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Obit: Matt Armour (Great kNight Folk Club) - 2009

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GENERATIONS OF CHANGE


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Subject: Obit: Matt Armour - RIP
From: The Admiral
Date: 09 Feb 09 - 01:10 PM

Sad news, I've just received the following from John New of the Great kNight Folk Club Northampton....

Dear Friends
It is with great sadness that I have to tell you that our friend Matt Armour passed away
this morning.

Matt had been ill for some time and had been undergoing tests for a serious illness.
I have been told that he died suddenly, so it is some small mercy that Matt did not have months of suffering.

Those who knew Matt recognised him as a giant on the local Folk scene and he was one of my mentors in the early days of the Great kNight Folk Club. It was always good to see him and hear his music - and his big hearty laugh!
My poor words are not enough - I shall miss the Big Man!

As soon as I know of any funeral arrangements, I will let you know.

Our thoughts go out to Jane and his family.

Regards
John
The Great kNight Folk Club, Northampton.


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Subject: RE: Obit: Matt Armour - RIP
From: The Sandman
Date: 09 Feb 09 - 01:32 PM

I am sorry,condolences and sympathy to Jean.
I had good craic,with Matt last summer,at Scarborough .
shit,Iam pissed off .


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Subject: RE: Obit: Matt Armour - RIP
From: Bonnie Shaljean
Date: 09 Feb 09 - 01:44 PM

OH NO! I am so sorry to hear this - one of the great lights of the folk scene has gone out. I have very many happy memories of his club and his warmth and humour - including a freezing snow-bound New Year's Eve when he went out in the winter weather in a kilt with the bare legs, which didn't stop him dancing all night. He'll be in some good musical company up there in Heaven. And he will live on down here through the beautiful songs he wrote. Generations of Change is sung a lot in these parts. Now his season has turned too.

Going to pour a drink now and raise a parting glass to Matt. There's no face-icon sad enough.

We'll walk through the fields that my father once tilled
Talk to the old men who once sailed with me
Man it's been awfully good, I've shown them all I could
Of the past and the present, what the future might be


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Subject: RE: Obit: Matt Armour - RIP
From: My guru always said
Date: 09 Feb 09 - 01:44 PM

Oh, I'm shocked and saddened to hear this news, but thanks for posting it here Tony. Am thinking of his family and friends!
Hil


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Subject: RE: Obit: Matt Armour - RIP
From: GUEST,Phil Beer
Date: 09 Feb 09 - 02:04 PM

Oh Dear. Very sad to hear this. Myself and a youthful Mr Downes played on an album of Matts in the mid 70's. He was a fine singer and a passionate, grass roots, club organiser. He will be greatly missed.


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Subject: RE: Obit: Matt Armour - RIP
From: skipy
Date: 09 Feb 09 - 02:11 PM

So sad to read this, it was a chance meeting with Matt back in 1985 that he told us to get into our car & follow him ( a stanger! )to a place called Whittlebury, the rest is history!
Rest in peace my friend.
Skipy


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Subject: RE: Obit: Matt Armour - RIP
From: Jack Blandiver
Date: 09 Feb 09 - 02:22 PM

My goodness. You think they'll be there forever, don't you?

Matt took his place at the very heart of the UK folk scene; he was the ubiquitous soul of thing as far as I'm concerned. I will cherish happy memories of a thousand singarounds at the Durham Folk Party and a late night chat outside the New Boston in Fleetwood at the Fylde last year (even as 4Square were dropping jaws in the cabaret). A dear old friend & a fine singer, songwriter and facilitator par excellence.

We will continue with his name writ deep in our hearts.

Jane, you are in our thoughts.

Sean and Rachel.


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Subject: RE: Obit: Matt Armour - RIP
From: BB
Date: 09 Feb 09 - 02:22 PM

Can't believe he's gone! I've a huge lump in my throat, and can hardly see for tears. Whittlebury nor Scarborough will ever be the same again. Our thoughts are with Jane, who must be quite devastated. But what memories!

Barbara


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Subject: RE: Obit: Matt Armour - RIP
From: breezy
Date: 09 Feb 09 - 02:37 PM

I am shocked and saddened to hear the news

I am proud to say that I booked him for the Windward club and was highly impressed at his professional performance and enjoyed his songs

he was greatly respected as a stalwart organiser.

Bye Sir and thanks


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Subject: RE: Obit: Matt Armour - RIP
From: cptsnapper
Date: 09 Feb 09 - 02:43 PM

Very, very sad news: he'll be much missed


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Subject: RE: Obit: Matt Armour - RIP
From: GUEST,harvey andrews
Date: 09 Feb 09 - 02:44 PM

Oh dear. This hurts. Matt was a one off. A great supporter of all those of us lucky enough to work with, and for him. A great friend gone, and a great loss for Jane.


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Subject: RE: Obit: Matt Armour - RIP
From: Dave Earl
Date: 09 Feb 09 - 02:44 PM

OH No!!!

Another friend gone to the other bar.

Candle lit, glass raised songs remembered.

Dave


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Subject: RE: Obit: Matt Armour - RIP
From: Anne Lister
Date: 09 Feb 09 - 03:10 PM

So sorry to hear this news ...what a loss.

Anne


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Subject: RE: Obit: Matt Armour - RIP
From: Derby Ram
Date: 09 Feb 09 - 03:15 PM

Don't know what to say - Matt and Jane have both been very kind to Sylvia and I over the years and we've shared many a gig too. As Barbara says, Scarborough Sea Fest will be a very different experience this year losing a main fixture like Matt. He'll not be forgotten though - so many songs, so many memories. Very, very sad. R.I.P. Matt
Keith & Sylvia


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Subject: RE: Obit: Matt Armour - RIP
From: nutty
Date: 09 Feb 09 - 03:16 PM

I only heard at the weekend that Matt was ill so this news has come far too soon.

As a songwriter and singer few were his equal and it was always a pleasure to be in his company.

Special thoughts go to Jane

Hazel Bolton


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Subject: RE: Obit: Matt Armour - RIP
From: The Admiral
Date: 09 Feb 09 - 03:25 PM

I know Tony started this thread, but just wanted to say that Matt will be a huge loss to us and the Folk Scene. We have spent many a happy hour in his company and I will miss him teasing me.
Our thoughts are with Jane, and I am just about to toast our friend with a glass of wine.
Pearl (Mrs Admiral)


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Subject: RE: Obit: Matt Armour - RIP
From: GUEST,Mike McDaid
Date: 09 Feb 09 - 03:27 PM

.....a sad day,

I knew Matt all my life..and played music with him from the age of 10.

I can't imagine being in the Vaults Bar on a Sunday lunchtime without seeing him in the corner..

Our thoughts are with you Jane.

And there's a hand my trusty fiere,
And gie's a hand o thine,
And we'll tak a right guid-willie waught,
For auld lang syne.


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Subject: RE: Obit: Matt Armour - RIP
From: Chris Green
Date: 09 Feb 09 - 03:37 PM

Oh no! Matt was one of the first people to book Isambarde when we formed and we played a return at the Songloft just before Christmas. He was his usual laconic but big-hearted self. A giant of a singer and one of the nicest guys I've ever met on the folk circuit (and that's saying something!)

