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GUEST,eric armstrong 03 Apr 08 - 04:19 PM
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Subject: louis killen
From: GUEST,eric armstrong
Date: 03 Apr 08 - 04:19 PM

I recently heard mention that Louis Killen had been ill
Does anyone have any further details ?
As an old friend from the west coast, I would like to pass on
best wishes and let him know that he is much missed in this part of the world.


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Subject: RE: louis killen
From: nutty
Date: 03 Apr 08 - 05:07 PM

No problems at present from info on his web site

SEE HERE


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Subject: RE: louis killen
From: Nerd
Date: 03 Apr 08 - 05:35 PM

Eric is right...I have heard from a reliable source who had communicated with Louis very shortly before our contact. But I don't know how many details Louis wants aired in public. If someone closer to the man would care to comment, that would be great.


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Subject: RE: louis killen
From: David Coffin
Date: 03 Apr 08 - 06:10 PM

Louis has indeed been very sick and had major surgery. I believe he is home now and being cared for as needed. Recovery will be slow but his spirits are good as usual.


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Subject: RE: louis killen
From: Jon Bartlett
Date: 03 Apr 08 - 06:19 PM

Do we have an address for well-wishers?

Jon Bartlett


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Subject: RE: louis killen
From: Leadfingers
Date: 03 Apr 08 - 07:59 PM

Louis was running the first folk club I joined (By Accident) back in 1964 ! Hope he is OK and we can see him in the 'Quiet' room at sidders


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Subject: RE: louis killen
From: Ruth Archer
Date: 03 Apr 08 - 08:05 PM

I got the impression that Louis doesn't really want a big fuss in terms of "when will he be back?" but wellwishers who demand nothing will probably be most welcome.


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Subject: RE: louis killen
From: Charley Noble
Date: 03 Apr 08 - 08:32 PM

It would be nice to be kept up to date by those who know.

Charley Noble


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Subject: RE: louis killen
From: The Sandman
Date: 04 Apr 08 - 08:11 AM

I have been reliably informed,he has had an operation,he is now out of hospital,and is being cared for.
Dick Miles


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Subject: RE: louis killen
From: iancarterb
Date: 04 Apr 08 - 12:04 PM

Gloucesterman and Captain Birdseye have it exactly right. Out of hospital, friendly home care, and still tougher than a boiled owl:)
Carter B


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Subject: RE: louis killen
From: GUEST,flyingcat
Date: 04 Apr 08 - 12:56 PM

Sorry to hear Louis's been in the wars. Please pass on our good wishes for a speedy recovery and hope it wont be long before he's out and about again. Love, Moira and Malc


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Subject: RE: louis killen
From: GUEST,eric armstrong
Date: 04 Apr 08 - 01:04 PM

Thanks for the update,I would be grateful if those in contact with Louis would tell him that Eric & Betty are thinking of him and send our best healing thoughts and prayers.


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Subject: RE: louis killen
From: Bonnie Shaljean
Date: 04 Apr 08 - 01:49 PM

I grew up in the States, and Louis Killen's was one of the first British folk-voices I ever heard, many years ago. His effect on me was instant and riveting. I was doing something (can't remember what) while listening casually to a radio playing in the background but not giving it much attention. It must have been a folk programme because a track of Louis' came on and it just stopped me dead in my tracks. Even all these years later I can remember thinking, who is that? What a VOICE!! I've never had reason to change my mind - he's simply one of the best singers out there. I hope it will cheer him to be reminded of the many fans he has across the world, and I wish him all the best.


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Subject: RE: louis killen
From: GUEST,David Littlefield
Date: 04 Apr 08 - 03:20 PM

All the chantey staff at Mystic Seaport send best wishes and a speedy recovery to our friend and colleague Louis Killen.


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Subject: RE: louis killen
From: Rog Peek
Date: 04 Apr 08 - 04:02 PM

One of the favourite albums I have and play frequently is 'Farewell Nancy' on which Louis collaberated. Given me much pleasure over the years, please pass on my best wishes for a speedy recovery.

Rog


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Subject: RE: louis killen
From: iancarterb
Date: 04 Apr 08 - 04:04 PM

All the posts above have been passed along.


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Subject: RE: louis killen
From: GUEST,Pete Sumner
Date: 04 Apr 08 - 07:30 PM

Please pass this along...
Hey Lou...
Think back to 1976...with Stan onboard the Unicorn sailing into NY with the Tall Ships for the celebrations..
The Bermuda stuff was fun too, I seem to remember...
Hope this makes you smile...wish I could see more of you, but we seem to have swapped countries :-)
Fair winds my friend...get well soon.
Cheers
Pete Sumner
Redwood City
California


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Subject: RE: louis killen
From: Peace
Date: 04 Apr 08 - 07:36 PM

Lou,

I had the pleasure of meeting you in Montreal back in the early 1970s. Can't recall the club, but you got on stage with that concertina of yours and absolutely wowed the whole crowd. I'd love to say it was the experience of my life, BUT, I had to follow you and it was no joy. Took me the better part of three songs to get the audience to stop asking for you to come back (and I was one of them). I hope you get well real soon.

