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Obit: Colin Kemp (Mudcatter Col K) 2 Sep 07

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Subject: Obit: Colin Kemp
From: folk1e
Date: 02 Sep 07 - 08:46 AM

The big guy is gone!

I have few details but all I can say is it is just not fair


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Subject: RE: Obit: Colin Kemp
From: Big Mick
Date: 02 Sep 07 - 08:54 AM

What??????? Tell me this isn't Col K!!!! What happened???


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Subject: RE: Obit: Colin Kemp
From: folk1e
Date: 02 Sep 07 - 08:57 AM

sorry yes it is!
News from friends at Fylde (where he should be now)
Details are sketchy.


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Subject: RE: Obit: Colin Kemp
From: Scooby Doo
Date: 02 Sep 07 - 09:12 AM

I cant believe it,not my buddy Colin.

I am gutted i don't know what to say.



Scooby.


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Subject: RE: Obit: Colin Kemp
From: catspaw49
Date: 02 Sep 07 - 09:15 AM

Geeziz........All other words escape me at the moment. If details are sketchy...........Are you sure here?

Spaw


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Subject: RE: Obit: Colin Kemp
From: MoorleyMan
Date: 02 Sep 07 - 09:26 AM

No - no - please tell me it ain't true -


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Subject: RE: Obit: Colin Kemp
From: Alice
Date: 02 Sep 07 - 09:39 AM

Very sad news. I'm so sorry to hear this.


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Subject: RE: Obit: Colin Kemp
From: Folkiedave
Date: 02 Sep 07 - 10:09 AM

Oh! Hell!

That is very hard to take.

RIP Colin.


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Subject: RE: Obit: Colin Kemp
From: katlaughing
Date: 02 Sep 07 - 10:17 AM

This is sad to hear. My condolences to his family and friends.


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Subject: RE: Obit: Colin Kemp
From: GUEST
Date: 02 Sep 07 - 10:19 AM

Big man, big voice, big heart.

Sleep well Colin

Gillie


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Subject: RE: Obit: Colin Kemp
From: Broadside Man
Date: 02 Sep 07 - 10:24 AM

We wil miss Colin hugely. His happy demenour and hard work, mostly behind the scenes at folk festivals, will be greatly missed.

And not forgetting his singing in the Shellbacks. He was also a honorable member of the Wareham Whalers joining us on a number of occasions when he stayed with Lin and myself in Dorset.

RIP Colin


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Subject: RE: Obit: Colin Kemp
From: Verna
Date: 02 Sep 07 - 10:31 AM

Colin We just cannot take this in. You will be missed so very much here in West Cork where you have as many friends as we all had and still have back in Folkieworld.
Condolences from Susan Pat Jo Neelie   Annie Gina Stephanie Ann and the girls Richard everyone at the Ouvane and all your other conquests here.
Hope you find Stanley who will be waiting for you.

We3 will miss you more than we can say. Words fail us.

Rest in peace

Verna & Ray


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Subject: RE: Obit: Colin Kemp
From: Alaska Mike
Date: 02 Sep 07 - 10:31 AM

I will miss my good friend. I know how fragile life can be and how quickly it can be gone. Colin will live on though in my memories of his happy smile and generous nature. Best wishes to his family and friends.

Mike


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Subject: RE: Obit: Colin Kemp
From: Jennyldb
Date: 02 Sep 07 - 10:31 AM

Hiya
My Dad's at Fylde and has just rung me to tell me. Utter shock and disbelief.

Colin should have been at Fylde as usual but Maurice and Ilene (you'll know them if uve met them) had pitched Colin's tent for him and were concerned when he didn't show up and his mobile was going straight to answer phone. Concerned, they spoke to Graham Langhorne (dep Chief Steward) who tried to contact Colin but was informed that he'd been found dead in bed on Friday morning, either by a friend or his mother, not certain which.

If I get any more details I'll keep u posted. Thats as much as we know at the moment.

So many happy memories of one of lifes genuinely nice blokes. A great big man with a big heart, always ready with a hug and some dry humour. I just can't believe it. It just wont be the same without him.

Just hope we can all have a bloody good sing at the funeral (no details yet im afraid) and give him a good send off. Hopefully quite a few of Colin's fellow Shellback's will be there...

:'(

Jenny Briggs (Keith Briggs' daughter)


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Subject: RE: Obit: Colin Kemp
From: Mick Pearce (MCP)
Date: 02 Sep 07 - 10:37 AM

Surprising and saddening news. I hadn't seen Col for a while but will miss his ever-cheerful disposition at festivals.

Mick


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Subject: RE: Obit: Colin Kemp
From: treewind
Date: 02 Sep 07 - 10:42 AM

Terrible news. We saw him only recently on his usual stewarding pitch at the Whitby Metropole, cheerful, informative and helful as ever. This is hard to take in. We'll miss him.

Anahata


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Subject: RE: Obit: Colin Kemp
From: s&r
Date: 02 Sep 07 - 10:48 AM

Just read this terrible news. From Fylde we shall forward the proceeds from the PD to his mum to use as she wishes in his honour


Stu


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Subject: RE: Obit: Colin Kemp
From: SussexCarole
Date: 02 Sep 07 - 11:00 AM

Devastating news! We will miss our friend Col although he will always be alive in our memories of the very happy times we have shared.


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Subject: RE: Obit: Colin Kemp
From: MoorleyMan
Date: 02 Sep 07 - 11:00 AM

So it IS true then.
OK, it must be, but I still can't accept it.
Sh***.

We've lost more than a few "good guys" to the grim reaper of late I know, but as far as ColK's concerned, well a nicer, more genuine, more big-hearted, more fair-minded, more modest and unassuming, more helpful, truly good guy I've yet to meet anywhere on the (UK) folk scene. Col will be missed big time, no question.

If I could only reach a massive hug up there to him...

Sincerest condolences to all Col's family and his many many friends from me 'n' th' lass.

MM


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Subject: RE: Obit: Colin Kemp
From: Ebbie
Date: 02 Sep 07 - 11:20 AM

I'm disbelieving and saddened. RIP, Col.


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Subject: RE: Obit: Colin Kemp
From: karen k
Date: 02 Sep 07 - 11:30 AM

How terrible. Met Colin in the US with the Shellbacks a few years back and then saw him again the following year when I was in England. Hard to believe and I'm most saddened. Condolences to his family.


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Subject: RE: Obit: Colin Kemp
From: Champagne Carol
Date: 02 Sep 07 - 11:33 AM

Colin, I can't believe you've left us - your hugs, your kindness and your voice will all live on in our hearts


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Subject: RE: Obit: Colin Kemp
From: Cllr
Date: 02 Sep 07 - 11:33 AM

Just back from wareham
Im really shocked He was a good mate He was supposed to stay with me for sidmouth folk week for a couple of days but Pm'd us to say he was tired and needed a rest.
Im so sorry to hear this. cllr


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Subject: RE: Obit: Colin Kemp
From: Buddug
Date: 02 Sep 07 - 11:33 AM

We've just heard the terrible news, can't quite take it in. Col was one of my favourite folkies. Tref and I are both devastated - we'll miss him - we all will.

Vicki


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Subject: RE: Obit: Colin Kemp
From: SINSULL
Date: 02 Sep 07 - 11:36 AM

Just 58 this past July. I am stunned.
RIP
SINS


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Subject: RE: Obit: Colin Kemp
From: GUEST,Joules
Date: 02 Sep 07 - 11:39 AM

Muppitz ( AKA Tina my eldest ) rang me about an hour ago from Fylde, Apparently it was his Mum who found him.
I am deeply saddened by this awful news and will miss greatly my big bear hug and the sound of his wonderful deep tones and the big shoulders just made for crying on which I have used on more than one occasion
My three Daughters and I wish to send our deepest sympathies to his family


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Subject: RE: Obit: Colin Kemp
From: Mrs.Duck
Date: 02 Sep 07 - 11:47 AM

Shellbacks sang the Farewell Shanty in Hull this afternoon. We only found out why when we reached the end and Arthur announced the terrible news. There will be a big hole in our back row and our hearts. Our thoughts are with his mother.
Jane and Geoff


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Subject: RE: Obit: Colin Kemp
From: catspaw49
Date: 02 Sep 07 - 11:54 AM

Colin had been a 'Catter for almost 6 years and while many of you knew him at home and some US 'Catters had the great joy of meeting him at a Getaway in 2005, for many like myself Colin was known for his words here. As we all know and have experienced, friendships on the 'Cat are very real and can be very close even we have never met and perhaps never will. "Col K" was a friend to many and was known both "above and below the line" on Mudcat.

I was reminded of something in a recent thread when I read of his death and I went back looking for it. Though I had not participated in the thread myself, I followed it along as we all often do. I include it here as it shows that on the subject of death, Colin had his head screwed on right as he seemed to about most things in life. Below are his own words on a thread entitled "A Death Wish?"......

Subject: RE: BS: A Death Wish?
From: Col K - PM
Date: 05 Aug 07 - 07:35 PM

Lets face it there is ONLY one certain thing in life and that is that the end is DEATH.We are dying from the moment we are born, it is just a case of how long we take to go and what we do when we are here.
We live our lives and make choices as we go,these choices may or may not affect our final demise.Does anyone really know how our lifestyle affects things. Some people live simple healthy lives and die young, others abuse their bodies and live to a ripe old age.
How we live our life is to a very large extent our choice, how we die is not (apart from suicides).
Suicide is a selfish death, it leaves behind so many unanswered questions and so many people who feel guilty at having failed a loved one.do those who have to deal with suicide in the family ever get over it? I don't know.
I know I will die one day,I don't want to yet but accept that it will eventually come. I hope that when it does come it comes quickly.

Colin


AND, after a response from Little Hawk........

Subject: RE: BS: A Death Wish?
From: Col K - PM
Date: 06 Aug 07 - 05:29 PM

Whilst I agree LH about some of your "certainties" I have doubts that those who die very young will have time to feel any of them. When one gets older then I hope that we all have the chance to experience them, but I repeat the ONLY certainty in life is DEATH. From the moment we are born we start dieing, its how long that process takes that matters, and what we do in the meantime of course.
Some of us lead very fullfilled lives and will feel/experience many things, others hide away and suffer them rather than live them. I would wish that more people made the effort to live their lives to the full, rather than just exist as some people do.
Am I an optimist or a pesimist? I do not know.

Colin



I don't know either but I am positive, absolutely sure, that Colin lived life "to the full."
Rest easy "Col K"....
And thanks for being here at the 'Cat from a friend unmet.

Spaw


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Subject: RE: Obit: Colin Kemp (Mudcatter Col K)
From: Alice
Date: 02 Sep 07 - 12:04 PM

Thanks for posting his words, Catspaw.


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Subject: RE: Obit: Colin Kemp (Mudcatter Col K)
From: GUEST,bavis
Date: 02 Sep 07 - 12:06 PM

Big fella, big heart, Big gap. Will be very sadly missed.


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Subject: RE: Obit: Colin Kemp (Mudcatter Col K)
From: MBSLynne
Date: 02 Sep 07 - 12:07 PM

I went into the chatroom before going onto the threads because I was surprised to find people in there, and they told me the news. I don't know what to say. Shady is devastated....he was so popular with the kids. Just one massive hug really!

I'd really like to be at the funeral but it's unlikely. It should be a good one if there is such a thing.

Goodbye Col

Love Lynne


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Subject: RE: Obit: Colin Kemp (Mudcatter Col K)
From: sapper82
Date: 02 Sep 07 - 12:07 PM

Devastated. Not just me, but all the brood.
Brilliant bloke who will be sorely missed.


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Subject: RE: Obit: Colin Kemp (Mudcatter Col K)
From: Bill D
Date: 02 Sep 07 - 12:09 PM

.....no easy words. He was such a delight to have met at the Getaway...energy and warmth.

Reading those posts, I wonder if he knew of some health problem that he didn't share publicly.

Many condolences to those who knew him better than I had the opportunity to.


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Subject: RE: Obit: Colin Kemp (Mudcatter Col K)
From: John MacKenzie
Date: 02 Sep 07 - 12:22 PM

Well I don't believe it, sudden or what?
Still it's the way we'd all like to go by the sound of it, peacefully in his sleep.
Only 58, I just can't comprehend it for the moment.
Giok


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Subject: RE: Obit: Colin Kemp (Mudcatter Col K)
From: Mrs.Duck
Date: 02 Sep 07 - 12:25 PM

Colin was always the big cuddly 'uncle' to all the kids, the one they turned to if Mum and Dad weren't in sight. Maddie is devastated, he's taken care of her since she was tiny and the twins always looked for him at every festival. He may not have had children of his own but the folk kids made him their own wherever he was.


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Subject: RE: Obit: Colin Kemp (Mudcatter Col K)
From: John MacKenzie
Date: 02 Sep 07 - 12:31 PM

I just remembered that amazing snore ¦¬]
Sleeping peacefully now.
G.


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Subject: RE: Obit: Colin Kemp (Mudcatter Col K)
From: Tinker
Date: 02 Sep 07 - 12:38 PM

Colin is one of the Mudcatter's my family has had the pleasure of hosting. When the Shellback's came over we invite Colin to stay the night before the other Shellbacks arrived. Due to a change in flights he came into JFK instead of Newark and I couldn't juggle the schedule to pick him up. My husband sent a car from work and I was suddenly on the phone with a car service realizing I didn't know his last name. He was Col K from Mudcat -- in frustration I finally told them his name was Mudcat. He found it just fine.

I'm still in a bit of shock.


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Subject: RE: Obit: Colin Kemp (Mudcatter Col K)
From: Morticia
Date: 02 Sep 07 - 12:45 PM

Heard this horrible news at Wareham this morning. I couldn't be sadder. We'll miss you, Col.


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Subject: RE: Obit: Colin Kemp (Mudcatter Col K)
From: Jeri
Date: 02 Sep 07 - 12:46 PM

I read this earlier and still don't know what to say. He was a world-class hugger, but to just be around him was to feel that. He was warm and witty, and his eyes danced with laughter. He had loads of good people as friends. My condolences to all of you, and all of us.


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Subject: RE: Obit: Colin Kemp (Mudcatter Col K)
From: gnu
Date: 02 Sep 07 - 12:50 PM

Shocker! RIP Col.


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Subject: RE: Obit: Colin Kemp (Mudcatter Col K)
From: JennyO
Date: 02 Sep 07 - 12:51 PM

Oh no! I saw the name Colin Kemp earlier on but didn't make the connection. I didn't know his surname.

Col K was my first ever Secret Santa in 2003. He sent me a lot of really interesting books about his area, and some Kendal Mintcake, which I love. I had hoped that one day if I got back over to the UK, I would meet him. He was high up on my list of Mudcatters to meet - now I never will. This is so sad. 58 is too young!


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Subject: RE: Obit: Colin Kemp (Mudcatter Col K)
From: Zany Mouse
Date: 02 Sep 07 - 12:52 PM

I'm shocked. The last couple of times I've spoken to him he has complained of severe fatique so I'm wondering if he wasn't feeling well anyway. I hope he just slipped away in his sleep. What a shock for his poor Mum.

He will leave a big hole that can't be filled.

Col: I hope you manage to steward all those folk festivals up there!

Luv
Rhiannon


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Subject: RE: Obit: Colin Kemp (Mudcatter Col K)
From: Carol
Date: 02 Sep 07 - 12:58 PM

He was a lovely man and will be sorely missed.
Condolences to his family from Chris and myself.


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Subject: RE: Obit: Colin Kemp (Mudcatter Col K)
From: Acme
Date: 02 Sep 07 - 01:00 PM

Here are his posts at Mudcat. So sorry to read this news.

