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Obit: Ralph Jordan (3 Jan 2014)

Vic Smith 01 Jan 14 - 06:40 PM
McGrath of Harlow 01 Jan 14 - 07:14 PM
Noreen 01 Jan 14 - 07:27 PM
Bonnie Shaljean 01 Jan 14 - 09:21 PM
My guru always said 02 Jan 14 - 03:19 AM
Dave the Gnome 02 Jan 14 - 04:38 AM
Waddon Pete 02 Jan 14 - 04:56 AM
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Subject: Ralph Jordan - seriously ill
From: Vic Smith
Date: 01 Jan 14 - 06:40 PM

Just before Christmas, I received a message to say that Ralph Jordan had a fall and had broken his hip.
Today came a message from Gareth Kiddier which indicated that things had taken a turn very much for the worse.
A message from Sheena. Ralphie has been transferred to ICU and his organs appear to be failing. Please hold them both in your thoughts at this difficult time.


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Subject: RE: Ralph Jordan - seriously ill
From: McGrath of Harlow
Date: 01 Jan 14 - 07:14 PM

Bad to hear that. I hope very much things get better rapidly.


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Subject: RE: Ralph Jordan - seriously ill
From: Noreen
Date: 01 Jan 14 - 07:27 PM

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Subject: RE: Ralph Jordan - seriously ill
From: Bonnie Shaljean
Date: 01 Jan 14 - 09:21 PM

I am gutted. Saw the notices on Facebook, the first of them worrisome enough, the second truly devastating. Lovely blithe-spirited Ralphie, one of my first friends on the folk scene when I was a stranger newly arrived in London.

2014, this is NOT a good start. I expect you to treat beloved friends more kindly than 2013 did. You can just stop shadow-boxing with us RIGHT. NOW.

Ralphie, hang tight and stay with us. Love you ...


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Subject: RE: Ralph Jordan - seriously ill
From: My guru always said
Date: 02 Jan 14 - 03:19 AM

Oh my goodness, dreadful news. Sending positive thoughts for Ralphie!


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Subject: RE: Ralph Jordan - seriously ill
From: Dave the Gnome
Date: 02 Jan 14 - 04:38 AM

Positive vibes for Ralphie here as well.

DtG


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Subject: RE: Ralph Jordan - seriously ill
From: Waddon Pete
Date: 02 Jan 14 - 04:56 AM

We are with you Ralph. Keep fighting.

Peter


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Subject: RE: Ralph Jordan - seriously ill
From: GUEST,Mick Tems, cookieless
Date: 02 Jan 14 - 04:56 AM

Ralphie always contributes posts to Mudcat in a most positive, friendly way; it was him who cleaned up and "de-scratched" the Phil Tanner "Gower Nightingale" recordings and presented Veteran Records with a brilliant, up-to-date reproduction which would have made Phil proud, worthy of a commemorative CD.


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Subject: RE: Ralph Jordan - seriously ill
From: GUEST,nickp cookieless
Date: 02 Jan 14 - 04:57 AM

Oh no! Hang on in there Ralphie!
Nick


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Subject: RE: Ralph Jordan - seriously ill
From: Leadfingers
Date: 02 Jan 14 - 05:09 AM

NOT good news to start the year with !


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Subject: RE: Ralph Jordan - seriously ill
From: GUEST,henryp
Date: 02 Jan 14 - 05:29 AM

Best wishes to Ralph. Desperately hoping for good news.


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Subject: RE: Ralph Jordan - seriously ill
From: Will Fly
Date: 02 Jan 14 - 06:40 AM

I'll second that.


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Subject: RE: Ralph Jordan - seriously ill
From: Vic Smith
Date: 02 Jan 14 - 07:14 AM

a photo of Ralph performing at the Royal Oak in Lewes in 2009


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Subject: RE: Ralph Jordan - seriously ill
From: GUEST,Black belt caterpillar wrestler
Date: 02 Jan 14 - 07:57 AM

Definitely not the way to start the year.
All best wishes possible headed your way Ralphie.


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Subject: RE: Ralph Jordan - seriously ill
From: The Sandman
Date: 02 Jan 14 - 08:52 AM

get well soon


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Subject: RE: Ralph Jordan - seriously ill
From: GUEST,John from "Elsies Band"
Date: 02 Jan 14 - 11:03 AM

We, and I`m sure, all who remember Ralphie at "Elsie`s" wish him a speedy recovery.

John


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Subject: RE: Ralph Jordan - seriously ill
From: Bonnie Shaljean
Date: 02 Jan 14 - 12:47 PM

Gareth Kiddier has written the following on Ralphie's Facebook page. I have no words.

Ralph has been on life support for over 24 hours now. He is peaceful and being well cared for, but may be fading. Sheena remains with him at the hospital. She asks that, if you know of friends who might not see this, you let them know.


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Subject: RE: Ralph Jordan - seriously ill
From: GUEST,Geoff Wooff of the " Finger's Galore" band.
Date: 02 Jan 14 - 01:14 PM

Ralph.... my very best wishes for a good recovery.

Geoff.


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Subject: RE: Ralph Jordan - seriously ill
From: RTim
Date: 02 Jan 14 - 01:46 PM

I've never really met Ralph, but I know of his work, etc.. However I am still hope and wishing and thinking of him today. Let's hear some more from you friend!!

Tim Radford


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Subject: RE: Ralph Jordan - seriously ill
From: Anne Lister
Date: 02 Jan 14 - 02:00 PM

So very sorry to read this - can hardly believe it. Sending love and healing wishes and hoping for better news.


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Subject: RE: Ralph Jordan - seriously ill
From: Howard Jones
Date: 02 Jan 14 - 02:20 PM

Hard to believe - I only heard this morning. Fingers crossed.


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Subject: RE: Ralph Jordan - seriously ill
From: Acme
Date: 02 Jan 14 - 02:29 PM

I also have never met him but over the years have enjoyed hearing some of his work. My best wishes to Ralphie and his loved ones.

