I travelled down to Port Isaac with Neil (Kimber) for the funeral of Trevor Grill who was mortally wounded when a metal door of the loading bay of The G Live Theatre in Guildford came crashing down upon him on February 9th.
Many of us interested in Scotland's traditional music and song were saddened to learn of the death of Dr Sheila Douglas. Sheila was a champion of Scotland's traditional culture in several spheres.
Rita, known by many as Canada’s “First Lady Of Song”, died on 16th April from complications following surgery at the age of 68.
Go into any folk club and you will probably hear a Graeme Miles’ song. The like of Graeme, who died aged 77 on March 29 2013, will not come again. What a legacy!
It is with deep sorrow that I have to relate the sad death of my dear friend and fellow musician, Dave Shannon.
Bobby Robb, founder of the Girvan Folk Festival and Club died at his home in Girvan on 20th October 2012 at the age of 82.
Gerry O’Hanlon, from Mullaghbawn in South Armagh, died on the 6th October 2012 in the Mater Hospital, Dublin.
The extraordinary Irish Traveller musician, storyteller and activist, Pecker Dunne, died in December.
Scottish folk singer, Ian Campbell, died in November at the age of 79, after a battle with cancer.
Ian, famed fiddler with bands such as Jock Tamsons Bairns and The Occasionals, died on 16th October, aged 59.