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Obit: Roy Harris, 9th Feb 2016

GUEST,Mike O'Leary-Johns 09 Feb 16 - 08:55 AM
Dave Sutherland 09 Feb 16 - 09:10 AM
Grampus 09 Feb 16 - 09:22 AM
Bonnie Shaljean 09 Feb 16 - 09:31 AM
Bonnie Shaljean 09 Feb 16 - 09:35 AM
RTim 09 Feb 16 - 09:58 AM
GUEST,Guest Bill Sables 09 Feb 16 - 10:11 AM
Steve Gardham 09 Feb 16 - 10:16 AM
Brian Peters 09 Feb 16 - 10:31 AM
Bill D 09 Feb 16 - 10:34 AM
GUEST,Derek Schofield 09 Feb 16 - 11:32 AM
Anne Lister 09 Feb 16 - 12:00 PM
GUEST,Musket 09 Feb 16 - 12:37 PM
Bat Goddess 09 Feb 16 - 12:56 PM
GUEST,Nick Dow 09 Feb 16 - 12:56 PM
The Sandman 09 Feb 16 - 01:20 PM
GUEST,LynnH 09 Feb 16 - 01:24 PM
GUEST,padgett 09 Feb 16 - 01:43 PM
Herga Kitty 09 Feb 16 - 01:50 PM
GUEST,Jack Dixon 09 Feb 16 - 01:56 PM
GUEST,dunelmian 09 Feb 16 - 02:10 PM
GUEST,dunelmian 09 Feb 16 - 02:14 PM
GUEST,John from "Elsie`s Band" 09 Feb 16 - 03:02 PM
Waddon Pete 09 Feb 16 - 03:15 PM
Mick Tems 09 Feb 16 - 03:33 PM
Sandra in Sydney 09 Feb 16 - 05:43 PM
Black belt caterpillar wrestler 09 Feb 16 - 06:16 PM
GUEST,Peter Sumner 09 Feb 16 - 09:56 PM
Phil Cooper 09 Feb 16 - 10:27 PM
Joe Offer 09 Feb 16 - 10:58 PM
GUEST,Mike Yates 10 Feb 16 - 02:41 AM
GUEST,Clive Pownceby 10 Feb 16 - 03:48 AM
GUEST,Sean O'Shea 10 Feb 16 - 05:37 AM
GUEST,bigJ 10 Feb 16 - 05:57 AM
MoorleyMan 10 Feb 16 - 09:20 AM
MGM·Lion 10 Feb 16 - 09:51 AM
GUEST,Ian, Nottingham 10 Feb 16 - 12:22 PM
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Young Buchan 10 Feb 16 - 12:53 PM
doc.tom 10 Feb 16 - 02:47 PM
Richard Mellish 10 Feb 16 - 03:09 PM
nutty 10 Feb 16 - 04:05 PM
GUEST,big al whittle 10 Feb 16 - 11:28 PM
Acme 11 Feb 16 - 12:16 AM
Mick Tems 11 Feb 16 - 04:58 AM
GUEST,Mike O'Leary-Johns 11 Feb 16 - 06:20 AM
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Subject: OBIT 9th Feb 2016 Roy Harris
From: GUEST,Mike O'Leary-Johns
Date: 09 Feb 16 - 08:55 AM

With Great Sadness I have to Break the News that....
Roy Harris passed away early this Morning .

Roy's health has been poor for some time.
But just recently it had become far worse.
On a personal note Roy and Elaine have been Close
friends of Pat and I for many years.
Our thoughts are with Elaine at this time
and Neil and Anne and Their family.
Roy was enormously proud of his Family.


I first met Roy in the Cardiff Folk Song Club .
To my great fortune it was the first Folk Club I went to.
Roy was a fine singer and made a GREAT contribution to the World of
Folk Songs.
He just Loved Traditional Songs and Music .
He was always ready to help and encourage people who were interested .

Over the years he made countless friends throughout Britain and America............. We will all miss him and his contribution
to The Folk Song World .
I am finding great difficulty writing this and I am beginning to ramble.
I am sure that his friends will be able to put things much better than I.

