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TONY DEANE - 1942- 2015

Tony Deane's early days in the folk clubs of South London were as part of the Laymen folk group, as a regular singer at the thriving 1960s club at the Railway Tavern in Catford and as organiser of the Nag's Head in Battersea, amongst others. Often with a humorous edge, his singing demonstrated great respect for the song tradition of south east England, but he also drew material from his lifelong love of all things Cornish. He became part of the community in Gorran, never missing the 'Obby 'Oss celebrations in Padstow, immersing himself in Cornish culture and spending as much time as possible in that county.

In Kent and Sussex, he was very well known as part of Elsie's Band, based at the wonderful unorthodox and traditional club sessions held for over 40 years at the Queens Arms, Cowden Pound, near Edenbridge. The landlady, Elsie Maynard, gave them so much support at her plain and unchanging Kentish pub, that the resident group took on her name. Tony was an integral part of that, and they have promoted grassroots and local (not just 'folk') songs and music in Kent and Sussex for many years now.

Tony lost his wife Audrey only weeks before he himself passed away after a long illness on 2nd January this year, and he will be missed by all who ever met him.

Jim Bainbridge