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Anyone remember Brian Whitmee?

GUEST,Bruce Michael Baillie 13 Apr 07 - 09:29 AM
Betsy 13 Apr 07 - 10:28 AM
Betsy 14 Apr 07 - 03:53 AM
Gillie 14 Apr 07 - 06:40 AM
Betsy 14 Apr 07 - 07:19 AM
nutty 14 Apr 07 - 09:20 AM
nutty 14 Apr 07 - 09:22 AM
r.padgett 14 Apr 07 - 09:40 AM
Gillie 14 Apr 07 - 02:07 PM
GUEST,Greycap 14 Apr 07 - 03:29 PM
GUEST,susan kelly nee whitmee 25 Jul 14 - 10:39 AM
GUEST,IainG 25 Jul 14 - 11:38 AM
GUEST,Iain G 25 Jul 14 - 01:02 PM
The Sandman 25 Jul 14 - 01:10 PM
JHW 25 Jul 14 - 04:01 PM
GUEST,Chris Muriel 14 Aug 14 - 03:31 PM
GUEST,Iain G 14 Aug 14 - 05:30 PM
GUEST,Chris Muriel 21 Aug 14 - 07:32 PM
GUEST,John Lovell 13 Mar 16 - 04:36 PM
Gillie 01 Apr 16 - 09:23 PM
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Subject: Anyone remember Brian Whitmee?
From: GUEST,Bruce Michael Baillie
Date: 13 Apr 07 - 09:29 AM

Does anyone here remember the singer Brian Whitmee, I only ever saw him once at a folk club in Huddersfield back in 1984. He did a marvellously funny parody of the Bobby Goldsboro song 'Honey'.
I eventually got the words to the song from Geoff (Mr. Cleckheaton) Pickles who knew him. The thing is Geoff wasn't sure whether Brian actually wrote the song himself or if he got it from someone else? I'd like to know because I do the song regularly and like to give credit where it's due, can anyone out there help me?


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Subject: RE: Anyone remember Brian Whitmee?
From: Betsy
Date: 13 Apr 07 - 10:28 AM

Hello Bruce Michael Baillie,
The parody I'm 99.99% certain was written by Mick Sheehan from Darlington.(
I remember Brian an extremely nice and gentle guy from Richmond ( N.Yorkshire )who played guitar and sang.Always had time for everyone.
At the time I was talking to him, we were doing a Folk gig at Catterick Camp about 30 Years ago ? he was telling me about problems with his diaphragm ,problems which I believe contributed to his demise. I couldn't have known how serious they were ,we didn't think like that.
As to the parody writer Mick, difficult to get him to sing songs like that anymore,he'll likely tell you he's forgotten it, so you may have to look around and see if anyone has a hookey recording , most likely with someone who was associated with the group Garde Loo who were residents at the Golden Cock in Darlington.
The Parody is truly hilarious, I never learned it because I thought I would never be able to deliver in Mick immaculate dead-pan tones and manner.
Mick has lived at Richmond for many years now and just made a C.D., containing many self-penned songs dealing with social & work issues and history. Well worth a listen.
Darlington Arts Centre may also be a good starting point in your quest.
Best Of Luck .


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Subject: RE: Brian Whitmee - Darlington / Richmond N.Yorks?
From: Betsy
Date: 14 Apr 07 - 03:53 AM

Bruce, Try changing your Thread Title to something like "Brian Whitmee-Darlington / Richmond N.Yorks".It may catch the eye / jog memeories easier .I've tried with this present message, but I don't suppose it'll work with the Master Title


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Subject: RE: Anyone remember Brian Whitmee?
From: Gillie
Date: 14 Apr 07 - 06:40 AM

That seemed to work Betsy. No it didn't, perhaps one of the clones can help to change the subject.

I remember Brian doing Witches of Pendle Hill at Barnard Castle folk club years ago. Lovely bloke, with a brilliant smile.

Gillie


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Subject: RE: Anyone remember Brian Whitmee?
From: Betsy
Date: 14 Apr 07 - 07:19 AM

Hiya Gillie , Am in Norway but will have a pint with you one day.


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Subject: RE: Anyone remember Brian Whitmee?
From: nutty
Date: 14 Apr 07 - 09:20 AM

You certainly get around Pete. You were right to start the other thread ... that should catch somebodies attention.


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Subject: RE: Anyone remember Brian Whitmee?
From: nutty
Date: 14 Apr 07 - 09:22 AM

Here's a direct link

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Subject: RE: Anyone remember Brian Whitmee?
From: r.padgett
Date: 14 Apr 07 - 09:40 AM

Did he sing a song about cabbages?

or the fox and the hare or something or am I totally senile?

