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Uncle Tone 10 Feb 13 - 07:03 AM
doc.tom 10 Feb 13 - 07:26 AM
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Noreen 10 Feb 13 - 08:40 AM
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Subject: Tragedy at Fisherman's Friends Gig
From: Uncle Tone
Date: 10 Feb 13 - 07:03 AM

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Subject: RE: Tragedy at Fisherman's Friends Gig
From: doc.tom
Date: 10 Feb 13 - 07:26 AM

Before you panic - tragedy, yes, but it didn't involve Fisherman's Friends - they were due to perform later but the gig was cancelled.


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Subject: RE: Tragedy at Fisherman's Friends Gig
From: Dennis the Elder
Date: 10 Feb 13 - 07:40 AM

It is still tragic event, my thoughts go to the family and friends of the dead and the injured person.
Apparently the person who died was the tour manager for Fishermen's Friends. It is thought the other person is a backstage technician from G live. He is in St Georges Tooting with serious head injuries.


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Subject: RE: Tragedy at Fisherman's Friends Gig
From: Noreen
Date: 10 Feb 13 - 08:40 AM

From the above link, BBC News England updated 20mins ago:

A member of the touring party for the Cornwall-based Fisherman's Friends sea shanty group has been killed in an accident at a music venue in Surrey.

The group's management company said one of the singers also suffered serious head injuries after a large metal door fell on them at G Live, in Guildford.


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Subject: RE: Tragedy at Fisherman's Friends Gig
From: GUEST
Date: 10 Feb 13 - 11:11 AM

More details here:

http://uk.news.yahoo.com/man-crushed-death-door-music-venue-125556383.html

Police were called to G Live in Guildford, Surrey at about 11.45am on Saturday after a report that two men were trapped beneath the large door.

One of them men had serious leg injuries. He was treated by paramedics, but was pronounced dead at the scene.

The other man, who is a member of the popular singing band Fisherman's Friends, was taken to St George's Hospital in Tooting with serious head injuries. He has not been named.

The Cornish-based group had been due to perform at the venue just before midday on Saturday, but the gig was called off following the incident.

A spokesman for the 10-member band said: "Tragically, a member of the Fisherman's Friends touring party died yesterday following an accident at the G Live venue in Guildford where the group were due to perform.

"One of the Fisherman's Friends was also seriously injured in the accident and remains in hospital."


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Subject: RE: Tragedy at Fisherman's Friends Gig
From: Noreen
Date: 10 Feb 13 - 11:28 AM

The two men have now been named on the BBC page linked to above.

The tour manager for the Cornwall-based Fisherman's Friends male singing group has been killed in an accident at a Surrey music venue.

Paul McMullen died and Trevor Grills, one of the singers, suffered serious head injuries when a large metal door fell at G Live in Guildford.

The Port Isaac group had been due to perform there on Saturday evening.

A statement issued on behalf of the group's management team said Mr Grills remained in hospital.

"There is no update on his condition," it added.

Police were called to the London Road venue just after 11:45 GMT on Saturday.

Surrey Police said one man suffered serious injuries to his legs, but was declared dead at the scene.
'Tragic death'

Shirley Gladwin, who works for Jon Cleve, one of the members of the Fisherman's Friends, said: "It's very sad, because they are so popular and do so much for the village.

"They've brought this village alive. It's a very sad village today."
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    It's very sad, because they are so popular and do so much for the village"

Shirley Gladwin

Darcus Beese, president of the group's label Island Records, said: "Everyone here is shocked by this tragic event, our hopes and prayers go out to the friends and families of those involved."

A statement from G Live said a serious accident had resulted "in the tragic death of a member of a touring visiting company's personnel".

"This is a terribly sad day and our thoughts are with the family of the deceased at this incredibly difficult time," it said.

Surrey Police is investigating and the Health and Safety Executive - which investigates work-based accidents - has been notified.

Fans have posted tributes on the Fisherman's Friends' Facebook page.

One, from Nicola Eastwood, said: "We were due at the gig, so, so sorry to hear what happened. Tragic. Our love, thoughts and best wishes to everyone involved."

The Fisherman's Friends were given a £1m recording contract after being discovered by music industry bosses during a pub concert.

They have since performed at the Glastonbury Festival.

Ealing Studios is working on developing a film charting the rise of the a capella group.


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Subject: RE: Tragedy at Fisherman's Friends Gig
From: RWJ
Date: 10 Feb 13 - 12:35 PM

My thoughts are with the people Involved and All family & friends. A very sad loss.


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Subject: RE: Tragedy at Fisherman's Friends Gig
From: Bonzo3legs
Date: 10 Feb 13 - 04:51 PM

Likewise from me, I only saw them last week at the RFH gig with Show of Hands.