Maggie


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Subject: RE: Ralph Jordan - seriously ill
From: RoyH (Burl)
Date: 02 Jan 14 - 03:03 PM

thoughts and prayers going out to you Ralphie. Roy


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Subject: RE: Ralph Jordan - seriously ill
From: Richard Mellish
Date: 02 Jan 14 - 03:29 PM

No, don't go! Stay with us!

Richard


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Subject: RE: Ralph Jordan - seriously ill
From: GUEST,Ed
Date: 02 Jan 14 - 03:54 PM

I've never met you. Mind you, anyone who loves 'The Slow Train' has a big tick in my book!

I won't send 'healing vibes' or light a candle for you, because, as I'm sure you'd concur, such things are utter crap.

Anyway, although you probably won't read this, all the very best.


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Subject: RE: Ralph Jordan - seriously ill
From: GUEST,Jack Blandiver (aka Sean Breadin / Sedayne)
Date: 02 Jan 14 - 04:31 PM

Very sorry to hear this. Ralphie turned up with his trusty duet a few years back at our old session at The Moorbrook in Preston. We talked for a while before it twigged we knew each other via Mudcat. An emotional moment - we even hugged! Top geezer.

Please get well soon, Ralphie - so we can meet again.


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Subject: RE: Ralph Jordan - seriously ill
From: GUEST,Adri Wells
Date: 02 Jan 14 - 04:32 PM

This is very sad news. I was great friends with Ralph back in the 70s when we formed his first band 'Peartree', but over the years lost touch, despite him being Best Man at my wedding to Teresa in 1975. I just happened to google his name this evening after my sister mentioned him, and this is the news I found.
Best wishes to him and those close to him.

Adri


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Subject: RE: Ralph Jordan - seriously ill
From: GUEST,Molly Barrett
Date: 02 Jan 14 - 04:38 PM

I doubt you remember me from years ago in Kipper Family days, Ralph, but your spark and gentle energy has remained with me. If I can bounce it back to you and yours with interest, I shall be glad.


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Subject: RE: Ralph Jordan - seriously ill
From: McGrath of Harlow
Date: 02 Jan 14 - 05:06 PM

Very worrying, but not "sad" so far, and let's hope it won't be. Only a couple of years ago I was in intensive care and my people were told my organs were failing and there wasn't much chance.

Hang on in there Ralphie!


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Subject: RE: Ralph Jordan - seriously ill
From: Andy Jackson
Date: 02 Jan 14 - 05:50 PM

Thanks for the positive thought McG. Organs failing means they are still working and I'm sure he is getting the best of care. We can only stay positive, meanwhile hang in there Ralphie. See you in the Radway.


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Subject: RE: Ralph Jordan - seriously ill
From: Steve Shaw
Date: 02 Jan 14 - 06:05 PM

I enjoy Ralph's contributions here greatly. All the very best from me.


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Subject: RE: Ralph Jordan - seriously ill
From: GUEST,Pigstrings
Date: 02 Jan 14 - 08:28 PM

I well remember Ralph from the days of Crows and Silas, and his many stints as soundman par excellence at the Bracknell South Hill Park festivals of the late '70s and early '80s. All very best wishes for a swift and full recovery.


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Subject: RE: Ralph Jordan - seriously ill
From: Janie
Date: 02 Jan 14 - 08:49 PM

Like Stilly, I don't know Ralphie but have always appreciated his contributions. Sending good thoughts.


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Subject: RE: Ralph Jordan - seriously ill
From: treewind
Date: 03 Jan 14 - 03:39 AM

What everyone else said. Hang in there Ralphie, get better and there's a lot of us hoping to see you again soon!
Anahata


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Subject: RE: Ralph Jordan - seriously ill
From: Nigel Paterson
Date: 03 Jan 14 - 04:52 AM

Coming very late to this thread. Returned yesterday from NC.
I wish Ralph a complete recovery. I owe him much. He very patiently eased me through two recording sessions in 2005 when I was not in good shape, physically & mentally. Without his skill & incredibly relaxed attitude, those recordings would not have been useable. That he is now so threatened & in pain is most distressing to read. Get better, wholly & completely, dear man.
       In my thoughts,
                               Nigel.


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Subject: RE: Ralph Jordan - seriously ill
From: Vic Smith
Date: 03 Jan 14 - 06:11 AM

from Dan Quinn

My old friend and erstwhile musical partner Ralph Jordan died this morning. He was like none other. An incredible musician and great company. Never to be forgotten.


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Subject: RE: Ralph Jordan - seriously ill
From: GUEST,Mick Ryan
Date: 03 Jan 14 - 06:15 AM

I've only just heard about this. Terrible news. I had only just heard when 'The Capriol Suite' came on the radio. Ralph plays that beautifully on the concertina. Spooky coincidence.
We'll be thinking of him.
Mick (and Debs) Ryan.


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Subject: RE: Ralph Jordan - seriously ill
From: Max Johnson
Date: 03 Jan 14 - 06:18 AM

I've only just seen this. I've known Ralphie for thirty-five years, but he's far too young for this sort of thing to be threatening him. He was a catalyst in setting-up our Threadbare Consort re-union. Always there. Always helping people. Hang in there and get better, Ralphie.


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Subject: Obit: Ralph Jordan (3 Jan 2014)
From: GUEST,surreysinger sans cookie
Date: 03 Jan 14 - 06:19 AM

I'm sad to have to report that Ralphie, who was my very close friend, and musical partner for oh too short a time, passed away this morning peacefully at 3.50 am in hospital with his partner Sheena, and his sister by his bed. He had had a fall which his GP suspected had resulted in a fractured pelvis. This proved not to be the case, but while in hospital he was found to be suffering from dangerously low sodium levels ... and this was the reason for his slow decline, and it appears many of the other medical problems which he had had over the last couple of years. Once there is more news regarding funeral etc, I will pass them on.

RIP Ralphie ... so sad at this moment.

Irene Shettle


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Subject: RE: Ralph Jordan - seriously ill
From: GUEST, topsie
Date: 03 Jan 14 - 06:22 AM

Though I doubt he would even have remembered me, I really am deeply unhappy at this news. What price a happy new year now?


