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Obit: John Wright (UK, Feb 2008)

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Subject: Obit: John Wright (UK)
From: muppitz
Date: 08 Feb 08 - 08:03 AM

Just passing on the devestating news that John Wright, who for the past decade or more has lead many incarnations of the John Wright Band, has passed away. I afraid I have no details though.
John has been a friend of mine through virtually all of that decade and I am struggling to believe the news. A great singer has been taken before he should have been in my opinion.
My most heartfelt condolances go to Barbara and John's family.

muppitz
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Subject: RE: Obit: John Wright (UK)
From: BusyBee Paul
Date: 08 Feb 08 - 08:18 AM

I'm speechless and very sad.

Condolences to all.

Deirdre


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Subject: RE: Obit: John Wright (UK)
From: The Villan
Date: 08 Feb 08 - 08:23 AM

I was shocked.
I was only communicating with Linda Kelly last night about going to see the band at Cottingham Live.

My condolensces to all

Les Worrall


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Subject: RE: Obit: John Wright (UK)
From: elmo 1
Date: 08 Feb 08 - 09:38 AM

sad news the folk club in the sky is geting very full


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Subject: RE: Obit: John Wright (UK)
From: Pistachio
Date: 08 Feb 08 - 09:41 AM

Linda just called me with the sad news.
May I add my condolences.
Gone too soon.
H.


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Subject: RE: Obit: John Wright (UK)
From: Folkiedave
Date: 08 Feb 08 - 10:31 AM

How awful. Condolences.

Dave


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Subject: RE: Obit: John Wright (UK)
From: MoorleyMan
Date: 08 Feb 08 - 10:33 AM

My - I am speechless. This is catastrophic.
Another very very great loss.
And I was only in email contact with Barbara the other day...
I just can't believe it.
My deepest condolences to Barbara and family.


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Subject: RE: Obit: John Wright (UK)
From: KeithofChester
Date: 08 Feb 08 - 10:43 AM

I've never gone out of my way to rush to a John Wright Band gig, but I always quite enjoyed the occasional sets I caught at festivals.

Very sad news.


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Subject: RE: Obit: John Wright (UK)
From: GUEST
Date: 08 Feb 08 - 11:07 AM

Oh no, I can't beleive it..last time I saw him he looked so well. Condolences to Barbara and family.

A great loss
Gillie


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Subject: RE: Obit: John Wright (UK)
From: goatfell
Date: 08 Feb 08 - 11:32 AM

very sad


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Subject: RE: Obit: John Wright (UK)
From: GUEST,Sandra
Date: 08 Feb 08 - 11:38 AM

I am so very sad to hear this terribly news. Such a lovely man. Condolences to Barbara and family.

from all the Shrewsbury FF team


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Subject: RE: Obit: John Wright (UK)
From: silly trousers
Date: 08 Feb 08 - 11:46 AM

just heard the very sad news ,cant get my head round it .john s been a great friend even though we did nt see each other often ,   our thoughts are with barbara and johns family .


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Subject: RE: Obit: John Wright (UK)
From: GUEST,PMB
Date: 08 Feb 08 - 11:59 AM

Is this the John Wright of Jew's Harp fame?


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Subject: RE: Obit: John Wright (UK)
From: Andy Jackson
Date: 08 Feb 08 - 12:33 PM

How very sad. I only caught him and the band a few times but he made a great impression on me.

Andy


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Subject: RE: Obit: John Wright (UK)
From: Brian Peters
Date: 08 Feb 08 - 12:40 PM

>> Is this the John Wright of Jew's Harp fame? <<

I think you mean Michael Wright.

Terrible news about John.


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Subject: RE: Obit: John Wright (UK)
From: DebC
Date: 08 Feb 08 - 12:56 PM

Yes it is. I saw him along with Benji Kirkpatrick and Seth Lakeman in Leeds a few years ago. Great show.

He will be missed.

Debra Cowan
www.DebraCowan.com


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Subject: RE: Obit: John Wright (UK)
From: The Sandman
Date: 08 Feb 08 - 01:03 PM

John Wright from Lowestoft?
jesus,I stayed in his house mid 1980s,and he was considering going full time, asking my advice.
I cant believe it.Dick Miles


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Subject: RE: Obit: John Wright (UK, Feb 2008)
From: sapper82
Date: 08 Feb 08 - 01:53 PM

Oh Bugger!
Not my taste for a full set, but the odd part set I caught I enjoyed. He will obviously be missed by many.
Sympathy and condolences to his family.