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Subject: RE: Tragedy at Fisherman's Friends Gig
From: Continuity Jones
Date: 10 Feb 13 - 08:37 PM

This is very sad.


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Subject: RE: Tragedy at Fisherman's Friends Gig
From: ChanteyLass
Date: 10 Feb 13 - 08:51 PM

Sad indeed,


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Subject: RE: Tragedy at Fisherman's Friends Gig
From: Tattie Bogle
Date: 10 Feb 13 - 09:01 PM

Tragic indeed: echoing thoughts for family and friends of the deceased and injured.


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Subject: RE: Tragedy at Fisherman's Friends Gig
From: Marje
Date: 11 Feb 13 - 12:36 PM

I was astonished, though, to read the headline in today's Independent: "Tragedy strikes Britain's only band of sea shanty singers".

In any other circumstance they'd have had a sharply worded letter from me suggesting they do a little more research before writing such a daft headline. However, because it's such horrible incident I don't want to do anything that might seem to belittle the band or undermine their success. But honestly ...!

Marje


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Subject: RE: Tragedy at Fisherman's Friends Gig
From: Noreen
Date: 11 Feb 13 - 03:15 PM

Thanks for that Marje, I have left a comment after the story at the Independent online
Tragedy strikes Britain's only band of sea-shanty singers


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Subject: RE: Tragedy at Fisherman's Friends Gig
From: GUEST,Cats
Date: 11 Feb 13 - 07:03 PM

The village of Port Isaac is in total shock. Seems that, according to tonight's local news, Trevor is still fighting for his life.


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Subject: RE: Tragedy at Fisherman's Friends Gig
From: GUEST,Cats
Date: 12 Feb 13 - 05:18 AM

Fisherman's Friends
The Fisherman's Friends announce with great sadness that their friend and fellow band member Trevor Grills passed away last night as a result of severe head injuries inflicted during an accident on Saturday 9 February. Trevor was a much loved and valued friend to all of us and was an integral part of the Port Isaac community. He will be sadly missed. Our thoughts are with Trevor's family at this very difficult time


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Subject: RE: Tragedy at Fisherman's Friends Gig
From: flying cat
Date: 12 Feb 13 - 06:37 AM

So, so sad to hear this dreadful news. I can't imagine the pain and anquish their close friends and families are going through and send my best hopes help them at this time.

Moira Craig


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Subject: RE: Tragedy at Fisherman's Friends Gig
From: Kampervan
Date: 12 Feb 13 - 06:47 AM

Such a tragedy. Heartfelt condolences to both Paul and Trevor's family and friends.

Will Friday evenings in Port Isaac ever be the same again?


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Subject: RE: Tragedy at Fisherman's Friends Gig
From: Peter K (Fionn)
Date: 12 Feb 13 - 07:05 AM

The whole tone of that Independent report seems odd given the tragedy involved. (But I didn't see your comment there, Noreen.)


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Subject: RE: Tragedy at Fisherman's Friends Gig
From: Lizzie Cornish 1
Date: 12 Feb 13 - 07:05 AM

Lost for words......other than much love to all of them, their families and to all in Port Isaac who will be feeling so down...

Fisherman's Friends - Live on the Beach


Meet The Boys


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Subject: RE: Tragedy at Fisherman's Friends Gig
From: mayomick
Date: 12 Feb 13 - 07:11 AM

Very sorry to hear about this. Condolences to family and friends .


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Subject: RE: Tragedy at Fisherman's Friends Gig
From: Dave the Gnome
Date: 12 Feb 13 - 07:36 AM

Very sad news indeed. Our thoughts are with the families and friends of the deceased.

DtG


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Subject: RE: Tragedy at Fisherman's Friends Gig
From: Noreen
Date: 12 Feb 13 - 06:24 PM

Fisherman's Friend singer Trevor Grills dies after G Live accident that killed manager :( :(

Hi Peter- I got a message saying my comment was to be moderated as I'd not posted there before. Either they're very slow at moderating or they didn't like it for some reason.

At least, from the mention of Falmouth Sea Shanty Festival in today's report in the Indy,they've now realised the existence of other shanty singers.


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Subject: RE: Tragedy at Fisherman's Friends Gig
From: MoorleyMan
Date: 12 Feb 13 - 06:43 PM

So sorry to hear this double dose of tragic news. My thoughts and condolences to both men's families and to their fellow singers.