SRS


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Subject: RE: Obit: Colin Kemp (Mudcatter Col K)
From: Banjiman
Date: 02 Sep 07 - 01:04 PM

I can't quite believe this, I've only met the guy a couple of times (both recently) and we spoke to him on the phone a couple of weeks ago. He has been really helpful in trying to give Wendy a leg up in the folk world. He posted last week that he would try and make Wendy's gig at Fylde on Friday night, I was disappointed he wasn't there.........

I feel cheated of a friendship about to start.

Condolences to his family and those who knew him well.

Paul Arrowsmith


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Subject: RE: Obit: Colin Kemp (Mudcatter Col K)
From: Tig
Date: 02 Sep 07 - 01:34 PM

I've just talked to Col's Mum. She found him in bed when she went round on Friday morning and thought he was just asleep but a bit cold. It wasn't until she went up later that she realised something was wrong.

There's an autopsy tomorrow and then she'll be able to sort out funeral details. I'll make sure they get on here when I get them.

She seems to be coping and was surprised how fast the news had spread. Keep sending her some of the hugs we all had from Col over the years. A terrible shock to all of us.

Tig


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Subject: RE: Obit: Colin Kemp (Mudcatter Col K)
From: Alice
Date: 02 Sep 07 - 01:36 PM

Tig, tell Colin's mom that people all over the world knew him through Mudcat and
admired him, are sad at his passing.

Alice Flynn in Montana


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Subject: RE: Obit: Colin Kemp (Mudcatter Col K)
From: Alba
Date: 02 Sep 07 - 01:42 PM

I am so very sad to hear this News.
You have left us too soon Col and you will be sorely missed.
Huge Hugs from me to Col's Mum. I am so very sorry for your loss. Very sorry.
Thank you for update Tig, holding You and all Col's Family and Friends in my heart.
With Love and Light
Jude


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Subject: RE: Obit: Colin Kemp (Mudcatter Col K)
From: Janie
Date: 02 Sep 07 - 01:45 PM

I am so shocked and saddened to hear this. Peace and light, Colin, to you and your family.

Janie


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Subject: RE: Obit: Colin Kemp (Mudcatter Col K)
From: GUEST,theresa as Guest
Date: 02 Sep 07 - 01:47 PM

Colin proved himself the most thoughtful and caring friend any one could wish to have and he will be sorely missed. Tig can you please post his mums address.
Theresa


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Subject: RE: Obit: Colin Kemp (Mudcatter Col K)
From: Alio
Date: 02 Sep 07 - 01:51 PM

Just got back from Fyle where the news went round very quickly, and everyone was in shock.

He came to every Saddleworth, and was always the first to offer help and support - and especially to those who needed it the most.

He was a lovely, lovely gentleman - and a gentle man.

Eileen and Maurice have said that they'll give us more information as soon as they find anything out. He will be so missed.

Ali x


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Subject: RE: Obit: Colin Kemp (Mudcatter Col K)
From: GUEST,Moor & Coast
Date: 02 Sep 07 - 02:18 PM

A true gentleman in every way... Many the late night or during breakfast you would find Col in the Food Tent putting the world to rights with the assembled company....

Always ready to lend a hand setting up or serving tea and coffee...

Col was a great bloke, trusted, appreciated, respected and we will miss him immensely...

Glen, Chris, Nige and the team...


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Subject: RE: Obit: Colin Kemp (Mudcatter Col K)
From: GUEST,mg
Date: 02 Sep 07 - 02:22 PM

May he rest in peace...it's funny..I thought he was much younger, like early 30s or so...I had a mental image of him...guess it was wrong...sounds like a wonderful man. mg


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Subject: RE: Obit: Colin Kemp (Mudcatter Col K)
From: Tig
Date: 02 Sep 07 - 02:24 PM

If anyone wants his Mum's address can you pm me for it. She's already having to get used to the idea some of the phone calls, letters etc will be from 'strangers' so I don't want to post it without her permission.

Ta for your understanding.


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Subject: RE: Obit: Colin Kemp (Mudcatter Col K)
From: Maryrrf
Date: 02 Sep 07 - 02:25 PM

I am so sorry to hear this. I can't add much to what has been said. I only knew him from the occasional Mudchat, but he seemed to be a very friendly person. I know he will be missed.


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Subject: RE: Obit: Colin Kemp (Mudcatter Col K)
From: Jock O' Dreams
Date: 02 Sep 07 - 02:26 PM

Oh Colin! I shall miss you very very much. One of the nicest and friendliest lads I have ever known.To see his big grin beaming out to you as you entered a strange venue put you immeadiately at ease.So long Pal, rest in Peace.

               Jim McAdams


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Subject: RE: Obit: Colin Kemp (Mudcatter Col K)
From: muppitz
Date: 02 Sep 07 - 02:29 PM

Just returning from Fylde having heard the news shortly before George Papavgeris' set at the Legion today.

I've known Colin since I was small and he's been a good friend to me and on more than one occasion has dug me out of a hole and been a shoulder to cry on.

There was a standing joke with Moor & Coast's evening shift, which is normally me and Chris, that we couldn't shut until Colin came in for his supper, some of you lot should be thankful for that (sic) as he was always one of the last in, always too busy enjoying himself!

I'm sure he did what he wanted with his life because as he so rightly put it:
"We are dying from the moment we are born, it is just a case of how long we take to go and what we do when we are here."

Whatever happens, he made an impact on a lot of people's lives, he was well liked, well spoken of and as far as I'm concerned that's the right sort of impact to make.

I'm a skeptic but if there was any way Colin could read all of this I'd just like to say, thanks for the memories!

muppitz
x


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Subject: RE: Obit: Colin Kemp (Mudcatter Col K)
From: Abuwood
Date: 02 Sep 07 - 02:39 PM

Our Shellback bookend will be very much missed, Col was always there to give me a hug when I needed it most. It's lovely to see so many people from both sides of the pond who knew and loved him.
Alison (& Steve)


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Subject: RE: Obit: Colin Kemp (Mudcatter Col K)
From: Selchie - (RH)
Date: 02 Sep 07 - 02:57 PM

Heard of this very sad news on the way home from Wareham.

What a terrible loss to everyone in the folk world, we shall all miss his presence terribly ~ a big, friendly huggable man with time to chat & so very enthusiastic & efficient in his festival work.

His passing will leave a huge gap in many festival organisations, & I will miss his hugs!

Rest in Peace Colin.

Rosie Stroud x


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Subject: RE: Obit: Colin Kemp (Mudcatter Col K)
From: KT
Date: 02 Sep 07 - 03:02 PM

This is very sad news, indeed. My condolences to his mum, family and friends. His kind spirit will remain in the many hearts he touched. I'm so grateful for the opportunity to have known him, however briefly.

KT


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Subject: RE: Obit: Colin Kemp (Mudcatter Col K)
From: Jerry Rasmussen
Date: 02 Sep 07 - 03:03 PM

Like everyone else, I am shocked beyond measure. My wife and I will especially treasure his visits with us when he was over here for the Getaway and singing at Mystic Seaport. He stayed with us on one of his trips, and was a pure delight.

What a terrible loss!!!

And yesterday, I found out that someone I really enjoyed and admired.. a singer in a black gospel group Ive sung with, just died.
It's a lot to sort out.


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Subject: RE: Obit: Colin Kemp (Mudcatter Col K)
From: Barb'ry
Date: 02 Sep 07 - 03:05 PM

I will miss Col as a friend, a Shellback and a great entertainer for my Mother! (He spent an entire Christmas day keeping her amused - he deserves a medal for that alone.)
His hugs were special, his snores monumental and have guided many a weary traveller back to the campsite - we miss you Col!

Barbara and Andy


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Subject: RE: Obit: Colin Kemp (Mudcatter Col K)
From: Wuzzle
Date: 02 Sep 07 - 03:17 PM

Goodnight Mr Kemp


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Subject: RE: Obit: Colin Kemp (Mudcatter Col K)
From: Fran
Date: 02 Sep 07 - 03:19 PM

Always loved to see Colin when I arrived at a festival, near or far from home, and yet a familiar face and big smile and a hug for "Daughter Dear". No relation but we shared the same surname.

Will miss him, I can't belive he won't be there anymore.


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Subject: RE: Obit: Colin Kemp (Mudcatter Col K)
From: Herga Kitty
Date: 02 Sep 07 - 03:24 PM

The sad and unexpected news was announced during today's singaround at the Wareham Wail, and those of us who knew Col struggled to make sense of what we'd heard. I will miss Col's hugs and kindness - there'll be a big gap at many festival.

Kitty


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Subject: RE: Obit: Colin Kemp (Mudcatter Col K)
From: GUEST,merrylocks
Date: 02 Sep 07 - 03:27 PM

Just returned from Fylde having been told the sad news. Colin always had a hugh hug and a smile waiting in every field no matter WHAT, a kinder heart would be hard to find. He will be missed, the world a quieter place without his big laugh.
Jules x


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Subject: RE: Obit: Colin Kemp (Mudcatter Col K)
From: GUEST,Laurence (CV Audio Sound)
Date: 02 Sep 07 - 03:28 PM

I was saddened to learn of the death of Colin Kemp on Friday. we heard on our way back from Hull Shanty Festival.
You will be deeply missed Colin, your wise words and friendly shoulder were always available when needed.
Have fun at the sing around up their

Laurence
(CV Audio)


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Subject: RE: Obit: Colin Kemp (Mudcatter Col K)
From: Snuffy
Date: 02 Sep 07 - 03:31 PM

It's still not really sunk in that I won't see him again. So many good memories of him at work and at play:
  • coming out of the Spa Hotel in Saltburn at 06.45, walking up the hill and then chatting outside his B&B for another half hour
  • Col defusing a potentially violent situation with his own brand of common sense, humour and savvy between a very drunk and very angry performer and a pugnaciously officious security guard
  • listening to him snoring for England in various classrooms and village halls throughout the land
  • his unfailing cheerfulness and helpfulness to everyone: he always found time to listen and to let you know he understood
  • Col hiding his Chief Steward badge when a late night open air sing at the "Mudpatch Café" at Upton festival brought a complaint from a sleep-deprived lady
  • his hugs
  • his wonderful way with kids of all ages.
Too many more memories to list them all, but you get the picture. We have lost one of the very, very best, and there is a huge hole in the middle of the British folk world.

Sleep well, Col. If it had to happen, I'm thankful it was the way you wanted it.


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Subject: RE: Obit: Colin Kemp (Mudcatter Col K)
From: Bill D
Date: 02 Sep 07 - 03:42 PM

At The Getaway, 2003, with The Shellbacks (far left)


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Subject: RE: Obit: Colin Kemp (Mudcatter Col K)
From: Phot
Date: 02 Sep 07 - 03:51 PM

Fiona and I are totally shocked, Col was one of those guys who you couldn't miss, larger than life, and just a throughly nice bloke.

I just can't get my head around not seeing him about, and I so wanted to say hello again at Banbury, after so long off the scene, he was one of the people I really wanted to see again, the big deep, "Ello Lad" and handshake with more grip than a vice.

Just can't believe he's gone.

Chris and Fiona.


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Subject: RE: Obit: Colin Kemp (Mudcatter Col K)
From: MBSLynne
Date: 02 Sep 07 - 04:00 PM

Do you know, though we've lost some beloved and wonderful people over the last few years, I don't think I've ever seen an obit thread grow as fast as this one. I think his Mum may well be overwhelmed by the number of people who will want to pay their respects in one way or another

Love Lynne


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Subject: RE: Obit: Colin Kemp (Mudcatter Col K)
From: SylviaN
Date: 02 Sep 07 - 04:03 PM

Big man with an even bigger heart.

Colin - thanks for the hugs, for the company, for the singing and for the friendship


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Subject: RE: Obit: Colin Kemp (Mudcatter Col K)
From: GUEST,rock chick
Date: 02 Sep 07 - 04:11 PM

A huge hole left, such a kind loving person with a heart of gold for anyone anywhere.


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Subject: RE: Obit: Colin Kemp (Mudcatter Col K)
From: GUEST,moor and coast
Date: 02 Sep 07 - 04:13 PM

We were trying to put the food tent up at Fylde on friday when a gust of wind took it and finally wrecked it. That was Col that was. He had to be the last one in.
Still can't believe it. Goodbye big fella.


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Subject: RE: Obit: Colin Kemp (Mudcatter Col K)
From: lady penelope
Date: 02 Sep 07 - 04:18 PM

I'm lost for words. Col K was a delight to chat to. Charming, witty and slightly naughty. A girl's dream at times. I can't believe I'll never get into another chaotic chat night with him, or read any future posts from him.

Hail and farewell Col K.

Penny.


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Subject: RE: Obit: Colin Kemp (Madcatter Col K)
From: le cheffie
Date: 02 Sep 07 - 04:22 PM

We where at Fylde this weekend and wondered on Friday night when we didn't see his smiling face behind the stewards desk Colin always made Sarah ans Stephen when he came along very welcome, Sarah asked this morning where Colin was at 9.45 and at 11.00am we where told that unfortunately Colin had died the rest of the day was spent not really knowing what to say Eileen and Maurice are as a lot of people will know very upset and a collection was started straight away for Colin mum.
We will all miss him very much.


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Subject: RE: Obit: Colin Kemp (Mudcatter Col K)
From: GUEST,flyingcat, moira
Date: 02 Sep 07 - 04:31 PM

What can I can I say, Colin was a great guy, you always knew when he was around you didn't have to worry, everything would run smoothly, no fuss, he dealt with everything calmly and effortlessy. He made everyone feel special. There aren't words to say how much he'll be missed. My best regards to his family, flyingcat (Moira).


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Subject: RE: Obit: Colin Kemp (Mudcatter Col K)
From: sapper82
Date: 02 Sep 07 - 04:32 PM

For those who never knew him, colin is the one in the blue shirt.


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Subject: RE: Obit: Colin Kemp (Mudcatter Col K)
From: North/South Annie
Date: 02 Sep 07 - 04:34 PM

Completely shocked! A big man and a big loss to us all. I'll never forget Colin's hugs with their wraparound aura of peace and calm, and I too have availed myself of that shoulder that just seemed to 'be there' at exactly the right moment.
My thoughts go out to his mum at this very sad time.

Night God Bless Col,

Annie


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Subject: RE: Obit: Colin Kemp (Mudcatter Col K)
From: MG John
Date: 02 Sep 07 - 04:35 PM

Met him for the first time at Whitby this year, when he so kindly brought up from Warwick, my wax jacket and camera which I had lost on the final night. A Gentleman who will be missed by all who new him! Sincere condolencies to his family and friends.
Pam and John


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Subject: RE: Obit: Colin Kemp (Mudcatter Col K)
From: sapper82
Date: 02 Sep 07 - 04:36 PM

Found another one;
covert shot of him chatting to Craig, Morgan and Robson


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Subject: RE: Obit: Colin Kemp (Mudcatter Col K)
From: MBSLynne
Date: 02 Sep 07 - 04:42 PM

Oh sapper, that's made me feel even more sad!

Love Lynne


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Subject: RE: Obit: Colin Kemp (Mudcatter Col K)
From: Dave Earl
Date: 02 Sep 07 - 04:43 PM

Just home from Wareham Wail where we were given this very sad news during the final Lunch Time sing.

Col always seemed to be on the steward team at most of the Festivals I got to over recent years. I'll really miss the friendly welcome and huge grin.

Too many good guys have left us recently, I hope Col will join them in the "other bar".

Can the funeral details be posted when tyhey are known please as I want
to be there if I possibly can@

Rest in peace Col.