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Subject: RE: Ralph Jordan - seriously ill
From: treewind
Date: 03 Jan 14 - 06:31 AM

RIP Ralphie.
Sad to see you go. It's been a pleasure to know you.
Thanks for good company and lovely music.
Anahata


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Subject: RE: Ralph Jordan - seriously ill
From: Greggy
Date: 03 Jan 14 - 06:34 AM

I'm so sorry to hear this. We'll miss his excellent concertina playing and his lovely personality, especially at the Radway in Sidmouth where we would have been hoping to see him at the reunion in February.

Anne and Chris


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Subject: RE: Ralph Jordan - seriously ill
From: GUEST,Pat Ryan
Date: 03 Jan 14 - 06:42 AM

So sorry to hear this.
RIP Ralphie. X


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Subject: RE: Ralph Jordan - seriously ill
From: doc.tom
Date: 03 Jan 14 - 06:47 AM

RIP Ralphie. The best accompanist on the scene. A master technician. A brilliantly creative musician. A delight to have worked with. A good friend to have known. How you will be missed - but so fondly remembered.
Tom & Barbara


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Subject: RE: Ralph Jordan - seriously ill
From: GUEST
Date: 03 Jan 14 - 06:56 AM

Oh dear, I'm so sad to hear this. What a loss. One of the best Duet players I know. Lots of love to Sheena at this time.


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Subject: RE: Ralph Jordan - seriously ill
From: GUEST,Mick and Debs Ryan
Date: 03 Jan 14 - 07:02 AM

I don't know what to say about this. Ralph will be very much missed by very many people. As so many have remarked, he was a real artist as a musician. It was an honour to work with him. Much more importantly, he was a really nice, good hearted, bloke. In the end, that is what really matters.
Like everyone else, I feel very sad about this. For all that he always showed a sunny nature in public, Ralph was a sometimes troubled soul. At least now he can rest in peace.
Love.

Mick and Debs Ryan.


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Subject: RE: Ralph Jordan - seriously ill
From: Bonnie Shaljean
Date: 03 Jan 14 - 07:04 AM

Heartbroken. Just heartbroken, can't even think what to write. Rest in peace, Ralphie. Then play up a storm in heaven with all too many other departed friends.


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Subject: RE: Ralph Jordan - seriously ill
From: My guru always said
Date: 03 Jan 14 - 07:20 AM

So very sorry to hear this news, candle lit at Old Keepers.


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Subject: RE: Ralph Jordan - seriously ill
From: Mick Tems
Date: 03 Jan 14 - 07:26 AM

Dear Ralphie - I'm shocked and utterly shattered. Goodnight, old friend - but why did you have to go so soon?


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Subject: RE: Ralph Jordan - seriously ill
From: GUEST,Derek Schofield
Date: 03 Jan 14 - 07:35 AM

Very sad news to start the new year.... RIP
Derek


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Subject: RE: Ralph Jordan - seriously ill
From: Will Fly
Date: 03 Jan 14 - 07:39 AM

Another great soul gone - very sad indeed. RIP Ralphie.


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Subject: RE: Ralph Jordan - seriously ill
From: Max Johnson
Date: 03 Jan 14 - 07:48 AM

What sad, sad news. RIP, Ralphie.


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Subject: RE: Ralph Jordan - seriously ill
From: GUEST,Squeezy
Date: 03 Jan 14 - 07:59 AM

Like everyone else - I'm very sad at this news ... he seemed like the type who would just go on for ever ... no matter how ridiculous that sounds.

My deepest condolences to Sheena and all those close to him. Let's just hope that there's a session somewhere out there with space for a giant concertina.

RIP Ralphie


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Subject: RE: Ralph Jordan - seriously ill
From: Ross Campbell
Date: 03 Jan 14 - 08:00 AM

So sorry to hear this. Like Sean (Jack Blandiver) above, I only met Ralphie when he turned up at the Moorbrook session in Preston, playing some lovely stuff on duet concertina. We had a good natter after and he gave me (another concertina player)a CD of his music. Always hoped to meet him again. RIP

Ross


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Subject: RE: Ralph Jordan - seriously ill
From: GUEST,henryp
Date: 03 Jan 14 - 08:13 AM

Shocking news. My sympathy to his family and friends. And grateful thanks for his enormous contribution to music.


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Subject: RE: Ralph Jordan - seriously ill
From: McGrath of Harlow
Date: 03 Jan 14 - 09:14 AM

Damn. I'd been checking every time I came online since I heard about it, and holding my breath every time I opened up the thread.

I had a look around Youtube to see if I could find a clip, and this was the only one I could. It's him doing a subtle tasteful and cheeky accompaniment. The sound and picture quality is a bit ropy, but I Iove it. Ralphie in action.


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Subject: RE: Ralph Jordan - seriously ill
From: Nigel Paterson
Date: 03 Jan 14 - 09:16 AM

Thanks for your Friendship....thanks for your Musicianship....thanks for your technical skills....thanks for your generosity....thanks for being a Gentle Man...thanks Ralph.
       My sincere condolences to Sheena & all your Family,
                              Such sad & unbelievable news,
                                                                            Nigel.


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Subject: RE: Ralph Jordan - seriously ill
From: RTim
Date: 03 Jan 14 - 09:20 AM

So so sad to hear the news this morning. RIP Ralph.

Tim Radford


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Subject: RE: Obit: Ralph Jordan (3 Jan 14)
From: The Sandman
Date: 03 Jan 14 - 11:38 AM

I first met Ralph Jordan when he played in Fingers Galore, must have been about 1971 /1972, I am sorry to hear of his death.


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Subject: RE: Obit: Ralph Jordan (3 Jan 14)
From: The Sandman
Date: 03 Jan 14 - 11:54 AM

If there is an afterlife, Ralph and Diane Easby will be at it hammer and tongs on their computers in the sky, I miss Diane and we will all miss Ralphie.


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Subject: RE: Obit: Ralph Jordan (3 Jan 14)
From: GUEST,Jack Blandiver (aka Sean Breadin / Sedayne)
Date: 03 Jan 14 - 12:06 PM

RIP. Much respect.


