We are sad to hear of the death, on Sat May 28th, of Larry Kearns, original mandolin player with the Oldham Tinkers Folk Group from Lancashire. He had been suffering from cancer for the last few months, and died in Dr Kershaw's Hospice in Oldham, his home town. Although Larry was still active musically at local sessions, he hadn't played with the group for the last 25 years, having taken a step back due to a hand condition which resulted in his being replaced by Mancunian multi-instrumentalist Dave Howard.
The Tinkers are still active, with John Howarth, Gerry Kearns (Larry's brother) and Dave Howard playing concerts and gigs in Lancashire and surrounding areas. The group started in 1965 and celebrated 50 years gigging last year.