Dave Earl


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Subject: RE: Obit: Colin Kemp (Mudcatter Col K)
From: Saro
Date: 02 Sep 07 - 04:44 PM

There's not much I can say that others haven't said already and better. It only seems minutes ago that we were talking at Whitby... He was very much part of the festival scene for me and I'll miss him.
Saro


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Subject: RE: Obit: Colin Kemp (Mudcatter Col K)
From: peregrina
Date: 02 Sep 07 - 04:45 PM

It's a shock to hear this. I had only just met him recently in the chatroom here and then Whitby Metropole where he seemed to be the round the clock steward, more jovial and friendly at 1 a.m. than many people at noon...R.I.P. and I hope someone can let his Mum know how many people cared.


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Subject: RE: Obit: Colin Kemp (Mudcatter Col K)
From: skipy
Date: 02 Sep 07 - 04:51 PM

So, so sad.
RIP mate
Skipy


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Subject: RE: Obit: Colin Kemp (Mudcatter Col K)
From: Michael
Date: 02 Sep 07 - 04:58 PM

It's difficult to believe that we won't see him or be hugged again.
Thanks for all of them Col.
Our thoughts are with his Mum.

"May the long time sun shine upon you.
All love surround you
And the pure light within you
Guide your way on"

Mike, Mary & Aaron


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Subject: RE: Obit: Colin Kemp (Mudcatter Col K)
From: Andy Jackson
Date: 02 Sep 07 - 05:03 PM

We heard the news at Wareham this morning and shared the shock and sudden sense of loss in the singaround.
Terribly sad for his mother especially, people of his age just shouldn't be leaving the session early.

Andy and Jillie


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Subject: RE: Obit: Colin Kemp (Mudcatter Col K)
From: My guru always said
Date: 02 Sep 07 - 05:06 PM

So hard to take in that he's gone, one of the nicest, kindest, huggiest you could hope to meet on the Folk Scene. My heart goes out to his Mother, family and friends. Rest in Peace Col, love and hugs,
Hil


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Subject: RE: Obit: Colin Kemp (Mudcatter Col K)
From: Jean(eanjay)
Date: 02 Sep 07 - 05:12 PM

Thoughts and prayers for him and his loved ones.


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Subject: RE: Obit: Colin Kemp (Mudcatter Col K)
From: Janet Elizabeth
Date: 02 Sep 07 - 05:13 PM

Colin was a lovely man, kind and generous... as has been said already, his hugs gave warmth and peace. If you had troubles, great or small, he always had time to listen and offer understanding and of course his reliable, kindly, good sense.
And his stories and views on life and people were always positive, never unkind.
It is a privilege to have known him.
Elizabeth (Brighton).


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Subject: RE: Obit: Colin Kemp (Mudcatter Col K)
From: Big Mick
Date: 02 Sep 07 - 05:16 PM

I remember the first time he came in 2003. Everyone said that he gave great hugs. Since I am known far and wide as a first rate hugger, there was anticipation from folks as to who had the best hugs. The competition was fierce, but I must admit I came in second. I still say it was the merry eyes, and the lovely voice and accent. We became fast friends from the first minute, and when he came again (1985, I believe) it was so wonderful to see him. He had a singing voice to die for. I am known for being able to tell a lot about folks fairly quickly. It is a skill that union organizers develope early, and hone over the years. One of the ways we use is to watch someone with children, or small people. Col was so gentle, with eyes that danced, that all kids loved him immediately. They are much better judges of character than us cynical old folks. I especially loved watching him with Maddie in 2003. Maddie, honey, I know this one will hurt for a long while. It hurts me too. Drop me a line if you feel like it and we will share a bit of that hurt together.

I will miss you dearly, big man. You worked your way into my heart, and the hole left in your gettin' away will be a long time passin'.

God be good to you,

Mick


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Subject: RE: Obit: Colin Kemp (Mudcatter Col K)
From: George Papavgeris
Date: 02 Sep 07 - 05:17 PM

I was gutted when I heard, just before going on stage this afternoon at Fylde. I opened with "Miracle of life", dedicated to Colin.

Words are not enough. He was everyone's friend, everyone's big or younger brother, everyone's kindly uncle, and our hugs every time we met were heartily enjoyed by both, I am sure.

RIP, big feller...


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Subject: RE: Obit: Colin Kemp (Mudcatter Col K)
From: MoorleyMan
Date: 02 Sep 07 - 05:27 PM

Only a few hours after the initial post, and the news still hasn't settled in. And the thread looks like setting a record before day one is out.
But that's indicative of how widely admired and respected Col was. He knew just about everyone, and just about everyone knew him. His massive hugs and his genuine caring for others were legendary, and his experience and inexhaustible fund of common sense I know solved many a crisis both personal and practical. There can't be anybody within the folk fraternity who's not benefited at some time from his friendliness, his welcome, his kindness and generosity of spirit, his unerringly good advice, his words of wisdom, his brilliant sense of humour... and most of us many times over.
Snuffy's own reminiscences could almost be anyone's, so strong was the bond that Col was able to forge at once and so lastingly with folks of all ages and on many levels. Many knew Col better than I, but these last few hours alone I've found innumerable personal memories flooding back. Everything I've said has and will be said more eloquently, I'm convinced, probably even while I'm typing this, so, finally from me:   

To Col - I hope and trust that you departed this life in the manner you would have wished to, peacefully, and I'm sure that wherever you're currently venue-managing will be run better than any earthly festival! RIP mate.


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Subject: RE: Obit: Colin Kemp (Mudcatter Col K)
From: GUEST,David
Date: 02 Sep 07 - 05:31 PM

Like all of you, we were shocked to hear today of Colin's sudden passing. From working with Colin at recent Warwick Folk Festivals, I knew him to be a warm-hearted gentle giant, always ready with a smile and ready to lend a hand wherever and whenever it was needed. His laid-back manner could not disguise a desire to see a job done well. I remember on the Monday after Warwick this year, Liz & I sat with Colin keeping the tea, coffee and festival feeling flowing in the Moor & Coast tent just a little longer. I know next year I'll miss his distinctive voice over the radio, knowing that his "I'll sort it for you" meant that he would do just that.
Our condolences to his family and many, many friends

David & Liz


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Subject: RE: Obit: Colin Kemp (Mudcatter Col K)
From: Noreen
Date: 02 Sep 07 - 05:35 PM

>He made everyone feel special

I think moira has it right- which explains all these postings.

Colin seemed to be at every festival and got to know everybody attending- and remembered them.

Just a few of the thoughts tumbling round in my head:

-The gleam in his eye when he picked up the hire car for those of us who stayed on after the Shellbacks sang at the Getaway- a VERY large white Buick. Colin loved driving and this was a real treat

-Travelling up through Ayrshire to stay with Hils and on to Edinburgh for the Festival of the Sea

-His initials CEK were the same as my daughter's


'Bye Colin.


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Subject: RE: Obit: Colin Kemp (Mudcatter Col K)
From: Banjiman
Date: 02 Sep 07 - 05:39 PM

What sad, sad news! I only met Colin at Saltburn this summer and he was so encouraging about my music. Seems unfair that I didn't get the chance to know him better as everyone has been saying such lovely things about him. Still, one of the best legacies you can leave is happy memories for others and it sounds like many, many of you have those from Colin.
God bless you Colin - I'll be thinking of you when I sing The Visitor from now on.
Wendy (Mrs Banjiman)


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Subject: RE: Obit: Colin Kemp (Mudcatter Col K)
From: Noreen
Date: 02 Sep 07 - 05:45 PM

And will 'Colin Kemp's sleeping area' be kept vacant for him again this year at Banbury?


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Subject: RE: Obit: Colin Kemp (Mudcatter Col K)
From: Folkiedave
Date: 02 Sep 07 - 05:52 PM

Come on.one more poster and 100 in the day!!


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Subject: RE: Obit: Colin Kemp (Mudcatter Col K)
From: Mrs.Duck
Date: 02 Sep 07 - 05:54 PM

For all the hundreds of hugs he gave over the years!


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Subject: RE: Obit: Colin Kemp (Mudcatter Col K)
From: momnopp
Date: 02 Sep 07 - 05:58 PM

Not fair, not fair, not fair! Such an incredibly lovely human being - thank you, Great Spirit for giving us the time he was here with us.

Colin, you are well-loved and sorely, sorely missed.

JudyO/momnopp


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Subject: RE: Obit: Colin Kemp (Mudcatter Col K)
From: wysiwyg
Date: 02 Sep 07 - 06:08 PM

I only knew him by reputation-- communicated in Maddie's smile. Kids know the truth of us.... ah, puir girl, a heart so much bigger than she is, yet. Big enough to grieve this man right.

Condolences to all who knew him, and his family of course.

~Susan


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Subject: RE: Obit: Colin Kemp (Mudcatter Col K)
From: George Papavgeris
Date: 02 Sep 07 - 06:09 PM

A suggestion: So many people have fond memories of Colin, and I would like to read them, and add mine, but they might be lost in the natural outpouring of grief in this thread. So, can we start a "Memories of Col K" thread for the purpose?


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Subject: RE: Obit: Colin Kemp (Mudcatter Col K)
From: George Papavgeris
Date: 02 Sep 07 - 06:12 PM

Even better title: "In celebration of Col K". I suggest that it should be a joyous thread, just as his life amongst us was, treasuring the happy times even as we grieve for his loss.


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Subject: RE: Obit: Colin Kemp (Mudcatter Col K)
From: jacqui.c
Date: 02 Sep 07 - 06:26 PM

My sympathies go out to Colin's family and many friends. He was definitely too young to go.


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Subject: RE: Obit: Colin Kemp (Mudcatter Col K)
From: Hawker
Date: 02 Sep 07 - 06:51 PM

Noooooooo!
Oh How very, Very sad!
It was Col who talked me into joining this place, and becoming a 'catter and encouraged me to go on Mudchat.
I shall so miss those hugs, that happy disposition and that voice. He really was a special kind of person, the outpouring of love shown on this thread stands as testament to that.
Col, I will miss you big buddy X X X X X
Cheers, Lucy Burrow
(and Kevin)


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Subject: RE: Obit: Colin Kemp (Mudcatter Col K)
From: catspaw49
Date: 02 Sep 07 - 06:56 PM

George......A Celebration of Life thread is a great idea but let's give it a couple of days for the shock to wear off. It surely needs done for a man so deeply loved by so many. Let's give all a chance to collect some thoughts.

Spaw


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Subject: RE: Obit: Colin Kemp (Mudcatter Col K)
From: GUEST,Edain
Date: 02 Sep 07 - 07:02 PM

Just got abck from Fylde, heard the news from Muppitz just before the start of the afternoon concert int he Legion. It still hasn't really sunk in.

He'll be missed.

Edain


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Subject: RE: Obit: Colin Kemp (Mudcatter Col K)
From: Susanne (skw)
Date: 02 Sep 07 - 07:40 PM

I think I met him (briefly) with the Shellbacks in Edinburgh some years back.

My sympathy to his family and many friends.


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Subject: RE: Obit: Colin Kemp (Mudcatter Col K)
From: LesB
Date: 02 Sep 07 - 08:18 PM

Just back from Fylde, where I heard the news. We were all gutted, The Metropole won't be the same without him, neither will a lot of places. Col was a big man who will leave a big space in the folk scene & in peoples hearts.

Les


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Subject: RE: Obit: Colin Kemp (Mudcatter Col K)
From: kendall
Date: 02 Sep 07 - 08:34 PM

We all know what a tenuous grip we have on life, and I, for one, always think when I part from a friend or relative that it could be the last time I will see them, or that they will see me.

Live every day as if it is your last. One day, it will be.


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Subject: RE: Obit: Colin Kemp (Mudcatter Col K)
From: Richard Atkins
Date: 02 Sep 07 - 09:01 PM

Big man big heart gone . Colin was a giver in life and I will remember him for that, and time chatting together. A sad loss to me with fond memories of a great guy.


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Subject: RE: Obit: Colin Kemp (Mudcatter Col K)
From: momnopp
Date: 02 Sep 07 - 09:16 PM

Here's a photo of a Famous ColK Hug in action.

George (El Greko??) - you are right that a celebratory thread will be in order, and 'Spaw, we all do probably need some processing time.

I'm thinking that rather than rush to try and renew my passport and attempt to fly overseas for a funeral, I'll find a more creative way to celebrate the life of our friend. Both sides of the Atlantic mourn his passing.

JudyO/momnopp


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Subject: RE: Obit: Colin Kemp (Mudcatter Col K)
From: GUEST,.gargoyle
Date: 02 Sep 07 - 09:24 PM

Surprising on the number of MCer's clocking into this thread.

Many a ones that might be knocking on that big front door....before 2008 ends.

Set your priorities.

Personal time is a gift that no-one notices if you squander it.

Sincerely,
Gargoyle


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Subject: RE: Obit: Colin Kemp (Mudcatter Col K)
From: magician
Date: 02 Sep 07 - 10:19 PM

gillie and i had a call from beaswax at 2:15ish and since then my head has been in the shed. i feel as if i have lost a brother. colin was always there when you needed him. he was always the first to help. whenever he was giving out hugs i always joined the queue. i've been too busy today to let go but i im now sitting here feeling devastated that i will not hear him again saying "helo daff" as he taps me on the shoulder. colin i love you and will always miss you.


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Subject: RE: Obit: Colin Kemp (Mudcatter Col K)
From: CapriUni
Date: 03 Sep 07 - 02:08 AM

Well ....

Dann!

Hugs to everyone.


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Subject: RE: Obit: Colin Kemp (Mudcatter Col K)
From: Mick Tems
Date: 03 Sep 07 - 03:32 AM

Just heard the sad news. Col will leave a big hole in my life - he's drinking in The Other Bar now.


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Subject: RE: Obit: Colin Kemp (Mudcatter Col K)
From: Paco Rabanne
Date: 03 Sep 07 - 03:35 AM

Oh dear. Only met him a couple of times but he was a lovely fellow.
                               Ted


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Subject: RE: Obit: Colin Kemp (Mudcatter Col K)
From: CannieShieldsLaddie
Date: 03 Sep 07 - 03:50 AM

Such very sad news.

We have known Colin since mid seventies when we met him at Whitby. Have fond memories of him at dance workshops in the old Church House and at evenings down at the Spa and latterly at The Metropole where he was an institution.

You always new that when walking up to the Met that the first face you would see would be Colin's with his welcoming smile.

Was chatting with him at the final concert at the Met only a few weeks ago, a warm very kind hearted man who always had time for everyone.

B&J


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Subject: RE: Obit: Colin Kemp (Mudcatter Col K)
From: GUEST,MC Fat
Date: 03 Sep 07 - 03:51 AM

Amazing response to the big fella's passing. He was a nice man and will be missed


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Subject: RE: Obit: Colin Kemp (Mudcatter Col K)
From: Santa
Date: 03 Sep 07 - 04:02 AM

A big man, in all ways. He's already missed.


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Subject: RE: Obit: Colin Kemp (Mudcatter Col K)
From: Dave the Gnome
Date: 03 Sep 07 - 04:02 AM

I didn't know Colin but on seeing the pictures realsised that I had seem him many times at Fylde. It has certainly made me realise that my reasons for not being able to make Fylde this year are pretty insignificant and we should make the most of every minute here!

RIP Colin.

Dave


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Subject: RE: Obit: Colin Kemp (Mudcatter Col K)
From: GUEST,Partridge
Date: 03 Sep 07 - 04:28 AM

So very sorry to hear this. My thoughts and prayers for all his family and friends.