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Subject: RE: Obit: Ralph Jordan (3 Jan 14)
From: GUEST
Date: 03 Jan 14 - 12:11 PM

A big shock to lose such a character and friend.
A lovely duet concertina player.
Very sad
Al


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Subject: RE: Obit: Ralph Jordan (3 Jan 14)
From: RoyH (Burl)
Date: 03 Jan 14 - 12:24 PM

Goobye Ralphie. You were a good bloke. Rest in Peace my friend.


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Subject: RE: Obit: Ralph Jordan (3 Jan 14)
From: GUEST
Date: 03 Jan 14 - 02:04 PM

Damn. Shit. Why is it that every time I come back to Mudcat it's to read bad news. A great musician and a bloody mine of musical knowledge gone. RIP Ralphie. Let's hope you and Sarah can be playing duets somewhere up there; you on the concertina and her singing. For that I'd sell a bit of my soul.


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Subject: RE: Obit: Ralph Jordan (3 Jan 14)
From: Richard Mellish
Date: 03 Jan 14 - 02:05 PM

We all have to go sooner or later, but Ralphie is another one who has gone far too soon.

Richard


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Subject: RE: Obit: Ralph Jordan (3 Jan 14)
From: GUEST,Sven Park
Date: 03 Jan 14 - 03:41 PM

Sorry to hear this.
Ralphie was the Man that took me to England with Filarfolket from Sweden and many years of touring throw summer festivals .
R.I.P Ralphie
I´m sure God will love your concertina

Sven


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Subject: RE: Obit: Ralph Jordan (3 Jan 2014)
From: GUEST
Date: 03 Jan 14 - 05:15 PM

Fond memories of the early days in Kent and memorable sessions at the Beeb.A lovely man.
JJ and the whole Oysterband family.


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Subject: RE: Obit: Ralph Jordan (3 Jan 2014)
From: LesB
Date: 03 Jan 14 - 05:25 PM

Only met him once, a true gent. I am sure he will be missed by many.
Les


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Subject: RE: Obit: Ralph Jordan (3 Jan 2014)
From: Dave the Gnome
Date: 03 Jan 14 - 06:40 PM

Very sad indeed. RIP Ralphie and condolences to the family and friends.

Dave


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Subject: RE: Obit: Ralph Jordan (3 Jan 2014)
From: GUEST,Nick Dow
Date: 03 Jan 14 - 08:35 PM

Ralph was an old friend from the days when I ran Catford Folk Club, and was resident at Dingles. We downed many a pint in the South London pubs. I have never heard anyone say a bad word about him.
God rest him.
Nick


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Subject: RE: Obit: Ralph Jordan (3 Jan 2014)
From: Leraud
Date: 04 Jan 14 - 02:19 AM

I first met Ralph about 35 years ago when we used to book him and James Patterson at the Hoddesdon Club, when they were a duo (Silas) and later, when they joined with Mick Ryan and John Burge as Crows. Happy days. His talent will be greatly missed.

Lynne Heraud


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Subject: RE: Obit: Ralph Jordan (3 Jan 2014)
From: billybob
Date: 04 Jan 14 - 05:49 AM

Very, very sad
RIP Ralph


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Subject: RE: Obit: Ralph Jordan (3 Jan 2014)
From: GUEST,J R Turner
Date: 04 Jan 14 - 05:54 AM

I first encountered Ralph on the BBC boards nearly 10 years ago, I was enquiring about the whole Celtic Music scenario, familiar to many, and after an email discussion with the late, much missed Diane Easby (another legend of the BBC boards) Ralphie phoned me up, and we had a long old chat about everything, which culminated in him sending me a CRD of the Crows!
We never met but kept up our sporadic communication via Facebook, he was an enthusiastic, genuine, warm, funny gent who gently corrected some of my knowledge and always gave freely of his time.
He will be missed.


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Subject: RE: Obit: Ralph Jordan (3 Jan 2014)
From: GUEST,surreysinger sans cookie
Date: 04 Jan 14 - 06:50 AM

McGrath of Harlow - thanks for putting the video up. You called it "subtle tasteful and cheeky accompaniment" - too true. During rehearsals it was even more cheeky! Sad to think that we will never perform that one together again ...in fact that song was the first one that he heard me singing, and that gave Ralphie the idea to turn my talk ,then in preparation, on the life of Lucy Broadwood into a show with accompaniment. It was a privilege and a joy to work with him.We were talking more than once in 2012/2013 about making a recording of the songs as a record of what we had done - sadly that will now never happen. There is another video of him accompanying me on guitar (sadly also not particularly great quality) on the song Nancy if you seek for it, and another of him playing in Housewives Choice band. Can't watch them at the moment, as I'm too blurry eyed.


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Subject: RE: Obit: Ralph Jordan (3 Jan 2014)
From: Brian Peters
Date: 04 Jan 14 - 07:48 AM

I'd enjoyed Ralphie's contributions to many a good band, before finding myself alongside him at a festival squeezebox workshop a few years ago. What a fine and unique musician, and what a delightful, absurdly self-deprecating man. Very, very sad to hear this.
Brian


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Subject: RE: Obit: Ralph Jordan (3 Jan 2014)
From: GUEST,*Laura*
Date: 04 Jan 14 - 08:57 AM

The great folk club in the sky gains another concertina player...
RIP Ralphie - always so warm and friendly and eager to help.
You will be sorely missed.

Laura xx


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Subject: RE: Obit: Ralph Jordan (3 Jan 2014)
From: GUEST,Linda and Jiohn Green
Date: 04 Jan 14 - 12:01 PM

Ralph stayed with us after a Wigan Ceilidh. A true gent. It was the night of a Linda McCartney tribute which he'd been asked to do for the BBC but he told us he thought it more important to drive north to Ince as his heart was more in that sort of thing. A sad loss to the folk community and the world in general.
Linda and John Green


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Subject: RE: Obit: Ralph Jordan (3 Jan 2014)
From: GUEST,Jim & Georgina Boyes
Date: 04 Jan 14 - 01:54 PM

Raising a glass tonight to the least-likely Fraser Sister. Cheers Ralphie - for the good times.
Jim & Georgina


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Subject: RE: Obit: Ralph Jordan (3 Jan 2014)
From: Herga Kitty
Date: 04 Jan 14 - 08:15 PM

My first memories of Ralphie are probably from Paddingtons... I was away and didn't even know about the hip injury until this evening, am shocked to hear that we've lost Ralphie for good. Deepest sympathies to Sheena and family.