My condolences to Jane and the rest of his family. The man was a legend. RIP Matt.

Chris


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Subject: RE: Obit: Matt Armour - RIP
From: GUEST,Ken & Marion Hall
Date: 09 Feb 09 - 03:39 PM

Knew Matt for years. Alex Campbell pursuaded him to take up the music as he did me. I only just heard Matt was unwell. Why does it happen to all the best people. I'll miss you Matt. Hell yeah.


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Subject: RE: Obit: Matt Armour - RIP
From: ian1943
Date: 09 Feb 09 - 03:49 PM

Matt was a welcome part of the Durham City Folk Festival and its successor Durham Folk Party, not only that but he was a friend for those 38 years. I remember him after Colin and Es Ryder and myself had performed at The Stables when we got back to Armour Towers taking the top off a bottle of whisky and throwing it into the waste bin with the cry "The next thing in there will be the bottle" and it was. I will raise a glass in his honour tonight "Farewell old friend"
God bless you, Jane
Ian McCulloch


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Subject: RE: Obit: Matt Armour - RIP
From: GUEST,Tich Frier
Date: 09 Feb 09 - 03:57 PM

I've just heard the news. I'm shocked. We put the world to rights and cracked many a bottle of fine malt over the years. My condolences to Jane and the family. Tich Frier


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Subject: RE: Obit: Matt Armour - RIP
From: Tradsinger
Date: 09 Feb 09 - 04:18 PM

Never met Matt but feel I knew him through his brilliant song 'Generations of Change'. Another good man gone. RIP

Tradsinger


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Subject: RE: Obit: Matt Armour - RIP
From: vectis
Date: 09 Feb 09 - 04:35 PM

Oh! Hell! Not Matt as well!
He was very kind to me many years ago when I moved 'up north' to become a Milton Keyney. Jane must be devastated, my heart goes out to her.
I am glad for his sake that a potentially long, drawn out illness was avoided by his premature and untimely end.

I'll raise a parting glass Matt

Mary


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Subject: RE: Obit: Matt Armour - RIP
From: The Sandman
Date: 09 Feb 09 - 05:03 PM

apologies for my typo, Jane.
Matt was a good songwriter ,Singer ,organiser,and a good bloke.


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Subject: RE: Obit: Matt Armour - RIP
From: Jane Bird
Date: 09 Feb 09 - 05:51 PM

That is sad news - Matt will be missed. My condolances to Jane.


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Subject: RE: Obit: Matt Armour - RIP
From: sleepyjon
Date: 09 Feb 09 - 06:01 PM

There'll be a big gap in the barn at Towersey too - and who'll do the veg at Whittlebury?

Why did I never get my a*** in gear and go to the Song Loft?

B*****!!

John G


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Subject: RE: Obit: Matt Armour (Great kNight Folk Club)Feb 2009
From: MoorleyMan
Date: 09 Feb 09 - 06:43 PM

Oh no, another good man gone.
Once met, never forgotten. RIP Matt; and my condolences to Jane.


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Subject: RE: Obit: Matt Armour (Great kNight Folk Club)Feb 2009
From: Leadfingers
Date: 09 Feb 09 - 07:34 PM

The Song Loft , and the Sunday session have been a point of call for me for a bit too long ! Another good man gone , but he HAS left his songs for us !


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Subject: RE: Obit: Matt Armour (Great kNight Folk Club)Feb 2009
From: paula t
Date: 09 Feb 09 - 07:35 PM

Very , very sad news indeed. Matt was a lovely man. A huge loss.We always received a warm welcome from Matt and Jane.
Our condolences to Jane.

Paula,Stuart, Sarah and Kathryn Tindall.


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Subject: RE: Obit: Matt Armour (Great kNight Folk Club)Feb 2009
From: Ross Campbell
Date: 09 Feb 09 - 08:10 PM

Very sorry to hear this. Matt was a great friend to Fylde Folk Festival over many years. His lovely songs, sardonic wit and the warmth of his friendship will be sorely missed.

Ross


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Subject: RE: Obit: Matt Armour (Great kNight Folk Club)Feb 2009
From: GUEST,GUEST Tony Barrand
Date: 09 Feb 09 - 08:20 PM

Though we both ended up making English folk music the center of our lives, I only knew and admired his work from afar in the US. I knew him well when I was a teenager and we both played rugby for Bletchley RFC. if the energy and passion he displayed in that arena was transferred to folk music, the love and affection I hear voiced by friends on this forum is full understandable and the loss a bitter one. I send love, condolences and best wishes to Matt's family and friends.

Tony Barrand


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Subject: RE: Obit: Matt Armour (Great kNight Folk Club)Feb 2009
From: collierlad
Date: 09 Feb 09 - 09:22 PM

A wee session

"I came into your company an ordinary man
And the first thing I encountered was your outstretched hand
When you said if you're a singer, then your well welcome here
And through the years you've all become so dear

But I'am glad that I have known you
Since the time that I was young
The stories that we've shared
And the countless songs we've sung
So if one day I'm missing here as missing I shall be
Just raise a glass & sing an old old song for me."

Matt Armour

RIP Matt


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Subject: RE: Obit: Matt Armour (Great kNight Folk Club)Feb 2009
From: Ythanside
Date: 09 Feb 09 - 10:07 PM

Matt was an exceptionally nice guy. Words just cannot convey how much his loss will affect those who knew him.


Heartfelt condolences to his family.


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Subject: RE: Obit: Matt Armour (Great kNight Folk Club)Feb 2009
From: GUEST,Jim Martin
Date: 09 Feb 09 - 10:29 PM

So sorry to hear this and heartfelt condolences to Jane from Co.Clare.


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Subject: RE: Obit: Matt Armour (Great kNight Folk Club)Feb 2009
From: Herga Kitty
Date: 10 Feb 09 - 02:35 AM

Very sorry to hear this news - condolences to Jane and the family.

Kitty


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Subject: RE: Obit: Matt Armour (Great kNight Folk Club)Feb 2009
From: GUEST,Paul Sirman
Date: 10 Feb 09 - 03:20 AM

So so sad to hear of Matt's passing. I've had the pleasure of working with Matt many times and always looked forward to spending time in his company. He gave us many laughs over the years, and we will miss hime greatly. He was one of the nicest blokes on the scene. God bless Matt, and all our sympathy to Jane.

Paul and Linda Sirman


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Subject: RE: Obit: Matt Armour (Great kNight Folk Club)Feb 2009
From: Sailor Ron
Date: 10 Feb 09 - 03:47 AM

Matt was one of the nicest, & kindest I had the pleasure to meet & work with. Fylde won't be the same without him. Thanks Matt for the pleasure you gave to so many. Pax vobiscum.