Sadly,that other bar is filling up.

love

Pat xxx


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Subject: RE: Obit: Colin Kemp (Mudcatter Col K)
From: RWJ
Date: 03 Sep 07 - 04:47 AM

Sorry to hear about Col we have worked at many festivals together, not allways seen eye to eye but he was not a bloke you ccould fall out with.Festivals will not be the same without him. He will still be there in the background.
Ron


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Subject: RE: Obit: Colin Kemp (Mudcatter Col K)
From: GUEST,Chris & Ian
Date: 03 Sep 07 - 04:49 AM

It's hard to believe he's gone. Colin was the welcoming face of most festivals and he will be sadly missed.

Rest in peace old friend.

Chris & Ian


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Subject: RE: Obit: Colin Kemp (Mudcatter Col K)
From: GUEST,padgett
Date: 03 Sep 07 - 04:56 AM

This is very sad news indeed

Colin was a geat guy, chief steward at very many festivals such as Warwick and Holmfirth

A Shellbacker, an organiser and all round nice guy

Hope he is joining in all the choruses with folkies in the sky

Uk folk will never be the same without this gentleman who was ever a calming influence and a shoulder to cry on! (should I say that!)

god bless

Ray


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Subject: RE: Obit: Colin Kemp (Mudcatter Col K)
From: Alio
Date: 03 Sep 07 - 04:57 AM

Thanks Momnopp for the photos - I looked at the one of you and Colin for a long time. It's just as I'll always remember him.

Ali


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Subject: RE: Obit: Colin Kemp (Mudcatter Col K)
From: Mrs Cobble
Date: 03 Sep 07 - 04:59 AM

A lovely man... he will be missed

Our thoughts are with his Mum and family


Cobble & Mrs C


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Subject: RE: Obit: Colin Kemp (Mudcatter Col K)
From: Cats
Date: 03 Sep 07 - 05:03 AM

We didn't hear until we had got back from Wareham. Such a shock. Such a lovely, gentle man. Thoughts are with his family and all his folk family who are still reeling at the news and can't seem to take it in.


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Subject: RE: Obit: Colin Kemp (Mudcatter Col K)
From: Severn
Date: 03 Sep 07 - 05:06 AM

I had known him from chat, and having met him at both the Getaway and The Yorkshire Gathering. I'm still over on a visit to the UK at the momentand was getting ready to hear the news, which saddened me greatly.

To give a measure of his generosity, when he thought I was coming for the whole Whitby Folk Week and knew that my eventual ride there was still on holiday at that time, he'd offered to pick me up at Manchester airport and give me a ride to the festival. Once there, having come in on Tuesday, I never ran into him in the course of his stewarding duties, and never got a chance to thank him for his generous offer. I was eventually going to send him a PM thanking him during the week once I got out of tents and under a roof again and he'd be home from HIS fests. Then someone made the announcement in one of the singing tent at Wareham and it's like the air went out out of the place, as most of those within knew him and were shocked surprised and saddened.

Rest in Peace, my friend, but don't make the "Mark of Snorro (Sign Of The Z)" TOO loudly. You will be missed by many. And, though a bit too late, "Thank You!"


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Subject: RE: Obit: Colin Kemp (Mudcatter Col K)
From: Emma B
Date: 03 Sep 07 - 05:18 AM

Returned from Off the Tracks to this sad news. I'm not even sure how long I've known Colin but his presence will be missed at so many festivals and the late night sessions in the Moor and Coast tent

My condolences to his family.


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Subject: RE: Obit: Colin Kemp (Mudcatter Col K)
From: Lenny's mum
Date: 03 Sep 07 - 05:32 AM

Colin was a great man who enjoyed folk festivals to the full. He will be missed greatly. I still can't believe it. Usually when we arrive at a festival he is the first person we see. Colin was always there with a hug for everyone. I'm sure he'll still be there in spirit.


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Subject: RE: Obit: Colin Kemp (Mudcatter Col K)
From: Ruth Archer
Date: 03 Sep 07 - 05:48 AM

Glad I got one last hug at Whitby. He was a lovely, lovely man.


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Subject: RE: Obit: Colin Kemp (Mudcatter Col K)
From: Ruth Archer
Date: 03 Sep 07 - 05:51 AM

This is from a recent PM when we were talking about my festival:

"I will do all I can to help, advise,work( I must be mad),or anything else, just ask and I will do my best.
Colin "

I can't think of a sentence that sums him up better.


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Subject: RE: Obit: Colin Kemp (Mudcatter Col K)
From: GUEST
Date: 03 Sep 07 - 05:59 AM

I just hope he had some idea of the esteem he was held in.

Make sure someone knows. Sometimes it's not the folks closest to us, but those on the periphery of our lives, who need to hear what their presence means to us.

Having had the pleasure to meet him at the Getaway with the Shellbacks, I was such a cynic: all that warmth and charm and sparkle couldn't be real, could it? But it was. And I'm glad to hear it and know that it was appreciated.

What I will remember is his sitting in a quiet booth, tired and unwilling to leave the late-night mayhem, watching the proceedings with a gentle smile.

Be comforted in your sorrow, friends and Mom.

Dani


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Subject: RE: Obit: Colin Kemp (Mudcatter Col K)
From: GUEST,No Fixed Abode
Date: 03 Sep 07 - 06:02 AM

The news shocks us but strangely we are not saddened, like a lot of people on this thred we "knew" Col and it is a sign of his spirit that we immediately missed him when we arrived to pitch the tent at Fylde. We can not feel sad as Col was one of those special people who loved to live life and treated it as a gift. He touched so many people and I am sure he is already organising the best festival ever and is standing at the bar singing heartily with a big grin on his face and that is putting the smile on our faces as only Col could do.
When our time comes we look forward to getting a welcoming big hug


Bye big man.


Una and Tony


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Subject: RE: Obit: Colin Kemp (Mudcatter Col K)
From: GUEST,Katy (Muldoon's Picnic)
Date: 03 Sep 07 - 06:07 AM

Katy from Muldoon's Picnic here. We're just back from Fylde where we heard the news. Colin was one of the first people we met when we started coming down to English festivals a few years ago and he was usually the first person we saw on arrival at festivals and the last person we saw before we left. He was always so encouraging and friendly and it just won't be the same without him.
Love to all the Shellbacks,
Katy
Muldoon's Picnic
Glasgow


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Subject: RE: Obit: Colin Kemp (Mudcatter Col K)
From: Seaking
Date: 03 Sep 07 - 06:12 AM

Very sad news, also got the news at Wareham. First memory was how terrific he was with my children when they helped out in the Miskin kitchen. Second memory was the smile, Colin was always smiling. Tom and Rosanna are as saddened as I am at the loss of a true gent and a great guy.

All our thoughts go to Colin's family

Chris, Rosanna and Tom.


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Subject: RE: Obit: Colin Kemp (Mudcatter Col K)
From: Little Robyn
Date: 03 Sep 07 - 06:18 AM

So sad. Col brought my Mudcat badge over to NZ when the Shellbacks were at the Auckland Folk Festival.
A lovely man.
Robyn


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Subject: RE: Obit: Colin Kemp (Mudcatter Col K)
From: GUEST,Nessie
Date: 03 Sep 07 - 06:18 AM

Like so many of us I still can't get my head round this news. Colin was one of life's special people, so jovial and generous, a listener who gave good counsel, the best hugger ever. Our world is a sadder place for his passing, however hackneyed that phrase. Small solace for his mum to know how well-loved he was by so many, it's not in the natural order of things to lose a child, however big & hairy..


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Subject: RE: Obit: Colin Kemp (Mudcatter Col K)
From: GUEST,Gillian Tolfrey
Date: 03 Sep 07 - 06:30 AM

When I first started going to English folk festivals I had no idea what was going on and Colin looked after me, cuddles, directions even organising lifts for me, but most importantly being the lovely jolly man that he was. There really was no-one like him.

My thoughts are with his Mammy and all the people who knew him and will miss him. Gillie and Maurice.


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Subject: RE: Obit: Colin Kemp (Mudcatter Col K)
From: Trevor
Date: 03 Sep 07 - 06:30 AM

SHITSHITSHIT!!!!

He always thought it hilarious that before we met I thought he was a colonel!

And I owed him a pint.

Laters Col.


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Subject: RE: Obit: Colin Kemp (Mudcatter Col K)
From: maryd
Date: 03 Sep 07 - 06:41 AM

Bye Colin. A Shellback bookend extrordinaire. We`ll be listing sideways without your huge support. Goodnight and God Bless. Mary and Len


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Subject: RE: Obit: Colin Kemp (Mudcatter Col K)
From: fiddler
Date: 03 Sep 07 - 06:44 AM

I can't add more than has been said above. The idea of life without many of you does not bear thinking about. Festivals without Col turning up and being nothing other than Col never, like many, entered my head.

I can add no more a sad loss, very sad.......

Andy


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Subject: RE: Obit: Colin Kemp (Mudcatter Col K)
From: Nick
Date: 03 Sep 07 - 06:54 AM

I met him the first time I went to a Mudcat gathering at the Globe at Guisborough some years ago where he was helping out serving behind the bar. I was feeling fairly out of things as I had never been to anything like it and didn't feel confident enough to join in. I'll always remember and appreciate that he took the trouble to chat and make me feel welcome.

Commiserations to his family and those close to him


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Subject: RE: Obit: Colin Kemp (Mudcatter Col K)
From: Rt Revd Sir jOhn from Hull
Date: 03 Sep 07 - 07:10 AM

Very sorry to hear this, my thoughts are with his family at this sad time.


jOhn


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Subject: RE: Obit: Colin Kemp (Mudcatter Col K)
From: fat B****rd
Date: 03 Sep 07 - 07:14 AM

My condolences and best thoughts to his family and friends.


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Subject: RE: Obit: Colin Kemp (Mudcatter Col K)
From: Liz the Squeak
Date: 03 Sep 07 - 07:17 AM

There's really nothing else to say... not so much a hug as a full body envelopment.

I've a strong feeling that the Mudgather in Scotland in October will have a special singaround for him.

LTS


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Subject: RE: Obit: Colin Kemp (Mudcatter Col K)
From: nutty
Date: 03 Sep 07 - 07:23 AM

Just got back from the Black Bull Bender where we sang to the memory of Col.

A lovely, kindly man who helped so many people in so many ways - often behind the scenes - with a humility that put others to shame.
His health wasn't brilliant (He was diabetic - wasn't he) but he never seemed to make a big thing about it.

He will be sorely missed - sleep well Col

Hazel


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Subject: RE: Obit: Colin Kemp (Mudcatter Col K)
From: GUEST,GUEST Mike'nHilary
Date: 03 Sep 07 - 07:42 AM

As everyone else was we were stunned and shocked at this news. A great man with more real friends than anybody else we know. We'll miss his smile and humour while he cooked BBQ at Birdsedge. Only consolation is that the (hopefully) never ending festival he was called to will now run smoother than ever before and more people will be touched by his special gift of love. Cheers Col.


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Subject: RE: Obit: Colin Kemp (Mudcatter Col K)
From: GUEST,bryony
Date: 03 Sep 07 - 07:46 AM

... I didn't know Colin's surname and when I saw the thread, I hoped it wasn't someone I knew...but it is and it's making me cry. As Gillie said above he was always very reassuring and supportive of the Witches when we first started doing the festivals. It was a comfort to see him when you first arrived.

I had a good chat with him outside the Met this Whitby & as usual he passed on a cheery 'hello' to everyone else.

How very sad. He was a gentle giant.


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Subject: RE: Obit: Colin Kemp (Mudcatter Col K)
From: Mr Red
Date: 03 Sep 07 - 07:58 AM

Sadly missed


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Subject: RE: Obit: Colin Kemp (Mudcatter Col K)
From: Pistachio
Date: 03 Sep 07 - 08:00 AM

I'm so glad Linda and I had tea with Colin in Whitby 'Met' last Friday.
At Hull 'Sea Fever' festival yesterday our friend wisely saved the sad news until we'd sung our final set... but in the survivors session we wished him God speed and dedicated 'Sweet Minerva' to him.
I've only known him for 5 years, from Warwick, Saddleworth and Whitby and will have to post my photo of him rescuing Linda from 'Paddleworth' this July.

His huge presence, his all encompassing hugs and his smiling eyes, twinkling, dancing and comforting, will be what I miss.
I will remember singing into the early morning outside the Arts Centre at Warwick '06.
There is a void now.
Rest easy Colin. You worked so hard for the pleasure of us all. Thank you.

Hazel. x.x. and Linda Kelly x.x.


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Subject: RE: Obit: Colin Kemp (Mudcatter Col K)
From: Essex Girl
Date: 03 Sep 07 - 08:02 AM

What a shock! Just logged in after returning from the States to see this. Although I hadn't seen him for a while, I will never forget his laugh and good humour.Another great character missing from our lives, he will be missed by us all.


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Subject: RE: Obit: Colin Kemp (Mudcatter Col K)
From: Noreen
Date: 03 Sep 07 - 10:12 AM

Some nice pics and happy memories: Scotland 2003


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Subject: RE: Obit: Colin Kemp (Mudcatter Col K)
From: GUEST,Jerry and Anne O'Reilly
Date: 03 Sep 07 - 10:39 AM

We are devastated by this news. We never knew what his surname was, he was just Colin. When Anne came to Whitby for the first time in 2003 we were at the Met and after the Irish Hoolie were finding it hard to get a taxi. Colin just said "come on jump in to the car" and dropped us back to our digs. In June 2004 we were in Skibbereen at the Skibbereen Singers Club when Jerry was standing at the bar, a pair of giant arms came round him from behind and a voice said "guess who Jerry". Colin of course! What an absolutely brilliant man. This coming on top of Tom Munnelly's death is very hard to take. It seems that its always the good ones.


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Subject: RE: Obit: Colin Kemp (Mudcatter Col K)
From: vectis
Date: 03 Sep 07 - 10:49 AM

Such a lovely guy. He will be sadly missed by the many, many friends he has made throughout the country.


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Subject: RE: Obit: Colin Kemp (Mudcatter Col K)
From: kitchen piper
Date: 03 Sep 07 - 11:20 AM

I just heard .... all I can think to say is
:'O
Festivals won't be the same without our Col!


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Subject: RE: Obit: Colin Kemp (Mudcatter Col K)
From: Ebbie
Date: 03 Sep 07 - 11:58 AM

I keep thinking of treaties1. Where are you, Teresa?


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Subject: RE: Obit: Colin Kemp (Mudcatter Col K)
From: GUEST,Firecat at a friend's
Date: 03 Sep 07 - 12:00 PM

Can't believe it. He was like an extra dad to me. I adored him.

Bye Col Col.


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Subject: RE: Obit: Colin Kemp (Mudcatter Col K)
From: GUEST,tf2 richard
Date: 03 Sep 07 - 12:13 PM

to a good friend and member of the taskforce family you will be missed save me a seat at the festival you have gone to one day i be thier,and the beer will flow again


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Subject: RE: Obit: Colin Kemp (Mudcatter Col K)
From: GUEST,Ms Lemon
Date: 03 Sep 07 - 12:56 PM

Dear dear Colin, this was such a terrible shock. Just can't believe it. I have a lovely photo I took of him outside my trailer at Chippenham this year in his new hat. We walked arm in arm to find my trailer pitch at Warwick. Can't believe I'll never see him again. I shall miss him very much. He and I used to dance together, laugh together and shuv my trailer together. I'm so sorry.

As soon as anyone knows anything about his funeral I want to know.

Sal

8'(


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Subject: RE: Obit: Colin Kemp (Mudcatter Col K)
From: janthenan
Date: 03 Sep 07 - 01:04 PM

Only heard the sad news about Colin yesterday. Missed him at Shrewsbury festivals won't be the same without him and his fantastic hugs.


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Subject: RE: Obit: Colin Kemp (Mudcatter Col K)
From: mollypop
Date: 03 Sep 07 - 01:12 PM

I didnt know Colin but my family knew Colin, I'm so saddened to hear that such a warm friendly and loving man will know longer be around.

so many people are missing him now.


