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Obituaries

Duncan MacLennan - 1937-2016

Duncan MacLennan, founder member and driving force behind Inverness Folk Club and Folk Festival for many years, died quietly on February 1st in Raigmore Hospital after a long illness.

Larry Kearns - died 28 May 2016

We are sad to hear of the death, on Sat May 28th, of Larry Kearns, original mandolin player with the Oldham Tinkers Folk Group from Lancashire. He had been suffering from cancer for the last few months, and died in Dr Kershaw's Hospice in Oldham, his home town. Although Larry was still active musically at local sessions, he hadn't played with the group for the last 25 years, having taken a step back due to a hand condition which resulted in his being replaced by Mancunian multi-instrumentalist Dave Howard.

Andy Macgregor Stewart - 8 September 1952 – 27 December 2015

The death of Andy M. Stewart on December 27th 2015 has taken from us not just an immensely talented songwriter and performer, but also one of the country’s last remaining traditional singers.

Roy Harris

Remembering Roy Harris

A personal tribute by Pete Castle

I was really pleased to be asked to write this appreciation of Roy Harris who I have described as my best mate and my mentor. I could have written a normal, factual obituary, putting in all the dates and achievements, but anyone could do that and it wouldn’t do Roy justice so, instead, I thought I’d write a personal account of our relationship. Being personal, it will paint a slightly different picture to that which others of you might have produced but I think a lot of you, particularly if you are a performer, will find a lot to identify with.

Joyce Cann

Tributes were paid to Joyce Cann, president of the Dartmoor Folk Festival and wife of the event founder, the late Bob Cann, at her funeral service held at St Andrew's Church in South Tawton.

Andrew Knight 1949 - 2016

The third of four sons to John and Betty Knight, Andrew was born and raised in Banstead, Surrey. He was introduced to Irish folksong when elder brothers Simon and Chris, together with friends, started a weekly singing session in The Black Horse in Reigate and other pubs in the region. Soon his younger brother Patrick, with whom Andrew was to play traditional dance music for the rest of his life, joined the throng. This was the mid-sixties and the material embraced songs from the hugely popular Dubliners as well as The Clancy Brothers, Pete Seeger, Joan Baez and others. Every Saturday night, rebel songs and street ballads were belted out in unison to guitar and banjo accompaniment.

Iain Baird

With great sadness, I find myself writing about the passing of Iain Baird on 14 November 2015, aged 65.

Fred McCormick 1946-2015

Fred’s death in November robbed us of a very knowledgeable, well read, likeable man who was admired by those who knew him. The twin passions of his life were socialism and traditional music and it is the latter that we are concerned with here.

Marian Shutler

Marian passed away unexpectedly on November 3rd at the age of 74. She had been diagnosed with Alzheimer’s about three years ago, but had been in comparatively good health and had enjoyed the Memorial Concert for her late husband, Pete, a few weeks earlier.

Keith Hudson

Keith was a familiar figure at folk venues throughout South Wales and sometimes beyond as he sought to sell copies of the magazine, Taplas, that he founded in 1982.