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Subject: RE: Obit: Matt Armour (Great kNight Folk Club)Feb
From: GUEST,Tom Bliss
Date: 10 Feb 09 - 04:03 AM

Heartfelt condolences to Jane. God Speed, Matt. Tom (and Tom)


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Subject: RE: Obit: Matt Armour (Great kNight Folk Club)Feb 2009
From: GUEST,MC Fat (at work)
Date: 10 Feb 09 - 04:41 AM

This is sad news. I first came across Matt when I moved to Woburn Sands in the late 70's. He was a bit of a 'godfather' in the North Bucks Folk scene then and I don't think he was keen at first on a young upstart like me coming in rippling the waters. I started a Folk Club in Aspley Guise called the Hogsty, Matt ran the Songloft in Stoney Stratford and Drummond Davidson ran the club at Whittlebury we were all Scotsmen in fact the late great Hamish Imlach called us the 'Scotia Nostra'. I think there ended up a bit of mutual respect and the last time I saw him at Towersey he gave me a fine welcome. A fine songwriter and a 'big man' lost to the scene.


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Subject: RE: Obit: Matt Armour (Great kNight Folk Club)Feb 2009
From: George Papavgeris
Date: 10 Feb 09 - 05:08 AM

I am stunned. I only got to know Matt later in life, just the last 6-7 years or so, but I appreciated enormously his personality, his value to the folk scene, his songwriting, his support.

These are the sad years, as one by one old friends leave us. There will be more sad departures in times to come. But there will only be one Matt Armour, and those who knew him were lucky. My condolences, jane.


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Subject: RE: Obit: Matt Armour (Great kNight Folk Club)Feb 2009
From: GUEST,Clive Pownceby
Date: 10 Feb 09 - 05:19 AM

Like Ross Campbell, I knew Matt primarily through our involvements in Fylde Festival. Also Lancaster Maritime Fest. sessions too. A gentle, generous and kindly man, I don't think I ever saw him ruffled, and as an MC and singer, his persona immediately put anyone at their ease. Like all the finest writers, he knew that the best way to make a point was softly but in conjunction with a big stick.
Bless him.


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Subject: RE: Obit: Matt Armour (Great kNight Folk Club)Feb 2009
From: Brian Peters
Date: 10 Feb 09 - 06:52 AM

A dreadful shock. A warm heart and a generous spirit lay behind that fruity growl, and I shall miss him. One of the big characters of the folk music world - he leaves us some fine songs. Thanks, Matt, and my very best to Jane.
Brian


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Subject: RE: Obit: Matt Armour (Great kNight Folk Club)Feb 2009
From: silverfish
Date: 10 Feb 09 - 07:37 AM

Matt was a unique songwriter, performer and man, passionate about and true to his roots.
Always ready with advice and encouragement (wanted or not!)
An inspiration to all who met him, his passing should be respectfully celebrated by those of us who walk in his shadow.
Condolences to Jane, his rock and foundation.
Trevor


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Subject: RE: Obit: Matt Armour (Great kNight Folk Club)Feb 2009
From: kendall
Date: 10 Feb 09 - 08:07 AM

I didn't know Matt but I met him at a folk club in Kirkaldy back in 1990. I was scheduled to do a gig there but the promoter had quit and moved to Ireland without telling anyone, so her replacement hired Ian MacIntosh for my slot.(They paid my fee anyway)
Matt sang a song about girls of Reykjavik..."how can I lay her from 200 miles"...
He got a lot of hoots of disapproval for that one, but I got the feeling that he was just being teased and that they were actually quite fond of him.


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Subject: RE: Obit: Matt Armour (Great kNight Folk Club)Feb 2009
From: GUEST,flyingcat and trayton
Date: 10 Feb 09 - 08:29 AM

It's hard to believe Matt's dead. He was so encouraging to anyone he thought was committed to the music and song. Didn't see him very often but it was always great when we did. Love and best thoughts to Jane. Moira and Malc


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Subject: RE: Obit: Matt Armour (Great kNight Folk Club)Feb 2009
From: GUEST,Sheena Wellington
Date: 10 Feb 09 - 08:53 AM

Very sad to hear this. Matt was a great performer, songwriter and character and we had some great times at St Andrews Folk Club which he always loved. Ainster haas lost its favourite son!

Love and condolences to Jane and the rest of the family fromSheena, Malcolm & Michael


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Subject: RE: Obit: Matt Armour (Great kNight Folk Club)Feb 2009
From: GUEST,Roddy
Date: 10 Feb 09 - 09:34 AM

Hi

I set up a MySpace for Matt a wee while ago, you might want to visit it at:

www.myspace.com/mattarmour2

Please leave a message if you're a member.

Best regards,

Roddy Clenaghan


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Subject: RE: Obit: Matt Armour (Great kNight Folk Club)Feb 2009
From: RoyH (Burl)
Date: 10 Feb 09 - 11:36 AM

Goodbye good old Matt, and thank you for the songs and jokes. You will be well remembered. Condolences Jane. Roy


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Subject: RE: Obit: Matt Armour (Great kNight Folk Club)Feb 2009
From: GUEST,Chloe Metcalfe
Date: 10 Feb 09 - 12:55 PM

The Vaults will truly not be the same without you

Peace


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Subject: RE: Obit: Matt Armour (Great kNight Folk Club)Feb 2009
From: GUEST,Malcolm Gladstone
Date: 10 Feb 09 - 02:04 PM

It seems that Matt has always been an integral part of my life and I was lucky enough to play with him in both the the "Gaberlunzies", and "The Elastic Band" for more years than I care to remember. Since we moved to Australia 8 years ago, our contact was less, but our friendship never faltered. It was Matt who took a young, nervous singer & player & encouraged him to "get up & bl...y well sing!", and changed my life. I'll miss you mate, Mary & I send our condolences & love to Jane.


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Subject: RE: Obit: Matt Armour (Great kNight Folk Club)Feb 2009
From: Jack Blandiver
Date: 10 Feb 09 - 02:23 PM

Hi Roddy - I'll make that link a clicky:

http://www.myspace.com/mattarmour2


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Subject: RE: Obit: Matt Armour (Great kNight Folk Club)Feb 2009
From: GUEST,Miriam Backhouse
Date: 10 Feb 09 - 02:56 PM

Dear Matt, Your love for the music, and for all the folks who came into your world will live on, thank you.
I'm sorry we only met once, but that is enough.
Dear Jane, all our thoughts and good wishes for strength and happy memories,
Mim
XXX


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Subject: RE: Obit: Matt Armour (Great kNight Folk Club)Feb
From: GUEST,Paul Downes
Date: 10 Feb 09 - 03:02 PM

Just heard. Greatly shocked and saddened. Matt was a really good friend for many, many years. Thoughts with Jane.


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Subject: RE: Obit: Matt Armour (Great kNight Folk Club)Feb 2009
From: Zany Mouse
Date: 10 Feb 09 - 03:19 PM

Very sad news indeed. I haven't seen Matt for years. Wish I'd made more of an effort to keep in touch.

Blessings
Rhiannon


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Subject: RE: Obit: Matt Armour (Great kNight Folk Club)Feb 2009
From: GUEST,Bill Prince
Date: 10 Feb 09 - 03:21 PM

I first met Matt in the mid-70s when he ran a mini-festival at Wavendon. Since then, although we hadn't met that many times in the intervening years, I was always conscious of his presence and his tireless commitment to the music we all love.
Peace and my condolences to Jane.


