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Brian Dawson - 1939-2013

Born Lincoln, 16 August, 1939
Died Scunthorpe, 22 November, 2013

Collector and performer of songs and dialect
in the Lincolnshire tradition.


Sarah died peacefully during the night of 14 September 2013 at the age of 65. She was at home and surrounded by her friends Angus, Moira and Carolyn. Throughout her time of illness, she showed incredible bravery, grace and dignity, continuing to perform and lead workshops until very near the end. With more than 30 years’ experience as a performer of folk music, Sarah was widely known on the scene from her work with Craig Morgan Robson, Curate's Egg and Bread & Roses - she will be missed greatly in our musical world.

JOHN McCREADIE - 17.12.52 – 17.10.13

John was a well kent face on the Scottish folk scene and his death at the relatively young age of 60 came as a real shock to his friends. He chose to keep things quiet which was typical of John’s approach. Rarely one to blow his own trumpet or hog the limelight, he was a significant contributor to folk clubs and festivals throughout Scotland, sometimes on stage but always part, and often the instigator, of a session. Glasgow was his home town and he will be particularly missed at places like the Star Club and at the Girvan Folk Festival where many people will have shared his company.

JUDY DINNING - 13.12.1953 – 2.10.2013

The world of folk music has lost one of its finest singers with the passing of Judy Dinning in Hexham after a long and courageous fight against breast cancer.

Allan Block - Old Time Fiddler and leather craftsman - Died Oct 23, 2013 aged 90

Allan's music says it all. Allan spoke through his music and Bill Spence has unearthed a video taken 30 years ago of a session at Old Songs.

Dave Bulmer – died Aug 2, 2013, aged 62 years

Dave Bulmer came from South Shields, Tyneside and spent much of his adult life in Yorkshire. His interests in folk music go back to the 1960s when he was a pupil at South Shields High School and helped run the school folk club, although he played the accordion since the age of seven. The school club often featured the guests who were booked at the nearby Marsden Inn folk club, so as a teenager he would have seen some of the best musicians around at the time.

LOU KILLEN - PIONEER - 1934 - 2013

Lou Killen was regarded by many as the foremost stylist of the second folk revival and probably spawned more copyists, conscious or subconscious, than any of his contemporaries. His career, particularly in the early stages, was characterised by pioneering a style of singing and accompaniment, which whilst difficult to analyse, continued to mesmerise audiences for half a century. For most of this time he was Louis, but in the last three years of his life he underwent a long desired change to Louisa.

Terry Conway’s Last Farewell

The West Road Crematorium in Newcastle was full to overflowing on Friday 14 June as family and friends from around the region and far beyond paid their respects to Terry Conway of Allendale who had passed away peacefully in Hexham General Hospital on 4 June 2013. His health had deteriorated in recent months and he was finally diagnosed with cancer in May.

Nick Keir - 1953-2013

Nick Keir was a singer, songwriter, master musician and a man who loved Edinburgh, the city where he lived. He was one of the most witty, generous and thoughtful people I have ever known. We spent 10 years together on the road with the McCalmans and another year working as a duo after the McCalmans finished in 2010. Over the years he kept Ian and me entertained with some of the funniest one-liners you're ever likely to hear. Sadly Nick died on 2nd of June - taken too early - he was only 60.

Trevor Grills - 1959-2013

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.