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Obituary - Nick Strutt (UK, 29 Sept.2009)

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Subject: Obituary - Nick Strutt
From: GUEST,Greycap
Date: 29 Sep 09 - 09:32 AM

Friends,
Nick died this morning.
Roger Knowles


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Subject: RE: Obituary - Nick Strutt
From: MGM·Lion
Date: 29 Sep 09 - 09:44 AM

Very distressed. Sincere condolences. I didn't know him well, but recall him as a most valued member of my friends' Bob and Carole Pegg's Mr Fox group in the early 1970s.

Michael


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Subject: RE: Obituary - Nick Strutt
From: The Sandman
Date: 29 Sep 09 - 09:52 AM

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Nick Strutt
Origin         England
Genres         folk music
Years active         1970-Present
Notable instruments
Mandolin
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Nick Strutt Nicholas Charles Strutt, 8 October 1946, Upminster, Essex, England.

A talented British country musician, who first played banjo at the age of 15 and then mastered guitar, autoharp, mandolin and bass. In 1965, he relocated to Leeds and graduated from Leeds University in 1970. Between 1966 and 1969, he played in a duo with Roger Knowles, which featured regularly on various radio broadcasts, including the BBC Country Meets Folk, where they sometimes played with Brian Golbey and Pete Stanley as a four-piece unit. Strutt and Knowles played as support for Hank Snow and Willie Nelson on UK appearances, before their influences saw them turn more to seminal country rock. In 1970 Strutt turned fully professional but between 1969 and 1971, he and Knowles played with Natchez Trace. In 1972, they parted amicably with Knowles opting for more traditional music and Strutt favouring the contemporary. He had already joined Bob Pegg and Carole Pegg in the folk rock band Mr. Fox, and, after this highly rated but commercially unsuccessful unit's demise, recorded two excellent duo albums with Bob Pegg. When folk rock waned, Strutt returned to country music, playing regularly around the northern country club scene.

In the late 70s, he worked on production and played as a session musician for the now defunct Look label. Here he worked with many artists, especially with Mel Hague but also produced albums for folk singer Alex Campbell and country star Tommy Collins. In the early 80s, he turned more to old-time music again and often worked and recorded with Brian Golbey. He commented that "with the advent of New Country, line dancing and blander performances, our picking and grinning style was regarded as a novelty." During the mid-80s, Strutt played part-time with various units, including a swing quartet, but returned full-time in 1990. He began teaching guitar, mandolin and bass and appeared regularly with Hague's band. He also played old-time music at regular venues with banjoist Tim Howard of the Muldoon Brothers. In 1994, he began working with a trio called Finnegan's Wake.

Over the years, Strutt has refused to be pigeonholed and his mandolin playing is unique. He acknowledges the influence of Bill Monroe and John Duffey but confesses: "I was never any good at stealing licks accurately, so I made up my own; copying any instrument I liked be it trumpet, dobro, clarinet or trombone." He runs jam sessions in Leeds, which often feature 20 musicians on numerous different instrument


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Subject: RE: Obituary - Nick Strutt
From: Sugwash
Date: 29 Sep 09 - 10:00 AM

A very fine musician, I remember being mesmerized by him and Bob Pegg in a draughty barn of a folk club in Yorkshire. Condolences to his family and friends.


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Subject: RE: Obituary - Nick Strutt
From: GUEST,Spleen Cringe
Date: 29 Sep 09 - 10:03 AM

Sorry to hear this. I love his work with Bob Pegg. My condolences to his family and friends.


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Subject: RE: Obituary - Nick Strutt
From: GUEST,Gadaffi
Date: 29 Sep 09 - 11:04 AM

We had he and Bob Pegg booked on a number of occasions at Birmingham University's folk club (when it had one) in the 1970's. He struck me as very personable and easy to identify with. Sad to hear of his passing.


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Subject: RE: Obituary - Nick Strutt
From: 12barblues
Date: 29 Sep 09 - 11:10 AM

RIP Nick.

He leaves wonderful memories of the Bluegrass nights and the Sunday lunchtime sessions at the Grove in Leeds in the 80's.


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Subject: RE: Obituary - Nick Strutt
From: GUEST,Cliff Healey
Date: 29 Sep 09 - 11:18 AM

Many fond memories of Nick & Roger both as a duo & as Natchez Trace (got the album).
Condolences to his family.


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Subject: RE: Obituary - Nick Strutt
From: GUEST,Gordon Tyrrall
Date: 29 Sep 09 - 11:27 AM

Surprised and very sorry to hear that.I must admit I lost touch since he moved away from Leeds - had he been ill, or was it unexpected?
Anyway, I knew him well in the late 70s and 80s and did some gigs with him.He played a lovely Gibson 1920s A-series mandolin, and was exceptional on it.Good guitarist too.
When I knew him he was leading a rather bohemian lifestyle from a dowdy flat on Harehills Road.As I was very green at the time I found this exciting - he was very fond of the weed, but smoked and drank enthusiastically whenever the opportunity arose.He was great company - immensely likeable,very lively and good fun to be with, almost always with a smile on his face - especially when he was playing music.


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Subject: RE: Obituary - Nick Strutt
From: Grampus
Date: 29 Sep 09 - 12:06 PM

Great memories of Nick in the 70's in the Leeds area playing in various groups/duo's. As Gordon says, lost touch when he moved away.
Thanks for all the good times.
RIP Nick
G.


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Subject: RE: Obituary - Nick Strutt
From: GUEST,Greycap
Date: 29 Sep 09 - 12:25 PM

Gordon,
He's been very ill recently, liver failure due to his constant drinking to excess.
His passing has not been unexpected, I went to see him in Norfolk four weeks ago, suspecting it may be my last chance to see an old pal. It was.
Roger


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Subject: RE: Obituary - Nick Strutt
From: MoorleyMan
Date: 29 Sep 09 - 01:20 PM

Sorry to hear this but thanks for posting Roger.
Condolences to the family.
RIP Nick.


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Subject: RE: Obituary - Nick Strutt
From: bill\sables
Date: 29 Sep 09 - 02:08 PM

I had some good memories of Nick including doing extra work at Yorkshire Television. He will be a great loss to the musical world.


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Subject: RE: Obituary - Nick Strutt
From: GUEST,Ian F.
Date: 29 Sep 09 - 06:32 PM

A sad day.
Many of us knew that Nick was nearing the end of the road but that doesn't make it any easier.
He was a talented musician and producer, who also had a deep understanding of his music. He also had a rare talent for enjoying life, and over the years his eccentric bonhomie endeared him to the many of us lucky enough to have worked with him.
He leaves many friends who will miss him greatly.
Ian F.


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Subject: RE: Obituary - Nick Strutt 29 Sept. 2009
From: Phil Cooper
Date: 29 Sep 09 - 10:54 PM

I really liked the work he did with Bob Pegg and Mr. Fox on He Came From the Moutain. Sorry to hear he's gone.


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Subject: RE: Obituary - Nick Strutt 29 Sept. 2009
From: SylviaN
Date: 30 Sep 09 - 02:24 AM

Very sad. I knew Nick from the folk scene in Leeds in the late 60s/early 70s. Great musician and great fun to be with.
My condolences to his family and close friends.
Sylvia


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Subject: RE: Obituary - Nick Strutt 29 Sept. 2009
From: GUEST,Gordon Tyrrall
Date: 30 Sep 09 - 05:09 AM

Thanks for the added info Roger - I know you and Ian played a lot with Nick.
A couple of fairly trivial memories - he had a dog, a greyhound cross, that he was devoted to and I remember him saying "One of the worst things in life is that she'll go before I do".I'm sure she did, but he cant have been much of an age.He was very clued up musically, and had a kind of muso rhyming slang that he used - so he'd always talk about "florries" rather than "chords"


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Subject: RE: Obituary - Nick Strutt 29 Sept. 2009
From: Sugwash
Date: 30 Sep 09 - 05:32 AM

He certainly look like he knew more than a three 'florrie' (Florrie Ford = chord?)trick when I saw him playing.


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Subject: RE: Obituary - Nick Strutt 29 Sept. 2009
From: GUEST,Neil Winfield
Date: 30 Sep 09 - 06:42 AM

Fond memories playing (and drinking) with Nick all those years ago.


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Subject: RE: Obituary - Nick Strutt 29 Sept. 2009
From: GUEST,David Allan
Date: 30 Sep 09 - 07:26 AM

Fond mempories of Nick and his awesonme talent from my days in the 60's and 70's with BBC Radio 2 and shows like Country Meets Folk and Country Club. Eccentric yes but he never gave less than 100%.
RIP, NIck.


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Subject: RE: Obituary - Nick Strutt 29 Sept. 2009
From: GUEST,Dom, Manchester
Date: 30 Sep 09 - 12:29 PM

Have heard some of Nick's recorded output, but never met the man, or saw him play live.Always wanted to, but now sadly too late. Stories of him as a character are legendary around Yorkshire folkie circles. For every comical tale there was always great praise and respect for his stunning musicianship, sounds like he was one of a kind.