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Subject: RE: Obit: Matt Armour (Great kNight Folk Club)Feb 2009
From: GUEST,Mike Wilson,The Wilson Family
Date: 10 Feb 09 - 04:11 PM

Condolences to Jane from the Wilson Family.Matt was a fine man.

I was reminded at every meeting by Matt, that he was our guest at The Colly, the night of my 21st Birthday Party, many, many years ago and he took great delight in continuing to remind me as the years rolled by! Each member of the family have regularly recalled stories involving Matt, from his earliest visits to Durham Folk Festival to our Sunday afternoon "drop in" visits to the Vaults session, Stoney Stratford, all recalled with laughter and affection. We have not met up enough over recent years, but thankfully, we did meet Matt along the way and we will cherish those memories. Thanks, Cheers and Fair Thee Well Matt Armour!
The Wilson Family


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Subject: RE: Obit: Matt Armour (Great kNight Folk Club)Feb 2009
From: Singing Referee
Date: 10 Feb 09 - 04:36 PM

Stunned!

Christine (Moses) and I only visited The Song Loft once but we were made warmly welcome, and had a 'Great Knight'.

Our condolenses to family and all those close to Matt.

Matt has left a legacy via which he will be warmly remembered by many.


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Subject: RE: Obit: Matt Armour (Great kNight Folk Club)Feb 2009
From: GUEST,Matt's family
Date: 10 Feb 09 - 04:39 PM

Thank you all so much for your messages. They are an amazing support for Jane and Matt's family - his daughters, Jane and Julie and his sister, Magi.

We are hoping that by Thursday the website mattarmour.co.uk will be live and all your kind messages and others will then be loaded on to that. The website will be mentioned on the Stony Arts website with details of how messages can be sent. We will also let you know of the arrangements when they are finalised.

Many thanks again.

Lally (Matt's niece)


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Subject: RE: Obit: Matt Armour (Great kNight Folk Club)Feb 2009
From: GUEST,Mary and Steve
Date: 10 Feb 09 - 04:54 PM

Matt Armour - the name of a lovely man with a big, big heart, huge boyish grin and love of life filled with music. Patience of a saint in welcoming newcomers to the Vaults workshop of all abilities and never failing to give them encouragement. We are very proud to have known Matt and shared his friendship. We will miss him more than we can say..... may he rest peacefully.


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Subject: RE: Obit: Matt Armour (Great kNight Folk Club)Feb 2009
From: GUEST,Agnes + Frank
Date: 10 Feb 09 - 05:13 PM

We couldn't believe the news at first. We had only seen him a few weeks ago at the Stony Stratford Song Loft. We have enjoyed listening to his jokes and songs for the last 22 years and shared many a laugh about his special raffle prizes.

We are going to miss him.
Our thoughts are with you Jane
Agnes and Frank


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Subject: RE: Obit: Matt Armour (Great kNight Folk Club)Feb 2009
From: GUEST,Jim Martin
Date: 10 Feb 09 - 06:54 PM

Chloe Metcalfe, are you Andy & Julia's daughter? If so, please pass on my best wishes.


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Subject: RE: Obit: Matt Armour (Great kNight Folk Club)Feb 2009
From: GUEST,Steve Dawes & Helen Pitt
Date: 10 Feb 09 - 07:03 PM

Sad news indeed. Had great fondness and respect for Matt as a writer, performer and more recently as a friend. One real highlight for Helen and me was to be asked by Matt himself to perform with him at Scarborough Seafest in July 2007 in a concert designed to illustrate his life & career through the medium of his own songs. What a day that was! Sincere condolences to Jane and the rest of Matt's family. You've lost someone very special.
Steve Dawes & Helen Pitt


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Subject: RE: Obit: Matt Armour (Great kNight Folk Club)Feb 2009
From: GUEST,Bill Marston.
Date: 10 Feb 09 - 07:19 PM

Hello All, I was the manager of the Vaults Bar in Stony when I first came into contact with Matt. As we were both from Fife we were instantly drawn to each other. Matt suggested a Folk Music Session on Sundays to me.The success of this, and the artists who had performed at his gigs,and he and Jane had accommodated overnight, were always a pleasure when they turned up on a Sunday Lunchtime.He will be greatly missed by the twangers in this town. If ever the "Soubriquet" Mr Music was richly desereved in this town,it should be accorded to Matt. To quote an employee of any American Supermarket "Missing you Already" , Bill Marston.


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Subject: RE: Obit: Matt Armour (Great kNight Folk Club)Feb 2009
From: GUEST,Ian
Date: 10 Feb 09 - 07:30 PM

Matt,

You said you weren't going unless you had a cast iron guarantee that there would be a free bar and no smoking ban. Put one in for me mate and one day we'll get pissed and talk shite again.

Ian.


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Subject: RE: Obit: Matt Armour (Great kNight Folk Club)Feb 2009
From: GUEST,Michele Welborn
Date: 10 Feb 09 - 08:43 PM

Thanks, Matt.

You gave me space, and time, and confidence, and opportunities, and a nickname.

Much love,

Lady Welborn


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Subject: RE: Obit: Matt Armour (Great kNight Folk Club)Feb 2009
From: GUEST,Guest: Clare Barber
Date: 11 Feb 09 - 07:02 AM

God love him x we all did :-)

Matt offered solid encouragement and always a cuddle to the learner folkie I was all those years ago. Fond memories and many smiles remebered

Love Clare xx


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Subject: RE: Obit: Matt Armour (Great kNight Folk Club)Feb 2009
From: GUEST,Roddy Clenaghan
Date: 11 Feb 09 - 11:54 AM

Matt's MySpace page has had over 350 'hits' in the last 24 hours. Thanks to everyone who has left nice messages - unfortunately you have to join MySpace to do that, but it's easy enough.

I added some new photos last night, a particularly lovely one of Matt and Jane sent to me by Irene Entwhistle. I'll be adding some more songs at the weekend including Generations Of Change which Matt was adamant I had so I'd better get on and find it!

I know the family are planning a website, and hopefully I'll be giving them a hand with that, but for now anyone eager to listen back to a few of Matt's wonderful songs and and see some nice pictures both recent and not so recent, then please have a look if you haven't already.

Missing you my old pal,

Roddy


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Subject: RE: Obit: Matt Armour (Great kNight Folk Club)Feb 2009
From: GUEST,Packie Manus Byrne
Date: 11 Feb 09 - 12:11 PM

[This is actually being written by Bonnie because Packie doesn't go near computers, but the words are his]

I'm very very sorry to hear it. Many's the time I met him and had great times in his house. I will remember him as a gentleman. May he rest in peace.

[And from both of us]: Our thoughts are with Jane and his family, who we hope can take some comfort from the fact that Matt was so well loved by so many people from all over the map.

