Mogens Galberg was the Artistic Director of the Greenbank Folk Music Society. He and his wife Cathy Galberg ran the Greenbank Folk Music Society from 1993. A small but perfect sounding hall in Greenbank that featured great Canadian and international artists such as Ron Sexsmith, Sultans of String, Carlos Del Junco, Suzie Vinnick, Blackie & the Rodeo Kings, Ron Hynes, Chris Whiteley & Diana Braithwaite, Stephen Fearing, Bob Snider, Jenny Whitely, Lynn Miles & Keith Glass just to name a few.
For Canada’s folk and roots touring artists word spread fast about the amazing sounding venue in the northern part of Durham Region. It was small, 95 tickets per show, but the love that Mogens, Cathy and a loyal tribe of volunteers put into it, it was a spot many musicians wanted on their tour schedules. It didn’t hurt that the musicians often got a home cooked meal in the Galbert’s home. It was a popular venue for artists.
The dream of the folk society came from folk shows run by Vital Spark in Oshawa that Galberg and society co-founder, George Rizsanyi, would attend often. On the drives home, they would pass the Greenbank Centennial Hall and knew it would be the perfect venue to bring in great folk musicians. Rizsanyi left after the first year, but Galberg kept at it, but he always said the society’s endurance and success were by no means a credit to him alone. Under his guidance a dedicated assortment of volunteers have worked together for the past 27 years to keep live music happening in this small town in Durham Region.
Sadly, Mogens past away on March 15, 2020. He is loved by his wife Cathy, his three daughters, Tara, Jennifer and Kelly, and six grandchildren. Mogens Galberg lived a life of passion for all things beautiful. He loved old homes, building with his hands, playing music, raising and teaching his children and grandchildren, old guitars, friends, laughter, singing (always singing) and all the wonders of nature. Galberg volunteered his energy and love of music to bring live concerts to our small community. He enriched the lives of many through his devotion to the task and loved every minute of it. His life’s version of ‘success’ was never grounded in financial gain, but in building a life of honour, pleasure and love.