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Obit: Brian Brocklehurst (UK-26 Oct 2010)

GUEST,Ray 12 Nov 10 - 08:21 AM
Will Fly 12 Nov 10 - 08:26 AM
Will Fly 12 Nov 10 - 08:27 AM
Leadfingers 12 Nov 10 - 08:36 AM
tritoneman 12 Nov 10 - 09:43 AM
The Sandman 12 Nov 10 - 10:08 AM
The Sandman 12 Nov 10 - 10:15 AM
Will Fly 12 Nov 10 - 10:20 AM
John MacKenzie 12 Nov 10 - 10:26 AM
GUEST,Hootenanny 12 Nov 10 - 11:37 AM
GUEST 12 Nov 10 - 11:45 AM
Will Fly 12 Nov 10 - 12:19 PM
John MacKenzie 12 Nov 10 - 12:21 PM
Jim McLean 12 Nov 10 - 12:31 PM
tritoneman 12 Nov 10 - 12:48 PM
GUEST,Hootenanny 12 Nov 10 - 12:58 PM
GUEST,S Byers 12 Nov 10 - 01:03 PM
GUEST,Roy Herbert, ex.B,B,C, Prod. R2 16 Nov 10 - 10:51 AM
GUEST,Roger Knowles 16 Nov 10 - 11:47 AM
GUEST 17 Nov 10 - 09:02 AM
Old Vermin 17 Nov 10 - 09:57 AM
Old Vermin 17 Nov 10 - 09:59 AM
GUEST,Alastair Hendrie 30 Nov 10 - 06:52 PM
GUEST,Phil Bond 01 Jun 11 - 01:01 AM
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Subject: Brian Brocklehurst - RIP
From: GUEST,Ray
Date: 12 Nov 10 - 08:21 AM

It appears to have gone largely un-noticed that Brian Brocklehurst passed away on 26th October. Brian was something of an institution in folk circles during the 1970's and played with more people than you can shake a stick at. RIP Brian
Ray


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Subject: RE: Brian Brocklehurst - RIP
From: Will Fly
Date: 12 Nov 10 - 08:26 AM

Well I'll be damned - I was reminiscing with Leadfingers about Brian on another thread only the other day. We both remembered him cycling around London wearing a short-sleeved check shire in all weathers, pipe clamped between his teeth - and double bass strapped around his back. A jazz institution - and also a weekly stalwart as the regular bass player on Country Meets Folk - recorded at the Players' Theatre.

He lived just round the corner from me in Sussex Gardens - must have been around 80 when he died, then. RIP - a wonderful musician.


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Subject: RE: Brian Brocklehurst - RIP
From: Will Fly
Date: 12 Nov 10 - 08:27 AM

check shire - check shirt, of course!


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Subject: RE: Brian Brocklehurst - RIP
From: Leadfingers
Date: 12 Nov 10 - 08:36 AM

Another Good Man Gone !!


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Subject: RE: Brian Brocklehurst - RIP
From: tritoneman
Date: 12 Nov 10 - 09:43 AM

What a sad piece of news. His fabulous sense of humour, kindness and laid back attitude always took the scariness out of doing live Country Meets Folk performances at the Playhouse.

Yes, a wonderful musician too.


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Subject: RE: Brian Brocklehurst - RIP
From: The Sandman
Date: 12 Nov 10 - 10:08 AM

did he play with the spinners?


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Subject: RE: Brian Brocklehurst - RIP
From: The Sandman
Date: 12 Nov 10 - 10:15 AM

srory i was thinking of john mccormick


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Subject: RE: Brian Brocklehurst - RIP
From: Will Fly
Date: 12 Nov 10 - 10:20 AM

Tritoneman - thanks for correcting an ageing memory. It was indeed the Playhouse Theatre. I was running the BBC Folk Club for a spell in the late 1960s and used to get a weekly batch of tickets for club members to see Country Meets Folk. Brock was a lovely man and, as you say, very laid back.


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Subject: RE: Brian Brocklehurst - RIP
From: John MacKenzie
Date: 12 Nov 10 - 10:26 AM

Yes he did play with the Spinners, in his guise as resident bass player on Country Swamps Folk, as mentioned above.
In fact after one Saturday lunchtime we all adjourned to a local hostelry, for a little light refreshment.
I used to go most Saturdays to the recording, in the Playhouse Theatre, near Charing Cross station.


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Subject: RE: Brian Brocklehurst - RIP
From: GUEST,Hootenanny
Date: 12 Nov 10 - 11:37 AM

If my memory serves me correctly the local hostelry was the Sherlock Holmes.