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Subject: RE: Obit: Colin Kemp (Mudcatter Col K)
From: Alaska Mike
Date: 03 Sep 07 - 01:30 PM

I first met Colin at the Getaway in 2003 and we immediately became life long friends. In the fall of 2004, Col, the perennial bachelor, told me that he had found his true love and was planning to be married sometime the next spring or summer. He asked when I would be coming to England, for he wanted me to sing at his wedding. I was absolutely thrilled. I wrote a special love song for Colin and his bride entitled "Falling In Love".

Unfortunately, our trip to England was going to be too late in the summer for us to participate in the wedding. I telephoned Col in April to let him know that I was including a dedication to them both on my new CD which was nearly finished. He laughed that big booming laugh of his and said, "Christ, mate, don't do that. I just broke up with her." The last time I saw him was when I sang at the Four Fools Folk Club in August 2005. We shared a couple pints and a couple hugs. I miss my friend.

Mike


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Subject: RE: Obit: Colin Kemp (Mudcatter Col K)
From: GUEST,Old Bones
Date: 03 Sep 07 - 01:41 PM

Got a text on my way back from Hull yesterday. The news is very hard to take and I'll miss Colin more than I can say.

God bless you my friend.

John O


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Subject: RE: Obit: Colin Kemp (Mudcatter Col K)
From: GUEST,Karen, Pol and May
Date: 03 Sep 07 - 01:43 PM

What else can I say, that has not been said already, what a wonderful warmhearted and truly loved man. A gentle giant indeed, he will live on in the songs that he loved so well. Have a pint for us wherever you are, my dear man.

A special message from Pol: " I will blow something up for him, and this time he can watch rather than steward!"

A fond farewell from Pol's mum as well, he was always so good with her.


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Subject: RE: Obit: Colin Kemp (Mudcatter Col K)
From: the lemonade lady
Date: 03 Sep 07 - 01:53 PM

Here's that pic... Ya Nooah ( in that accent we all know and love and will miss)

Sal


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Subject: RE: Obit: Colin Kemp (Mudcatter Col K)
From: GUEST,Kate Longmate
Date: 03 Sep 07 - 02:00 PM

This is such sad news. I had the immense pleasure of working with Colin on the 'final get together' concert at the Met in Whitby Folk Week this year and on many events in years past. I was looking forward to seeing him again at Musicport in October.

A true gem of a man and a joy to be around and work with. My thoughts and best wishes go to his family and friends.

K xx


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Subject: RE: Obit: Colin Kemp (Mudcatter Col K)
From: GUEST,Mrs Scarecrow
Date: 03 Sep 07 - 02:25 PM

Only just heard , hard to take it in . He will be missed by so many best wishes to his Mother at this sad time
Ann and Dave Reader


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Subject: RE: Obit: Colin Kemp (Mudcatter Col K)
From: Peter K
Date: 03 Sep 07 - 02:31 PM

The take down at the Wail was rather slow - I just couldn't find the energy. Colin was such a larger than life character, he will leave a big hole. It is going to take quite some time to sink in truly.

I was sat in a Tig's tent talking of life and death with both Tig and Colin just a few weeks ago. As he said, it's what you do with your life that matters, and he did a lot with his. Spreading good will and laughter as he went.

He not only knew how to listen, but he always had the time. He was always very encouraging with the ability to make you feel special.

Colin - you will be sorely missed by all who knew you.


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Subject: RE: Obit: Colin Kemp (Mudcatter Col K)
From: redsnapper
Date: 03 Sep 07 - 02:50 PM

I never met Colin myself so far as I know but he was well known and always supportive to friends of mine. He will be sadly missed.

R.I.P. Colin and condolences to his family

RS


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Subject: RE: Obit: Colin Kemp (Mudcatter Col K)
From: Verna
Date: 03 Sep 07 - 03:13 PM

I know he was not into church every Sunday but I thought you would all like to know that everyone in the Coomhola Valley regarded him as one of their own and, to that end and in order to pay their respects from afar there will be a special short funeral mass prayer said for Colin in Coomhola church this Sunday. Verna


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Subject: RE: Obit: Colin Kemp (Mudcatter Col K)
From: GUEST,guest - Sue
Date: 03 Sep 07 - 03:17 PM

What can I add, heard the news at the Black Bull Bender, just got home and told the kids, they can't believe it either. We'll miss you Col, but glad we had the chance to know you - thanks for all the hugs.

Sue, Tom & Annie xxxx


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Subject: RE: Obit: Colin Kemp (Mudcatter Col K)
From: Geoff the Duck
Date: 03 Sep 07 - 03:21 PM

Ebbie - Theresa was with the Shellbacks in Hull when the news came through. She posted as a guest in the earlier part of the thread from someone else's computer where she is with friends.
Quack!
Geoff.
p.s. I don't actually know what Colin's religious or other beliefs were, but I keep picturing a scene at the Pearly Gates where Saint Peter suddenly gets a tap on the shoulder and turns around to be told he can have a break as the relief door steward has arrived.


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Subject: RE: Obit: Colin Kemp (Mudcatter Col K)
From: bfdk
Date: 03 Sep 07 - 03:39 PM

I only ever met Colin once, at Banbury last year. He came across as a big, booming, jolly fellow, always on his way somewhere else to attend to his various duties :-)

58 is way too young to go!

Bente


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Subject: RE: Obit: Colin Kemp (Mudcatter Col K)
From: GUEST,Russ Franklin
Date: 03 Sep 07 - 03:42 PM

I must say that this has come as a shock to me. I found out today via a call from Ron Jackson. He was a good folk friend, a lovely friendly and honest man. I will miss his happy smiling face at Warwick and I know the festival comittee will miss him to, as everyone else who knew him will. It seems the best always leave early. My sincere condolences to all his family and close friends.

Russ Franklin.


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Subject: RE: Obit: Colin Kemp (Mudcatter Col K)
From: Abuwood
Date: 03 Sep 07 - 03:42 PM

Colin was one of the first to join us in church in Saddleworth, Steve was preaching the sermon and Vital Spark could not get there because of the floods so Col was there for the early morning service to give support in the base line.
Ali


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Subject: RE: Obit: Colin Kemp (Mudcatter Col K)
From: treaties1
Date: 03 Sep 07 - 03:46 PM

All your beautiful postings are going to be printed off in the morning as I am going to Darwen with Eilleen and Maurice to visit Colin's mum. I spke to her this evening and she has no idea of the regard in which Colin was held and is thinking of a quiet crwemation service as soon as possible. Arrangements can't yet be made as the post mortem is only scheduled for tomorrow Tuesday, after which a death certificate will let the undertaker organise a slot at the crematorium. I will post details as soon as possible and will then ask you to let me know if you will be able to attend.
Theresa T


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Subject: RE: Obit: Colin Kemp (Mudcatter Col K)
From: Linda Kelly
Date: 03 Sep 07 - 03:51 PM

A mighty man with a mighty heart, mighty in the most positive sense of the word.
A man who had not just become a festival institution but who had an entire ritual designed around him (for female participants only-drive to festival, park car, put up tent, fetch ticket -FIND COLIN FOR HUGS.)

A man everyone seems to have known forever and loved always. He'll be in heaven now -Shorts, Shellback T Shirt and walkie talkie organizing a celestial throng of angelic stewards.

We will miss you Col, but we won't forget you love and hugs Linda x


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Subject: RE: Obit: Colin Kemp (Mudcatter Col K)
From: GUEST,Bekka
Date: 03 Sep 07 - 03:54 PM

All i can say is that he was a man that will be missed by many. He gave the cuddliest bear hugs around! And the SNORING will never be forgotten! im sure a few vibrations were felt by many of you!
This is the last time I saw him, just after i finished the Garlands at Whitby Folk Week just a week and a bit ago -

Colin at Whitby

(I hope this link works)

Not much else to say as it has all been said, he will be missed greatly. What a guy!

Bekka
x X x

[link made- volunteer who has met Colin]


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Subject: RE: Obit: Colin Kemp (Mudcatter Col K)
From: GUEST,Bekka
Date: 03 Sep 07 - 03:55 PM

maybe the link above will have to be a copy and paste. Sorry about that.
x X x


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Subject: RE: Obit: Colin Kemp (Mudcatter Col K)
From: sapper82
Date: 03 Sep 07 - 03:57 PM

Is this better?


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Subject: RE: Obit: Colin Kemp (Mudcatter Col K)
From: GUEST,Flatnote
Date: 03 Sep 07 - 04:09 PM

And Bedworth will misss him too. He always arrived a day early to sort out the mess I have made of the stewards rota - it always worked from then on. The snores reverberated round our house. He was a lovely big bear of man with time for everyone. His laugh carried us all through. M&M


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Subject: RE: Obit: Colin Kemp (Mudcatter Col K)
From: kab
Date: 03 Sep 07 - 04:27 PM

Well what can anyone say?
I don't think any folk festival will ever be quite the same again.
Since we first met Colin more years ago than I can remember he has been a firm and constant friend,and an extra Uncle to our children
always following their academic progress with great interest.
Like all who knew him we are in shock.
We were at Fylde when we heard and there were many subdued looking folks about with eyes full of disbelief and tears.
A truly great guy,a fantastic roving ammbassador for english folk music and our community who promote support and propogate it.
Colin's passing leaves an unfillable void.
Colin's Mother probably has no notion of the scale and intensity of people's regard for him and we must avoid overwhelming her and the family.
Our hearts go out to his Mum,family and closest friends.


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Subject: RE: Obit: Colin Kemp (Mudcatter Col K)
From: Tig
Date: 03 Sep 07 - 05:17 PM

Col's mum is still waiting to hear which day she can hold the funeral. As far as she knows it's going to be Thursday or Friday (all being well) and she thinks it's at Skipton Crem.

One thing she has decided is that it's family flowers only and that donations are to be in aid of the RNLI.

She's keeping her chin up and going day by day.


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Subject: RE: Obit: Colin Kemp (Mudcatter Col K)
From: GUEST,guest
Date: 03 Sep 07 - 05:25 PM

I bumped into Colin just as I was leaving Whitby, saturday lunchtime by the Yacht Club, and he said what a wonderful week he had had and what lovely people we got to spend our time with. He then listed SO many festivals that he had attended this year that I was quite shocked. I had to say "how do you do it?" He just beamed, and said "see you at Fylde".
We are missing a great-hearted fellow, he was obviously 'in heaven' all the time he spent on the folk scene. On you go, Colin, and we'll follow. In the meantime, I'll miss your amazing smile and big hugs.
Maggie


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Subject: RE: Obit: Colin Kemp (Mudcatter Col K)
From: GUEST,Ken & Marion Hall (Whitby)
Date: 03 Sep 07 - 05:28 PM

We knew Col for a lot of festivals where i've MCed or we've stewarded and he finally made our Whitby week barbecue this year ('cos it was my 60th party as well).

Got the news from Alan Cox (Fylde) yesterday when we were at the Black Bull bender. We sang a farewell to you. Totally stunned.
You were a good man Col - the best & we shared a lot of happy pre and post festival times together. You went too soon and its hard to take in.

We'll miss you so much mate. Nothing more to say.

Rest easy

Ken & Marion


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Subject: RE: Obit: Colin Kemp (Mudcatter Col K)
From: GUEST
Date: 03 Sep 07 - 05:36 PM

I think it's a lovely idea to bring the messages from Mudcat to his mother. If there is any chance I can be at the funeral I will certainly be there. Thanks, Tig, for the info. Hope everyone is alright. xxx


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Subject: RE: Obit: Colin Kemp (Mudcatter Col K)
From: Col K
Date: 03 Sep 07 - 06:13 PM

will always miss you col still carnt believe it save us a seat in the folk festival in the sky our best friend will always be with us.


eileen@maurice


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Subject: RE: Obit: Colin Kemp (Mudcatter Col K)
From: Dame Pattie Smith EPNS
Date: 03 Sep 07 - 06:18 PM

I found out just today and couldn't believe it, especially as I saw him at Whitby last week. I can't help thinking how he had just one more week to go then. Life MUST be lived to the utmost because we might have just one more week left too! I just know he's keeping in touch with all this and he must be very proud that he is so well loved, even by the people who have never met him. He was a lovely man. See you in the next life Col. XX


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Subject: RE: Obit: Colin Kemp (Mudcatter Col K)
From: GUEST,bavis
Date: 03 Sep 07 - 06:34 PM

"One thing she has decided is that it's family flowers only and that donations are to be in aid of the RNLI."

How do we donate in his name please? Will there be a collective folk collection?
sarer


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Subject: RE: Obit: Colin Kemp (Mudcatter Col K)
From: Sorcha
Date: 03 Sep 07 - 06:58 PM

Aw Colin lad, ye can't have left us. Typing thru tears here....I shall miss your bright eyes and big hugs. Aw, dammit, Col....dammit dammit dammit...I was trying to get back over to see you...

There is NO chance I can be at the service, but please let me know how to donate, do something from the US. I shall PM Tig, but I'm pretty sure she is inundated with PMs right now.

Goddammit, you huge bear of a man...

Colin, we hardly knew ye.

HOW DARE HE LEAVE US SO SOON????


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Subject: RE: Obit: Colin Kemp (Mudcatter Col K)
From: GUEST,Doxy
Date: 03 Sep 07 - 07:24 PM

Colin was a dear friend to Derek & I. One whose hugs, friendship , humour and song will be sadly missed. heard the news at Hull last night. Hissyfit sang one of his favourites 'sweet minerva'. Dear Colin, hope you are truly homeward bound,
Our love follows you
Jules n Derek


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Subject: RE: Obit: Colin Kemp (Mudcatter Col K)
From: Peace
Date: 03 Sep 07 - 07:26 PM

This is a heart breaker.


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Subject: RE: Obit: Colin Kemp (Mudcatter Col K)
From: ranger1
Date: 03 Sep 07 - 07:31 PM

I saw the title of this thread and hoped it was someone's really bad idea of a prank. I'm still stunned and typing through tears. I remember wedging Colin and Micca and myself into the cab of my Chevy s-10 and driving 22 miles to show them around Wolfe's Neck. Every time Colin laughed, the whole truck vibrated.


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Subject: RE: Obit: Colin Kemp (Mudcatter Col K)
From: Bat Goddess
Date: 03 Sep 07 - 07:51 PM

I "only" met him at Tinker's when we were on our way to the Getaway in 2005. (And at the Getaway, of course and back at Sinsull's.) I'm just finding this all difficult to believe. He's a month younger than ME, fer-pete's-sake! And so full of life!

Condolences and loving thoughts to everyone, family and friends.

Linn


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Subject: RE: Obit: Colin Kemp (Mudcatter Col K)
From: GerryMc
Date: 03 Sep 07 - 08:14 PM


heard the news tonight in Otley. Didn't know Colin but I believe we may have met

Sad news

Gerry and Ani

Gerry :-)


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Subject: RE: Obit: Colin Kemp (Mudcatter Col K)
From: Dave Earl
Date: 03 Sep 07 - 08:46 PM

Tig said :-
"As far as she knows it's going to be Thursday or Friday (all being well)"

Obviously his mum and the post mortem will have a bearing on this but can those on the inside track please keep us informed.

The job will have to whistle for my services as I want to be at the funeral if I possibly can.

Dave


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Subject: RE: Obit: Colin Kemp (Mudcatter Col K)
From: GUEST,Malcolm Storey
Date: 03 Sep 07 - 09:11 PM

We were not going to be at Whitby this year until serendipity intervened.
Thank goodness it did!
On Thursday at the Met we had a really good chat to Colin and he was as always his friendly attentative self.
We also had a pint together so, thankfully, all the happy memories are in place.