Kitty


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Subject: RE: Obit: Ralph Jordan (3 Jan 2014)
From: GUEST,James Patterson
Date: 05 Jan 14 - 03:46 AM

Ralph was my dear friend musical partner (with some breaks) for 40 years. He was a great musical talent and, not to be forgotten, also a great producer and sound engineer. I am devastated that he has left us so early and my heartfelt sympathies are with Sheena and his family.
James


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Subject: RE: Obit: Ralph Jordan (3 Jan 2014)
From: GUEST,surreysinger sans cookie
Date: 06 Jan 14 - 01:56 PM

Just to say that tributes were paid to Ralphie by Genevieve Tudor on her weekly radio programme for BBC Shropshire, and by Mike Harding on his podcast this week. Mike played "Hares on the Mountain" from Flat Earth, and Genevieve played Gavotte in G Minor (Bach), Yrsno (Mats Eden) and Moulin Rouge (Georges Auric) from Eloise on her programme. Both made spoken tributes as well.


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Subject: RE: Obit: Ralph Jordan (3 Jan 2014)
From: GUEST,GUEST, Sheila Miller
Date: 07 Jan 14 - 09:49 AM

I've found this while searching for information about the funeral; I don't normally contribute to Mudcat. I'd been friends with Ralph for 40 years or slightly more, through all the various bands and groups, and always thought him a kind and gentle person, as well as a superb musician. He leaves a big gap in our musical scene.


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Subject: RE: Obit: Ralph Jordan (3 Jan 2014)
From: GUEST,George & Flirby Frampton
Date: 07 Jan 14 - 11:02 AM

Only just heard this sad news. I've know him for years from the time involved with Stagfolk, as a member of Silas with James Patterson, with 'supergroup' Crows, as muso for Paddingtons, and Ed Rennie head-hunting him for Housewives Choice!

Above all, we'll miss the endless banter and flannel, the cheer he gave to all, and superb musicianship.

Our condolences to Sheena


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Subject: RE: Obit: Ralph Jordan (3 Jan 2014)
From: GUEST,A loving ex-folkie
Date: 07 Jan 14 - 07:22 PM

Such a shock that someone so young and vital, and,I thought, in good health, should leave us so soon. So far nobody has mentioned his revivivication of nic jones' recordings, so that, after decades, Nic and Julia can benefit at long last from his work. Well done Ralph Jordan.
Jude xxxx


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Subject: RE: Obit: Ralph Jordan (3 Jan 2014)
From: GUEST,George Frampton
Date: 08 Jan 14 - 11:24 AM

Pads were on tour with Champs on a Stroud Morris Ale in the early 1990s. We visited Westonbirt Arboretum where, on a blazing hot Saturday afternoon, Ralph was engaged in conversation with an elderly gentleman who was fascinated by his duet concertina.
As we boarded the coach on to our next stand, Ralph commented 'Blimey, I've just been talking to Laurie Lee!'

Of course, Ralph worked as a sound man for the BBC and was subliminally featured on Radio One's 'Steve Wright in the Afternoon' with Nigel Chippendale. I also forgot his association with Colin Thompson and Nigel in 'Eric' and was it the Otterby Band?

As for introducing us all to the delights of Filarfolket, Ralph's memory will always be treasured.


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Subject: RE: Obit: Ralph Jordan (3 Jan 2014)
From: treewind
Date: 08 Jan 14 - 01:00 PM

He was Andy Kershaw's main sound man, and one time Andy, having discovered Ralphie played concertina, persuaded him to the other side of the glass to play it on live radio. I think Ralph said it one of the most terrifying things he'd ever done. Not only playing live on radio, but nobody on the mixer so just hoping it was coming though OK!

He also introduced Fiona Talkington to Scandinavian music, which she has played incessantly on Late Junction ever since.


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Subject: RE: Obit: Ralph Jordan (3 Jan 2014)
From: GUEST,Tim
Date: 08 Jan 14 - 03:31 PM

Just heard the news from Mike Harding on Radio 2, I worked with Ralph in the early 1970s and he introduced me to English Folk Music.
He helped moved all my worldly belongings from London to Matlock in the back of his Morris traveller & was my Best Man in 1974.
We lost touch but I will always remember him as a great mate


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Subject: RE: Obit: Ralph Jordan (3 Jan 2014)
From: GUEST,surreysinger sans cookie
Date: 08 Jan 14 - 04:13 PM

Treewind - I thought from what he'd told me that the playing on radio was actually on the Johnnie Walker show? Twice? And amongst the goodies played were Side Saddle, and Jour D'Ete ?

George - there was Groupa as well of course. Fiona Talkington isn't the only one amongst us who has developed the bug for Swedish music!! I took delivery of a CD of Swedish fiddle music only a week or so before Christmas - seven years ago I would probably never have given it house room. I wonder how many other people he spread the Swedish music infection to over the years?

But never forget the Hackney Martians as well ... :-)


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Subject: RE: Obit: Ralph Jordan (3 Jan 2014)
From: GUEST,Babs Surridge
Date: 08 Jan 14 - 04:38 PM

What a loss. Remember Ralph at Halswey making a compilation for Nigel Chippendale's parents and lots in between until a couple of years ago at Stowmarket. A really nice guy and an inspiring player.


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Subject: RE: Obit: Ralph Jordan (3 Jan 2014)
From: GUEST, topsie
Date: 08 Jan 14 - 05:08 PM

I thought I had heard him playing on "Steve Wright in the afternoon" - but it was a few years back so I could be mistaken.


