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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.

John worked at Yorkhill Hospital as a biochemist He played in a number of groups; most people will know him as a member of Diggery Venn, Radical Road, The Govan Spoonful and more recently, The Catskinners. Probably his lasting legacy will be his songwriting - his best known song, Doomsday In The Afternoon, has been sung widely and sits well among the canon of classic songs written on a Traveller theme.

“What you don’t realise or refuse to understand; Once it was the Travellers who had all the land; You can move them on from lay-bys, You can chase them from your toon; The Travellers will be with us till doomsday – in the afternoon.”

There was a huge turnout at his funeral and, as so often happens, you discover another side to a person you know through music. John has two daughters, Cait and Chloe and a granddaughter, Rebecca Crawford. It was clear from the tributes at the funeral that John was a close and loving father and grandfather, a man who cared about people and issues.