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Subject: RE: Tragedy at Fisherman's Friends Gig
From: Noreen
Date: 12 Feb 13 - 06:53 PM

Nice obituary for Trevor by Robin Denselow in today's Guardian:

Trevor Grills obituary


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Subject: RE: Tragedy at Fisherman's Friends Gig
From: Noreen
Date: 12 Feb 13 - 06:59 PM

Trevor Grills obituary

Sea shanty singer with Port Isaac's Fisherman's Friends

    Robin Denselow        
    guardian.co.uk, Tuesday 12 February 2013 18.07 GMT        

Trevor Grills has died aged 54, after an accident at a concert hall in Guildford, Surrey, where he had been due to perform with the folk group Port Isaac's Fisherman's Friends. He was a self-employed builder and carpenter with a fine tenor voice who found unexpected fame in his 50s when the amateur singers he worked with were signed to a major record label in a £1m deal.

It was a fairytale story, based around the north Cornish fishing village of Port Isaac, where Grills was born, and where he spent the rest of his life; he went to the local school, and attended Sunday school at the local chapel. His father was a carpenter and builder, and Trevor took over the family business, spending much of his time renovating the old cottages in the picturesque village that were bought by outsiders as second homes. He was also a footballer, playing on the wing for the village team, and because of his burly good looks he was known to the other Fisherman's Friends as "the housewives' choice", along with his group nickname of "Toastie".

The group got together, 15 years ago, simply because they loved singing. Assembled in the village pub on a Friday night would be a group of friends who had known each other since school days, and who had gone on to become fishermen, lifeboatmen, coastguards, builders or artisans. They began to specialise in sea shanties, taking songs from Cadgwith in south-west Cornwall, where there is a strong shanty tradition, and adding in any other seafaring ballads from elsewhere in Britain and around the world, including Sloop John B and the rousing South Australia. Grills enthusiastically took part in the sessions, joining in the a capella harmony singing, but for years he was reluctant to sing lead – although he would be acknowledged as having one of the finest voices in the group.

Steve Knightley, of the West Country folk group Show of Hands, first met Fisherman's Friends in the mid-90s, when they were rehearsing in the former Methodist chapel that is now a pottery run by their baritone singer Billy Hawkins. "They were friends for whom singing was as natural as having a beer," he says, "though they couldn't read music – they'd just find a harmony and cling on to it!" As for Grills: "He was an absolute gentleman, and the most accomplished of their singers, with a pure tenor voice. He was their star and blue-eyed boy, and they were all proud of him".

The men aimed to enjoy themselves, and never thought of becoming celebrities, but their fame gradually spread, thanks partly to Show of Hands, who invited the group to appear with them at the Royal Albert Hall in London in 2001, and join them for the recording of their song Roots. Then came the deal with Universal, the recording of a top 10 gold album, appearances at major festivals including Glastonbury, and plans for a feature film about their remarkable story, to be directed by Nigel Cole, who was responsible for Calendar Girls and Made in Dagenham.

Knightley said: "They were never corrupted by the music business. They were too rooted to be altered like that. They just loved singing and were like a bunch of kids on the road."

Grills became famous within the group for what they called his "bloody miserable songs", one of which he performed at his final London concert, at the Royal Festival Hall, when Fisherman's Friends appeared alongside Show of Hands. One of the most powerful songs of the Fisherman's Friends set that night was the lament The Last Leviathan ("I am the last of the great whales, and I am dying") with Grills powerfully taking the lead, and his nine friends lined up on either side of him adding the chorus.

Just a few days later, he suffered head injuries in an accident at the G Live concert hall, in Guildford, that also caused the death of the band's manager, Paul McMullen.

Grills is survived by his wife, Leslie, and three sons, Mark, Paul and Josh.

• Trevor Grills, singer and builder, born 2 January 1959; died 11 February 2013


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Subject: RE: Tragedy at Fisherman's Friends Gig
From: Little Robyn
Date: 12 Feb 13 - 08:21 PM

Trevor leading The Last Leviathon.
Robyn


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Subject: RE: Tragedy at Fisherman's Friends Gig
From: Steve Shaw
Date: 12 Feb 13 - 08:36 PM

Port Isaac is just down the road from us lot, and one evening not long ago the lads came along to the pub in a village near Wadebridge where we have one of our sessions. They "shared" our evening with us, which was a joy (for us at least!). They are the nicest, gentlest, friendliest bunch of blokes you could ever wish to meet. Hearts are heavy in north Cornwall today.


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Subject: RE: Tragedy at Fisherman's Friends Gig
From: EBarnacle
Date: 12 Feb 13 - 10:03 PM

Noreen,
Someone at that paper did not get the point of what you wrote.


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Subject: RE: Tragedy at Fisherman's Friends Gig
From: GUEST,Cats
Date: 12 Feb 13 - 11:14 PM

Noreen re the Indy... and they're not a choir either! Wish they would get it right.


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Subject: RE: Tragedy at Fisherman's Friends Gig
From: breezy
Date: 13 Feb 13 - 03:23 PM

They packed the quay on Padstow harbour before Christmas and were superb in the Customs house

This is indeed a sad moment


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