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

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GENERATIONS OF CHANGE


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GUEST,Ron Adams 24 Aug 13 - 05:51 PM
HWinWindies 18 Jan 11 - 07:50 PM
Nick Gordon 09 Mar 09 - 01:57 PM
GUEST,Kevin Magill 05 Mar 09 - 06:06 AM
skipy 02 Mar 09 - 05:25 PM
GUEST,Nick Gordon 02 Mar 09 - 03:39 AM
Richard Atkins 26 Feb 09 - 09:08 PM
skipy 26 Feb 09 - 03:48 PM
cptsnapper 26 Feb 09 - 03:18 PM
My guru always said 26 Feb 09 - 01:55 PM
GUEST,Nick Gordon 26 Feb 09 - 07:16 AM
GUEST,Carole & Alan Prior 25 Feb 09 - 02:13 PM
skipy 25 Feb 09 - 02:12 PM
GUEST,GUEST - Barry HITCHCOX 24 Feb 09 - 02:53 PM
GUEST,Ronnie Crabbe 23 Feb 09 - 02:59 PM
GUEST,mandy collins 22 Feb 09 - 10:56 AM
GUEST,Chris Jewell 21 Feb 09 - 03:56 AM
The Admiral 19 Feb 09 - 07:13 PM
wendyg 19 Feb 09 - 05:43 PM
GUEST,Bill Marston 19 Feb 09 - 09:46 AM
GUEST,Sandy & Ian Hobbs 19 Feb 09 - 04:12 AM
vectis 18 Feb 09 - 03:43 AM
GUEST,Andy Powell 17 Feb 09 - 06:12 PM
Blowzabella 16 Feb 09 - 08:03 PM
GUEST,moira and malc 16 Feb 09 - 11:06 AM
GUEST,Bob Plews 16 Feb 09 - 08:02 AM
GUEST,Bill Marston 15 Feb 09 - 06:45 PM
GUEST,Duncan Whittaker 15 Feb 09 - 08:29 AM
Mick Tems 15 Feb 09 - 05:53 AM
GUEST,Duncan and Sarah Whittaker 14 Feb 09 - 05:20 PM
GUEST,Roddy Clenaghan 14 Feb 09 - 01:36 PM
GUEST,Paul Manning 14 Feb 09 - 07:00 AM
Jack Blandiver 13 Feb 09 - 06:49 PM
GUEST 13 Feb 09 - 06:29 PM
Gervase 13 Feb 09 - 05:38 PM
GUEST,Nick Gordon 13 Feb 09 - 01:56 PM
The Admiral 13 Feb 09 - 12:23 PM
GUEST,GUEST, Tim Edwards 13 Feb 09 - 11:34 AM
GUEST,Tom Wilson - The Wilson Family 13 Feb 09 - 10:39 AM
GUEST,Pop Martin and Lizzy 13 Feb 09 - 10:26 AM
Bonnie Shaljean 13 Feb 09 - 09:09 AM
cptsnapper 13 Feb 09 - 09:04 AM
Jock O' Dreams 13 Feb 09 - 06:56 AM
GUEST,Chris 12 Feb 09 - 05:21 PM
GUEST,Matt's family 12 Feb 09 - 04:56 PM
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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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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
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: 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 2009
From: skipy
Date: 02 Mar 09 - 05:25 PM

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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: 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 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
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: 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: 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: 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 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,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: 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,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,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: 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: 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: 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: 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: 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,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: 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,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: 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,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,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: 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 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: 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,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: 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
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
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,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 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 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: 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,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: 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
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: 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 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: 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: 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: 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: GUEST
Date: 12 Feb 09 - 09:21 AM

Cilla & Artie have been informed.


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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,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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