, writers and rockers of the 1960, ’70s and ’80s including Pete and Peggy Seeger, Greenhill, Hunter S. Thompson and others. She received critical acclaim, two Grammy nominations and international renown. She returned to Boise in the late 1980s and became a vibrant part of Idaho’s music community.

You can learn more about Sorrels here: “Beloved Idaho folksinger Rosalie Sorrels dies” and “Idaho’s Travelin’ Lady gets her due” about a four-CD Rosalie Sorrels tribute project that is forthcoming.

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