Bruce Murdoch


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Subject: RE: louis killen
From: Jim McLean
Date: 05 Apr 08 - 05:05 AM

Louis is an old friend of ours so please pass on our regards. You can see a picture of Louis with Davey Graham on Davey Graham's Wikipedia page. This was taken by my wife in the early sixties, at the Troubadour in London.
Jim and Alsion Mclean


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Subject: RE: louis killen
From: Art Thieme
Date: 05 Apr 08 - 07:54 PM

...and he was a friend of mine as well. Be healed -- and be quick about it. Lou's singing of "The Flying Cloud" is still the best ever.

Art Thieme


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Subject: RE: louis killen
From: GUEST,doc.tom
Date: 06 Apr 08 - 07:25 AM

Flying Cloud - good! Rose in June - exquisite - we use it in workshops as a demonstration of how to pull everything about how to sing a song together to make a superlative rendition. Best wishes Louis - get good soon.

Tom & Barbara


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Subject: RE: louis killen
From: GUEST,DonMeixner
Date: 06 Apr 08 - 11:07 AM

Lou,

I had the distinct and ironic pleasure of booking you and Sally into a job at the Ancient Order of Hibernians in Auburn New York in 1975. The president of the club at the time was Bob Welch and he still talks about that event as if it were yesterday.

Be well and come back again.

Don Meixner


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Subject: RE: louis killen
From: GUEST,Riggy
Date: 06 Apr 08 - 12:32 PM

I had the GREAT pleasure to interview Louie for Concertina & Squeezebox mag a while back.
Nice pix of the lad as a strapping youth and such: A Conversation with Louis Killen
Get better, Louie !
Riggy


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Subject: RE: louis killen
From: Bill D
Date: 06 Apr 08 - 12:43 PM

A picture from Mystic a few years ago.

Wishing for many more like that...get well soon!


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Subject: RE: louis killen
From: EBarnacle
Date: 06 Apr 08 - 11:19 PM

Lou is not past tense and hopefully will continue not to be for a long time yet. EB


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Subject: RE: louis killen
From: Herga Kitty
Date: 07 Apr 08 - 06:19 PM

Louis only got as far as the 1960s when he was interviewed by Johnny Handle in a fabulous session (of the famous Whitby interviews) at Whitby festival last year... I'm hoping to hear the next instalment, and wish him all the best. Kitty


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Subject: RE: louis killen
From: Ref
Date: 07 Apr 08 - 07:18 PM

Thanks for the assurance, Barnacle. Mr. Killen is a treasure and a real gentleman!


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Subject: RE: louis killen
From: The Sandman
Date: 09 Apr 08 - 09:58 AM

refresh.


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Subject: RE: louis killen
From: GUEST
Date: 10 Apr 08 - 06:46 AM

Dear All,
I brought in the computer to Louis yesterday so he could read his
messsages, and he decided to write one of his own back to all of you.
Besides what he says about how he is doing, I will add that he truly is
much better, he has color back, the scar is healing, and he's in a
better mood again after a few crabby days. He is starting to work on his
own with his stoma and is getting back a sense of control, which has
made a big difference to him. It is remarkable that people can recover
so quickly. Not that he's out of the woods, but I'm even beginning to
believe they will let him out earlier than expected. His note is below.

Thanks to you all again.
Margaret

/Dear Friends,
I'm up and about – no more tubes or wires hanging around (well, maybe a
couple of bags but you won't see them). I'm still very sore in the tummy
area – the scar is 12-15inches long and I look like a refugee from
Staples or Office Depot. But already they have me up and walking – not
any great distances as yet, just to the end of the ward corridor. Alas,
after I've walked around for a bit I feel like I've just done the Great
North Road ½ marathon. However, at this rate, they'll be kicking me out
of here in a week or ten days (I hope)./

/I am touched and honoured by all the love and affection shown in your
emails and cards. The main problem is laughing! I've had to put one
aside for later reading as it hurt so much to laugh. Keep them coming
but give me warning!/

/Love to you all,
Louis/


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Subject: RE: louis killen
From: GUEST,George Henderson
Date: 10 Apr 08 - 07:25 AM

Great to hear from you Louis. Hope to see you again in another 40 years.

Get well soon and we all look forward to hearing you again.


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Subject: RE: louis killen
From: Blowzabella
Date: 10 Apr 08 - 05:50 PM

Just to advise - the posting from Guest is a little out of date - Louis is now out of hospital and recovering at home. I've told him it's not just his doctors who think he is amazing.


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Subject: RE: louis killen
From: Peace
Date: 10 Apr 08 - 05:54 PM

GREAT NEWS.


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Subject: RE: louis killen
From: C. Ham
Date: 10 Apr 08 - 05:56 PM

I remember seeing him do a fine concert with his wife Sally at Dawson College in Montreal, circa 1973.


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