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Subject: RE: Obit: Ralph Jordan (3 Jan 2014)
From: GUEST
Date: 08 Jan 14 - 05:56 PM

Irene - you're right, it was Johnny Walker. He did work a lot with Kershaw though; that's why I got the story muddled up.


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Subject: RE: Obit: Ralph Jordan (3 Jan 2014)
From: Nigel Paterson
Date: 09 Jan 14 - 06:26 AM

I hesitate to post this, but is there any info. regarding Ralph's funeral?


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Subject: RE: Obit: Ralph Jordan (3 Jan 2014)
From: Jim Martin
Date: 09 Jan 14 - 07:30 AM

I well recall my introduction to Scandinavian trad when Filarfolket did an unforgetable concert in CSH 1985/6ish - I wonder, was Ralphie involved with that?


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Subject: RE: Obit: Ralph Jordan (3 Jan 2014)
From: GUEST,surreysinger sans cookie
Date: 09 Jan 14 - 10:02 AM

Re the Johnny Walker item , Anahata (assuming that to be you, of course) ... I seem to recall he went on a show and was interviewed about Lester Simpson and Mick Peat's radio programme cancellation in more recent times - but I have a feeling that may have been Dave Eyre's programme in Sheffield.

Re the funeral, Nigel, there has been no news as yet. If there is any, I have no doubt one or other of us will post something up.


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Subject: RE: Obit: Ralph Jordan (3 Jan 2014)
From: Nigel Paterson
Date: 09 Jan 14 - 10:49 AM

On a less hesitant note (no pun intended), don't think it has been mentioned that Ralph was also John Peel's broadcast engineer for several years. A rich anecdotal source I can assure you!
                        Nigel.


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Subject: RE: Obit: Ralph Jordan (3 Jan 2014)
From: GUEST,Toni Buckley
Date: 09 Jan 14 - 03:33 PM

So sorry to hear the sad news. I remember Ralph with great fondness and pray that his partner and sister Maggie will be comforted by all the loving messages and memories posted by his friends.


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Subject: RE: Obit: Ralph Jordan (3 Jan 2014)
From: GUEST,Dave Bordewey
Date: 11 Jan 14 - 06:10 AM

I received the news of Ralph's death with great shock and sadness.It's really quite hard to take in.I will always treasure playing with him in Crows and just jamming with him in the early days in my flat.
I always think of him when playing the Capriol Suite and now it will always have a special significance.He was a great concertina player ,and a great guitarist ,cittern and bouzouki player, harmony singer and musical arranger. We last chatted at Dartmore festival.I watched him playing in the session and thought of times past.
Our thoughts are with Sheena and his family.
love from Dave and Lynne.


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Subject: RE: Obit: Ralph Jordan (3 Jan 2014)
From: Bonnie Shaljean
Date: 11 Jan 14 - 12:56 PM

I remember talking on the phone with him once, and reminded him of the time an enthusiastic folkie at a festival came up to chat, referring to him as a legend. His reply was a lighthearted, "Nah, I'm just old!"

Wrong, Ralphie. You're a legend.


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Subject: RE: Obit: Ralph Jordan (3 Jan 2014)
From: GUEST,Sheena Roberts
Date: 16 Jan 14 - 07:45 AM

Apologies to everyone who has been waiting with baited breath,

Ralphie's funeral will take place on 27th January, and it will be in the manner of The society of Friends (Quakers) It will be followed by refreshments and then a session.

I would like to be in contact with everyone who plans to attend so please message me (a specific message not a wall post) on facebook - my preferred point of contact, or email me on clerksheena@hotmail.co.uk.

I look forward to welcoming as many friends and colleagues as possible

Sheena


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Subject: RE: Obit: Ralph Jordan (3 Jan 2014)
From: GUEST,Peter Clark
Date: 17 Jan 14 - 01:57 PM

I was very shocked to hear this sad news. I have very fond memories of Ralph from his days in Streatham in the early 70s, sitting up to all hours in somebody's house listening to records or to Ralph playing. My sincere condolences to his family and friends.


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Subject: RE: Obit: Ralph Jordan (3 Jan 2014)
From: GUEST
Date: 18 Jan 14 - 04:59 AM

I thought it might be helpful for those thinking of attending Ralphie's funeral to provide a brief introduction to Quaker Funerals for those who have not previously attended a Quaker meeting.

Quaker Funerals are based, like all other Quaker Meetings for Worship, on silent reflection and prayer. Quakers have learned that shared waiting in divine presence can bring many gifts. Among these are the comfort, which is found in the caring support of others and the beginnings of an understanding of how to move forward in difficulty or grief. Reassurance can come from touching, even briefly, the eternal reality, which encloses our world of space and time.

A Quaker Meeting for Worship begins as soon as the first people sit down and settle into expectant silence. A member of Watford Meeting will welcome us and give a brief introduction.

After the introduction, the silence may be broken by anyone who feels moved to stand and speak - sharing their reflections of Ralph, memories, etc. This is not a place for eulogising but for things that will help us to remember Ralph and support us all in moving forward without him, They should be brief - no more than a couple of sentences and should come from the moment and not be rehearsed. Each person's contribution should be followed by a time of silent reflection. Whether in silence or in speech, by holding Ralph in our thoughts, everyone present contributes to the power of the Meeting.

There may be a sense of joy as we celebrate and give thanks for the life now completed.

You don't need to wear black, but you can if that makes you feel more comfortable.

The Meeting for Worship will be closed by two Quakers shaking hands, giving an encouragement for everyone else to do so.

I hope that this helps.

Please send me a message on facebook or an email if you would like more info.


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Subject: RE: Obit: Ralph Jordan (3 Jan 2014)
From: GUEST,surreysinger sans cookie
Date: 18 Jan 14 - 06:03 AM

Mudelfs - please do not delete previous unnamed Guest post (although I suspect from the content you would not, hopefully). It is from previous Guest:Sheena. For those attending the funeral her contact details can be found in her previous posting.


