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March 05, 2013



This came from Brendan Fulton of the Belfast Folk site mentioned in the piece:

I am pleased to be able to grant permission for the use of the the photos of Dave Shannon with Fiona and Sam Bracken with the acknowledgement and link as you say. We are saddened here by the death of Dave. He came back to play in both our Reunions in 2006 and 2009 both with the Folk Union and with Sam Bracken and Sam's wife Elaine. I was at Queen's University Belfast at the same time as Dave. We knew then that he was a superb talent but like many others we had it confirmed when he went across and made such an impression on the bigger island. It is so helpful getting such a picture of that from your tribute.

Bill Taylor

Too sad for words. I remember them at the Aclet well. After one gig, we were having a drink courtesy of the landlady Sybil Livesey (sp) and Fiona said on one song she'd really hit a bum note and hoped it hadn't been too noticeable. I asked her if she hadn't heard the collective horrified intake of breath from the audience and then had to reassure her that I was joking. I call them coming into the Echo/Despatch office, too, one afternoon for reasons unknown. Lovely, lovely people. Dave Shannon was as warm and friendly as he was talented. A huge loss.

Nigel Bourne

I remember fondly the skills and talents of both Dave and Fiona at the Talisman Folk Club in Hitchin in the early 70s - struck by Fiona's haunting voice and Dave's absolutely mesmerising guitar playing. His open tuning (G) arrangement of Oor Captain Cried All Hands still forms a part of my set when I play live (rarely, these days) - I shall be doing it as a tribute, late, I know, I only just found out about his passing) o Thursday at the Ring O' Bells, Wookey. Two lovely, warm and talented people. Dave will be sorely missed.

Pam Lowe

Listening to Therapy, on my iPad as I write. My hubby converted our LP for our assorted idevices. I thought I would Google Dave and Fiona. So sad to learn that Dave has passed away. We saw them in the 70/80's (unsure) at Ashton-on-Mersey Cricket and Tennis Club in Sale. It was an excellent night, with much laughter and brilliant music - so much so that we bought the album, and got it autographed! We still play the music, with fond memories. What a loss. Our sympathies to his family and friends.


Lovely message Pam and I hope someone who knew Dave - Sam maybe - will see it

Bob Donald

I have stumbled onto this page and am in shock. I knew Dave at Queens and remember him playing his version of Hey Joe dedicated to me as I served snacks etc at the folk club. He was a great mate and I really enjoyed his version of Angia.
I was at a folk do at Murdoch University in Perth (Australia) and during as break one of the guitarists started playing Angie. I told him I had a uni mate who played that. He then said he learned it from Dave Shannon! Small world, now less so with Daves passing. RIP


Lovely anecdote, Bob. Dave had rare gifts as well as being a terrific person.

Graham Wright

Have fond memories of Dave and Fiona playing Fields end Folk Club , Royal Air Force Rheindahlen, north Germany.

They played a great set , to a packed audience, songs indisbursed with daves . They stayed with us after the show and went on their way next day , they were on a tour of military bases out in Germany back in 1975. It was so sad to hear of his death, a truly remarkable person

Graham and Janet Wright

Ed and Pete

We are all much the poorer for Dave's passing. A great bloke and a very talented musician and performer. We saw him perform at several venues across the North East in the 1970's with Fiona but have particularly wonderful memories of them playing at St Mary's Folk Club Durham University. Still have their vinyl albums - and still enjoy them immensely! Sincere condolences to all his family, and RIP Dave!

Cecil Andrews

I just heard in recent days of Dave's passing through speaking to another old school pal, Ernie Rea, who has worked for the BBC. Dave, Ernie and I all attended the same school in Belfast (MCB) and all played for the boys hockey team - Dave was a VERY gifted hockey player. He was the captain of the team and was VERY well liked and respected by us all. After leaving school we all went our separate ways. My only and last contact with Dave was many years ago when he appeared live on the radio on 'Friday Night is Music Night'. When the show ended I phoned the BBC and much to my amazement they were able to put me through to Dave who had not 'left the building'. We had a great chat and parted with much laughter as we reminisced about 'old times' He was great guy to have know. Sincere condolences (albeit belated) to his family.

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