Packie & Bonnie

xxxxx


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Subject: RE: Obit: Matt Armour (Great kNight Folk Club)Feb 2009
From: Lurcherman
Date: 11 Feb 09 - 03:51 PM

More years ago than I care to remember I had moved up to MK from Kent and was desperate for some live music. A friend took me to the Vaults Bar in Stony Stratford one Sunday. I sat in one of the vacant seats and this big Scottish chap in the corner said `If you are going to sit there you will have to sing'..., I only knew one song at the time, but that didn't matter, every one was welcome..,. Matt was a one off..., a few years later still in the Vaults a group of us who enjoyed singing thought about forming a group, we were looking for a name and `The Five Men not Called Matt' were born, I think Matt was slightly bothered about what we were going to do but gave us plenty of encouragement and I know he enjoyed being the one called Matt when we sang together at the Vaults..

God Speed Matt, your sorely missed

Tim


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Subject: RE: Obit: Matt Armour (Great kNight Folk Club)Feb 2009
From: Cllr
Date: 11 Feb 09 - 05:04 PM

Years ago, when trying to do the bookings for Uxbridge FC in the Nineties, I was trying to chase down Martin Carthy and I ended up at the song loft. This was first time I remember meeting Matt and i told him of my mission and he talked to me about clubs and bookings and he made a huge impression on me with his advice and helpfulness, I wasn't a close friend but he made an impact and im very sorry to hear he has gone on. My thoughts are with his family.

Cllr


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Subject: RE: Obit: Matt Armour (Great kNight Folk Club)Feb 2009
From: GUEST,Alan Horton
Date: 12 Feb 09 - 03:19 AM

Just heard the sad news today. I first met Matt in Stony Stratford in about 1978, when I caught him putting up posters for his club over the top of my posters for the one I was running in the next town! Uncharacteristic of the man I'm sure, but after all I was poaching on his patch! And what a man he was. We've been friends ever since, and I've enjoyed many times singing and playing at The Loft and Stony Live. He worked tirelessly for folk music and the community and will be greatly missed by many people. My thoughts, and those of countless others, are with you Jane.

Alan Horton


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Subject: RE: Obit: Matt Armour (Great kNight Folk Club)Feb 2009
From: sid
Date: 12 Feb 09 - 05:47 AM

A toast was drunk to the memory of Matt at the Belmont Bull, Nr Bolton on Tuesday night, followed by a reading of "The Hat That Sings" by his old friend Scowie. "He's gone to that great singaround in the sky", said Scowie, "an' no doubt he'll be running it!"


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Subject: RE: Obit: Matt Armour (Great kNight Folk Club)Feb 2009
From: GUEST,Chris Mills
Date: 12 Feb 09 - 06:17 AM

I first met Matt over thirty years ago at the Fox and Hounds folk club in Whittlebury, Northants, and I've played and sung there and at the Song Loft a bit over the years. I got to know him more when I ran 'Shire Folk'and he was always helpful to me - he never missed a copy date! He was an inspiration and a friend to many people and he will be sadly missed by all.

My sympathy and condolences to Jane.

Chris Mills


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Subject: RE: Obit: Matt Armour (Great kNight Folk Club)Feb 2009
From: GUEST,MC Fat (at work)
Date: 12 Feb 09 - 07:15 AM

Just thinking has anyone told Cilla Fisher and Artie Trezize as they were one of the first people to record Generations of Change


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Subject: RE: Obit: Matt Armour (Great kNight Folk Club)Feb 2009
From: GUEST
Date: 12 Feb 09 - 09:21 AM

Cilla & Artie have been informed.


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Subject: Obit: R.I.P. Matt Armour
From: Bullfrog Jones
Date: 12 Feb 09 - 11:41 AM

Sad news for any of you who knew or knew of Matt Armour. He was taken from us on Monday by an aneurysm. His wife Jane was with him at the end. Ironically (and Matt loved an irony)he had only recently been diagnosed with lung cancer.
Matt was a big man with a big heart and a smile to match, and as well as being a greatly respected songwriter was responsible for fostering many fledgling musicians (me amongst them) at the folk clubs and sessions he had been running for the last 40 years or so in the Stony Stratford area. His contribution to the music cannot be overestimated and he will be sorely missed. If you've never seen or heard him take a look at his Myspace page for a brief flavour of the man.


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Subject: RE: Obit: Matt Armour (Great kNight Folk Club)Feb 2009
From: Bullfrog Jones
Date: 12 Feb 09 - 11:58 AM

Forgive me, but I posted another obit thread without noticing that this one already existed (perhaps a kindly mod can delete it and spare my embarrassment). A small but telling incident says a lot about the quality of Matt Armour and his generosity of spirit: He was the opening act at last year's Folk On The Green. There had been problems with the sound system and we started a little late. Knowing how tight the schedule was, Matt cut short his own set so that the next act could start on time and the rest of the day would be back on track. He was a big man with a big heart and a smile to match.


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Subject: RE: Obit: Matt Armour (Great kNight Folk Club)Feb 2009
From: GUEST,Matt's family
Date: 12 Feb 09 - 04:56 PM

These tributes are just fantastic. They mean so much. We are hoping to confirm the date of the funeral and nostalgic reception tomorrow. In the meantime, please visit mattarmour.co.uk and leave a message. Over the next week or so, we will transfer what we can of the lovely tributes to that site. His grandchildren are also working on their own paintings for him, which we will also upload. We look forward to reading your tributes on his site. Jane is overwhelmed with the response and the support. Many thanks from us all.
Jane and family x


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Subject: RE: Obit: Matt Armour (Great kNight Folk Club)Feb 2009
From: GUEST,Chris
Date: 12 Feb 09 - 05:21 PM

I knew Matt for many years,good bye & thanks for the friendship.
My thoughts are with you Jane.


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Subject: RE: Obit: Matt Armour (Great kNight Folk Club)Feb 2009
From: Jock O' Dreams
Date: 13 Feb 09 - 06:56 AM

I have been singing "Generations of change"for over 30 years and rank it as one of the finest songs to be written in recent times.

I managed to meet Matt for the first time at Whittebury last year and he was indeed a larger than life character.I am so sorry to hear of his passing but I know his songs will live on as a tribute to him for Generations to come.


                  Jim McAdams


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Subject: RE: Obit: Matt Armour (Great kNight Folk Club)Feb
From: cptsnapper
Date: 13 Feb 09 - 09:04 AM

Matt's funeral is 2pm, Thursday 26th February at St Mary & St Giles church (the big one on the high street opposite The Bull in Stony), then a family burial, then reception at The Cock Hotel.


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Subject: RE: Obit: Matt Armour (Great kNight Folk Club)Feb 2009
From: Bonnie Shaljean
Date: 13 Feb 09 - 09:09 AM

I'll be thinking of him at the time, as I'm sure a lot of people will - those of us who can't be there in person will be there in spirit.


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Subject: RE: Obit: Matt Armour (Great kNight Folk Club)Feb 2009
From: GUEST,Pop Martin and Lizzy
Date: 13 Feb 09 - 10:26 AM

The onions will never be the same at Wittlebury without your smiling face and words of encouragement. We and all who loved you will remember you and continue to sing your great songs. You may have left us but your name will live on in the tradition forever. Our heartfelt condolensces to Jane and the family.