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Subject: RE: Obit: Ralph Jordan (3 Jan 2014)
From: Susanne (skw)
Date: 19 Jan 14 - 06:37 PM

What a sad start to the year! I didn't know Ralphie other than from his Mudcat contributions which I always enjoyed and looked forward to, and from Flat Earth which is one of my favourite albums. Another great loss to the Mudcat, not to mention the English folk scene. RIP!


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Subject: RE: Obit: Ralph Jordan (3 Jan 2014)
From: GUEST,pavane
Date: 20 Jan 14 - 09:15 AM

What terrible news this is. I never met Ralphie, but spoke to him on the phone while he was working on the CD In Search of Nic Jones.
Another sad loss for the folk world.


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Subject: RE: Obit: Ralph Jordan (3 Jan 2014)
From: jody
Date: 21 Jan 14 - 08:14 AM

Sheena Roberts has written to me:


At the funeral I am asking friends to write on a small (A6) card printed with the following

My name
How I knew Ralphie
My favourite memory

It occurs to me that this might be a wonderful way for those, like yourselves, who are not able to attend to take part. Please feel free to pass this on to anyone you think might wish to do this.

I don't know yet what I will do with the cards ....

With love

Sheena

You can send your card to:

5 Stamford Rd
Watford WD17 4QS
England

Mine reads:

Jody Kruskal

I knew Ralphie as that wild session animal at Sidmouth and Broadstairs over the years of touring the UK from my home in Brooklyn, New York. When he and Sheena invited me to stay at their place, Ralph would make me custom CDs to play in my rental car to get me through the traffic jams on the M25. Jameson's, late night laughter, concertina tunes and stories were our delight.

On my last visit, this past November, Sheena warned me that Ralph had taken to his sick bed and not to expect too much from him. Even so, when I arrived, Ralph was up making Shepherd's Pie, perhaps his final meal. We feasted and for one last evening, the old Ralphie was back. What a daft, charming, exasperating and sensitive soul. RIP Ralphie, I'll never forget you.


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Subject: RE: Obit: Ralph Jordan (3 Jan 2014)
From: Bonnie Shaljean
Date: 26 Jan 14 - 07:34 AM

REFRESH - Please help keep this near the top until tomorrow

To recap what Sheena has written, here and on Facebook (boldface is mine):


Ralphie's funeral will take place on Monday 27th January, and it will be in the manner of The society of Friends (Quakers) It will be followed by refreshments and then a session.

I would like to be in contact with everyone who plans to attend so please message me (a specific message not a wall post) on facebook - my preferred point of contact, or email me on clerksheena@hotmail.co.uk

I look forward to welcoming as many friends and colleagues as possible

- - -

For anyone not able to attend Ralphie's funeral on Monday, please consider writing a short note saying your name, how you met him and giving your favourite memory of him. If these can be on A6 card or paper that would be fantastic xx

- - -

I thought it might be helpful to provide a brief introduction to Quaker Funerals for those who have not previously attended a Quaker meeting.

Quaker Funerals are based, like all other Quaker Meetings for Worship, on silent reflection and prayer. Quakers have learned that shared waiting in divine presence can bring many gifts. Among these are the comfort, which is found in the caring support of others and the beginnings of an understanding of how to move forward in difficulty or grief. Reassurance can come from touching, even briefly, the eternal reality, which encloses our world of space and time.

A Quaker Meeting for Worship begins as soon as the first people sit down and settle into expectant silence. A member of Watford Meeting will welcome us and give a brief introduction.

After the introduction, the silence may be broken by anyone who feels moved to stand and speak - sharing their reflections of Ralph, memories, etc. This is not a place for eulogising but for things that will help us to remember Ralph and support us all in moving forward without him, They should be brief - no more than a couple of sentences and should come from the moment and not be rehearsed. Each person's contribution should be followed by a time of silent reflection. Whether in silence or in speech, by holding Ralph in our thoughts, everyone present contributes to the power of the Meeting.

There may be a sense of joy as we celebrate and give thanks for the life now completed.

You don't need to wear black, but you can if that makes you feel more comfortable.

The Meeting for Worship will be closed by two Quakers shaking hands, giving an encouragement for everyone else to do so.


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Subject: RE: Obit: Ralph Jordan (3 Jan 2014)
From: catspaw49
Date: 26 Jan 14 - 09:24 AM

BTW......"Ralphie" was always a fine contributor here. He came to Mudcat in 2001 and always had knowledgeable and passionate comments PLUS could many times be counted on to have some funny things to add in the BS fray.   

Not long after he arrived he and I PM'ed a few times when I saw he might be getting a bit ...... I dunno' what but I'll use "overwrought" by some of our resident jackasses......er, uh, trolls. I think the following response showed everything I needed to know about him in a nutshell. Intelligence, self knowledge, and above all(for me)....hmor.....wait, I'll make that humour just for him.

Pat. I'm honoured!...Have had 6 messages so far.
As a Brit, I find this whole forum, not only useful, but also fascinating.
I've even got wound up meself over a couple of topics (Celtic Music?) Only because I hate to see injustice, of any kind.
But, by and large, I feel very happy here...I'll even forgive you for being American....By the way...can we have our country back now?
Best wishes from "Der Fatherland"....
I hear you've not been well, so, GET BETTER!! Best Wishes and thanks for the welcome Ralphie


Travel well Ralphie. It was a pleasure and an "honour" to have you here with us.

Spaw


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Subject: RE: Obit: Ralph Jordan (3 Jan 2014)
From: GUEST,Alison Macfarlane
Date: 26 Jan 14 - 05:43 PM

I was so sorry to hear the news via Chris Timson's Radway list. I first met Ralphie when he and James Patterson were regular guests at St Albans Folk Club and then later he came with Crows. As the club closed in 1983, that's a long time ago. It has always a pleasure to run into him in other places over the years, especially in recent years, after I started to frequent the Radway and enjoyed his presence and music there.

I can't make it tomorrow morning but will send Sheena a card.

Alison Macfarlane


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Subject: RE: Obit: Ralph Jordan (3 Jan 2014)
From: Andy Jackson
Date: 27 Jan 14 - 04:06 AM

I'll be listening to and thinking of Ralphie today.


