Banjo player Julian “Winnie” Winston, 64, passed away on June 12, after a long illness. Winston, who had been living in New Zealand since 1995, was born and raised in New York City. He learned guitar at an art camp in Connecticut, and in high school spent weekends in New York City playing guitar and banjo at Washington Square Park. In the mid-1960s he formed the New York Ramblers with some friends, and spent summer vacations going to the fiddle conventions in Asheville, NC and Galax, VA. He was one of Monroe’s many bluegrass boys, briefly touring with the band as its banjo player. Winston was a true renaissance man: he was accomplished on banjo, guitar and pedal steel, a gifted professor of industrial design, and an international expert in homeopathic medicine. He is survived by his wife Gwyneth, who may be contacted through to his web site, www.julianwinston.com.