It's always the good guys that go first.

Thoughts are with mum and close friends.

Malcolm and Judy


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Subject: RE: Obit: Colin Kemp (Mudcatter Col K)
From: Rapparee
Date: 03 Sep 07 - 09:22 PM

WHAT!!!???

I was out of town and THIS happens???

My thoughts go out to all of his.

I don't think I'll ever leave town again.


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Subject: RE: Obit: Colin Kemp (Mudcatter Col K)
From: MBSLynne
Date: 04 Sep 07 - 03:19 AM

It's almost certain I can't be at the funeral if it's this week. I would have loved to be there. Sing one from me everyone

Love Lynne


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Subject: RE: Obit: Colin Kemp (Mudcatter Col K)
From: Fliss
Date: 04 Sep 07 - 03:25 AM

Seeing his photo I realise I have met him at Warwick. Confession I thought it was colonel too! Ive certainly seen his postings on Mudcat. 58... same age as me... scary. RIP Col K

fliss


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Subject: RE: Obit: Colin Kemp (Mudcatter Col K)
From: Menolly
Date: 04 Sep 07 - 03:26 AM

Col was a good friend to me, helped me through a difficult year, took me to Ireland, Verna & Ray's for a memorable New Year. I never heard him snore - but then my husband was said to snore and I heard the complaints when he and Col were in the same room to sleep at a festival. Some kind soul remarked on the harmonies.
In July we sat together on the edge of the stage at the Ebenizer Church Hall at Saddleworth facing the singers at the other end of the room for the Songs on Sunday. He would not miss that session even if the Shellbacks were singing elsewhere.
I last saw him finally remembering to eat late on in the day at Warwick,having spent all day sorting out problems. It could be a problem to talk to him for very long as people were always coming up for the famous hug, and with the kids - he would run out of arms.

Col, go and keep Bill and Nick company. We will all be up to join you sometime.

Gillian


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Subject: RE: Obit: Colin Kemp (Mudcatter Col K)
From: Megan L
Date: 04 Sep 07 - 04:06 AM

So far i haven't got to meet any catters from what everyone has written it would appear i have lost a friend i hadn't met yet.

Good folk are a special gift given to a sorry world to make it brighter for a while.


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Subject: RE: Obit: Colin Kemp (Mudcatter Col K)
From: skipy
Date: 04 Sep 07 - 04:13 AM

Cut & paste from RNLI site:-

In memory giving :-
You can commemorate the life of a loved one by sending a donation to the RNLI in place of funeral flowers.

How it works :-
If you would like to remember a relative, friend or colleague in this special way simply telephone our Supporter Care Team on 0800 543210 or alternatively e-mail
pmiller@rnli.org.uk
. Once we have your full details we will ensure that a letter confirming your kind gift is sent to either you or the next of kin. Thank you for remembering the RNLI at this difficult time.

Skipy


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Subject: RE: Obit: Colin Kemp (Mudcatter Col K)
From: GUEST
Date: 04 Sep 07 - 05:05 AM

I was just getting to know Colin and I'm very sad to hear that we won't be seeing him again. It was a pleasure to serve him in the Moor and Coast tent and I will really miss him being around.

Penny


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Subject: RE: Obit: Colin Kemp (Mudcatter Col K)
From: Titch@Leeds
Date: 04 Sep 07 - 05:40 AM

If there was ever a reason to sign onto Mudcat, this had to be it.

I'll miss you lad.

Marie


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Subject: RE: Obit: Colin Kemp (Mudcatter Col K)
From: mouldy
Date: 04 Sep 07 - 06:02 AM

I am so thankful that on my one and only visit to the Met this year I got to see Col and have a hug.

Yet another good'un gone too soon.
My heart goes out to his mum. No parent should ever have to go through something like this.

Perhaps they needed a Chief Steward for the big festival in the sky, and only the best would do!

Andrea


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Subject: RE: Obit: Colin Kemp (Mudcatter Col K)
From: Splott Man
Date: 04 Sep 07 - 06:46 AM

I'd only known Colin a few years, but it's a measure of the impact he made that this should be such a long and heart-felt thread.

He was a fixture on the festival scene.

I will miss him.


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Subject: RE: Obit: Colin Kemp (Mudcatter Col K)
From: GUEST,Guest Lynda
Date: 04 Sep 07 - 06:50 AM

I was so sad to read of Colin's sudden death. We saw him at the Metropole this year and as usual he was his happy, friendly and encouraging self. A real gent. All our sympathies with his Mum, family and friends. He'll be missed.
Lynda, Maggie and Helen ( Grace Notes)


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Subject: RE: Obit: Colin Kemp (Mudcatter Col K)
From: GUEST,Wyrd Sister
Date: 04 Sep 07 - 06:54 AM

Only just found this thread. Saw Colin briefly in Whitby cos never got to the Met, and thought to myself 'It's OK, I'll catch him later in the year'...

Carpe diem

Night night lad x


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Subject: RE: Obit: Colin Kemp (Mudcatter Col K)
From: GUEST,steve otley
Date: 04 Sep 07 - 08:21 AM

Heard the terrible news at the weekend, our best thoughts go to Colins family, he'll be greatly missed!


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Subject: RE: Obit: Colin Kemp (Mudcatter Col K)
From: Shantyfreak
Date: 04 Sep 07 - 10:16 AM

Since hearing the awful news in the Green Bricks at Hull. I have been unable to fully comprehend this tragic news.
The big guy who I had grown to admire, respect and truly care for is gone.
I have so many memories of Colin. Singing alongside him so often with the Shellbacks, nattering over a glass, walking into a club, a session,a festival and seeing that grin escaping from the beard, watching him as he effortlessly switched his attention from official to folkie to children and getting it just right every time. He was one of the best.
He lived life to the full and helped others to do the same. Let us all remember him and try to emulate him.
Jim


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Subject: RE: Obit: Colin Kemp (Mudcatter Col K)
From: Gillie
Date: 04 Sep 07 - 10:23 AM

Some one mentioned Colin behind our bar. so I've hunted this out also one of Col and Duckling

Col K behind the bar

Col K & Duckling


Love to Col's Mum whom I did meet at one time coming back up from Bridgnorth. Memories of us breaking down and Col K saying cup of tea then and producing a gaz stove, two mugs ect form his boor. We will miss you big man.


Gillie


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Subject: RE: Obit: Colin Kemp (Mudcatter Col K)
From: Schantieman
Date: 04 Sep 07 - 11:35 AM

Found out last night. Couldn't speak. Great guy.

Lots of people have said above everything that I want to say. I'll miss him too. 8,-(

Steve


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Subject: RE: Obit: Colin Kemp (Mudcatter Col K)
From: Ebbie
Date: 04 Sep 07 - 12:17 PM

Wow, Gillie- that photo of Col with the Duckling says it all. I'll bet he is now somebody's Guardian Angel.


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Subject: RE: Obit: Colin Kemp (Mudcatter Col K)
From: GUEST,alcestermarje
Date: 04 Sep 07 - 12:17 PM

I just couldn't take in this sad sad news. Colin was a great man and will be missed very much in the folk world. He was a man you could always rely on to help out when things needed to be done.
My heartfelt sympathy goes out to his mum and family, you have lost a wonderful son and folkies have lost a great friend.
Rest in peace Col.

Marje XX


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Subject: RE: Obit: Colin Kemp (Mudcatter Col K)
From: Big Mick
Date: 04 Sep 07 - 12:49 PM

Ebbie, you beat me to it. I think that is the best picture ever, and it is how I will choose to remember him. It gets the eyes, the demeanor, the size, and the love of this great fella.

We will hear his voice in others.

Mick


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Subject: RE: Obit: Colin Kemp (Mudcatter Col K)
From: Scooby Doo
Date: 04 Sep 07 - 01:20 PM

I can rember him at Banbury making his bed up in that cul de sac of an entrance we all know wherevit is.



He was in the kitchen at Miskin Folk Festival where you always got the hug morning,afternoon or night.


I have now realised the man i found in the cottage was Colin and was thrown out the bunk house because of his snoring while i lit the fires at Miskin he slept through it all.



Colin you ***tard why?


Yasmin.


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Subject: RE: Obit: Colin Kemp (Mudcatter Col K)
From: GUEST,Alan Cox
Date: 04 Sep 07 - 01:45 PM

Working on pre-festival set up at Whitby one job was always fifty chairs (pronounced the Yorkshire way, Cheers)I dont think fifty cheers are enough do you? Colin worked tirelessly for Whitby and many other festivals, as well as 'being there' for all of us. He will be a hard act to follow. Cheers mate, Alan


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Subject: RE: Obit: Colin Kemp (Mudcatter Col K)
From: GUEST,Nikki Hampson
Date: 04 Sep 07 - 02:16 PM

Colin stewarded with us for several years. A Lovely man. Was his same cheery self at Birdsedge and Whitby this year.
Such sad news.
Our thoughts to his family and closest friends.

Nikki and Mac


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Subject: RE: Obit: Colin Kemp (Mudcatter Col K)
From: GUEST,Ian
Date: 04 Sep 07 - 02:18 PM

Two days since I read the news and its still hard to believe. Great man, always lovely company. Nothing was too much trouble and always supportive. I was going to visit him at the metropole and never got there. Wish I had now.
Cheerio old friend.

"the only measure of your words and your deeds is the love you leave behind you when you go"


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Subject: RE: Obit: Colin Kemp (Mudcatter Col K)
From: Tig
Date: 04 Sep 07 - 02:41 PM

In case anyone misses the other thread funeral arrangements are for this Friday at 1pm at Skipton Crem. He died of a heart attack. His mum is still trying to get used to the idea of just how popular he was.

Hugs
Tig


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Subject: RE: Obit: Colin Kemp (Mudcatter Col K)
From: Ebbie
Date: 04 Sep 07 - 02:49 PM

"His mum is still trying to get used to the idea of just how popular he was." Tig

That reminds me of some years back when we lost a beloved young man on a local mountain. His family traveled here from Australia and they were dumbfounded at our grief.

"He was just an ordinary bloke," his mother said.

No, he wasn't. And neither was Col.


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Subject: RE: Obit: Colin Kemp (Mudcatter Col K)
From: Linda Kelly
Date: 04 Sep 07 - 03:48 PM

I agree the picture of Col and duckling Mollie is indeed very special. I have been recalling some wonderful times, not the least Col appearing at Saddleworth just in time to rescue me from a muddy fate he thought it was hilarious! Also at Warwick last year outside the Arts Centre -he had been working all day but still stayed into the wee small hours and sang with Hazel Theresa Brian and a few others-it was priceless and so was he.


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Subject: RE: Obit: Colin Kemp (Mudcatter Col K) 2 Sep 07
From: Chris Green
Date: 04 Sep 07 - 04:06 PM

Just got back from holiday in Sussex to find this. Uncle Col was a true gentleman of folk. I'll certainly miss the old bugger!

Chris


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Subject: RE: Obit: Colin Kemp (Mudcatter Col K)
From: Malc Bedworth
Date: 04 Sep 07 - 04:14 PM

Still stunned after hearing the sad news at Fylde. Just couldn't find the appropriate words to say, and still really can't - a fine, cheerful chap who always had time and consideration for everyone (even if he didn't agree with you!). His loss leaves a massive gap on the folkscene.
At least I managed to share a jar and a chat with him at Whitby.
Our thoughts go especially to his family and all those closest to him.
Malc (and all those connected with Bedworth Festival)


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Subject: RE: Obit: Colin Kemp (Mudcatter Col K)
From: Merek'n'Dary
Date: 04 Sep 07 - 04:41 PM

Banbury Festival will miss him greatly but Derek and I will miss him more! A great friend, always there, reliable, funny, so huggy, solid as a rock and true. Thanks Col for helping make our festival what it is and looking after the artists.

Derek and I thought it strange when he wasn't there when we arrived at Fylde - just knew something must be wrong! We sang "The Outside Track" for him on the beach behind the Marine Hall... He would have liked that.

Yes Noreen, Colin Kemp's Sleeping Area will be there to remember him by at Banbury.

Derek and I will be coming up for the funeral and we will also be bringing Liz Carlile, who is with me as I write.

Thoughts fom Liz: Colin, You gave me many big bear hugs, much kindness and time in my need after Peter's death. I will miss you. Say hello to Peter in the big Folk Festival in the sky.


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Subject: RE: Obit: Colin Kemp (Mudcatter Col K) 2 Sep 07
From: paula t
Date: 04 Sep 07 - 05:18 PM

Hearing this very sad news inspired me to sign up for this forum. I met Colin at a number of folk festivals recently. He was always ready to give a warm welcome and one of his famous hugs. A lovely, lovely man who will be greatly missed.


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Subject: RE: Obit: Colin Kemp (Mudcatter Col K) 2 Sep 07
From: Micca
Date: 04 Sep 07 - 05:40 PM

The picture of " Col and the duckling" was taken by me at about 5.30 in the evening on 18 May 2003 at the Yorkshire gathering at the Black dog


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Subject: RE: Obit: Colin Kemp (Mudcatter Col K) 2 Sep 07
From: GUEST,The black belt caterpillar wrestler
Date: 04 Sep 07 - 05:42 PM

He was just one of those people who you only had to meet to be a friend.
Just makes me think of the song "I'm always glad to see a mon like thee" which I'm sure he and I have listened to together at Limbrick.

Robn Madge (and on behalf of Anne as well)


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Subject: RE: Obit: Colin Kemp (Mudcatter Col K) 2 Sep 07
From: GUEST,Nancy H
Date: 04 Sep 07 - 06:26 PM

I am in total shock, having only just heard the awful news. I would wish to associate myself with all the remarks made so far. Colin always gave the impression that he was having a good time, but also that to see YOU, personally, was the one thing that was needed to make it perfect.

I last saw Colin on the final night of Whitby - during the final concert at the Met I received some bad news and Col, without question or hesitation, simply walked up and quietly enveloped me in one of those safe, loving, reassuring hugs that have been mentioned so feelingly. A hug from Colin was always an experience to be enjoyed, whether consolatory or exuberant; he had an 'all-overish' quality in everything. To stand in the cool of the Met doorway, tucked under one of those slightly sweaty arms, and giggling helplessly at another outrageous remark, was a good place to be.

He was the last person we said goodnight to before leaving the Spa and his final words were, 'See you at a festival somewhere'.

Sadly not, and the world is a smaller place tonight. I raise a glass of good Islay whisky, and wish you safe home, my darling.

x Nancy (and Sam)


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Subject: RE: Obit: Colin Kemp (Mudcatter Col K) 2 Sep 07
From: GUEST,Martin Grainger
Date: 04 Sep 07 - 06:46 PM

Haven't known Colin long, but was always glad to see him at Warwick, I was always sure of the help and support I needed at times as a new A/D. I also enjoyed his company before, during and after the event.

He will be greatly missed by all and I wish his family and friends well at this difficult time.

Only the good die young.

Will miss you Col.


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Subject: RE: Obit: Colin Kemp (Mudcatter Col K) 2 Sep 07
From: Ebbie
Date: 04 Sep 07 - 07:26 PM

Micca. that was a great shot. Congratulations. His expression and stance and his eyes - oh, his eyes - say so much. There is good reason for why so many people recount that they felt safe with him.