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Subject: RE: Obituary - Nick Strutt 29 Sept. 2009
From: GUEST,lulu
Date: 30 Sep 09 - 08:32 PM

a very dear friend for a short time,i will miss his company and friendship,his sense of humour,his laughter and his banjo!!thanks for the good times nick rip x x my love and thoughts to all nicks family.


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Subject: RE: Obituary - Nick Strutt 29 Sept. 2009
From: GUEST,Kevin Young
Date: 30 Sep 09 - 09:40 PM

So sorry to hear the sad news. yet another fine musician and character gone from us. I first came across his at the Sunday lunch music gigs run by Barbara and Royce Seabourn ( Gallery). Nick was mainly working with Jeremy Wolstenholme at that time and they often guested at The Beggars Folk Club. I saw him working with Brian Golbey,with Roger Knowles and with Dave Rowinsky but there was never anything to match the buzz that was to be seen, heard and felt at the Grove on a Sunday lunch when Nick together with Ian Firbairn and Paul Buckley would turn the back room of a pub into a world stage.
Thank you Nick and be at peace.


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Subject: RE: Obituary - Nick Strutt 29 Sept. 2009
From: Dave Hanson
Date: 01 Oct 09 - 02:37 AM

Some pictures of Nick on the fRoots website, when I first saw Nick play [ a long time ago ] he was playing mandolin and I was amazed at how someone so young could be so good.

A sad loss, Dave H


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Subject: RE: Obituary - Nick Strutt 29 Sept. 2009
From: GUEST,trev king-
Date: 01 Oct 09 - 05:18 AM

date 01 Oct 09 - 10.10 am
Nick and Roger were the fist act at my new club
"The Opry" exactly 40 years ago today.
God bless you,Nick,and thanks for the memories.
Trev King.


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Subject: RE: Obituary - Nick Strutt 29 Sept. 2009
From: GUEST,Dick Wilcocks
Date: 01 Oct 09 - 05:56 AM

Fond early memories of Nick: he was a school friend at Palmer's School in Grays, Essex, and I came up to Leeds University more or less at his suggestion, though he was a scientist to my mind and I was into literature. The photo image of him that will stick with me is the one with Bob Pegg on the 1973 album cover. He was very good company, and I remember conversations with him about his whippets, having kids, music, the state of the world and booze. A wonderfully skilled and beautifully individual musician of course. Pity we weren't in touch more recently.


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Subject: RE: Obituary - Nick Strutt 29 Sept. 2009
From: GUEST,Joe Wright
Date: 01 Oct 09 - 06:54 AM

Nick did everything he could to push me musically when I was just learning and gave me great advice when I first went on the road, and for that I'll always be so grateful. He made music fun! I've been extremely proud to call Nick one of my closest friends over the last 13 years. Never failed to amaze me musically with some of those 'florries' as Gordon well put it above, and I really enjoyed his stories of life 'on the road'. His enthusiasm was infectious, great to be around. Will miss him always (and his cooking!). Rest in Peace Buddy.
Joe


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Subject: RE: Obituary - Nick Strutt 29 Sept. 2009
From: GUEST,Steve Warrington
Date: 01 Oct 09 - 07:07 AM

It was 51 years and 3 weeks ago that I met Nick at school. He wanted to be known as Banjo Nick then. He instantly became a best pal, or, rather, sparring partner. We went to all the Essex clubs, then northern ones after we went to Leeds Uni together.

Not altogether surprised by the news,but 51 years of memories form a big chunk of me.

This site has already thrown up a few surprises for me. Keep the data coming, folks.

I need a way of contacting his kids.

We should have input from Essex, Leeds, East Anglia, Castleford, Nottingham, and other centres.

Steve Warrington
email docwaz@hotmail.com


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Subject: RE: Obituary - Nick Strutt 29 Sept. 2009
From: GUEST,Andrew Strutt
Date: 01 Oct 09 - 07:18 AM

He was a very dear uncle to me and always managed to make me laugh and smile . RIP Uncle Nick xx


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Subject: RE: Obituary - Nick Strutt 29 Sept. 2009
From: GUEST,Steve Warrington
Date: 01 Oct 09 - 10:57 AM

Well done Roger for starting this chain here. It's blooming impressively, and is going to save a lot of phoning.

I spoke to Paul (his brother) this morning and he'll be in touch when funeral arrangements are sorted. This mudcat affair seems like a useful forum: Paul is going to use it for dissemination of info.

Meanwhile, start getting your brains round the idea of a memorial thrash. Anyone who has played with him (and lived) ought to be there. Watch this space!


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Subject: RE: Obituary - Nick Strutt 29 Sept. 2009
From: GUEST,Brian & Sandi Golbey
Date: 01 Oct 09 - 12:06 PM

It's wonderful to read all the above messages which show the love and respect in which Nick was held.
I first met Strutto back in 1965 at Romford Folk Club where he was part of a trio with Janet Kerr and Les Western. Over the years we were always in touch and Pete Stanley and I often played with him and Roger Knowles at gigs and on radio. Around 1980 we formed duo and travelled around quite a bit both here and on the continent. We only made one album together "Last Train South" which is a pity. In later years he often came and stayed with my family and was a great favourite at my local "The Hop Pole" in Beeston, Notts. It's always difficult to put thoughts into words at a time like this but I shall miss him always. Our thoughts and love are with his family at this time.
Till we meet again my dear friend RIP.


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Subject: RE: Obituary - Nick Strutt 29 Sept. 2009
From: GUEST,Guest: Roger Knowles
Date: 01 Oct 09 - 12:55 PM

For anyone wanting to send a sympathy card to Sue Strutt & the kids, Wesley, Bradley & Holly:

25 Leysholme Crescent
Wortley,
Leeds 12

I can't find the 'phone number....
Roger Knowles


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Subject: RE: Obituary - Nick Strutt 29 Sept. 2009
From: Vic Smith
Date: 01 Oct 09 - 01:04 PM

Two vintage photos of Nick at http://froots.net/phpBB2/viewtopic.php?t=4738


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Subject: RE: Obituary - Nick Strutt 29 Sept. 2009
From: GUEST,Richie Bull
Date: 01 Oct 09 - 01:09 PM

Went to school with him, shared a flat with him, played in loads of bands with him including Natchez Trace and Mr Fox. Made records with him. His contribution to music in general must not be underestimated. He was one of my very earliest inspirations. Would I have become a professional musician in 1966 without his encouragement? Probably not. He will be missed. Would love to hear from any old friends who knew us both - especially in Leeds. Anyone remember the Natchez Trace farewell gig in Pately Bridge?

Richie Bull

www.underwaterfilming.co.uk


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Subject: RE: Obituary - Nick Strutt 29 Sept. 2009
From: GUEST,Richie Bull
Date: 01 Oct 09 - 01:17 PM

Steve W and Roger K - give me a call about a bash for Nick.

Richie


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Subject: RE: Obituary - Nick Strutt 29 Sept. 2009
From: GUEST,Mike Greenwood
Date: 01 Oct 09 - 01:41 PM

I met Nick when we both arrived at Leeds University (as well as Steve W). He was great company from the beginning. We shared a flat (with Dave Harkess) where I remember Roger Knowles coming round to practice with Nick.

Nick introduced me to lots of music which was previously unknown to me and I have never lost a love of much country music since then. We had many great nights in the clubs in Leeds.

He was a wonderfully talented musician of great versatility but he will probably best be remembered for his remarkable mandolin playing.

He will be greatly missed by many people.


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Subject: RE: Obituary - Nick Strutt 29 Sept. 2009
From: GUEST,wezley strutt
Date: 01 Oct 09 - 02:02 PM

please keep looking at these pages 4 details of the funeral and wake . Thank you 4 the messages wezley strutt x


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Subject: RE: Obituary - Nick Strutt 29 Sept. 2009
From: GUEST,Stuart Duffy
Date: 01 Oct 09 - 02:02 PM

Very sad news indeed. Tim Howard informed me today. I worked with Nick in the 70's, he produced an album for me and knew him for many years. Great talent. RIP mate.

Stuart


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Subject: RE: Obituary - Nick Strutt 29 Sept. 2009
From: GUEST,wezley struttt
Date: 01 Oct 09 - 02:06 PM

Please keep looking at these pages 4 info on the funeral and wake thank you 4 the messages w strutt


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Subject: RE: Obituary - Nick Strutt 29 Sept. 2009
From: Jean(eanjay)
Date: 01 Oct 09 - 03:00 PM

I'm so sorry to hear this sad news.


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Subject: RE: Obituary - Nick Strutt 29 Sept. 2009
From: GUEST,Penny Mulholland
Date: 01 Oct 09 - 03:00 PM

As cousins, Nick and I grew up together in Upminster. He was so bright, clever and funny, always up to some mischief, a shooting star who fell to earth far too soon. He once said to me that he had done nothing for which he would be remembered - all your messages prove how wrong he was.