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Subject: RE: Obit: Matt Armour (Great kNight Folk Club)Feb 2009
From: GUEST,Tom Wilson - The Wilson Family
Date: 13 Feb 09 - 10:39 AM

To the lovely "Lady Jane" - On behalf of the whole family, and Meg & I in particular, we send our heartfelt sympathy. Our Mike & Ken gave us this devastating news last night, at The Welly, and we were indeed devastated.
We're all, sadly, conscious that circumstances have been such that we haven't had any contact with yourself or Matt in the recent past and that is our loss.
For the many meetings over the past - nearly 40 years - we'll be always greatful. We always considered that yourself and Matt came as a package - a package that was overflowing with fun and good company.

I can only endorse what our Mike has already posted. Matt was HUGE in both stature and character, not to mention his inherent talent as a master songsmith, which will remain his eduring legacy to the 'folk' world.
It's to his eternal credit that he eschewed 'stardom'and always remained an ordinary bloke as perfectly at home running an impromptu singaround on the staircase of Dunhelm House as he was mixing it with the best - we wish him Adieu and thank you both for your friendship.
Tom & MEg Wilson


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Subject: RE: Obit: Matt Armour (Great kNight Folk Club)Feb 2009
From: GUEST,GUEST, Tim Edwards
Date: 13 Feb 09 - 11:34 AM

Dear Jane -- my thoughts are with you and the family at this terrible time. I have nothing but wonderful memories of Matt -- he was always so welcoming when we met (which was,alas, too infrequently in recent years).
It goes without saying that he gave great pleasure with his songs and singing, but also,as others have said, with the warmth of his personality and the way he could light any group without dominating it.
Apart from many sessions at Whittlebury in particular I recall a memorable night singing with him aboard the Cutty Sark (late 70's I think). Thank-you Matt and farewell.

Tim


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Subject: RE: Obit: Matt Armour (Great kNight Folk Club)Feb 2009
From: The Admiral
Date: 13 Feb 09 - 12:23 PM

Further information about the Funeral...

For those who would like to pay their respects, I've just rec'd this from Tim Hague, via Roddy Clenaghan ...

Some information on Matt's funeral via Jane:
Matts funeral will be at St Mary and St Giles Church (opposite the Bull Hotel in Stony Stratford)
on Thursday 26th of February at 14:00 hours.

Officiating will be Father Ross and H.W. Masons are the undertakers.

There will be a family burial followed by a reception in the Marquis Suite.
Family flowers only.

Donations to the RNLI through H.W. Mason & Sons
68a, Wolverton Rd, Stony Stratford, Milton Keynes, Buckinghamshire MK11 1DT
Tel: 01908 561561

Regards
John
John New


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Subject: RE: Obit: Matt Armour (Great kNight Folk Club)Feb
From: GUEST,Nick Gordon
Date: 13 Feb 09 - 01:56 PM

Just over 4 years ago, I picked up a guitar again. I played a bit at school and university, but only in the bedroom, and I didn't know much and I wasn't much good. I'd decided to have another go, and I relearned some stuff I'd known years ago, and got books and things to learn new stuff. My goal was to get good enough to be able to perform in public to a decent standard - one that gave the audience some respect for their time, and made me feel reasonably satisfied.

I'd known about a monthly sing-around session in Stony Stratford for a little while and got to the point where I though I'd give it ago. I did OK. At that session, someone told me about a weekly Sunday lunchtime session at a nearby pub, so I went along to that, which was where I met Matt.

He welcomed me, encouraged me, punctured me when I became complacent, and generally gave me a place where, week in and week out, I could try things out in supportive company. He'd been doing that for 25 years when I started.

I'm not great at what I do, but I'm much better than I would have been without the Vaults Bar on Sundays, and Matt Armour, in the chair, ruling with the proverbial iron fist in the equally proverbial velvet glove.

I only knew him for three and a half years, but I'll always be grateful to him. I'm sorry he's gone (especially for his family), but I'm glad it was quick. I wouldn't wish the long decline that might have been on him or anyone. And he was there, the day before he went, at the Vaults, in the chair, doing what he did


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Subject: RE: Obit: Matt Armour (Great kNight Folk Club)Feb
From: Gervase
Date: 13 Feb 09 - 05:38 PM

I only met Matt in the barn at Towersey. I remember the first time I encountered him, when Tony called on him to do a song as the session moved around the room, simply saying, "Matt?" As he stood up, someone near me mentioned his surname in passing.
I then remember thinking, "Blimey, you mean the Matt Armour?" Just a couple of weeks earlier I'd heard Generations of Change for the first time and been completely enthralled by it, and had felt amazed that such terrific songs were still being written. Who was this Matt Armour bloke, I'd wondered?
And there he was, large as life and twice as nice. For shame I can't remember what he sang that first time I came across him, but I do remember a lovely man; unassuming, kind, warm and wonderfully always "just one of us," even though it was clear that his particular talents stood head and shoulders above most of the rest of us.
He's left us a wonderful legacy, and would that any one of us could have done as much.


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Subject: RE: Obit: Matt Armour (Great kNight Folk Club)Feb
From: GUEST
Date: 13 Feb 09 - 06:29 PM

Some video of Matt at the Vaults Bar in Stony Stratford.

Serendipitously, he's leading us in "When the Saints Go Marching In"

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=88cJTlXU42k


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Subject: RE: Obit: Matt Armour (Great kNight Folk Club)Feb 2009
From: Jack Blandiver
Date: 13 Feb 09 - 06:49 PM

Cracking! A joyful noise indeed... Here's the clicky:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=88cJTlXU42k


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Subject: RE: Obit: Matt Armour (Great kNight Folk Club)Feb 2009
From: GUEST,Paul Manning
Date: 14 Feb 09 - 07:00 AM

I took my first steps as a performer at the long runnig Vaults Bar session, run of course by Matt Armour.

I now run a session in the same style as Matt, inclusive and encouraging.

That was Matt.

He will be sorely missed, though I hope the Vaults session and the Song Loft continue in memoriam.

My thoughts are with Jane and her family.

Paul Manning


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Subject: RE: Obit: Matt Armour (Great kNight Folk Club)Feb 2009
From: GUEST,Roddy Clenaghan
Date: 14 Feb 09 - 01:36 PM

Just to let you know I have updated Matt's MySpace with some new photos plus two new songs: Generations Of Change and A Wee Session, and have also added the video footage of Matt singing in The Vaults Bar. The clickable link to his MySpace site is in an earlier message here (thanks John!), or alternatively go on to his wonderful new website www.mattarmour.co.uk and Alison has very kindly put a link there.


Roddy


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Subject: RE: Obit: Matt Armour (Great kNight Folk Club)Feb 2009
From: GUEST,Duncan and Sarah Whittaker
Date: 14 Feb 09 - 05:20 PM

Hey Matt will miss you, you were one of the first to give me (Duncan) a chance at performing my songs. And i am so glad i got the privilege so sing at the Song Loft.
Thanks mate.