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Subject: RE: Obit: Colin Kemp (Mudcatter Col K) 2 Sep 07
From: Noreen
Date: 04 Sep 07 - 07:41 PM

Take me to some high place of heather, rock and ling
Scatter my dust and ashes, feed me to the wind
So that I will be part of all you see, the air you are breathing
I'll be part of the curlew's cry and the soaring hawk
The blue milkwort and the sundew hung with diamonds
I'll be riding the gentle wind that blows through your hair
Reminding you how we shared
In the joy of living


Ewan MacColl


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Subject: RE: Obit: Colin Kemp (Mudcatter Col K) 2 Sep 07
From: GUEST,covencat
Date: 04 Sep 07 - 08:01 PM

A big hug for a big man. he'll be sorely missed.Love and condolences to his mum.


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Subject: RE: Obit: Colin Kemp (Mudcatter Col K) 2 Sep 07
From: Dave Earl
Date: 05 Sep 07 - 03:03 AM

Yes Noreen when Shellback Fleece was mentioned I guessed as much.

Dave


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Subject: RE: Obit: Colin Kemp (Mudcatter Col K) 2 Sep 07
From: Dave Earl
Date: 05 Sep 07 - 03:05 AM

Whoops wrong Thread.

Intended for the funeral arrangement thread.

Dave


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Subject: RE: Obit: Colin Kemp (Mudcatter Col K) 2 Sep 07
From: Geoff the Duck
Date: 05 Sep 07 - 03:26 AM

Although the Funeral Arrangements thread has been mentioned, nobody appears to have put a link to it yet, so I wil do so here.


Funeral Arrangements - Colin Kemp

Thanks for the picture of Col and little Molly. It's lovely.
Quack!
Geoff.


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Subject: RE: Obit: Colin Kemp (Mudcatter Col K) 2 Sep 07
From: Red and White Rabbit
Date: 05 Sep 07 - 04:24 AM

just got a text about this

cant believe it - Col you were always there for me when I needed hugs and advice - you were always there for me and Jess with hugs kisses and smiles wherever we met up and I will miss our daily hugs and chats at Whitby Folk week

I cant believe your gone mate - RIP


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Subject: RE: Obit: Colin Kemp (Mudcatter Col K) 2 Sep 07
From: MBSLynne
Date: 05 Sep 07 - 05:39 AM

Micca, that photo is so beautiful It really encapsulates Colin. I have it in my mind and it will be the way I remember Col, though my eyes are filling up again as I type this....

Love Lynne


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Subject: RE: Obit: Colin Kemp (Mudcatter Col K) 2 Sep 07
From: GUEST,Jeff Parton & Liz Holland
Date: 05 Sep 07 - 05:52 AM

Don't know what to say. It has all been said and we agree with every word. A lovely man and we will miss him. Unfortunately we will not be able to make the funeral but we will be thinking of him.


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Subject: RE: Obit: Colin Kemp (Mudcatter Col K) 2 Sep 07
From: GUEST,His Worship and the Pig
Date: 05 Sep 07 - 05:57 AM

It's the match that can't be argued, it's the joke that can't be shared
The quiet conversations though you know nobody's there
A hunger food won't satisfy, a wound that can't be healed
A past that's not forgotten and a future not revealed

Come raise your glass and drink to absent friends
As the door behind us closes and another day begins
Think on the ones we've loved and lost who'll never come again
Come raise your glass and drink to absent friends

Here's to you Col!
Jeff & Dave


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Subject: RE: Obit: Colin Kemp (Mudcatter Col K) 2 Sep 07
From: CJF
Date: 05 Sep 07 - 06:08 AM

We are greatly saddened by the news of Colin's untimely death. We will miss his light-hearted but common-sense approach as he stewarded our Shows at festivals around the country. We will especially remember his help at Warwick a few years ago when the "yoof" got a bit out of hand and one of them attempted to participate in the event - one look at Colin and he fled! (we knew that Colin wouldn't stuff a burning torch in an appropriate place - he didn't!) We also enjoyed his company on the camp sites, and in the food tents, and in the bar, and at the informal and the formal singing sessions...

"The soul that cannot endure the fire and smoke will not find the secret..."

We believe that Colin found the secret.

CJF
for
Mr. Fox


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Subject: RE: Obit: Colin Kemp (Mudcatter Col K) 2 Sep 07
From: Moses
Date: 05 Sep 07 - 07:02 AM

Sadly I didn't get to know Col very well - he was just that nice, cuddly-looking big fella who seemed to be at most of the festivals that I went to.

Really sorry to hear the news. My condolences to his friends and family.

Christine


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Subject: RE: Obit: Colin Kemp (Mudcatter Col K) 2 Sep 07
From: GUEST,greygoose
Date: 05 Sep 07 - 08:44 AM

I will miss those hugs you gave out. you where there larger than life. I will remember you and the advice you gave. rest in peace my friend.


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Subject: RE: Obit: Colin Kemp (Mudcatter Col K) 2 Sep 07
From: brian retired copper kettle
Date: 05 Sep 07 - 09:42 AM

Deepest sympathy to Colin's family and friends. Only just found out. Michael rang me today with the sad news. Sorry can't attend funeral
my thoughts are with him and everyone touched by the great man.


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Subject: RE: Obit: Colin Kemp (Mudcatter Col K) 2 Sep 07
From: Schantieman
Date: 05 Sep 07 - 11:01 AM

Noreen - that's such an appropriate and lovely verse. It made me cry again, and it probably will next time I hear somone sing it.

Steve


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Subject: RE: Obit: Colin Kemp (Mudcatter Col K) 2 Sep 07
From: Noreen
Date: 05 Sep 07 - 11:14 AM

Steve, hugs for you for posting that.

Joy of Living is one song I would really love to be able to sing on suitable occasions, but I can never hear it or even read the words without filling up.


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Subject: RE: Obit: Colin Kemp (Mudcatter Col K) 2 Sep 07
From: GUEST,Bob Ryszkiewicz
Date: 05 Sep 07 - 11:22 AM

Colin: Rest in Peace...


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Subject: RE: Obit: Colin Kemp (Mudcatter Col K) 2 Sep 07
From: sian, west wales
Date: 05 Sep 07 - 01:02 PM

I've been away and just seen this. I am completely shocked, and can't add anything to what has been said. He was all that is kind and gracious.

Au revoir, Col.

sian


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Subject: RE: Obit: Colin Kemp (Mudcatter Col K) 2 Sep 07
From: squirrelnutkin
Date: 05 Sep 07 - 01:09 PM

rest in peace colin from josh.

I've had the pleasure of stewarding with Colin at the Metropole at Whitby for the last 9 years or so. He will be sadly missed by all of the team and by the folk community at large. I trust the funeral will be a chance for some of his many friends to celebrate a great man and mark his passing.

Steph xx


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Subject: RE: Obit: Colin Kemp (Mudcatter Col K) 2 Sep 07
From: GUEST,Jean Zagorski
Date: 06 Sep 07 - 04:39 AM

I shall sincerely miss my good friend Big Colin. As a steward at a venue with him, I could always rely on his presence to see off any trouble at the door. He always gave me a hug and a kiss whenever we met at a festival. I offer my condolences to his family.
Goodnight and God Bless you my Dear Friend X


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Subject: RE: Obit: Colin Kemp (Mudcatter Col K) 2 Sep 07
From: GUEST,all at musicport
Date: 06 Sep 07 - 08:59 AM

we'll miss you Colin....always reliable, always helpful, aways funny

I can't help but think you might already be manning those pearl gates.......

Jim, Sue & everyone


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Subject: RE: Obit: Colin Kemp (Mudcatter Col K) 2 Sep 07
From: Amazing!
Date: 06 Sep 07 - 05:56 PM

We will miss you Colin buddy. When we got to a festival you would be waiting with a big hug and a joke and an amazing laugh.
You are such a part of so many festivals we will never forget you.
Lots of love
Grace


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Subject: RE: Obit: Colin Kemp (Mudcatter Col K) 2 Sep 07
From: Nemesis
Date: 06 Sep 07 - 05:58 PM

Omigod ..

Col .. not here, but there ...

A big-hearted friend,
Hugs to all his friends and family - I'm so sorry
Nem
xx


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Subject: RE: Obit: Colin Kemp (Mudcatter Col K) 2 Sep 07
From: Carly
Date: 06 Sep 07 - 07:06 PM

I just heard...this is so sad..I met Col when he first came to the Getaway, and so I only spent a short time altogether with him. But when we met, I knew we had been friends always, and I always looked forward to seeing him again...One of the great-hearted of this world is gone. My condolences to his family and his many friends.

Carly Gewirz


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Subject: RE: Obit: Colin Kemp (Mudcatter Col K) 2 Sep 07
From: Micca
Date: 06 Sep 07 - 09:11 PM

I have sorted out some of the pix I took that included Colin over several years and the can be seen here at The late Colin Kemp (ColK)


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Subject: RE: Obit: Colin Kemp (Mudcatter Col K) 2 Sep 07
From: Sorcha
Date: 06 Sep 07 - 10:40 PM

4, almost 5 days now and I'm still having trouble really believing it.


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Subject: RE: Obit: Colin Kemp (Mudcatter Col K) 2 Sep 07
From: GUEST,MikeB
Date: 07 Sep 07 - 02:31 AM

I've only just heard (via a friend on another message board).

RIP Colin, you'll be missed sorely. Your hugs were a thing of legend and brought comfort to many people over the years.

I know you're at the bar up there, smiling and singing and when we meet again, the first round's on me.


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Subject: RE: Obit: Colin Kemp (Mudcatter Col K) 2 Sep 07
From: Pistachio
Date: 07 Sep 07 - 04:30 AM

Wonderful pics Micca, happy memories.
Hazel.


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Subject: RE: Obit: Colin Kemp (Mudcatter Col K) 2 Sep 07
From: GUEST,Cats at Work
Date: 07 Sep 07 - 05:08 AM

I have been asked to share this with you. When I heard the news I went out into my garden as the sun was setting over the moors in a glorious golden halo, sat under my huge ash tree [the world tree of the ancients] and sang the 'Lament For the Oaks' ~ the farewell song from Heligan for Colin. I hope a fitting tribute to a dear friend.


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Subject: RE: Obit: Colin Kemp (Mudcatter Col K) 2 Sep 07
From: John MacKenzie
Date: 07 Sep 07 - 05:20 AM

Great pics Micca, spooky looking at the one of you with Colin and Dave Bryant behind you.
Giok.


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Subject: RE: Obit: Colin Kemp (Mudcatter Col K) 2 Sep 07
From: s&r
Date: 07 Sep 07 - 05:24 AM

Fylde PD collection is being donated to RNLI in Colin's name. £175.00

Stu


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Subject: RE: Obit: Colin Kemp (Mudcatter Col K) 2 Sep 07
From: folk1e
Date: 07 Sep 07 - 10:01 AM

All done ..... bar the singing now!


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Subject: RE: Obit: Colin Kemp (Mudcatter Col K) 2 Sep 07
From: vectis
Date: 07 Sep 07 - 10:14 AM

Sat in the garden and said a little prayer for him at 1pm.
Turrah Mate


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Subject: RE: Obit: Colin Kemp (Mudcatter Col K) 2 Sep 07
From: Splott Man
Date: 07 Sep 07 - 10:57 AM

I had Micca's slide show running on my second screen throughout lunchtime.

Lots of kind thoughts from colleagues.

Now I want to hear you lot singing from down yer!


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Subject: RE: Obit: Colin Kemp (Mudcatter Col K) 2 Sep 07
From: GUEST,sue hall
Date: 07 Sep 07 - 01:13 PM

What a shock when I heard! I knew Colin from stewarding at Whitby and he always had a big smile and a hug for me when we met to sign in.
Goodbye Colin, you will be very much missed.
Sue.


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Subject: RE: Obit: Colin Kemp (Mudcatter Col K) 2 Sep 07
From: Menolly
Date: 07 Sep 07 - 01:26 PM

There were more than 140 of us at the funeral. The Chapel at the crematorium, designed to hold about 70 had people all round the walls,Shellbacks standing in a group on the dias at the frount and one or two people who could not get through the door. The minister said afterwards, he had never heard such singing and what were we all doing on Sunday! Colin's Mum seemed bemused by the crowds but smiled to find her son so loved. The Jacobs Join at the reception was splendid and the singing of the expected high standard. Unfortunately we could not stay very long as we had to put the Hatter (my son) on a train back home to Edinburgh.

Gillian


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Subject: RE: Obit: Colin Kemp (Mudcatter Col K) 2 Sep 07
From: Micca
Date: 07 Sep 07 - 02:38 PM

I have just added a few more pix I missed when I put the Flickr collection together, If I find more I will add them later


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Subject: RE: Obit: Colin Kemp (Mudcatter Col K) 2 Sep 07
From: GUEST,rock chick
Date: 07 Sep 07 - 03:41 PM

sorry hit the wrong key just then. I was thinking about colin at 1pm today and said goodbye in my own way as i could not be there.

shelagh


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Subject: RE: Obit: Colin Kemp (Mudcatter Col K) 2 Sep 07
From: GUEST,Guest, Kate and Richard
Date: 07 Sep 07 - 03:52 PM

We just caught the local news (Yorkshire) before we left for the funeral. There was a brief item saying that the new lifeboat house inWhitby was formally being opened and a new inshore lifeboat named this afternoon. Is this synchronistic or what. Details

http://www.whitbygazette.co.uk/news/Duchess-of-Kent-opens-Whitby.3185497.jp


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Subject: RE: Obit: Colin Kemp (Mudcatter Col K) 2 Sep 07
From: Pistachio
Date: 07 Sep 07 - 03:52 PM

Home safe, and so glad I was able to join the resounding voices as Col went on his way.

It was said on a previous post, and I thought of it last Sunday when I heard the news ..

'the only measure of your words and your deeds
will be the love you leave behind when your done'

Rest easy Colin, and know you were well loved.

Hazel. x x


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Subject: RE: Obit: Colin Kemp (Mudcatter Col K) 2 Sep 07
From: GUEST,Bob & Pam
Date: 07 Sep 07 - 06:26 PM

What a character! Who's going to greet us now when we arrive at the various Fests? Spoke to his mum at the 'WAKE' and she said she had been thinking of a rather smaller occasion, and was not going to attend the slightly bigger 'VENUE'. In the event she was so pleased to see so many people celebrating his life with song, and rest assured it will stand her in good stead in the future knowing that the huge crowd who attended was only a small group compared to the number of people whose lives he had touched.

RIP Col


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Subject: RE: Obit: Colin Kemp (Mudcatter Col K) 2 Sep 07
From: Emma B
Date: 07 Sep 07 - 06:37 PM

On behalf of Eileen, Maurice and Theresa: Thank you everyone who attended and helped to make this such a demonstration of how much Colin was apppreciated.
The Lifeboat fund at the wake raised £215 in cash: further donations are yet to be received.

On my own behalf may I thank the people mentioned above for providing a wonderful "send-off" and hospitality.


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Subject: RE: Obit: Colin Kemp (Mudcatter Col K) 2 Sep 07
From: Sooz
Date: 08 Sep 07 - 03:48 AM

Wherever it is he's gone to
I hope that he will find
A proper sort of Gardener of the Mr Harding Kind


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Subject: RE: Obit: Colin Kemp (Mudcatter Col K) 2 Sep 07
From: flaj
Date: 08 Sep 07 - 04:19 PM

I first met Col in 2002 at Whitby the year after I had covered for him at his Metropole Venue in 2001 when he was missing for some reason. I got to know him better in subsequent years and at other festivals including Warwick and wonder who will be big enough to fill the many empty spaces he has left.

Hope you've gone to a better festival now big lad!

Flaj.


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Subject: RE: Obit: Colin Kemp (Mudcatter Col K) 2 Sep 07
From: GUEST,Mike-Halifax uk
Date: 08 Sep 07 - 05:17 PM

Earth's loss and heavens gain. A true gentle-man in every sense of the word. Sadly missed.
Mike


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Subject: RE: Obit: Colin Kemp (Mudcatter Col K) 2 Sep 07
From: GUEST,GeordieCarole
Date: 09 Sep 07 - 02:31 PM

He'll be missed all over the folk world and beyond but he stays with us if we keep his memory alive - and we will.