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Subject: RE: Obit: John Wright (UK, Feb 2008)
From: Lenny's mum
Date: 08 Feb 08 - 02:00 PM

What a shock, I can't believe that John Wright has gone. He'll be missed by a lot of people.


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Subject: RE: Obit: John Wright (UK, Feb 2008)
From: Zany Mouse
Date: 08 Feb 08 - 02:03 PM

His website says that he is looking forward to his busiest year yet. Was this sudden?

Very sad news
Rhiannon


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Subject: RE: Obit: John Wright (UK, Feb 2008)
From: patriot1314
Date: 08 Feb 08 - 02:51 PM

One of nature's gentlemen. He introduced me and many others to singer / songwriters who would otherwise have remained unknown.

The late 90's line up of the band was my personal favourite, he remains the most charismatic performer I have ever seen.
He'll be sadly missed


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Subject: RE: Obit: John Wright (UK, Feb 2008)
From: danensis
Date: 08 Feb 08 - 03:37 PM

He was an absolutely stunning performer. He said he would only sing songs that he believed in, and this gave his act a tremendous power. My favourite was the one that starts "They say the battle is over....."

I also loved his story about the sheepdog trials "There was nowt wrong with the dog".

John


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Subject: RE: Obit: John Wright (UK, Feb 2008)
From: Betsy
Date: 08 Feb 08 - 03:58 PM

I'm devastated - apart from being a charismatic performer what a lovely,lovely man .My thoughts are with all those who were dear to him.

Betsy.


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Subject: RE: Obit: John Wright (UK, Feb 2008)
From: GUEST,Cleckywike
Date: 08 Feb 08 - 04:10 PM

We are both absolutly devastated. I can't believe it I am so sad He will be sadly missed by all at Cleckheaton Fest. Love and condolences to Barbara and family, we are thinking of you at this very sad time.


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Subject: RE: Obit: John Wright (UK, Feb 2008)
From: GUEST,aeola2
Date: 08 Feb 08 - 04:25 PM

What a shock! Pam & I,along with many others are shattered. His songs were sung with such conviction, he will be sorely missed.
condlences to Barbara and the rest of his family.

Bob & Pam


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Subject: RE: Obit: John Wright (UK, Feb 2008)
From: GUEST,Art Thieme
Date: 08 Feb 08 - 08:29 PM

RE: The "John Wright of Jew's harp fame" someone asked about earlier in this thread was truly an amazing performer who got sounds out of those much maligned instruments that I have never ever heard anyone else duplicate---except possibly an expert Tuvan mouth singer. I heard him in the later 1970s with his performing partner from France named Catherine --- I can't recall her last name--but maybe it was Perrier. This man definitely spoke with a British accent and I assumed he was from England.

Please, someone, clarify whether or not we are talking about the same gentleman named John Wright!?

Either way, I am saddened by the death of this talented man this thread is mourning, and I send my sincere condolences to all who loved him and his music.

Art Thieme


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Subject: RE: Obit: John Wright (UK, Feb 2008)
From: Nerd
Date: 08 Feb 08 - 09:45 PM

Art, you're thinking of a different John Wright. The one you and PMB are talking about has lived in France for years, was a great singer, Jew's harp player, fiddler, and in the 1980s and 90s was a member of the Breton Sea Shanty group Cabestan. His wife was indeed Catherine Perrier.

I don't know whether the John Wright who moved to France is still with us, but I have no reason to think he's not. He's definitely a different man from the John Wright who this thread was about.

Very sad to hear it nonetheless. Never got to see the late John Wright live, but I have a couple of CDs he's on....


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Subject: RE: Obit: John Wright (UK, Feb 2008)
From: Anglo
Date: 08 Feb 08 - 11:19 PM

As far as I know the John Wright, married to Catherine Perrier in Paris, is indeed alive and kicking. I think the Michael Wright mentioned above is his brother, but I may be wrong there.

I didn't know the John Wright of the John Wright Band, from what I have read I wish I had, and mourn his passing along with everyone else.


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Subject: RE: Obit: John Wright (UK, Feb 2008)
From: Gillie
Date: 08 Feb 08 - 11:22 PM

Apparently having talked to people tonight John had a big stroke, was taken into hospital and died two days ago. He was a very good friend and will be sorely missed by many. Another big presence gone to the choir in the sky!