Hoot


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Subject: RE: Brian Brocklehurst - RIP
From: GUEST
Date: 12 Nov 10 - 11:45 AM

Yes Hootenanny. That was the place- In Craven St if I remember rightly...


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Subject: RE: Brian Brocklehurst - RIP
From: Will Fly
Date: 12 Nov 10 - 12:19 PM

The Sherlock Holmes was, and is, in Northumberland Avenue. We also used to repair there after watching CMF at the theatre.


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Subject: RE: Brian Brocklehurst - RIP
From: John MacKenzie
Date: 12 Nov 10 - 12:21 PM

There was another wee place too, It was a sort of drinking club, first floor, and not that far away from the Sherlock


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Subject: RE: Brian Brocklehurst - RIP
From: Jim McLean
Date: 12 Nov 10 - 12:31 PM

That's a sad bit of news, quite a shock. I produced many LPs and alsways used Brian for his incredible sympathetic bass playing. My wife once asked him why he wore the same shirt and he said he'd bought a gross of the same pattern!


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Subject: RE: Brian Brocklehurst - RIP
From: tritoneman
Date: 12 Nov 10 - 12:48 PM

Thanks Will. My fading memory......


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Subject: RE: Brian Brocklehurst - RIP
From: GUEST,Hootenanny
Date: 12 Nov 10 - 12:58 PM

Me too Will, normally in the company of Malcolm Price.


Hoot


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Subject: RE: Brian Brocklehurst - RIP
From: GUEST,S Byers
Date: 12 Nov 10 - 01:03 PM

If anyone has any recordings of Country Meets Folk - featuring Brian B. on bass then please digitise them and upload them to:

http://www.mediafire.com/ or somewhere

There are a mere two HERE


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Subject: RE: Obit: Brian Brocklehurst (UK-26 Oct 2010)
From: GUEST,Roy Herbert, ex.B,B,C, Prod. R2
Date: 16 Nov 10 - 10:51 AM

A stalwart in the studio, very tolerant of lesser talents and amateurs. A good friend and companion he knew all the best pubs.in Maida Vale. He is missed.


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Subject: RE: Obit: Brian Brocklehurst (UK-26 Oct 2010)
From: GUEST,Roger Knowles
Date: 16 Nov 10 - 11:47 AM

He played bass for Nick Strutt and I on CMF many times. Also Pete Stanley & I.
Rest in Peace, Brock,
Roger


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Subject: RE: Obit: Brian Brocklehurst (UK-26 Oct 2010)
From: GUEST
Date: 17 Nov 10 - 09:02 AM

Finally some mention of the sad news of "Brock" a wonderful character who became a good friend and will be missed dearly.
He was very proud of his contributions to Country Meets Folk which would appear to be only a fraction of the huge number of sessions and people he worked with over the years.
He also had his own small group "Brocade" which featured on Radio 2 (and Capitol I believe) for many years playing short segments in various programmes.
Let's hope that more of his achievements finally come to light for all to enjoy.
Heres to you Brock - Rest in Peace.
D


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Subject: RE: Obit: Brian Brocklehurst (UK-26 Oct 2010)
From: Old Vermin
Date: 17 Nov 10 - 09:57 AM

And he certainly seemed ubiquitous as bass-player on BBC radio.

The passing of an era.


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Subject: RE: Obit: Brian Brocklehurst (UK-26 Oct 2010)
From: Old Vermin
Date: 17 Nov 10 - 09:59 AM

And the italics should off course have come off again.

Any obits in the broadsheets? Was at Witney melodeoning, so haven't seen papers.


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Subject: RE: Obit: Brian Brocklehurst (UK-26 Oct 2010)
From: GUEST,Alastair Hendrie
Date: 30 Nov 10 - 06:52 PM

I've just finished watching a BBC Scotland programme about Jimmy MacGregor at 80, which had some old B&W footage of him performing with Robin Hall, and there were some shots featuring Brock, pipe clenched between teeth, playing bass.

I remember working as a cameraman on various TV programmmes such as The McCalmans in the BBC's Glasgow studios when he was the bass player, the butt of Ian McCalman's wry sense of humour, but happy to chat with the crew during rehearsals.


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Subject: RE: Obit: Brian Brocklehurst (UK-26 Oct 2010)
From: GUEST,Phil Bond
Date: 01 Jun 11 - 01:01 AM

Phil Bond...It was only yesterday I called his number then found that Brian had sadly left us...In the mid 80's I first worked with Brian and the Soho Jazz festivals...Always a pleasure to work with him and would often end up at his place for coffee.Brian would relate stories of his past jazz world...A great player...You'll be sadly missed, Brian


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