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Obituaries

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.

Sheila Douglas - 1932-2013

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 MacNeil - 1944-2013

Rita, known by many as Canada’s “First Lady Of Song”, died on 16th April from complications following surgery at the age of 68.

Graeme Miles

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!

Dave Shannon - 1946-2013

It is with deep sorrow that I have to relate the sad death of my dear friend and fellow musician, Dave Shannon.

Bobby Robb - 1929-2012

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 - 1946-2012

Gerry O’Hanlon, from Mullaghbawn in South Armagh, died on the 6th October 2012 in the Mater Hospital, Dublin.