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Subject: RE: Obit: Matt Armour (Great kNight Folk Club)Feb 2009
From: Mick Tems
Date: 15 Feb 09 - 05:53 AM

I've just had the sad news off Joe Stead. Farewell, Matt - you were one in a million. Your Generations Of Change was a work of art that really inspired me. Consoling hug to Jane.
Your friend
Mick Tems


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Subject: RE: Obit: Matt Armour (Great kNight Folk Club)Feb 2009
From: GUEST,Duncan Whittaker
Date: 15 Feb 09 - 08:29 AM

This is the first song i sung at the session at the vaults.

                      Going Home.
            
                     Music and lyrics Duncan Whittaker.
            
       I'm going down the road I've done my time,
       I'm going home, going home.
       I'm weary and i'm tired and I'm all up and fired,
       To go on home, go on home.
       My life's been long and hard and I've walked that final yard,
       I'm going home, going home.
       Please don't you say you want me to stay,
       I'm going home, going home.
       Many years have i travelled this long and dusty road,
       I'm going home, going home.
       You stayed by my side with your hand you did guide,
       I'm going home,going home.
       With the setting of the sun means that my time has come,
       To go on home, go on home.
       As you lay me down to die in this place i must lie,
       I've come on home, come on home.

After sining this, Matt looked at me and said "Thank you for that Duncan, now you have thougherly depressed us sing something a little happier".
Cheers Matt.


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Subject: RE: Obit: Matt Armour (Great kNight Folk Club)Feb 2009
From: GUEST,Bill Marston
Date: 15 Feb 09 - 06:45 PM

Hello All, Matt's Funeral will be held on the 26th Feb(a week next thursday) in the Church of St Mary snd St Giles in Stony Stratford at 2pm. There wil be a private family burial at Old Wolverton.You are all Welcome to attend the celebration of his life at The Bull Hotel in Stony afterwards. Bill.


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Subject: RE: Obit: Matt Armour (Great kNight Folk Club)Feb 2009
From: GUEST,Bob Plews
Date: 16 Feb 09 - 08:02 AM

Matt and I go back to the early 70s when I first moved to Northamptonshire and you could go to a folk club every night of the week without travelling more than 20 miles or so from Daventry - halcyon days! Matt was then running the Fox and Hounds club at Whittlebury and soon to front the "folk" face of the (in those days pioneering) WAP - the Wavendon Allmusic Plan founded by John Dankworth and Cleo Laine in the converted former stables of their house. Matt was a tireless organiser, a fine songwriter with a truly colossal repertoire and a mighty voice and presence, as well as a great friend to many local musicians booking us regularly at all his venues in our various incarnations! I also spent the most awesome Hogmonays of my life in Matt's company..as far as I can remember. Our paths diverged a few years ago but Matt Armour leaves a massive gap in the folk scene that is hard to see being filled easily. Love and good wishes to Jane. Bob


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Subject: RE: Obit: Matt Armour (Great kNight Folk Club)Feb 2009
From: GUEST,moira and malc
Date: 16 Feb 09 - 11:06 AM

Unfortunately we wont be able to come to the funeral due to work commitments but we'll be at Maidenhead folk club in the evening and raise a glass or two in his memory with the admiral and mrs admiral, john and may sommerville, alan and liz weston, terry silver and anyone else who knew him. Best love jane and family. xx Moira and malc


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Subject: RE: Obit: Matt Armour (Great kNight Folk Club)Feb 2009
From: Blowzabella
Date: 16 Feb 09 - 08:03 PM

I had the privelige to meet Matt, along with Jane, on several occasions when we were fortunate enough to have them at Lancaster - either for the Maritime Festival or for the Jacobite Day which we used to stage. Lovely lovely people - Matt was a delight - talented, pithy, very funny - but mostly remembered because he was so nice. I remember seeing him in his full Scottish evening wear and he cut quite a dash. Sadly, in recent years, Jacobite Day was cut altogether and we were forced to reduce the number of performers at the Maritime and we had to forgoe his company. I know that he worked extremely hard and was (rightly) very proud of the events he staged in Stony Stratford. He always signed off his communications to me 'Love and cuddles, Matt'

He was a great man and will be sadly missed by many. Sincere condolences to Jane.


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Subject: RE: Obit: Matt Armour (Great kNight Folk Club)Feb 2009
From: GUEST,Andy Powell
Date: 17 Feb 09 - 06:12 PM

Matt was like a father to me. From a young twenty year old with illusions of grandeur, Matt advised, coached and presented opportunities that enable me to be the musician I am today. He was always so kind, generous and warm hearted so imagine my delight, that as our time together increased, I came to work and play with him on things like StonyLive and the Midnight Specials. The journey from mentor to friend doesn't end with his parting, but I am going to miss him terribly, there is a hole in my heart that now needs filling, and they only way I know how is to keep the music flowing until I to complete the journey.

Matt, thanks, for my first song, my first single malt and my first gig, these memories are the most precious.

Thoughts are with Jane and his family.


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Subject: RE: Obit: Matt Armour (Great kNight Folk Club)Feb 2009
From: vectis
Date: 18 Feb 09 - 03:43 AM

Sadly can't make the funeral, will still be down under. We will raise a glass and sing a rousing chorus in his memory soon after. Mary


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Subject: RE: Obit: Matt Armour (Great kNight Folk Club)Feb 2009
From: GUEST,Sandy & Ian Hobbs
Date: 19 Feb 09 - 04:12 AM

Such a great friendly man, loved him so much. His enthusiam for life & his music have always been what has drawn so many to the Song Loft & The Vaults Bar. We are so going to miss him so much. I wish I had come to Stony more often & kept intouch. All our thoughts at this time go to Jane & the family.


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Subject: RE: Obit: Matt Armour (Great kNight Folk Club)Feb 2009
From: GUEST,Bill Marston
Date: 19 Feb 09 - 09:46 AM

Hello Again, There seems to be some confusion regarding Matt's funeral. Several couples turned up today saying that they had read on a Website that it was today at 2'o'clock.I can't find a posting with this incorrect information.If anyone knows where this is posted can you please correct it ,Thanks, Bill.


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Subject: RE: Obit: Matt Armour (Great kNight Folk Club)Feb 2009
From: wendyg
Date: 19 Feb 09 - 05:43 PM

Very sorry to hear about Matt; I remember playing the Stony Stratford club in the late 1970s and staying with him and Jane.

wg


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Subject: RE: Obit: Matt Armour (Great kNight Folk Club)Feb 2009
From: The Admiral
Date: 19 Feb 09 - 07:13 PM

To reiterate, the funeral is to be held at the Church of St Mary and St Giles, Stoney Stratford on the 26th February, Pearl and I have both managed to get off the slave gang for an afternoon so we'll be there. Unfortunately, it's our club night and a special British Heart Foundation fund raising evening so we won't be able to stay at the 'Celebration' for very long but I'm sure that Matt wouldn't have disgreed with that....

As Moira said we'll raise a glass at Maidenhead to a man who's given us many happy memories.

Tony


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Subject: RE: Obit: Matt Armour (Great kNight Folk Club)Feb 2009
From: GUEST,Chris Jewell
Date: 21 Feb 09 - 03:56 AM

So sorry to hear the news. Matt was a one off who did so much for the folk scene in Stony. Thanks Matt.