But we have Lost one of THE VERY BEST ..............
                      Mike


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Subject: RE: OBIT 9th Feb 2016
From: Dave Sutherland
Date: 09 Feb 16 - 09:10 AM

Just picked up this dreadful news a short while ago and I'm still in shock. Roy and I were in our weekly correspondence just a fortnight ago discussing the fortunes of Nottingham Forest and I just sent the latest report to him yesterday. I hope that it was of some comfort to him that Traditions at the Tiger, the folk club he started in Long Eaton in 1991, celebrated its 25th Birthday on Sunday night and he was fondly remembered on that occasion. The encouragement that Roy gave to numerous singers and musicians was immense and those who held him in high regard as a singer are countless. Condolences to Elaine and Neil and family. UREDS.


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Subject: RE: OBIT 9th Feb 2016
From: Grampus
Date: 09 Feb 16 - 09:22 AM

Such sad news.

As Mike says, Roy was one of the very best.
Condolences to Elaine and family.

RIP Roy

G.


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Subject: Obit: Roy Harris R.I.P.
From: Bonnie Shaljean
Date: 09 Feb 16 - 09:31 AM

What can I say? Another great man gone.


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Subject: RE: Obit: Roy Harris R.I.P.
From: Bonnie Shaljean
Date: 09 Feb 16 - 09:35 AM

Good interview with him in FolkWales magazine:

Roy Harris: Life Begins at 80!


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Subject: RE: Obit: Roy Harris, 9th Feb 2016
From: RTim
Date: 09 Feb 16 - 09:58 AM

So sorry to hear the news - a great singer. Condolences to the family.

Tim Radford


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Subject: RE: Obit: Roy Harris, 9th Feb 2016
From: GUEST,Guest Bill Sables
Date: 09 Feb 16 - 10:11 AM

Roy was a great friend of mine in the 60s We travelled together to various clubs where either he or I were guests. He was a regular at Shotley Bridge folk club in Durham when he carried a guitar case without a guitar, (it carried a change of clothing) but he always said it made him look like a "Folk Singer". There were many occasions, usually an a Sunday late afternoon, when I would get a phone call from him asking me to play some obscure folk club in Scotland or Northumberland because he was stuck on a motorway somewhere unable to get a lift. He never did learn to drive but he didn't need to as he always had many friends who would take him anywhere. My thoughts go out to Elaine and Neil at this sad time.
He was a good bloke.


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Subject: RE: Obit: Roy Harris, 9th Feb 2016
From: Steve Gardham
Date: 09 Feb 16 - 10:16 AM

Another sad loss. Roy had great integrity and dedication to his music. He was also one of the understated gentlemen of the folk scene and we will miss him badly.


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Subject: RE: Obit: Roy Harris, 9th Feb 2016
From: Brian Peters
Date: 09 Feb 16 - 10:31 AM

I am devastated. My friend, guide, mentor, hero, has gone so suddenly. I could fill pages with what I owe Roy, and what a force he was as a singer, raconteur, club organizer and memory bank for others long departed.

Please post funeral arrangements as soon as you have them, and PM me if possible, Mike.


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Subject: RE: Obit: Roy Harris, 9th Feb 2016
From: Bill D
Date: 09 Feb 16 - 10:34 AM

I was lucky to see Roy several times in the late 70s- early 80s when he still toured in the U.S. He was, as you all know, a top-notch performer and just an all-round good guy.

His standard opening back then (at least over here) was "Black, White, Yellow and Green"... which was guaranteed to get the audience's attention. When he stopped touring, I shamelessly adopted the song and occasionally inflict it on the unprepared. I suspect Roy would approve....


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Subject: RE: Obit: Roy Harris, 9th Feb 2016
From: GUEST,Derek Schofield
Date: 09 Feb 16 - 11:32 AM

Very sad news.... I remember his great work as Director of the Loughborough / National Folk festival in the 1970s as well as his great singing. His singing always seemed so effortless.. relaxed ... but you have to be damned good to be able to do that well. And he was.
Derek


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Subject: RE: Obit: Roy Harris, 9th Feb 2016
From: Anne Lister
Date: 09 Feb 16 - 12:00 PM

I met Roy so long ago I can't remember when it was or even the circumstances, but loved his singing and the way in which he passed on his love for traditional music. Despite the fact that I was normally singing my own songs he was always wonderfully supportive and helpful. When I came back to live in Cardiff fourteen years ago I found to my delight that Roy was living here too - and again experienced the warmth of his recognition and support for what I was doing.
I am so very sorry to hear of his death. I, too, would like details of his funeral when they are announced.


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Subject: RE: Obit: Roy Harris, 9th Feb 2016
From: GUEST,Musket
Date: 09 Feb 16 - 12:37 PM

He was a good friend of The Worksop Folk Club back in the day. Quite an influence on younger performers too, with his lack of pretention and excellent music recall.