Blessings Johm, candles a mass, I'm sure will be lit.

Sleep well my dear friend,

Clare

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Subject: RE: Obit: John Wright (UK, Feb 2008)
From: Diva
Date: 09 Feb 08 - 02:59 AM

He was a lovely bloke and a fine singer both of contemporary and traditional songs. He will be sorely missed. My condolences to his family.
Kathy Hobkirk


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Subject: RE: Obit: John Wright (UK, Feb 2008)
From: Fran
Date: 09 Feb 08 - 03:33 AM

If you put "The John Wright Band" into You tube there are lots of clips to watch.

So sad to hear that I will never get to see him live again.

Best wishes to his family.


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Subject: RE: Obit: John Wright (UK, Feb 2008)
From: Backwoodsman
Date: 09 Feb 08 - 04:11 AM

Brings it home that we're all on borrowed time.
A very sad loss. Sympathy to John's family and friends.
R.I.P.
JB


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Subject: RE: Obit: John Wright (UK, Feb 2008)
From: The Villan
Date: 09 Feb 08 - 05:14 AM

I got confused about the two John Wright's a few years back.
Lucy Wright who used to play at Gainsborough Folk Club and Faldingworth Live, kep't on talking about her uncles John & Michael Wright and it was quite some time before I realised that the John Wright that she was on about, had no link to the John Wright Band.

I do remember that one of her uncles was a brilliant Jew's Harp player and indeed Lucy learn't to play the Jews Harp from him.

So the answer is that John Wright (Jews Harp) was not the John who sadly passed away.


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Subject: RE: Obit: John Wright (UK, Feb 2008)
From: The Sandman
Date: 09 Feb 08 - 06:11 AM

Subject: RE: Obit: John Wright (UK)
From: Captain Birdseye - PM
Date: 08 Feb 08 - 01:03 PM

John Wright from Lowestoft?
jesus,I stayed in his house mid 1980s,and he was considering going full time, asking my advice.
I cant believe it.Dick Miles
sorry wrong person,.
condolences to his family and friends.


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Subject: RE: Obit: John Wright (UK, Feb 2008)
From: Alio
Date: 09 Feb 08 - 11:04 AM

This is awful - I've only just found out and am struggling to take it in. What happened?
Lots of love to Barbara and the family.
Ali x


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Subject: RE: Obit: John Wright (UK, Feb 2008)
From: danensis
Date: 09 Feb 08 - 11:08 AM

Its this John Wright:

John Wright

John


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Subject: RE: Obit: John Wright (UK, Feb 2008)
From: WFDU - Ron Olesko
Date: 09 Feb 08 - 11:10 AM

If you click on "news" at the site just linked above you will find the notice and more information about his passing. Very sad news and I offer my condolences. I've played his recordings on my radio show many times over the years and I'm sorry I never had an opportunity to meet the man who made such wonderful music.


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Subject: RE: Obit: John Wright (UK, Feb 2008)
From: GUEST,Margaret & George
Date: 09 Feb 08 - 02:05 PM

Words cannot express how we feel at the loss of a very dear friend.


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Subject: RE: Obit: John Wright (UK, Feb 2008)
From: Linda Kelly
Date: 09 Feb 08 - 02:50 PM

This is terrible news - we were looking forward to seeing the band in May at Cottingham Live. My sincere sympathies to Barbara and best wishes to the other band members.

Linda Kelly and everyone at Cottingham Live


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Subject: RE: Obit: John Wright (UK, Feb 2008)
From: Tattie Bogle
Date: 09 Feb 08 - 09:07 PM

There is a book of condolences on his website, as shown in the link above in danensis's posting.
From what I have heard too it sounds like it was a massive stroke that sadly took him away. He had been due to do another tour in Scotland in March.
He did at one time have a young fiddler in the band called JOE Wright, who came from Norfolk (not too far from Lowestoft, so maybe that's who Captain Birdseye is thinking of?) This was the source of a number of jokes; "the son I never knew I had" at his gigs.
I believe John was from the North of England?


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Subject: RE: Obit: John Wright (UK, Feb 2008)
From: danensis
Date: 10 Feb 08 - 04:42 AM

I think John was from the Manchester area originally.