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Subject: RE: Obituary - Nick Strutt 29 Sept. 2009
From: GUEST,Brad Strutt
Date: 01 Oct 09 - 04:23 PM

If anyone has any photos of Nick, please email me them at bradjaja@hotmail.com thanks


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Subject: RE: Obituary - Nick Strutt 29 Sept. 2009
From: GUEST,Brad Strutt
Date: 01 Oct 09 - 04:29 PM

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3D8GOsNZD88


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Subject: RE: Obituary - Nick Strutt 29 Sept. 2009
From: Tyke
Date: 01 Oct 09 - 04:48 PM

Here you go Brad Bob Pegg & Nick Strutt Gypsy Stomp


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Subject: RE: Obituary - Nick Strutt 29 Sept. 2009
From: GUEST,Ian F.
Date: 02 Oct 09 - 04:40 AM

Had an e-mail from Doug Mortar, another former member of the Grove sunday lunchtime squad who is now living in Denmark.
He has asked me to pass on his condolences to Sue and the family.
Ian F.


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Subject: RE: Obituary - Nick Strutt 29 Sept. 2009
From: GUEST
Date: 02 Oct 09 - 10:17 AM

How very sad to learn that we will never again relish his side-splitting humour nor marvel at his daring, outrageous behaviour. That infectious enthusiasm of his, that scathing, lacerating wit which sprang nimbly from his impudent, chirpy gob, is lost to us now. Nick's baby face belied both an impish, quicksilver personality and an joyously accomplished musical ability, either of which always brought instant good cheer. I have nothing but fond memories of him.

We first met as students at Leeds Uni, where he was 'Agric' Nick Strutt for a year, before changing direction, from the science path which Dick Wilcocks expected him to follow to the artistic path which truly formed him. We were lodged at the Grand Hotel, Harrogate in the autumn term of 1965, awaiting completion of our new Hall of Residence. It was at the Grand Hotel where the antics of the rascally Strutt/Warrington/Wilcocks trio from Essex first came to my notice. In Nick's early days at Leeds University he was saved from expulsion by Jack Straw, our local Students Union rep.

I dimly remember his very early partnership with Roger Knowles (well done, loyal Roger, for sticking with our pal), and the odd trips up to Middlesborough or Billingham to see him perform. In 1966, when hewere living with Mike G and Dave H on Cardigan Road, Leeds, he hooked up with Hugo McGill and Eric Bell, who used to come round with him and crash out at my shared student house. Ritchie Bull became a good mate, also through Nick, and later Bob Pegg too.

The last time I saw Nick play was at the Shoulder of Mutton in Castleford, at a bash celebrating his 55th birthday, a unforgettable musical afternoon and evening. The last time I actually spent time in his company was around 2003, when he had moved in with Hugo and Dodie McGill in Caistor. I spent a wonderfully idle week there with them.

The occasional rambling late-night phone-calls of recent years revealed a sorry state of affairs, but he retained his ability to amuse so wonderfully well that they couldn't be begrudged. The sparkle in his soul still twinkled bright, he never lost his breath-taking ability to shock, and he bore a enduring loyalty towards old friends which was a pleasant surprise. Two years ago, to my intense regret, I allowed this contact slip.

RIP Nick. If you only knew how greatly you are missed. Bengo.


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Subject: RE: Obituary - Nick Strutt 29 Sept. 2009
From: GUEST,Bev Williams
Date: 02 Oct 09 - 11:13 AM

Smoke and beer, jokes and tears.. and hot music.
Thanks.


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Subject: RE: Obituary - Nick Strutt 29 Sept. 2009
From: GUEST,Ron Darnbrough
Date: 02 Oct 09 - 11:51 AM

The end of a very talented life.
Nick worked with many pub bands around the Leeds district and I had some great nights singing with him.
He always knew how to get the best out of a tune.


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Subject: RE: Obituary - Nick Strutt 29 Sept. 2009
From: GUEST,Paul Buckley
Date: 02 Oct 09 - 12:12 PM

There was never a dull moment with Nick.On arrival at a gig,if we got there,he would plug in his old vox amp which he knew wouldn't work.After 10 minutes or so he would hit it in a particular spot,if this failed he'd pick up the soldering iron he had already heated up and start taking it to pieces.Hovering somewhere between pleasure and danger it was always fun.Always an entertainer,both on and off stage,he could light up the room by walking in.Now he has gone and,without him and people like him,our rooms and our lives are a little less bright.


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Subject: RE: Obituary - Nick Strutt 29 Sept. 2009
From: GUEST,Mike Abbott
Date: 02 Oct 09 - 03:16 PM

I first had the pleasure of seeing Nick work way back in the early 80s with The Country Tones Roger Knowles and Dave Rowinski. His ability to sing those high tenor harmonies always amazed me. A great musician with a vast knowledge of music that he was always willing to share. In later years his use of alcohol became legendary. I lost touch with him over ten years ago when he left Leeds and I moved to Oxford.

To-days young musicians are poorer for not having Nick around.


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Subject: RE: Obituary - Nick Strutt 29 Sept. 2009
From: GUEST,ROGER HUMPHRIES
Date: 02 Oct 09 - 05:27 PM

So sorry to learn the sad news. I only saw Nick a few times but was always very impressed by his obvious passion and joy that he got from music. He was "real".

Sadly, guys like Nick are very rare these days.

My condolences to his family & everybody who knew him.

Roger Humphries


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Subject: RE: Obituary - Nick Strutt 29 Sept. 2009
From: GUEST,Bruce Michael Baillie
Date: 02 Oct 09 - 05:49 PM

I remember seeing him with Bob Pegg at the Barn theatre at Norland one very cold night back in 1973 or 74? also saw him quite a few times witn Jeremy Wolstenholme in the late 70's, loved his mandolin playing. An excellent fellow of infinite talent, not many mandolin players like him about!
The heavenly choir grows bigger every day!


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Subject: RE: Obituary - Nick Strutt 29 Sept. 2009
From: GUEST,Steve Warrington
Date: 03 Oct 09 - 05:16 AM

Roger,
Sorry to take the lazy option, and use this forum for mundane matters, but please ring me, or post your phone/email for me. I have questions!

A bit more personal info:
Richie was driving us back from a gig (ca. 35 years ago. I had Nick sat on my knee in the front. I had to grasp him tightly to stop him grabbing the wheel. On arrival at his folks' place, I carried him to the door, knocked and dumped him on the mat. He started striking my head vigorously. I had the idea that restricting his oxygen supply would slow him down - he could hit really fast, but not hard, though it was still unpleasant. I placed him on the lawn, and lay across his face. He bit through a new Levi denim shirt, and and nearly bit my left nipple off. (Residual toothmark evidence remains for this to be verified by comparison with dental records.)

These, and other scars, may be inspected on appointment. Applications will be treated individually, and I reserve the right to refuse access to certain injuries after careful screening of the applicant. (Age, sex, gender orientation etc.)

Memories...... (in the club style, please)...Memories....

Some things stay with you all your life.


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Subject: RE: Obituary - Nick Strutt 29 Sept. 2009
From: GUEST,David Harkess
Date: 03 Oct 09 - 06:26 AM

I met Nick and Steve ¡®Doc¡¯ Warrington at the Grand Hotel in Harrogate in 1965. Steve then preferred to be known as Spike. Nick was always Nick except for a spell when he was known as ¡®Agric¡¯ in our student days. I shared a flat with him and Mike Greenwood in our second year on Cardigan Road, which is when I started to meet Nick¡¯s musician friends and my own musical tastes (thanks very much Nick!) moved beyond the Beach Boys and Elvis. I remember very well when Hugo McGill brought Eric Bell around for the first time. Leeds had a thriving folk music scene then and Nick seemed to know everybody and his brother. As many others have said there was never a dull moment when Nick was around. I obviously had too much fun that year living with him because I had to miss the following year of studies having failed one exam.

For a while I lived above Nick in the attic flat in Harehills Avenue. It was he who got the flat for me in fact. A good friend indeed when I was really in need. And of course having Nick as a neighbour meant a laugh was never far away. Steve took over the flat after about a year and I moved back over to Headingley, although I visited them both quite frequently. There always seemed to be a whole scene going at Nick¡¯s.

The last time I spoke to Nick was at his 55th birthday bash over in Cas which I arrived late for and very unfortunately for me I missed the great music. I did see him play live many times especially in the early years and heard him practise a fair bit too. How lucky I am to have been a friend of Nick¡¯s. All the best, Grolly.


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Subject: RE: Obituary - Nick Strutt 29 Sept. 2009
From: GUEST,Roger Knowles
Date: 03 Oct 09 - 07:40 AM

Steve,
Tel: 01423-562540
email is: roger.knowles2@ntlworld.com
I'm away until Monday lunchtime, but Eileen should be in.
Cheers,
Roger


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Subject: RE: Obituary - Nick Strutt 29 Sept. 2009
From: GUEST,Richard Hyde
Date: 03 Oct 09 - 08:22 AM

I remember ferrying Nick to an interview of sorts at the job centre- post Caister High School tutoring days with Hugo. 'Mr Strutt, have you your C.V. we can look at, please'? Nick responds confidently with reaching into his bag and offering over a virgin encyclopedia of country music, 'Look me up, petal', he remarks together with a cheeky grin. Talk about legendary status.