Best wishes to Jane and the family

Chris and Debs


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Subject: RE: Obit: Matt Armour (Great kNight Folk Club)Feb 2009
From: GUEST,mandy collins
Date: 22 Feb 09 - 10:56 AM

a good teacher at winslow that is going back 30years ago very good folk singer will be sadly missed by eveyone who knew you my thoughts are with you jane and the family god bless you xx


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Subject: RE: Obit: Matt Armour (Great kNight Folk Club)Feb 2009
From: GUEST,Ronnie Crabbe
Date: 23 Feb 09 - 02:59 PM

Matt was one of the first people I met when I moved to Stony in the mid 80's. Being from Scotland & living just a few hooses doon the street from Matt didn't take us long to get together. We always had an open door an the big man always knew where I kept the Malt.
I think I saw him more than the postie .
I made it back from the States for his 70th but I'm sorry I can't be there for his final journey.
Matt, I will miss you, "lang may yer lum reek".
All my love to Jane & the girls.
Ronnie.


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Subject: RE: Obit: Matt Armour (Great kNight Folk Club)Feb 2009
From: GUEST,GUEST - Barry HITCHCOX
Date: 24 Feb 09 - 02:53 PM

I first met Matt when I moved into Bletchley in the early 60s. I was involved with him at Bletchley Rugby Club. He was a staunch member and hard worker for the club. He was great fun to be with and will be missed by all who knew him.
His renditioning of 'The Jolly Old Highland Tinker'was never meant for the folk scene, but was the cause of much humour in rugby circles.
My heartfelt sympathies to his family from all at Bletchley Rugby Club.


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Subject: RE: Obit: Matt Armour (Great kNight Folk Club)Feb 2009
From: skipy
Date: 25 Feb 09 - 02:12 PM

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Subject: RE: Obit: Matt Armour (Great kNight Folk Club)Feb 2009
From: GUEST,Carole & Alan Prior
Date: 25 Feb 09 - 02:13 PM

We were saddenned to hear, recently, that Matt had passed away. Our heartfelt condolences to you Jane and to all the family.
Sadly our paths haven't crossed much in recent times, but we remember you both fondly. Matt was a big man in all ways, particularly in character and gave us such encouragement and friendship when we were younger. Great memories of Edinburgh Folk Festival, Wavendon, Stony Stratford and Whittlebury are still with us now.
Matt's big songs live on with us and many others who love to sing them and listen to them. He smiles on, with us all.
So sorry, Alan & Carole


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Subject: RE: Obit: Matt Armour (Great kNight Folk Club)Feb
From: GUEST,Nick Gordon
Date: 26 Feb 09 - 07:16 AM

There's another bit of video. Matt's contribution is the soundtrack - the video is of our tribute session the other week, Hope you enjoy

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AjL7UMnI6Tw


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Subject: RE: Obit: Matt Armour (Great kNight Folk Club)Feb 2009
From: My guru always said
Date: 26 Feb 09 - 01:55 PM

Was in the dentists waiting room at 2pm thinking of Matt and his funeral, am sure he's had a bloody good sendoff. Candle lit & will raise a glass later with friends.
Hil


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Subject: RE: Obit: Matt Armour (Great kNight Folk Club)Feb
From: cptsnapper
Date: 26 Feb 09 - 03:18 PM

It was fantastic! I'd say that there were over 300 people in the church & the session looked as if it was going to be fantastic: it was a shame that we had to leave early.


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Subject: RE: Obit: Matt Armour (Great kNight Folk Club)Feb 2009
From: skipy
Date: 26 Feb 09 - 03:48 PM

Great send off for a great man. We had to leave staight after the funeral (well, 1 pint!) as we had to go to parents evening!
The gathering was a "whos who" in the folk world. He would have been pleased.
Skipy


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Subject: RE: Obit: Matt Armour (Great kNight Folk Club)Feb 2009
From: Richard Atkins
Date: 26 Feb 09 - 09:08 PM

Another candle lit for Matt.
He was so special .His voise , songs and our chat at Fylde last year, a man in my high regard for 20 years.


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Subject: RE: Obit: Matt Armour (Great kNight Folk Club)Feb
From: GUEST,Nick Gordon
Date: 02 Mar 09 - 03:39 AM

A short DVD of the 2 Youtube clips is now available, if anyone would like a copy. Quality is obviously better than Youtube, and it will (should) play in an ordinary DVD player.

If you'd like a copy, email me at nick@gordongamblin.com, and I'll send it.

There's no charge, but if you feel duty bound, and you'd like to make a small donation to the RNLI, Matt would appreciate it, wherever he is.


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Subject: RE: Obit: Matt Armour (Great kNight Folk Club)Feb 2009
From: skipy
Date: 02 Mar 09 - 05:25 PM

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Subject: RE: Obit: Matt Armour (Great kNight Folk Club)Feb 2009
From: GUEST,Kevin Magill
Date: 05 Mar 09 - 06:06 AM

I would like to post an update for all that have written wonderful heartfelt comments on this thread for Matt & Jane. As we can only imagine, the last few weeks have been difficult for Jane and she has not had the opportunity to visit the web and see the any of the lovely tributes to Matt (and herself)and the effect they had on our lives. Last evening at dinner, she was presented with the Memorial Book signed by the many people who attended the funeral and the subsequent sessions.(thanks to my partner Kate, and Mary & Steve Johnson for organising this).In addition, the many pages of this thread and the tributes from Matt's Myspace site were included for her to read at her leisure. We will continue to monitor this thread and include further tributes so they can be incorporated into the Memorial Book
Similarly, Jane has not had a chance to read any of the many emails that must have sent as yet.
A huge thank you to you all for the words, they mean so much to Jane and the family.


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Subject: RE: Obit: Matt Armour (Great kNight Folk Club)Feb
From: Nick Gordon
Date: 09 Mar 09 - 01:57 PM

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Subject: RE: Obit: Matt Armour (Great kNight Folk Club)Feb 2009
From: HWinWindies
Date: 18 Jan 11 - 07:50 PM

I have only just picked up this thread, and was stunned to read of Matt's death.
I was an attendee, with my sister at the Cutty Wren in Totton as a teenager, and then left folk for years til I moved to Milton Keynes, and everywhere we went to watch, listen or occasionally sing, there was Matt.
He was INVOLVED in the living tradition, in a way that touched so many.
It is with sadness, that I read of his passing, but with great joy and thanks that I met him, that I will remember him and the positive impact he made on all who met him.
Thanks Matt.
Harry Whitcher


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Subject: RE: Obit: Matt Armour (Great kNight Folk Club)Feb 2009
From: GUEST,Ron Adams
Date: 24 Aug 13 - 05:51 PM

A very great loss. I was an organiser of folk nights in the Mid-Bucks area around 1972 and Matt never once said no when I asked him to come along. I remember introducing him once at Winslow Folk Club as the ' doyen of the local folk scene ' How old was he then? I got a lovely warm letter from him when I got back in touch in 2008 and bought one of his CD's. I will treasure it as a souvenir of the Big Man.


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