There are some clips on YouTube:

Fries om Utens - Caledonia

John Wright Band - River Run

John


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Subject: RE: Obit: John Wright (UK, Feb 2008)
From: goatfell
Date: 10 Feb 08 - 09:31 AM

does anyone know what age he was?


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Subject: RE: Obit: John Wright (UK, Feb 2008)
From: GUEST
Date: 10 Feb 08 - 12:17 PM

Only this morning we were trying to work out how old he was. If he played in rock bands in the sixties, he must have been at least 60.

It was quite a surprise to see the clips of him on YouTube with white hair, when did he change?

John


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Subject: RE: Obit: John Wright (UK, Feb 2008)
From: GUEST,Deb, Chris and Steve
Date: 10 Feb 08 - 04:09 PM

A very sad day for folk
John was a wonderfully warm and talented person. We
were looking forward to seeing him again.
Condolences to his wife and family

Deb, Chris and Steve
WINDFALL
www.myspace.com/windfall2006


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Subject: RE: Obit: John Wright (UK, Feb 2008)
From: Tattie Bogle
Date: 11 Feb 08 - 08:50 AM

He was 61, so I was told by a friend.
The YouTube clip of River Run shows JOE Wright on fiddle (as mentioned above)


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Subject: RE: Obit: John Wright (UK, Feb 2008)
From: GUEST,Peter & Joke from Zoetermeer (NL)
Date: 11 Feb 08 - 10:33 AM

Sad is not just the word...it's the deepest felt feeling of sorrow and tears for losing this musician, this friend, this husband, this father, this grandfather!

We got the new by Els and Rian his Dutch tourassistants. They, as we were too, were as struck by lightning finding the newly wed husband John passed away so suddenly. Joke and I have been to concerts John gave in Holland quite often and will always remember the warm ambiance of his songs as a kind of verbal embrace everyone in the hall experienced.

Many songs have been mentioned by those entering their thoughts onto the condolences website(s) in UK, DE, DK, BE, NL as being of importance to all morners. To me it's "Dance with my father again" that struck me and brought me to tears.

Barbara, there's always too little words, too little arms around you, too little time to speak, to cry, to comfort, to remember your John.... because afterall that's who he was: YOUR John.
Knowning him just a little ....I'nm sure his love will never leave you and the (grand)kids.

Cherish his unique love for ever in your heart and soul!

Love from Zoetermeer (NL)
Joke and Peter


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Subject: RE: Obit: John Wright (UK, Feb 2008)
From: Gillie
Date: 11 Feb 08 - 07:54 PM

Do we know when and where John's funeral will be yet. I feel that I have to be there.

Gillie


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Subject: RE: Obit: John Wright (UK, Feb 2008)
From: GUEST,Penny Black
Date: 11 Feb 08 - 08:18 PM

John Wright 1947-2008

Pete Abbott (John Wright Band) will be at The Clarence Folk Club (Blackpool) this Wednesday 13th February, it's going to be a tough gig!

I heard this evening (too late to confirm) that the evening will be turned over to "John's songs", and Gregor Borland (John Wright Band) is coming over to Join Pete for the evening.

This will be a sad farewell to John but I'm sure he would prefer to leave us all with a smile on our faces, fond memories of his friendship and appreciation of his works.

To quote Pete's song "Windy Harbour"

Life is a game Win or lose it's all the same
you live and you die Just don't let it pass you by
You have choices to make You have chances to take
You will laugh, you will sing and you will cry
But don't let a moment pass you by"


John sang this song for us the last time we saw him and certainly John didn't let a moment of life pass him by!

He is going to be missed by us and everyone his life touched, a sad loss.

RIP John Wright


PB


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Subject: RE: Obit: John Wright (UK, Feb 2008)
From: Matt_R
Date: 12 Feb 08 - 03:00 AM

This is very sad. When I started listening to folk from the British Isles back in 1997, John Wright was one of the first I was introduced to. "What's the Use of Wings" still has a special place in my heart. Rest in peace, John.


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Subject: RE: Obit: John Wright (UK, Feb 2008)
From: Mick Tems
Date: 12 Feb 08 - 04:10 AM

We were all shocked to hear the very sad news about John. The John Wright Band played a triumphant gig at Llantrisant Folk Club, and they stayed at our "safe house". Condolences to John's family.

Mick Tems


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