Nick was a dear, dear friend and I'll miss his exquisite company immensely. Rich


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Subject: RE: Obituary - Nick Strutt 29 Sept. 2009
From: GUEST,Tim Howard
Date: 03 Oct 09 - 10:34 AM

Now and again in life we meet and work with people who's company inspires and enthrals. Nick Strutt was one of these people and I had the pleasure of knowing and working with him for a couple of years early in my career, never a dull moment! He introduced me to many other fine musicians and singers. For a good few years thereafter the better part of my repertoire consisted of tunes and songs taught to me by Nick, indeed I still sing many of those songs even now. His passing is a great loss not only to the folk/country music fraternity but to myself and the many other pickers and singers that had the pleasure to know him.
With regard to the "Heavenly Choir" mentioned in a previous tribute I suspect Nicks first question in heaven with out a doubt would have to be "Where's the F####n' bar!"
Cheers Nick.


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Subject: RE: Obituary - Nick Strutt 29 Sept. 2009
From: GUEST
Date: 03 Oct 09 - 10:36 AM

Now and again in life we meet and work with people who's company inspires and enthrals. Nick Strutt was one of these people and I had the pleasure of knowing and working with him for a couple of years early in my career, never a dull moment! He introduced me to many other fine musicians and singers. For a good few years thereafter the better part of my repertoire consisted of tunes and songs taught to me by Nick, indeed I still sing many of those songs even now. His passing is a great loss not only to the folk/country music fraternity but to myself and the many other pickers and singers that had the pleasure to know him.
With regard to the "Heavenly Choir" mentioned in a previous tribute I suspect Nicks first question in heaven with out a doubt would have to be "Where's the F####n' bar!"
Cheers Nick.


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Subject: RE: Obituary - Nick Strutt 29 Sept. 2009
From: GUEST,Nigel Rae
Date: 03 Oct 09 - 11:59 AM

I used to be a regular at the Grove jam sessions run by Nick in the 90s, and like many others was encouraged and helped by him to become a better musician. I owe him a lot, and have never forgotten that. He had a lot of style, both as a player and as a person, and is much missed.


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Subject: RE: Obituary - Nick Strutt 29 Sept. 2009
From: GUEST,José McGill
Date: 03 Oct 09 - 12:34 PM

Nick moved into our family home in Caister back in 1999 and over the years I managed to pick up all sorts of inversions and tricks from the old bugger. Invaluable stuff that set me up proper. A ridiculously good laugh, great cook and lover of loud ties.

I have a collection of taped recordings of him which I'll endeavour to copy onto digital.

Thanks for the time and enthusiasm Nick.
see ya mate


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Subject: RE: Obituary - Nick Strutt 29 Sept. 2009
From: GUEST,Ian Edwards
Date: 03 Oct 09 - 02:27 PM

Heard the sad news today from Trev King.
Lots of good memories of Nick, Roger and Natchez Trace playing around the Teesside area
RIP


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Subject: RE: Obituary - Nick Strutt 29 Sept. 2009
From: GUEST,Mel Hague
Date: 03 Oct 09 - 02:45 PM

Thanks for this Roger. Nick and I were quite close and kept in touch often by mail or phone. He rang me last month and told me he was in a poor state and I wish I had been able to go and see him as you did. He asked me to write to him and he said he would write back to give me the hard details. I wrote and sent him some of my books but I didn't hear back - I assumed he was either too ill to write or just getting around to it. I will miss him very much we had some happy times together over many years and I have some great memories of him. Good luck to you Nick wherever you are.
Mel


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Subject: RE: Obituary - Nick Strutt 29 Sept. 2009
From: GUEST,Tom Travis
Date: 03 Oct 09 - 06:55 PM

My first memory of Nick was from the mid 1960's when I played a club in Harrogate with my then music partner, Smiley Bowker. Nick and Roger Knowles were there and got up and played. Smiley and I were very impressed - so much so, that when we came to make our second album in 1969, 'Country Style Tom and Smiley,' we contacted Nick to join the session on mandolin. I remember that he arrived at the North London recording studio wearing an immaculate grey suit and large matching stetson hat. When we went for lunch in a nearby restaurant he certainly turned a few heads. He did a great job on the recording -especialy his break on the song, 'Bury Me Beneath The Willow.' He also joined us on stage that same year for a big gig at the Free Trade Hall Manchester. He was smart, funny and a great musician. I rang Smiley, who now lives in Spain and told him about the loss of Nick - he was shocked and upset, as we both are. We hope there's bluegrass, folk and country music where you are Nick...so you can keep on pickin' and grinnin'


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Subject: RE: Obituary - Nick Strutt 29 Sept. 2009
From: GUEST,Joe The Bow
Date: 03 Oct 09 - 08:49 PM

Just before we walked into a venue in Caister, armed with our axes Nick's said, "listen to this, this'll scare them"..... on arrival he said "We're the band tonight, where do we set up?!" The bemused young girl behind the bar said she didn't know they had a band on a Wednesday and she'd have to go and check - she came back with "apparently, there isn't a band booked, Sir" to which Strutt replied "There is now!" We played a few tunes, obviously with him pushing me on the Fiddle more than himself, and after a song or two from him we had a good audience. He played a few numbers accompanying other people singing various songs and his playing was, of course, first class.
Many good occasions stay with you, but most that stay with me, involve Nick, and will I Never forget them. He was my mentor initially, and best friend after. I am lost without him.

Joe The Bow


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Subject: RE: Obituary - Nick Strutt 29 Sept. 2009
From: GUEST,John Firminger
Date: 04 Oct 09 - 09:08 AM

Whilst everybody will say how Nick was a good old boy and a fine musician. One of my great memories of him was when he'd stay at my house and help me to cook Sunday dinner. We'd experiment with different culinary ideas (i.e. putting plumbs in the gravy, making a mint and apple relish), wow, my kids just loved it when Nick was around. However as I recall, there was also plenty of red wine and sometimes some fag-ash included in the recipes! But we loved those Sunday dinners, accompanied of course by more red wine.
Like his cooking, Nick could also be a bit unpredictable onstage sometimes. Playing alongside him with Mel Hague (1991 & '92), after counting in our opening number Nick would just stand there looking at me, wondering what to do next! But once into the song he contributed some wonderful guitar and mandolin as he duid on the album we recorded with Mel. I'll be playing that again and recalling those wonderful times with a real character.


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Subject: RE: Obituary - Nick Strutt 29 Sept. 2009
From: Mississippi Saxaphone
Date: 04 Oct 09 - 11:46 AM

Sorry to hear the bad news Roger but after your last visit to see Nick you said you were concerned.

My memories of Nick go back to when he played with Natchez Trace who I booked regularly at the Maypole Folk Club in Leeds all those years ago and it is a great pity he is no longer around. We have lost a true talent.

Tony (Bomber) Aked


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Subject: RE: Obituary - Nick Strutt 29 Sept. 2009
From: GUEST,JK
Date: 04 Oct 09 - 01:04 PM

I don't think Nick and I ever actually spoke together. We did, however, exchange glances and nods in several jam sessions on the bluegrass field and, as many of you will know, these sessions can breed genuine 'friendship at a distance'.

In short, I didn't know Nick that well, but well enough to mourn his passing.

John G Keegan (JK)


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Subject: RE: Obituary - Nick Strutt 29 Sept. 2009
From: GUEST,Family friend
Date: 04 Oct 09 - 05:23 PM

Please visit the site Gonetoosoon and leave tributes To Professor Nicholas Charles Strutt
1946 - 2009


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Subject: RE: Obituary - Nick Strutt 29 Sept. 2009
From: GUEST,Dave Ward
Date: 05 Oct 09 - 06:58 AM

Sad news indeed - Fortunately or not , not having seen the Struttster for a while, my memories are still of the cuban-heeled, angellicaly curled, chinless grinner, who knew everything and was much smarter than the average bloke- loved a laugh as well.

The last time I remember being with the lad, we were for some obscure reason driving up to Essex University for a gig with Bob Pegg, this was in the seventies. As we progressed through the rain the scratchy car radio began pounding some rock that was a complete change to what we had been listening to, but faded in and out frustratingly - 'who do you reckon that was I asked the musical sage' - fuck off came the ready reply, that bass line can only be the Stones' - as it was, a track from Goat's Head Soup- knew his stuff that boy. May he rest in peace.


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Subject: RE: Obituary - Nick Strutt 29 Sept. 2009
From: GUEST,Roger Knowles
Date: 05 Oct 09 - 08:22 AM

Friends,
Sue Strutt tells me that, subject to confirmation, Nick's funeral service will be at St. John's Church, Wortley, Leeds at 11.00a.m. on Friday 16th. October. He will be buried at Leeds Lawnswood Cemetery with a brief(5 Minute) farewell ceremony. The post-funeral 'do' will be at The Grove in Leeds. The landlord apparently will welcome intruments etc.
If you know any of Nick's friends who may not be on the Mudcat forum, please inform them of these details,
Thanks in advance,
Roger


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Subject: RE: Obituary - Nick Strutt 29 Sept. 2009
From: GUEST,Steve Warrington
Date: 05 Oct 09 - 11:20 AM

This is getting obsessive!
Can't help dredging up memories, but it's good to record them somewhere. I've got buckets of them - enough to fill a book. In fact, I think I'll write one. Too late to call it "My Way", as that would have done.

