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Joe Whelan R.I.P. 20 July 2010

Vic Smith 22 Jul 10 - 07:55 AM
Valmai Goodyear 22 Jul 10 - 08:16 AM
GUEST,moira (flying cat) 22 Jul 10 - 08:25 AM
Vic Smith 23 Jul 10 - 01:10 PM
GUEST,Gary mccabe 25 Jul 10 - 11:15 AM
GUEST,Susanna and Sean McCabe 25 Jul 10 - 02:41 PM
GUEST 01 Aug 10 - 09:15 AM
Liberty Boy 02 Aug 10 - 07:09 AM
GUEST,Tracy Hennessy 07 Sep 11 - 06:27 PM
Jim Martin 08 Sep 11 - 07:31 AM
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Subject: Joe Whelan R.I.P.
From: Vic Smith
Date: 22 Jul 10 - 07:55 AM

This from Reg Hall
I'm sorry to have to tell you that Joe Whelan died unexpectedly in his sleep on Tuesday. The funeral will be in Sussex on Friday 6 August at 11.00. Further details later.
Reg

Elsewhere, Reg wrote
       Joe Whelan was born and brought up at Eglish, midway between Birr and Cloghan in Co. Offaly. There was a single-row melodeon in the house which his grandmother and mother played but they later acquired a two-row accordeon in B & C and it was on this that he started, at the age of about twelve. Joe listened to the renowned accordeon player Francie Brereton when he came to work in Cloghan but Joe actually received few tips from anyone and evolved a style of his own.

       In the first ten years after the war, traditional music was attracting an active following in rural Ireland, and Joe's teenage years were swept along in the tide of this new excitement.

       Joe arrived in England in 1960 and found himself amongst like minded musicians and he was soon leading his own bands. Family commitments led to Joe's semi-retirement from music for a while and then at the end of the 1980s he was invited to play in the Goldsmith Arms in Penge with an old friend Michael McMahon. Liam Farrell had played there some time previously, and he was now at a bit of a loose end following Raymond Roland's death. Joe and Liam came together and a new partnership was born.


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Subject: RE: Joe Whelan R.I.P.
From: Valmai Goodyear
Date: 22 Jul 10 - 08:16 AM

That is very sad news; a splendid man. It was a priviledge to hear him play with Liam and Reg Hall at the Royal Oak in Lewes.

Valmai


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Subject: RE: Joe Whelan R.I.P.
From: GUEST,moira (flying cat)
Date: 22 Jul 10 - 08:25 AM

Sad news indeed, he was as valmai said, a splendid man. Moira


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Subject: RE: Joe Whelan R.I.P.
From: Vic Smith
Date: 23 Jul 10 - 01:10 PM

The funeral is 11.00, Friday 6 August at St Edwards RC Church, Keymer, Sussex [near Lewes]. Bridie is expecting music in the pub afterwards.


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Subject: RE: Joe Whelan R.I.P.
From: GUEST,Gary mccabe
Date: 25 Jul 10 - 11:15 AM

My uncle Joe,a talented man greatly missed. X


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Subject: RE: Joe Whelan R.I.P.
From: GUEST,Susanna and Sean McCabe
Date: 25 Jul 10 - 02:41 PM

Joe whelan great uncle/brother in law, dearly missed, love to all x


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Subject: RE: Joe Whelan R.I.P. 20 July 2010
From: GUEST
Date: 01 Aug 10 - 09:15 AM

Brendan Hennessy

Rest in Peace Joe. Such a lovely gentle man. Joe and Bridie were a regular fixture in our house at various gatherings and regularly played with my late father Phil Hennessy. It was always such an honour to hear Joe and the lads play. His acordian and his wonderful spirit for life and music will be greatly missed.
My heart goes out to Bridie and all the family.

God Bless


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Subject: RE: Joe Whelan R.I.P. 20 July 2010
From: Liberty Boy
Date: 02 Aug 10 - 07:09 AM

John Howson sent the CD to me few years ago. Lovely old fashioned Irish traditional music. Yet another one of the old guard gone!


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Subject: RE: Joe Whelan R.I.P. 20 July 2010
From: GUEST,Tracy Hennessy
Date: 07 Sep 11 - 06:27 PM

I will never forget being woken up in the middle of the night, even on school nights when all the boys came back for a session (and his plates of sandwiches). I was so proud not only to be taught and play alongside my father at home and in public but to be taught by Joe and Liam how to play as a group.

Love Always and Forever

Tray Hennessy

xxx


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Subject: RE: Joe Whelan R.I.P. 20 July 2010
From: Jim Martin
Date: 08 Sep 11 - 07:31 AM

There's a photo of Joe here:

http://www.veteran.co.uk/Artistes.htm


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