Musician Joe Bethancourt (b.1946) died on August 28. A professional musician, he worked as a session man in LA during the 1960s before moving to Arizona, where he had a lengthy career. He helped found the Arizona chapter of the SCA and performed under the name “Master Ioseph of Locksley.” Bethancourt was a musical guest of honor at Fencon VIII and was inducted into the Arizona Music & Entertainment Hall of Fame in 2013.
Filk and folk singer Joe Bethancourt and his wife Cher suffered a house-destroying fire on April 30. The Bethancourts’ pets and musical instruments were rescued from the fire, but nearly everything else was destroyed. AMAZ Radio is sponsoring a benefit concert and raising funds to help the Bethancourts.