Paul/Sue/Brad/Wez: I heard tell of a collection of notes and jottings assembled by Nick. If these surface during the horrible tidying-up process, I'd like a shufti, as they might add something to the project. I've also got some letters from from Norfolk - rambling reminiscences which I responded to, trying to correct facts, dates etc. so I could get my own memories in order. Nick's memory, though jumbled, was incredible.

A couple of recollections for now though:

During the abortive stay in Newquay, we had to ford the River Gannel, on the way to the pub, holding instruments above our heads. The route took us through a municipal park. "Give me your autoharp!" barks Nick. He took it and flattened an ornamental duck, which we tried to boil on a camping stove. Excruciatingly nauseous! (They were strong autoharps then!) Nick wrote a daft banjo tune called "Gannel Romp", to commemorate the evening.

Les Western at Romford Folk Club introduced us to Jimmie Rodgers, Jack Elliot, and Carter Family numbers. Nick was taken with the idea of "riding the rods", that featured in hobo ditties. We weren't familiar with American trains, so had to make do with riding on the buffers of the clanky diesel railcar from Grays to Upminster. You had also to get on and off the station undetected, running through the brakeyards. (Well, piles of pigeons in wicker boxes) You gotta live that song!

Toodle-pip, dear boy!


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Subject: RE: Obituary - Nick Strutt 29 Sept. 2009
From: GUEST,Paul Reade
Date: 05 Oct 09 - 12:29 PM

Sorry to hear about Nick. I found some photos of him with Roger and others at an informal pub session at Whitby folk festival in about 1967 or 68 - see http://www.gradelydesigns.co.uk/Nick%20Strutt.jpg
I remember we gave Nick a lift back to Leeds later and had a hilarious ride with his humour and stories.


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Subject: RE: Obituary - Nick Strutt 29 Sept. 2009
From: GUEST,wezley strutt
Date: 05 Oct 09 - 01:53 PM

Please go to gonetoosoon it is an on line memorial site feel free to up load any pics or memories go to professor nicholas strutt. The funeral date is not confirmed as yet .


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Subject: RE: Obituary - Nick Strutt 29 Sept. 2009
From: GUEST
Date: 05 Oct 09 - 01:59 PM

Mel !! He did get your books he was even reading 1 in hospital !! He went mad with me because i dident realise the title DEATH ON A ROPE !! i hope to see you at the funeral wez


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Subject: RE: Obituary - Nick Strutt 29 Sept. 2009
From: GUEST,Scouse Andy
Date: 05 Oct 09 - 02:07 PM

Strutty was the first person I met and spoke to in The Grove, I learnt a lot from him, maybe the most important being absolute enthusiasm for singing and playing. A great entertainer and character, and inexhaustible fund of musical know how.

Some of my photos for you to see here: http://www.flickr.com/photos/cameraderiephotography/sets/72157617690584744/detail/


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Subject: RE: Obituary - Nick Strutt 29 Sept. 2009
From: Tyke
Date: 05 Oct 09 - 02:56 PM

Guest Paul Reade is that Mark Knopfler sat next to Rodger?

and here's a blue clicky to Scouse Andy's Photos http://www.flickr.com/photos/cameraderiephotography/sets/72157617690584744/detail/


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Subject: RE: Obituary - Nick Strutt 29 Sept. 2009
From: MG John
Date: 06 Oct 09 - 06:16 AM

I am so sorry to read this bad news. On the brighter side, Yes I was at the Patley Bridge final concert with Sue G.M. I believe it was actually at the Waterwheel restaurant or Pub Just north of Pately B. What a night to remember!


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Subject: RE: Obituary - Nick Strutt 29 Sept. 2009
From: GUEST
Date: 06 Oct 09 - 07:21 AM

Hi Wez:
I do have some photos to pass on but I need to dig them out. Let me have your email address and I will send them on to you. I'm sorry for you and your family for the loss of Nick and I know you had issues with him and I was privvy to a lot of them and tried to help as much as I could but I can only speak as I find and to me he was just a lovely guy and I will miss him greatly. I won't be able to make the funeral because my legs don't work too well these days. I hope the day goes well, dear boy. Mel


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Subject: RE: Obituary - Nick Strutt 29 Sept. 2009
From: GUEST,Maggie Gee
Date: 06 Oct 09 - 11:36 AM

My memories are of Nick & Roger (and later with Richie Bull) coming up to play at The Bunkhouse in Guisborough and Trev King's Opry club in Middlesbrough on a fairly regular basis. Accommodation would generally be at our place, and I remember well one New Year's gig when the Kaye contingent from Leicester were also there. Talk about over-crowding !   But a night of music, booze, food and smoke, not necessarily in that order!   Weren't we all naughty people back then.   But - oh, the fun we had.

Nick alway interacted well with our handicapped daughter, and I loved him for that.

That Heavenly Choir needs a new MD Nick, go sort them out, and teach Sarah Jane some mandolin please!.
Love & Peace, Maggie xx


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Subject: RE: Obituary - Nick Strutt 29 Sept. 2009
From: GUEST,Gordon Tyrrall
Date: 06 Oct 09 - 12:33 PM

I've just found a couple of old photos of Nick when we played in a band in Leeds together, sometime around 1978 probably.Nick seemed to get into an irish music phase around this time.It was a load of bollocks, but good fun.Apologies for me taking up most of the picture - cant remember who took these.
http://viewmorepics.myspace.com/index.cfm?fuseaction=user.editAlbumPhoto&albumID=235167&imageID=52048527
http://viewmorepics.myspace.com/index.cfm?fuseaction=user.editAlbumPhoto&albumID=235167&imageID=52048525


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Subject: RE: Obituary - Nick Strutt 29 Sept. 2009
From: GUEST,Gordon Tyrrall
Date: 06 Oct 09 - 12:39 PM

Let me do that again

http://viewmorepics.myspace.com/index.cfm?fuseaction=viewImage&friendID=72412158&albumID=235167&imageID=52048527
http://viewmorepics.myspace.com/index.cfm?fuseaction=viewImage&friendID=72412158&albumID=235167&imageID=52048525


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Subject: RE: Obituary - Nick Strutt 29 Sept. 2009
From: Tyke
Date: 06 Oct 09 - 02:01 PM

Here's two Blue Clicky's for you Gordon http://viewmorepics.myspace.com/index.cfm?fuseaction=viewImage&friendID=72412158&albumID=235167&imageID=52048525#a=235167&i=5204
and
http://viewmorepics.myspace.com/index.cfm?fuseaction=viewImage&friendID=72412158&albumID=235167&imageID=52048527


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Subject: RE: Obituary - Nick Strutt 29 Sept. 2009
From: GUEST
Date: 06 Oct 09 - 02:08 PM

Leeds 1978 ?

Gordon, was that wine bar called something like "Grobs"
and downstairs under a modernish office block ?


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Subject: RE: Obituary - Nick Strutt 29 Sept. 2009
From: GUEST,Paul Reade
Date: 06 Oct 09 - 02:28 PM

In answer to Tyke's question, the person next to Roger on my picture isn't Mark Knopfler - his name is Mark Peers. It was an informal jug band jam session that Roger and Nick joined in with, and Mark Peers is on washboard, his brother Jim on jug, Johnny Wall on trumpet mouthpiece / paraffin funnel, and me on kazoo / metal funnel. There may well have been other musicians out of shot - I can't remember, and it was very crowded as you can see from the pictures.


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Subject: RE: Obituary - Nick Strutt 29 Sept. 2009
From: GUEST,Lorraine Cutter
Date: 06 Oct 09 - 03:03 PM

I only knew Nick for 13 years, but every time I saw him he made me laugh. I loved to listen to him when he played his mandolin. God he could make that thing sing.


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Subject: RE: Obituary - Nick Strutt 29 Sept. 2009
From: GUEST,Wez Strutt
Date: 06 Oct 09 - 03:11 PM

Hi Mel just to let you know my dad and I resovoled our differences many years ago and I have been to visit dad many times over the past years as have my brother Bradley sister Holly and our mum Sue


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Subject: RE: Obituary - Nick Strutt 29 Sept. 2009
From: GUEST,Gordon Tyrrall
Date: 06 Oct 09 - 03:11 PM

Thanks for that George - I couldnt quite get it to work.It might have been "Grobs", but there's a menu on the wall in one of those pics under "Wigs".Yes it was a subterranean kind of joint.The band varied, but was usually, me, Nick,Jeremy Wolstenholme,Brian Lishman and Paul Long.
I remember Nick doing an e.p. with Jeremy.


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Subject: RE: Obituary - Nick Strutt 29 Sept. 2009
From: GUEST,Chloe Cochrane nee Firminger
Date: 06 Oct 09 - 05:57 PM

My dad, John Firminger, played with Nick in 'The Mel Hague Band' back in the early 1990's, so often Nick stayed at our house and made the epic Sunday lunches that my dad mentioned in his post.
Myself and my brother thought that Nick was a legend. he will be sorely missed.


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Subject: RE: Obituary - Nick Strutt 29 Sept. 2009
From: GUEST,Kevin Young
Date: 06 Oct 09 - 09:11 PM

Hi Gordon,

The pics were definately taken at the Wigs Wine Bar, The Headrow, Leeds.


