We at the Shank are shocked and profoundly saddened to find out that Dawn Culbertson (AKA Evil Pappy Twin, who played the punk rock lute at our last Hate The 80s Night, as well as a contributor to Link, Radar, Baltimore OutLoud, The Alternative and other publications) has died.
Here is the message we received:
Dawn Culbertson collapsed and died at the BFMS [Baltimore Folk Music Society] Thanksgiving night dance at St. Mark's-on-the-Hill parish hall Thursday November 25th. She had Thanksgiving diner with several BFMS friends at Diane and Carl Friedman's house, and arrived near the end of the dance. She danced a few contra dances and seemed fine. I danced the last contra and the closing waltz with her. While chatting during the cleanup, she slumped to the floor. Judy (Meyers, an RN) and Eileen Newburn (also an RN) attended to her, and they and Bob Eckhardt immediately began CPR, while Dan Brandt called 911. Emergency assistance arrived within about ten minutes, and worked diligently and intensely before taking her to Northwest Hospital. However, it seems likely that she had died immediately.
I go into these details because I think it's important to know that she had a lovely time the last few hours of her life, she seemed to die suddenly and without pain, and that knowledgeable assistance was immediately offered.
Dawn called English country dance, played recorders and lute for ECD (in another persona, she played punk lute), danced, and sang. In honor of this year's cicada visit, she choreographed and wrote the music to a dance called Cicadas. She was a journalist and wrote perceptive music reviews.
She was predeceased by her brother and her father. One sister (that I know of) survives. Her mother is Ruth Culbertson, 5738 Glenkirk Road, Baltimore 21239. Her brother-in-law will notify me of visiting and funeral arrangements. Please let me know if you'd like to know when this will be.