Dont answer that Betsy!


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Subject: RE: Anyone remember Brian Whitmee?
From: Gillie
Date: 14 Apr 07 - 02:07 PM

Hi Betsy,

Norway's not that far away. Keeeping a pint of Strongarm for you!!

Hope that you are well.

Gillie


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Subject: RE: Anyone remember Brian Whitmee?
From: GUEST,Greycap
Date: 14 Apr 07 - 03:29 PM

Yeah, I remember him well, a very nice man. Saw him work at one or two North Yorkshire & Teesside folk clubs prior to his untimely death.


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Subject: RE: Anyone remember Brian Whitmee?
From: GUEST,susan kelly nee whitmee
Date: 25 Jul 14 - 10:39 AM

Yes I remember him too, as he was my big brother. My name is susan whitmee. He was much loved son of Bob and Janet whitmee and his eldest sister is Anne, Brian was next in line, then Elizabeth, and lastly there was myself. This thread has bought tears to my eyes as its so lovely to think that you kind people think of him, and the joy that he bought when he sat with his guitar and sang.I remember him singing maypole dancers. A brother to be proud of.


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Subject: RE: Anyone remember Brian Whitmee?
From: GUEST,IainG
Date: 25 Jul 14 - 11:38 AM

I remember Brian very well and his old Morris Minor with reg number
MOU I believe
I sang with the Crofters and we used to do country meets Folk nights with Brian, he used to run the Post Office at Catterick
He was a super person and we had a great few years playing music together.

Iain Glover


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Subject: RE: Anyone remember Brian Whitmee?
From: GUEST,Iain G
Date: 25 Jul 14 - 01:02 PM

Bruce
I have a copy of the words if you need them let me know

Iain G


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Subject: RE: Anyone remember Brian Whitmee?
From: The Sandman
Date: 25 Jul 14 - 01:10 PM

what a lovely eulogy, I did not know Brian,but often saw his name guesting at clubs in yorkshire and north east, and ads for his music there can be no better compliment for anyone that they are remembered warmly for their personality and music. Dick Miles


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Subject: RE: Anyone remember Brian Whitmee?
From: JHW
Date: 25 Jul 14 - 04:01 PM

Long time since sadly we lost Brian. 'Singer of Songs' he billed himself. An unusual exploit was a summer party out of doors at his Moulder's/White Rose FC at Leeming Bar with Tug of War and such.
Brian was remembered for many a year at the Darlington Spring Thing. The Sunday Singer Prize Trophy was awarded in his name. The Arts Centre where it happened is now gone too.
RIP Brian. John Wilson


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Subject: RE: Anyone remember Brian Whitmee?
From: GUEST,Chris Muriel
Date: 14 Aug 14 - 03:31 PM

I remember it well - I also remember the Crofters pretty well, Iain.
I'm now living in Sale, Cheshire and spend more time playing banjo than guitar.
Brian was an all round great bloke and we certainly exchanged a few songs back in the 70s.
I remember that Morris Minor too. I got him a booking at the Sergeant's Mess in Harrogate, his car broke down afterwards and he, therefore, had an unscheduled stay at our house in Harrogate overnight, sorting out the car the following morning.
I still have a cassette tape he produced way back then...


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Subject: RE: Anyone remember Brian Whitmee?
From: GUEST,Iain G
Date: 14 Aug 14 - 05:30 PM

wouldn't mind a copy of that tape Chris if that's possible?

we did loads of the army and RAF gigs with him, as you say an all round great bloke.


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Subject: RE: Anyone remember Brian Whitmee?
From: GUEST,Chris Muriel
Date: 21 Aug 14 - 07:32 PM

I'll try to unearth and copy the tape; then I would have to find a way of contacting you, Iain.


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Subject: RE: Anyone remember Brian Whitmee?
From: GUEST,John Lovell
Date: 13 Mar 16 - 04:36 PM

I remember Brian too, running the folk club at Leeming Bar when I used to go there around the late '70s.

Good singer (he autographed my copy of 'Singer of Songs') and nice guy. Very sorry to hear of his demise.


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Subject: RE: Anyone remember Brian Whitmee?
From: Gillie
Date: 01 Apr 16 - 09:23 PM

I too am saddened by his passing. I seem to remember that he sang "Witches of Pendle Hill" Perhaps someone can correct me if I'm wrong.


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