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Subject: RE: Obituary - Nick Strutt 29 Sept. 2009
From: GUEST,hugo he was a friend of mine
Date: 06 Oct 09 - 11:21 PM


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Subject: RE: Obituary - Nick Strutt 29 Sept. 2009
From: GUEST,andy prowler and jan
Date: 07 Oct 09 - 05:00 AM

sad to hear of the passing of nick our thoughts are with sue 'wesley bradley and holly.rip nick


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Subject: RE: Obituary - Nick Strutt 29 Sept. 2009
From: GUEST
Date: 07 Oct 09 - 06:08 AM

Hi Wez:
I am so glad you guys got the differences sorted. I know it would have been a heartbreaker if you hadn't. Ain't human nature grand at times. Give my best to Brad, Holly and your Mum. Mel


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Subject: RE: Obituary - Nick Strutt 29 Sept. 2009
From: GUEST
Date: 07 Oct 09 - 06:31 AM

The Band name that they used at Wigs was The Holbeck Moor Ramblers


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Subject: RE: Obituary - Nick Strutt 29 Sept. 2009
From: GUEST,Janet and Tom Mackle
Date: 07 Oct 09 - 08:55 AM

So sad to hear this, have known Nick for years firstly at Grove and also later at Shoulder of Mutton at Castleford, he and Dave the landlord came to our wedding and we all had a good time jamming at the Mutton afterwards,with all the other musos, he came and stayed one weekend armed with a few bottles of good red ! We played on and off with him many a time, hard to think hes not around anymore, gone but never forgotten J & T xx


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Subject: RE: Obituary - Nick Strutt 29 Sept. 2009
From: GUEST,Tom Mackle
Date: 07 Oct 09 - 12:36 PM

I just wanted to say what an amazing and surprising musician he was. Nick didnt teach me anything but I learned so much from him like, yes the blues can be played on a mandolin. I wish we could have jammed just one last time. "Fair play Nick"........................Tom x


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Subject: RE: Obituary - Nick Strutt 29 Sept. 2009
From: GUEST,Wez Strutt
Date: 07 Oct 09 - 03:25 PM

THE FUNERAL ARRANGEMENTS

Every one gather at St John's Church. PLEASE NO ONE COME TO THE HOUSE.

Service begins at 11.10 St John's Church Dixon Lane Wortley LS12 4RU

followed by cremation at Lawnswood Otley Road Adel LS16 6AH.
Followed by Wake/Jam session at the Grove Back Row Holbeck Leeds
Black dress optional
Myself Bradley Holly and our mum would like to thank all who have sent cards.
Roger Knowles and Brian Golby will be singing at Dads request at both the church and at the crematorium


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Subject: RE: Obituary - Nick Strutt 29 Sept. 2009
From: GUEST,Wez Strutt
Date: 07 Oct 09 - 03:29 PM

The time of the service at Lawnswood will be at 12.20


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Subject: RE: Obituary - Nick Strutt 29 Sept. 2009
From: GUEST,Wez Strutt
Date: 07 Oct 09 - 04:12 PM

Hi folks sorry here I am again PLEASE NO FLOWERS BUT DONATIONS TO Palliative Care East at James Paget Hospital Great Yarmouth
thanks
see you all Friday 16th Wez Brad Holly Sue


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Subject: RE: Obituary - Nick Strutt 29 Sept. 2009
From: GUEST,Ronan Fitzsimons
Date: 08 Oct 09 - 12:23 PM

Very sad to hear of Nick's passing. Condolences to Sue, Wesley Holly, Bradley and the wider family.

A fine musician who could tell a tale or two with aplomb and colourful wit.

I will never forget those addictive Sunday lunchtime sessions at the Grove Inn, leeds with Nick, Ian Fairbairne, Alan Daley, Paul buckley et al.

His contribution to the music scene in Leeds, Yorkshire and beyond, since the mid-60's or so, will never be forgotten.

Fond memories. we'll miss you. RIP


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Subject: RE: Obituary - Nick Strutt 29 Sept. 2009
From: GUEST,Polly McGill
Date: 08 Oct 09 - 04:43 PM

Thinking of Nick on his birthday today. It was a pleasure knowing him xx


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Subject: RE: Obituary - Nick Strutt 29 Sept. 2009
From: GUEST,Paul Long
Date: 08 Oct 09 - 06:05 PM

Nick used to play with Jeremy myself and depending how much the fee was other Artist's would play.He also worked with a guy called Steve Dixon doing the Workies playing in between the Bingo and Raffles.He was such a adaptable person and held a Equity card and appered as a nodder (EXTRA) in Corrie sat in the Rovers and also in Emerdale Farm.I was fortunate to meet his parents and Brother Paul who were very middle class and his mother liked Jeremy and myself as we wore Pyjamas.Nick also drove my furniture delivery vehicle and was one of many muso's who worked in the shop.The last time I sang with Nick and Jeremy was at his and Sues Wedding in the late 70's singing The Manchester Rambler.Good HONEST AND HAPPY DAYS.lOOK UP AT THE SKY TONIGHT he will be having a real jam session My love and best wishes to Sue and Kids.


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Subject: RE: Obituary - Nick Strutt 29 Sept. 2009
From: GUEST,Sarah
Date: 09 Oct 09 - 01:38 AM

RIP Nick, my love and thoughts to your family
Sarah


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Subject: RE: Obituary - Nick Strutt 29 Sept. 2009
From: GUEST,Steve and Valda
Date: 09 Oct 09 - 08:43 AM

God bless you nick, You enriched every life you touched, as a muso and a man. Too many great memories to pull out just one or two. I don't think I ever so laughed so hard as when I was in your company. The world is a little darker place for your passing.

Steve and Valda.


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Subject: RE: Obituary - Nick Strutt 29 Sept. 2009
From: GUEST
Date: 09 Oct 09 - 08:52 AM

the wiki entry needs updating,
and a lot more detailed facts and stories
to do justice to Nicks life in music.


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Subject: RE: Obituary - Nick Strutt 29 Sept. 2009
From: GUEST,Darren Don Maureen Binns - Clear Cut
Date: 09 Oct 09 - 11:59 AM

What more can be said about Nick. He was a true nice guy and a fantastic friend & musician. A LEGEND! A very sad loss to the music scene.

RIP MATE

Darren Don Maureen Binns - Clear Cut
Clearcut@ntlworld.com


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Subject: RE: Obituary - Nick Strutt 29 Sept. 2009
From: GUEST,John Law
Date: 09 Oct 09 - 03:14 PM

I remember some great times with Nick, me and Andy Seward. Drunk, playing in leeds in that Council thing where we had to shift the busker with the trained dog!!!

The music community has lost a great character!!! I will miss you Nick - MY MAN!!!!!


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Subject: RE: Obituary - Nick Strutt 29 Sept. 2009
From: GUEST,Steve Dixon
Date: 11 Oct 09 - 01:49 PM

Heard the sad news from Bev Williams. Thanks Bev for finding me. I first met Nick in 1975 when helping out a friend at a residency in Leeds. Nick and I became good friends, working together as 'Strutt-Dixon Duo' for the next Three years on local Country Music Clubs, Social Clubs, and our own Residencies around the Leeds area. We also had a short TV appearance, along with Nick's 'Folky' friend, Jeremy Wolstenholme, on YTV in 1978.
Nick always amazed me with his brilliant playing and his perfect harmonies, and in particular the way he could flip styles from Folk, Country, and even his amazing 50,s style Rock and roll solos (finger-picked of course, in his own inimitable way).
RIP Nick, you will be missed.


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Subject: RE: Obituary - Nick Strutt 29 Sept. 2009
From: GUEST,Angela Elliott-Hague
Date: 11 Oct 09 - 04:21 PM

I knew Nick from my Dads Band "The Mel Hague Band" I used to love going to watch them and listening to nick play. He always had a big hug & an even bigger smile for me. He used to make me laugh with his jokes & stories & he was such a gentleman. I will never forget you Nick.
Rest in Peace
Angela.xxx.


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Subject: RE: Obituary - Nick Strutt 29 Sept. 2009
From: GUEST,Sue Strutt
Date: 12 Oct 09 - 03:49 AM

Hi Just letting you all know the post code for the Grove Inn
LS11 5PL.
The parking is very limited at the Grove so if any of you can double up, down the road from the Grove there are park and desplay meters that you can use.

I would like to thank all the people who have sent cards and messages of support for myself and my children Wezley Bradley and Holly at this heart breaking time


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Subject: RE: Obituary - Nick Strutt 29 Sept. 2009
From: GUEST,Lizzie Galilee
Date: 12 Oct 09 - 01:54 PM

With sincere condolences to Sue, Wezley, Bradley and Holly. Nick, you will always be remembered for what you gave to music and for the personal help and encouragement you gave to so many people, including myself. RIP, Lizzie.


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Subject: RE: Obituary - Nick Strutt 29 Sept. 2009
From: GUEST,Josie & Danny McGill
Date: 13 Oct 09 - 12:16 AM

Enjoyed his Company on many occassions along with Hugo,Dodi and Jose
very tallented musician will sadly be missed. Hope your playing your fiddle up there you old bugger!!!!!!!


