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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.

From Perthshire via Fife, Marian came to prominence in the mid 1960s as the vocalist in the Three City Four, other group members at various times were Leon Rosselson, Roy Bailey, Martin Carthy and Ralph Trainer. The group only lasted a couple of years, but their two recordings left a sufficient impression to ensure that they’ve been re-issued on CD. Marian had a crystal clear voice allied to an unmistakably Scottish delivery, and was most at home with the songs of her homeland. She had a spell as the resident singer at Cecil Sharp House as well as a solo career, which largely ended following her marriage in 1971 and the birth of the couple’s two children, Jamie and Sarah.

However, on occasions she and Pete would go out as a duo, and these rare gigs were memorable for the excellence of her singing and the quality of Pete’s accompaniment.

Yetminster church was well filled for her funeral, and she’s lying beside her beloved Pete.

John Waltham