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Subject: RE: Obit: Ralph Jordan (3 Jan 2014)
From: GUEST,surreysinger1 sans cookie
Date: 27 Jan 14 - 05:13 PM

Ralphie received a good turnout,a standing room only funeral service at the West Herts crematorium. The Quaker service promoted tears, laughter and thoughtful contemplation centred around Ralphie's life, and the session at the pub afterwards was one he would have approved of. Folks from his various walks of life were going there. He's going to be missed. RIP to a good friend x


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Subject: RE: Obit: Ralph Jordan (3 Jan 2014)
From: Nigel Paterson
Date: 29 Jan 14 - 05:52 AM

To quote Surreysinger: "The Quaker service promoted tears, laughter and thoughtful contemplation centred around Ralphie's life." Couldn't agree more, very moving & reverential. I'm also posting on behalf of Nic & Julia Jones & their daughter, Helen. Nic desperately wanted to attend, but neither Julia nor Helen were well enough to make the long drive up from Devon. Ralph was a close friend of Nic's, & as some of you know, that friendship extended into Nic's professional life too. Nic, Julia & Helen will be forever grateful to Ralph for his many 'technical kindnesses', his attention to detail & his unstinting loyalty.
       I'm repeating myself from an earlier post, but I want to add my personal thanks to Ralph for gently coaxing & encouraging me through two recording sessions, back in 2005. I wasn't in good health, physically or mentally, but with that 'nothing's too much trouble attitude' of his, we got the job done.
      To end on a lighter note (no pun intended), after the Service, I got hopelessly lost trying to find the Friends Meeting House for refreshments...ended up on the M25, going South instead of North & decided to head for home. So Sheena, apologies for my absence.
      Nic, Julia, Helen; Ann & myself send Love & Sincere Condolences to Sheena, her Family & Friends.
               Nigel.


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Subject: RE: Obit: Ralph Jordan (3 Jan 2014)
From: GUEST,surreysinger sans cookie
Date: 03 Feb 14 - 03:36 PM

Just a reminder that if you would like to send a note to join the others that were completed after the funeral to say where you met Ralphie and contribute your favourite memories of him ,it is still open to you to do so. The address to send it to and details on how to go about it are in Jody's earlier post.
Irene Shettle


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Subject: RE: Obit: Ralph Jordan (3 Jan 2014)
From: Bonnie Shaljean
Date: 03 Feb 14 - 03:41 PM

Just a month today since we lost him...


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Subject: RE: Obit: Ralph Jordan (3 Jan 2014)
From: GUEST,surreysinger in the coffee bar
Date: 04 Feb 14 - 06:32 AM

Yes Bonnie. But it doesn't feel that long. :-(


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Subject: RE: Obit: Ralph Jordan (3 Jan 2014)
From: Bonnie Shaljean
Date: 04 Feb 14 - 07:04 AM

You're sure right about that. I already put this on his Facebook wall, but for the day's that's in it, I'll repeat it here:


Of all the comrades that e'er I had
They are sorry for my going away
And all the sweethearts that e'er I had
They would wish me one more day to stay
But since it falls unto my lot
That I should rise and you should not
I'll gently rise and softly call
Goodnight and joy be with you all

Come fill to me the parting glass
Goodnight and joy be with you all


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Subject: RE: Obit: Ralph Jordan (3 Jan 2014)
From: Nigel Paterson
Date: 04 Feb 14 - 10:04 AM

Perfect choice, Bonnie. You've filled my head & heart with song.


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Subject: RE: Obit: Ralph Jordan (3 Jan 2014)
From: GUEST,George_Hawes
Date: 15 Feb 14 - 01:51 PM

Only heard the sad news today ...

Some people were asking about recordings of Ralph, and I find he's put some online here:
https://sites.google.com/site/theattictapes/collaborations
I found it a lovely reminder of some his other collaborations ...

Other memories include him as sound engineer for "Andy Cronshaw and ...", most memorably at a concert which my memory insists was in the Shaw Theatre, which almost certainly means it was somewhere else ... It was one of the gigs where June Tabor was the star of the "and ...", and Ralphie was particularly pleased with it (June's encore of "Catch a Falling Star" sticks in my mind. Then there was the Jumpleads gig in Carenas at Sidmouth where Ralph did the PA "as a favour" ... His christening of Carenas as "The black hole" stuck ...

We must have met him more than 30 years ago ... Chris, my wife, had not been playing very long and was busking on the terrace at a Bracknell Folk Festival. Ralph came along, recognised her McCann duet, said "I've got one of those ...", fetched it, joined in, and in the most encouraging way showed something more of what you could do with the instrument. Too soon he had to go off to do something, saying "We must get together and do this again next year." Despite that not happening, that musical exchange was a great boost to Chris's playing. On a few of our many many meetings over the years they found themselves in the same session, most recently all-too-briefly at the Stowmarket East Anglian Traditional Music day a couple of years ago. Sadly they'll never play together again ...

I note the Folkipedia site suggests Ralph provided PA for many bands ... That made me laugh, 'cause whatever may have happened recently, for many years Ralph would act as sound engineer, providing someone else was providing the PA. I remember him telling me of turning up at one gig (it might have been another Andy Cronshaw one) with two mics and no other kit, and having problems persuading the venue that he really WAS the sound engineer for the evening's gig, and they really should let him in ...

Excuse the ramblings - shocked reaction to the news ...


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Subject: RE: Obit: Ralph Jordan (3 Jan 2014)
From: Surreysinger
Date: 15 Feb 14 - 04:34 PM

Hi George
Re Ralphie's recordings, I think it might be worth highlighting the fact that he also put up some examples of his work as a sound engineer on the site as well, under the heading of Mixes. As to the entries on Folkopedia ... guilty, I'm afraid. PA/Sound Engineer, it was all the same to me at the time that I wrote that, and he didn't correct any of it. It's an entry I shall be changing (there were other items on there that needed to be amended and brought up to date even before the sad events of a month and a bit ago.

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