NH musical icon Ron Shaw remembered

Union Leader Correspondent
April 05. 2018 9:22PM
Ron Shaw, right, who performed for decades with his brother Rick as the Shaw Brothers, died Sunday. (COURTESY Facebook)

The New Hampshire music community is mourning the loss of Ron Shaw of the long-running folk duo the Shaw Brothers, whose family said he passed away peacefully on Easter Sunday. He was 77.

“It doesn’t get any more New Hampshire than the Shaw Brothers,” said Scott Hayward, owner of Tupelo Music Hall in Derry. “They’re New Hampshire icons.”

Hayward said when his club was located in Londonderry, the Shaw Brothers played there four times and attracted good crowds.

Shaw and his twin, Rick, graduated from the University of New Hampshire in 1963. Over the years, they performed across the country and around the world, sharing stages with stars including Johnny Cash, Judy Collins, Dionne Warwick and John Denver.

They appeared on “American Bandstand” and the “Tonight Show.”

The brothers were part of the Hillside Singers, a group assembled in 1971 to turn the Coca-Cola jingle “I’d Like to Teach the World to Sing” into a Billboard hit. It reached No. 13 in December of that year.

The Shaw Brothers’ “New Hampshire Naturally” was named a state song in the 1980s.

The Shaw Brothers perform their signature song, "New Hampshire Naturally" in Manchester in 1997:

The brothers were regulars at the Prescott Park Arts Festival in Portsmouth, drawing huge crowds.

Sallie Macintosh, Shaw’s longtime girlfriend, said Thursday that he was hospitalized on the evening of March 20. She said he knew he could not recover from his diagnosis, and made the most of his last days.

“He loved life. He loved his family,” Macintosh said. “I loved my time with him. He enriched my life in so many ways. He made me a better person by knowing him.”

She said the family is still working on an obituary and has not yet announced any details about a memorial service.

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