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Subject: RE: Obit: Colin Kemp (Mudcatter Col K) 2 Sep 07
From: Verna
Date: 09 Sep 07 - 03:14 PM

Arived back in Ireland safe and sound although late!

So glad that I came over for Colin, just as he always came over here for us.

Prayers said for him at mass today by neighbours and friends here and late his afternoon they brought around a rose tree to be planted in his memory. (Lovely people here in this valley)

Really delighted to have been able to see so many of Colins friends and ours and only wish it had been under better circumstances.

Thank you Bob & Sue and Eileen & Maurice for your hospitality.

Memories will never fade

Verna


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Subject: RE: Obit: Colin Kemp (Mudcatter Col K) 2 Sep 07
From: Roughyed
Date: 09 Sep 07 - 05:45 PM

I've just got back from two weeks away from the Mudcat on holiday and then in London and am devastated to hear the news and to have missed the funeral. Colin helped me so much ten years ago when I was organising stewards for the first couple of Saddleworth festivals. His steady common sense was an absolute rock and it was always such a joy to bump into him at subsequent festivals.

I don't know how he managed to feel like a dad to me when he was only four years older, but he did. You don't know what the meaning of anyone's life is until they have gone but now Colin's is clear - you only have to read the postings above. What a wonderful man!

Love from Es and Chris until we meet again


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Subject: RE: Obit: Colin Kemp (Mudcatter Col K) 2 Sep 07
From: Abuwood
Date: 10 Sep 07 - 02:02 AM

See funeral thread for origins .....


Colin's Funeral Song

We set off early morning on a clear and sunny day
We 'ad to go to Yarmouth, so we knew we could not stay.
So driving down I wrote this for a very special gent,
So if you couldn't be there you could 'ear just 'ow it went.

They came from near they came from far,
They filled up every pew,
She knew 'e was a steward,
But 'is mother never knew how much this Yorkshire lad was loved,
From Brighton to Dundee.
And they took a lot of food with them so they could 'ave their tea.

Some they came by train or plane,
Some they came by car,
Some met up at the Rhubarb, so they could 'ave a jar.
Then shared lifts together, so they would not be late
But the car park was so full they 'ad to park outside the gate!

The funeral directors came close to stand and stare,
The vicar said he's never heard such singing like that there,
They sang so loud, they sang so clear they, made the rafters ring!
And 'e asked us were we free on Sunday – at his church to sing?

There was a bit of crying, but the tissues they was shared,
And lots and lots of hugging, as we all showed we cared.
We loved 'im and we'll miss 'im, but life it still goes on.
And we will all remember 'im when we join in this song.


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Subject: RE: Obit: Colin Kemp (Mudcatter Col K) 2 Sep 07
From: Michael
Date: 10 Sep 07 - 08:21 AM

It occured to me that perhaps it would be good if somebody who knew Colin better than I did could submit an obituary to The Guardian's Other Lives (obits for 'non-famous people')

http://www.guardian.co.uk/otherlives

Mike


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Subject: RE: Obit: Colin Kemp (Mudcatter Col K) 2 Sep 07
From: Liz the Squeak
Date: 10 Sep 07 - 08:28 AM

There's a 'Lives Remembered' section in the EFDSS magazine that might benefit from an entry too.

LTS


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Subject: RE: Obit: Colin Kemp (Mudcatter Col K) 2 Sep 07
From: Raggytash
Date: 10 Sep 07 - 08:32 AM

Only found out from Abuwood on Friday evening down at Yarmouth, both Wombat and myself are very shocked and saddened to lose such a good bloke as Colin. I cannot think of anything to add to the wonderful tributes already written here. Suffice to say we will both miss him, he truly was a gentleman in every sense of the word.

Raggytash


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Subject: RE: Obit: Colin Kemp (Mudcatter Col K) 2 Sep 07
From: Schantieman
Date: 10 Sep 07 - 08:34 AM

Brilliant, Alison!

:-)

Steve


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Subject: RE: Obit: Colin Kemp (Mudcatter Col K) 2 Sep 07
From: GUEST,whitby elaine
Date: 10 Sep 07 - 12:13 PM

Colin and I go back a long way, probably more than 30 years, he used to turn up at The Mytholmroyd Dances and help to put out the chairs and tables. He made friends with my children and they still remember him.

Our paths have crossed over the years, he's always been a great support and good friend. In more recent years we have worked together as part of the stewarding team at Whitby, this year he was finally given a Team Leader badge, something he had been joking about for years and which had never happened.(See Bekka's photo)
During the week we shared a meal together and had our daily business meeting, these times I will treasure along with the big hug he gave me on the Friday night. He'd had a great week.

I will miss him at lots of different places and feel enriched by his friendship. A sad loss.
Elaine


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Subject: RE: Obit: Colin Kemp (Mudcatter Col K) 2 Sep 07
From: KeithWright
Date: 30 Sep 07 - 08:06 AM

Its just over a week since Colin's mum phoned Ruth (my wife) and me with the news. She had only just found his address book. Writing about Col is hard. We met sometime in late 1968 (Nov pos) at Alsager College. Col had just started I had been there a year. Half way through his first year he had joined me and the crew running the college folk club. In 1982 we did a job swop - he was my best man in May I was his in August. We are going to miss getting home from work to find his sat outside our home waiting for for a coffee and my annual folk festival visit to Alcester wil be tinged with sadness. One last bit of information I think Col went to his first fesival at Whitby in 1975.


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Subject: RE: Obit: Colin Kemp (Mudcatter Col K) 2 Sep 07
From: Ruth Archer
Date: 24 Jun 08 - 07:13 AM

To compensate for the crass spam that has brought this thread back up to the top, I'd like to say that i was thinking about Colin the other day.

I was making elderflower cordial, in preparation for the next stage which is elderflower and lemon vodka. The last time I made this was a few years ago. I brought it to Warwick and I remember sharing it with Colin and some of his team. I'll never forget his reaction...

"That's bloody awful!" he grimaced. I found myself laughing as I was making it. Cheers, Col.


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Subject: RE: Obit: Colin Kemp (Mudcatter Col K) 2 Sep 07
From: nutty
Date: 24 Jun 08 - 07:49 AM

I'm sure that Col will be in the thoughts of lots of people as they find that he is missing from certain festivals. I know I shall be saddened not to see him. No hugs either.


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Subject: RE: Obit: Colin Kemp (Mudcatter Col K) 2 Sep 07
From: Tig
Date: 24 Jun 08 - 09:14 AM

Don't know who thought it was good to crash this thread but I thought people (like me) who reopened it would like an update.

His Mum has coped well. She's taken herself off to Whitby for the week as she has done since Col was small. We got a postcard from her this morning. His house is now on the market and she's got through a lot of the bags etc which came from there - but not all :-) She still talks about the fact he had so many unknown (to her)friends on the folk circuit and is pleased he was so well loved.

I 'rehomed' all but an odd one of the 'Col K permahugs'. The Shellback Sweatshirt she gave me last time we were over is going to America with Micca to be included in the Getaway Silent Auction where it will raise money for a good cause. Thanks to all who wanted one.

He is missed an awful lot by many people (including me) for himself - let alone by a lot of festival organisers. However he's still 'there' as when we need him past conversations/situations come to mind and it helps solve the problems.

Love and hugs
Tig
xxx


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Subject: RE: Obit: Colin Kemp (Mudcatter Col K) 2 Sep 07
From: Snuffy
Date: 24 Jun 08 - 09:34 AM

The Shellbacks sang the Farewell Shanty for Colin and the Alcester Firemen in our concert on Sunday.


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Subject: RE: Obit: Colin Kemp (Mudcatter Col K) 2 Sep 07
From: GUEST,aeola
Date: 24 Jun 08 - 05:28 PM

Well Warwick's coming up , he will certainly be missed there!


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Subject: RE: Obit: Colin Kemp (Mudcatter Col K) 2 Sep 07
From: KeithWright
Date: 25 Jun 08 - 04:18 PM

Hope my spelling is better this time. If you visit Friends Reunited go Alsager College of Education Photos. It is Colin on the right - notice he has a bear in his hand


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Subject: RE: Obit: Colin Kemp (Mudcatter Col K) 2 Sep 07
From: Pistachio
Date: 27 Jun 08 - 06:21 PM

Is that a beer or a bear Keith?
He hugged like a cuddly bear and I've got an idea brewing for Warwick where I first met the gentle giant.

Must get that photo of Col 'rescuing Linda Kelly at Saddleworth' out and on the scanner!

Happy memories.
Hazel.


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Subject: RE: Obit: Colin Kemp (Mudcatter Col K) 2 Sep 07
From: Alio
Date: 27 Jun 08 - 07:04 PM

On Saturday afternoon, during the break in the Wars of the Roses event, there'll be a concert by the Shellbacks which is in memory / a celebration of Colin. He came to every festival, and I just can't imagine this year without him there.

Ali x


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Subject: RE: Obit: Colin Kemp (Mudcatter Col K) 2 Sep 07
From: Alio
Date: 27 Jun 08 - 07:05 PM

PS Sorry, I should have said that the event is at Saddleworth Folk Festival!!!


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Subject: RE: Obit: Colin Kemp (Mudcatter Col K) 2 Sep 07
From: r.padgett
Date: 28 Jun 08 - 03:43 AM

Yes I will miss him too

he was at very many of the festivals I attend and he always had time to chat

Nice thought for Saddleworth ff ~ Alio!

Warwick ff he will be irreplaceable! so much work put into the nuts and bolts of the festivals he worked at stewarding, which were many!!

Ray


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Subject: RE: Obit: Colin Kemp (Mudcatter Col K) 2 Sep 07
From: Scooby Doo
Date: 28 Jun 08 - 04:21 AM

I know he isn't about but i still look for him at festivals.
Scooby


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Subject: RE: Obit: Colin Kemp (Mudcatter Col K) 2 Sep 07
From: Fran
Date: 28 Jun 08 - 10:17 AM

Me too Scooby.


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Subject: RE: Obit: Colin Kemp (Mudcatter Col K) 2 Sep 07
From: Abuwood
Date: 30 Jun 08 - 02:13 PM

I heard a lovely story while at the Wirral festival about stewards in the Green room at Banbury. They kept leaving the place in a mess, but finding it tidied up in the morning - something Colin would always do.. They said it was him coming back to help out...


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Subject: RE: Obit: Colin Kemp (Mudcatter Col K) 2 Sep 07
From: Scooby Doo
Date: 30 Jun 08 - 02:34 PM

I could believe that Abuwood.As we have all said before Col K was everywhere.


Scooby


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Subject: RE: Obit: Colin Kemp (Mudcatter Col K) 2 Sep 07
From: GUEST,Zoe from Nottingham
Date: 16 Jul 09 - 03:43 PM

I'm sorry its taken me a while to get to write this but here it is... How sad I was when I heard the news that Colin had passed away.

The sadness felt was as though he was a member of my own family. He always had a big hug and a smile for me at the many Festivals I've been to and took part in over the last 20 years.

So very missed by all.

Zoe x


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Subject: RE: Obit: Colin Kemp (Mudcatter Col K) 2 Sep 07
From: GUEST,GUEST, Catherine
Date: 27 Aug 09 - 06:03 PM

It's taken me sometime to actually write this. But as the 2nd anniversay is coming up in a few days I just felt the need to say that when I read this thread 2 yrs ago with tears running down my face I also felt a sense of happiness that Colin was obviously loved by so many friends. I'm so glad that he found his niche in life and that he had you all and that he loved what he was doing.
I was at the funeral and the sheer numbers of people there came as a big shock to me and made me realise that he had a whole new life that I was never a part of. Inevitably his death opened up a whole can of very emotional and mixed memories for me that I thought were buried a long time ago. It's been difficult at times to cope with all this but with help and support from some very special people I'm getting there. Most of you don't know me, but may guess who I am, Keith's is the only name I recognise (yes May & Aug 1982), but I'd like to send thanks to all you special people who knew and loved Colin. I'll be thinking about him especially on Monday..cheers Colin and sorry I stopped being a part of your life..


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Subject: Col K (Colin Kemp) 31 Aug 2007
From: Zany Mouse
Date: 30 Aug 09 - 07:02 PM

It still hurts to think that Col left us 2 years ago. I hope he's having fun stewarding all the folkie events "up there".

Blessings
Rhiannon


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Subject: RE: Col K (Colin Kemp) 31 Aug 2007
From: Peace
Date: 31 Aug 09 - 01:00 AM

Ditto that, Rhiannon.


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Subject: RE: Col K (Colin Kemp) 31 Aug 2007
From: GUEST,Jerry O'Reilly
Date: 31 Aug 09 - 01:05 AM

And from me too! I cant walk into The Metropole in Whitby without hearing his voice. "Hello Jerry"


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Subject: RE: Col K (Colin Kemp) 31 Aug 2007
From: Little Robyn
Date: 31 Aug 09 - 01:38 AM

I was thinking that's a short year - then I realized, it's 2 years!
Unbelieveable!
Robyn


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Subject: RE: Col K (Colin Kemp) 31 Aug 2007
From: Broadside Man
Date: 31 Aug 09 - 03:58 AM

Funny i was thinking of him the other day.

Can't believe it's been two years.

Geoff


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Subject: RE: Col K (Colin Kemp) 31 Aug 2007
From: Linda Kelly
Date: 31 Aug 09 - 04:08 AM

Nice one Rhiannon, we had a meal with Col the week before at Whitby Folk Festival -it is still a shock to think he has gone.


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Subject: RE: Col K (Colin Kemp) 31 Aug 2007
From: Captain Farrell
Date: 31 Aug 09 - 06:16 AM

Helped me out a great deal always willing to help at Saddleworth.
Great memories of Dartmoor festival so nice to see a familiar face so far away from home.


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Subject: RE: Col K (Colin Kemp) 31 Aug 2007
From: GUEST
Date: 31 Aug 09 - 10:36 AM

Still missing Col around very much I was delighted when I went in the Met during Folk Week to see the memorial they have on the wall. The photos on it reminded me of many good times.


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Subject: RE: Col K (Colin Kemp) 31 Aug 2007
From: My guru always said
Date: 01 Sep 09 - 08:15 AM

Am so glad I've still got one of Col's Hugs *grin* Often think of Col!


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Subject: RE: Obit: Colin Kemp (Mudcatter Col K) 2 Sep 07
From: Pistachio
Date: 07 Sep 09 - 12:56 PM

As in 2007, Linda and I sang 'Sweet Minerva' in the Minerva at the Hull 'Sea Fever' Festival this weekend then stepped outside and remembered Colin.
His was the last name to be read out on the Shellback Roll of Remembrance as they sang the Farewell Shanty in Ruscadors.

Happy Memories.

Catherine, Be happy you knew him. I know I am one of many who is!
Hazel.x


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Subject: RE: Obit: Colin Kemp (Mudcatter Col K) 2 Sep 07
From: Linda Kelly
Date: 07 Sep 09 - 02:52 PM

Never forgotten.


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Subject: RE: Obit: Colin Kemp (Mudcatter Col K) 2 Sep 07
From: nutty
Date: 07 Sep 09 - 05:03 PM

The memories linger on. Colin has been mentioned and remembered at so many folk gatherings. We still really miss him.


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Subject: RE: Obit: Colin Kemp (Mudcatter Col K) 2 Sep 07
From: sapper82
Date: 08 Sep 09 - 06:33 AM

Glad I'm not the only one who is still finding the loss hard to get used to.

A unique person in many ways.


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