A further article about Dave Swarbrick's death - with a poignant message from his widow Jill ("a privilege to be married to the old sod ... such colour and energy, love and that fiddle!") - now appears at http://www.francesalut.com/2016/06/dave-swarbrick-folk-fiddler-exemplaire.html, where Jill also enables me to clarify the circumstances of his passing.
Image from a Facebook page devoted to John and his music: https://www.facebook.com/pages/John-Renbourn/108178259210311?fref=ts
How to catch up on the death of a deservedly revered figure of the British folk scene when it occurred on March 26 and we're now at April 13.
That was the test I set myself.
So I had a quick look around my huge collection of old CDs, incongruously stacked on shelving in the garage, and came up with two sent to me long ago by record companies or agents promoting John's work in days when I was The Daily Telegraph's folk critic.
Quote of the day:
Ian Anderson: singer, blues guitarist, editor of fRoots;
If there is a heaven, it's not short of banjo players today. Pete Seeger & Derroll Adams (who died in 2000) @ Tønder Festival 1990, photographed by Dave Peabody.
Photo of Dave and Fiona reproduced with permission from the Belfast Folk website*
Dave Shannon, who has died aged 67, was an exceptionally gifted musician, writer and performer who enthused many of those who encountered him and his work.
With hs great friend Sam Bracken, he played extensively in Northern Ireland and then the folk clubs of Great Britain before they recruited a fine singer, Fiona Simpson, to form Therapy, an innovative trio that included a few traditional pieces in an otherwise largely contemporary set.
Barry Skinner, who has died from cancer aged 71, was a popular singer and songwriter who made a strong impression on folk club audiences around the UK, also appearing in continental Europe and the United States, between the late 1960s and late 1970s.
With deep sadness, I must record the death of Barry Skinner. It is hard to believe that more than 40 years have been passed since I first encountered him on one of his many visits to perform in the folk clubs, including those I ran or helped to run, of the North East. Even at this distance, however, I recall his warm and intelligent presence as well as the professionalism and sheer entertainment value he brought to the amateurish setting of folk. You may read more about Barry's life and times by making the short journey to this link -http://www.salutlive.com/2012/10/barry-skinner.html - but let me start the process of paying homage with these moving reminiscences from Bill Taylor ...