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Subject: RE: Obituary - Nick Strutt 29 Sept. 2009
From: GUEST,Bill Holt
Date: 13 Oct 09 - 08:41 AM

To quote one of Nick's sayings, he was never "A load of average".

I have wonderful memories of the time spent with Roger and Nick at the end of the '60's.

Maybe rather than RIP, in Nick's case it should be RIFF - Rest in Friendly Fun.

Bill Holt


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Subject: RE: Obituary - Nick Strutt 29 Sept. 2009
From: GUEST,IAN CLAYTON
Date: 13 Oct 09 - 10:35 AM

nick phoned me earlier this year he'd just finished reading my book
bringing it all back home.he wanted to discuss some ideas with me.I'm starting to work on my own memoirs he said and then launched into a history of music from memory.he covered everything from English music hall to vauderville'country and western to the outer reaches of the folk rock scene.his knowledge was breathtaking and his love of the bizarre made me laugh long after i put the phone down.he rattled off the names of people he'd worked with ' people he admired and then went into a lengthy routine about acts who had appeared in provincial theatres between the wars.i didn't know if he really knew all this from memory or if he was making it up' but it was bloody funny .i mentioned that i had read a book called grace beauty and banjo's nick thought for a bit..i thought the line had gone dead.then he said dear boy the grace and the beauty i understand but its never about fucking banjo's ian clayton...


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Subject: RE: Obituary - Nick Strutt 29 Sept. 2009
From: GUEST,MARGARET PARKER
Date: 13 Oct 09 - 10:48 AM

i first met nick in 1979 he was in a trio called country tones we hit it off straight away.we followed the trio wherever they played we became very good friends.when we took over the pub the shoulder of mutton in castleford nick came to stay for about 2 weeks and ended up staying for nearly 4 years.we had great jamming sessions when other musicians came to see him.he also loved playing domino's he taught me how to make a great spaghetti bolognese.i am really glad that i met him he was a great guy who will be sadly missed with love margaret parker.


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Subject: RE: Obituary - Nick Strutt 29 Sept. 2009
From: GUEST,TETLEY DAVE PARKER .
Date: 13 Oct 09 - 11:13 AM

my first memories of nick were in 1979 country music was at its peak in our area.a pub in pontefract advertised the country tones so we all went along in a chevrolet i had at the time .i was on crutches "having fell of the back of a lorry .we were all very impressed by the band and particularly strutts strutt on the mandolin i asked nick if the band would play it again which they did 'this sparked up a very good relationship with my wife and family and we followed them throughout.i ended up as a country music booking agent for several clubs and pubs and got the country tones out wherever i could .then nick began to teach my youngest son to play bass guitar and even loaned him his bass to practice at home 'he drove us crackers with continuous rendition of grandfathers clock and the door is always open.i used to look after nick's car and dave rowinskis tranny van and on occasion rogers motor bike .one day nick came to the pub one afternoon armed with mandolin two guitars and a suitcase and said hey up squire how am i fixed for a few days which lasted for four years
nick brought musical merriment and wit into the pub he was a good domino player but crap at darts.i could go on and on with memories going back 30 years but even as i write tears are falling RIP .nick love.
tetley dave shoulder of mutton castleford


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Subject: RE: Obituary - Nick Strutt 29 Sept. 2009
From: GUEST,STEVE PARKER
Date: 13 Oct 09 - 11:47 AM

i was first introdeced to nick when i was 9 years old he took me under his wing as my bass tutor for 5 years .after this i sped off on my own road progressing along the way .nick was agreat insperatation to me and i could not thank him enough .nick was agreat guy outside my music too showing me how to roll fags and drink cans of long life beer (top man) nick was a great man and a great part of my life cheers nick steve parker aged 39.


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Subject: RE: Obituary - Nick Strutt 29 Sept. 2009
From: GUEST,BRUCE AND LINDY
Date: 13 Oct 09 - 11:52 AM

nick will be sadly missed rip nick.    Bruce and Lindy shoulder of mutton castleford


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Subject: RE: Obituary - Nick Strutt 29 Sept. 2009
From: GUEST,Nigel Sleeman
Date: 14 Oct 09 - 11:48 AM

I first met Nick at Leeds University along with Steve Warrington, Mike Greenwood, Dave Harkess, Pete Bensimon and many other remarkable characters.

In the early seventies, I lived near Nick in Harehills Avenue, Leeds, and have pleasant memories of Pickles and I taking Sammy, Nick's mischievous dog, for walks in nearby Gledhow Valley Woods. Sammy seemed to have developed many of Nick's traits and was forever examining every new thing he came across with great excitement and stubbornly refusing to obey any instruction.

Nick's genius with music and his mastery of the instruments he played has already been mentioned but one of my warmest memories of Nick is of a different flavour. One sunny afternoon I tentatively asked Nick if he fancied a game of tennis. To my surprise, he immediately agreed. We grabbed a couple of rackets and set off for the tennis courts at nearby Potternewton Park. It soon became apparent that he was a really good player. He seemed to glide effortlessly across the ground to return the ball and all the while wearing a huge grin on his face. It turned out to be a great match. I've no idea who won - probably Nick; I had not realised that Nick was as good an athlete as he was a musician.

Great memories


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Subject: RE: Obituary - Nick Strutt 29 Sept. 2009
From: GUEST,John Hooper
Date: 14 Oct 09 - 02:16 PM

Nick was a good friend to me and helped me in many ways. First met him in 1965/6 on a bus going home from a gig and he has been an important part of my life ever since. We lost contact in the last few years and I regret that. But what a life he had to celebrate! Love you Nick!


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Subject: RE: Obituary - Nick Strutt 29 Sept. 2009
From: GUEST,Brad Strutt
Date: 14 Oct 09 - 04:53 PM

THE FUNERAL ARRANGEMENTS (again)
Friday 16th Oct

Please could every one gather at St John's Church. PLEASE NO ONE COME TO THE HOUSE.

Service begins at 11.10 St John's Church Dixon Lane Wortley LS12 4RU

followed by cremation at Lawnswood at 12.20 Otley Road Adel LS16 6AH

Followed by Wake/Jam session at The Grove Back Row Holbeck Leeds LS11 5PL

Black dress optional

PLEASE NO FLOWERS BUT DONATIONS TO Palliative Care East at James Paget Hospital Great Yarmouth

Thanks.


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Subject: RE: Obituary - Nick Strutt 29 Sept. 2009
From: GUEST,Deni Fairbairn
Date: 14 Oct 09 - 07:39 PM

I first met Nick on the day he arrived in Leeds to be a fresher at the university.
I have many , many memories of Nick since then, from the Palladium to the Grove!!
Thanks Nick,
Love Deni


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Subject: RE: Obituary - Nick Strutt 29 Sept. 2009
From: GUEST,Ian F.
Date: 14 Oct 09 - 07:53 PM

I have had to live for many years with the retort at home - "I don't care how good you are, you never did the Palladium like Nick did"
I can't argue with that, RESPECT!!!
Ian F.


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Subject: RE: Obituary - Nick Strutt 29 Sept.- funeral 16 Oct
From: Tim Leaning
Date: 15 Oct 09 - 04:13 AM

Having read all the above it seems the world has lost a much respected and well loved man.
Never met him or heard him play.
My loss.
Condolences to you all for yours


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Subject: RE: Obituary - Nick Strutt 29 Sept.- funeral 16 Oct
From: GUEST,Charlie Speed
Date: 15 Oct 09 - 11:21 AM

Nick Strutt R.I.P
Just thinking of the music you played and sponsored,once met never forgotten.
Lv Charlie Speed


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Subject: RE: Obituary - Nick Strutt 29 Sept.- funeral 16 Oct
From: GUEST,Roger Knowles
Date: 15 Oct 09 - 11:58 AM

Well, that's about it, Nick, if you're reading this, just see how many of us loved you & your music.
We'll do your last gig tomorrow,old lad,
Your pal,
Roger


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Subject: RE: Obituary - Nick Strutt 29 Sept.- funeral 16 Oct
From: GUEST,Mat White
Date: 15 Oct 09 - 12:12 PM

I never met Nick but i host the wednesday open mic at the Grove Inn. Steve Cockerill informed me of his passing and the role he had in saving the Grove Inn from the clutches of ASDA. Reading this page of tributes he must have been a great guy.

My condolences to all who knew him and i'll make sure that he is remembered to the Grove Open Mic crowd next wednesday.

Kind regards

Mat White


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Subject: RE: Obituary - Nick Strutt 29 Sept.- funeral 16 Oct
From: GUEST,Toivo
Date: 15 Oct 09 - 12:57 PM

Fond memories of Nick & I gigging together at Granary Wharfe & Leeds Music Festival - we had some fun! Also have a brilliant photo of us dressed up in Rupert the Bear costumes for one of these sessions whilst we were raising money for charity - it got pretty hot in that get-up.
Also had many excellent busking sessions in Wakefield every Friday, sometimes in sub-zero temperatures. It was a pleasure to work with such a talented musician as Nick - he even worked out how to play one of my Estonain tunes with a flattened 5th chord on guitar - I was on accordion.
These fond memories will live on Nick - RIP dear boy.


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Subject: RE: Obituary - Nick Strutt 29 Sept.- funeral 16 Oct
From: GUEST,Lynn
Date: 15 Oct 09 - 01:09 PM

Thanks for the friendship, thanks for the laughter, i'll really miss you. Sorry I cann't be there to see you off. Toodle pip old chap xx


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Subject: RE: Obituary - Nick Strutt 29 Sept.- funeral 16 Oct
From: GUEST,gerry brownridge
Date: 15 Oct 09 - 01:10 PM

Have known and loved Nick since the late 70's and done numerous gigs with him over the years the last ones being at a sea front "Irish" bar in Cleethorpes which we used to play at every 6 weeks for a couple of years.They are nights that I'll never forget.The great music and the laughs both on the journey there and back. Nick was one in a million.He was a true friend who was always there with good advise and a few jokes.I will miss him immensly.God bless you mate,Love you,
Gerry.


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Subject: RE: Obituary - Nick Strutt 29 Sept.- funeral 16 Oct
From: Tim Leaning
Date: 15 Oct 09 - 01:16 PM

We are going to Mucky Muldoons tonight
Its a sea front "Irish Bar" in Cleethorpes.
;-)


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Subject: RE: Obituary - Nick Strutt 29 Sept.- funeral 16 Oct
From: GUEST,Steve Cockerill
Date: 15 Oct 09 - 01:34 PM

I've just being reading all the above. I was in the background of many of these wonderful stories. I knew him as an audience does for many years and enjoyed his wonderful humour. His musicianship was both unique and exceptional.

In the late 80s I began to sing at his Jam Session, which although run very well since I still think of as his night. He encouraged me to sing and I thank him for that. I was heavily involved with researching for the NUM around the same time and we'd have good, deep, angry political conversations about the whole thing and the political trends. He cared so much about the underdog. He wrote a song for us to record called Albion Tragedy, a Glory, Glory, Hallelluya but on the plight of the UK collier. I'll bring the lyrics along tomorrow, to share.

In the early 90s I remember picking him up from home, laughing with Sue and the gang of three.

I remember Wez chasing Nick around with a broom once... he deserved it! What a man... what fond memories...

Hi Sue, sorry I've not been in touch of late. See y'all tomorrow.


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Subject: RE: Obituary - Nick Strutt 29 Sept.- funeral 16 Oc
From: GUEST,Dave Hutch
Date: 15 Oct 09 - 05:05 PM

I first met Nick in the early 70's. Our paths crossed many times and in many places. Sadly no more. My thoughts are with Sue, Wesley, Bradley and Holly


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Subject: RE: Obituary - Nick Strutt 29 Sept.- funeral 16 Oc
From: GUEST,goff greenwood
Date: 21 Oct 09 - 04:43 AM

nick was an integral part of the radio leeds country shows with roger. I met him long before I started the show as presenter and with myself & mike storey it ran for 20 years. He also made a large contribution to the records I put out by Hugo Mc Gill, Doc & Chickie Williams and Tommy Collins. I recall being so impressed by his ability to switch from mandolin to lead electric guitar with ease and he worked for me in the studios as session leader. He was a talent that should have gone on to even greater things. Last time I was in contact he was working with my friend Hugo Mc Gill in yarmouth-the baby face comment on a previous posting is very true-he never seemed to get older-in looks or disposition. Fond memories of a gentle and occasionally eccentric friend.


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Subject: RE: Obituary - Nick Strutt 29 Sept.- funeral 16 Oct
From: GUEST,Roger Knowles
Date: 21 Oct 09 - 01:32 PM

Mike Harding tells me he is giving Nick's passing a mention on his Radio Two programme tonight


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Subject: RE: Obituary - Nick Strutt 29 Sept.- funeral 16 Oct
From: GUEST,Sue Wesley Bradley Holly Strutt
Date: 22 Oct 09 - 07:38 AM

We would like to thank everyone who turned up at the church and crematorium on Friday 16th October, and a big thank you to all who came to The Grove and played. The amount of people who came up to me and the children to say it was the best funeral they had ever been to! I think we did Nick proud. Last, but not least, a special BIG thank you to Roger and Brian - you were fantastic. Thank you all once again.
Sue, Wesley, Bradley and Holly


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Subject: RE: Obituary - Nick Strutt 29 Sept.- funeral 16 Oct
From: GUEST,Paul Strutt
Date: 26 Oct 09 - 08:24 AM

I would like to extend my own thanks to all who came to Nick's funeral some of whom travelled hundreds of miles to be there. It was a true celebration and I was pleased to meet so many of Nick's friends from school days, university days and musicians and friends alike. Sorry that I did not get a chance to speak to Bob Pegg and Richie Bull in particular but again, thanks for coming. Special thanks to Roger and Brian - a pleasure to hear them sing despite the difficult cicumstances. Nick would have been absolutely over the moon with such a magnificent turnout! Paul


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Subject: RE: Obituary - Nick Strutt 29 Sept.- funeral 16 Oct
From: GUEST,Simon Reed
Date: 05 Nov 09 - 02:59 PM

Memories, fantastic, fun filled memories, songs, stories, laughter, jokes, drink and smoke! God bless you mate R.I.P.


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Subject: RE: Obituary - Nick Strutt 29 Sept.- funeral 16 Oct
From: GUEST,Chris Merchant
Date: 13 Nov 09 - 05:30 PM


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Subject: RE: Obituary - Nick Strutt 29 Sept.- funeral 16 Oct
From: GUEST
Date: 18 Nov 09 - 12:55 PM

paul thank you for your lovley card the tears were falling it was my pleasure and privledge to have know nike and to have been a freind and him to have been a freind of mine still miss hearing he voice and his cheekyness miss him always love and kisses and best regards to all lul.uxxxxxxx


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Subject: RE: Obituary - Nick Strutt 29 Sept.- funeral 16 Oct
From: GUEST,Mark Peers (JBW Jug Band)
Date: 29 Jul 10 - 01:42 PM

We have lived in Spain for the last 9 year so a bit out of touch and have only just found this thread and sadly learnt of Nick passing away last year. I have many fond memories of Nick from the 60's and enjoyed Nick and Roger's music many times.

The photos sent by Paul "the Prince George Hotel" Reade show Nick & Roger playing with the Jug & Bottle Washers Jug Band in a jam sesssion at the Whitby Folk Festival in 67 or 68. Nice of Tyke to think I was Mark Knoffler its the haircut! I also have photos taken at the same event which show Jon Rennard busking with the Jug BAND on the pier. Jon Rennard also sadly passed away in 1971

Nick's passing is a great loss to music. My memories of Nick are from the 60's & 70's when I remember his humour and smiley face and determination to live life in his own way.


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Subject: RE: Obituary - Nick Strutt (UK, 29 Sept.2009)
From: GUEST
Date: 28 Sep 10 - 06:05 PM

One year how time flys I hope you have found peace at last Nick Love you always Sue Good nigh God bless xxxx


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Subject: RE: Obituary - Nick Strutt (UK, 29 Sept.2009)
From: Tyke
Date: 29 Sep 10 - 12:12 AM

9 years in spain well you won't understand this comment Mark. But I should have gone to Specksave!

Your not forgotton Nick we are all just keeping quiet in the hope that the Devil dosn't know that you have past on.


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Subject: RE: Obituary - Nick Strutt (UK, 29 Sept.2009)
From: GUEST,Roger Knowles
Date: 29 Sep 10 - 05:11 AM

A year went by really fast, Nick, you aren't forgotten.
"Nights I'll never remember, with a friend I'll never forget"
Roger


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Subject: RE: Obituary - Nick Strutt (UK, 29 Sept.2009)
From: GUEST,Vince Doherty
Date: 12 Dec 11 - 06:25 PM

Two years late I have just learned of Nick's sad passing. Knew him at Romford Folk Club and on many Saturday nights when he was a boy in Essex and we were all young listening to people like Doc Watson, Ralph Rinzler, Tom Clarence Ashley, Sandy and Jeannie and Paul Simon.
Sorry I lost touch with him. He achieved somuch and was obviously much loved. My condolences to his family


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Subject: RE: Obituary - Nick Strutt (UK, 29 Sept.2009)
From: GUEST,Richie Bull
Date: 22 Jan 12 - 11:49 AM

Vince Doherty !!!!!!!!!! Many happy memories of the White Swan.


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Subject: RE: Obituary - Nick Strutt (UK, 29 Sept.2009)
From: GUEST,Guest
Date: 25 Apr 15 - 04:16 AM

Does anyone have any info on Les Western? He taught me to play guitar back in the early 60's. We played together at a few clubs in Essex, mainly Chelmsford,also in Newquay for peanuts and left over pasties. He was living near Southend in those days


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Subject: RE: Obituary - Nick Strutt (UK, 29 Sept.2009)
From: tritoneman
Date: 25 Apr 15 - 06:19 PM

I seem to remember seeing Les Western with the Southern Ramblers. I heard somewhere that, at some point, he was still building instruments.
Graham


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