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Subject: RE: Obit: Roy Harris, 9th Feb 2016
From: Bat Goddess
Date: 09 Feb 16 - 12:56 PM

I'm devastated.

Roy and I have carried on a lively though sporadic email and Mudcat conversation for years. (Started because I live in Nottingham, New Hampshire USA and he's from Nottingham, England.) I think it was the last time he was in the US, he later let me know he'd passed close enough to see the Nottingham sign on the highway, but, alas, we weren't able to get together to meet in person.

This is a very hard loss for me, though not as hard as what Elaine is going through. My heart and sincere condolences go out to her and the family.

Linn


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Subject: RE: Obit: Roy Harris, 9th Feb 2016
From: GUEST,Nick Dow
Date: 09 Feb 16 - 12:56 PM

I owe Roy so much. I learned everything I know about performing in public from him. Roy picked me up when I was down, pushed me forward when I was lagging behind, and most of all showed me how to love traditional folk music. Roy encouraged me to listen to Pop Maynard, and Phil Tanner. Roy booked a long list of singers at the Loughborough Festival that included Johnny Doughty and Frank Hinchcliffe, and we 'youngsters' got to see the real thing for our selves, for the first time. Roy encouraged me to collect Folk Songs..the list goes on. God rest you Roy. You were one of the greats. We will miss him.


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Subject: RE: Obit: Roy Harris, 9th Feb 2016
From: The Sandman
Date: 09 Feb 16 - 01:20 PM

I am in shock., I echo what Nic and Brian have said.
I will miss him.R I P, Roy was a good friend to me, a lovely guy and a great performer.


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Subject: RE: Obit: Roy Harris, 9th Feb 2016
From: GUEST,LynnH
Date: 09 Feb 16 - 01:24 PM

Another good singer moves on.......

I can remember doing floor spots at the NTMC with Roy and the rest of the gang perched on the radiator behind me. Somewhat unsettling!


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Subject: RE: Obit: Roy Harris, 9th Feb 2016
From: GUEST,padgett
Date: 09 Feb 16 - 01:43 PM

Just seen this sad news and condolences to Roy's family and friends ~ last saw him at Leeds Grove and before that with Michael O'Leary Johns at Wadebridge where had a little chat about his early recording days ~ tributes also on fb

Ray


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Subject: RE: Obit: Roy Harris, 9th Feb 2016
From: Herga Kitty
Date: 09 Feb 16 - 01:50 PM

We always had a great evening when Roy was our guest at the Herga club. I'm very sorry to hear he's no longer with us - all sympathies and condolences to his family.

Kitty


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Subject: RE: Obit: Roy Harris, 9th Feb 2016
From: GUEST,Jack Dixon
Date: 09 Feb 16 - 01:56 PM

A great singer and a great human being. I first got to know him in the 70s when I brought him to Ireland for some folk club dates. He was a superb performer and an equally lovely house guest - not to mention a passionate Nottingham Forest supporter!

We met up occasionally after that - at Loughborough and when he again played in Belfast (with the late Cyril Tawney).

Folk music has lost a giant. My thoughts are with his family.


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Subject: RE: Obit: Roy Harris, 9th Feb 2016
From: GUEST,dunelmian
Date: 09 Feb 16 - 02:10 PM

I first met Roy when Durham City Folk Club was in the Lord Seaham but
my finest memory was of him leading the 300 strong audience at the 1972 Durham City Folk Festival in the finest example of chorus singing
it has been my pleasure to enjoy. Thank you Roy and my sympathy goes to Elaine


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Subject: RE: Obit: Roy Harris, 9th Feb 2016
From: GUEST,dunelmian
Date: 09 Feb 16 - 02:14 PM

I first met Roy in 1972 when he appeared at Durham City Folk Club when it was in the Lord Seaham. My finest memory was of him leading the 300 or so audience at the 1972 Durham City Folk Festival in the finest example of chorus singing it has been my pleasure to enjoy. Thank you Roy and my sympathy goes to Elaine.


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Subject: RE: Obit: Roy Harris, 9th Feb 2016
From: GUEST,John from "Elsie`s Band"
Date: 09 Feb 16 - 03:02 PM

May we offer our condolences to Roy`s family on this very sad occasion. He was always a welcome guest at "Elsie`s" and it was he who put us on the festival trail at Loughborough.

R.I.P.

John


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Subject: RE: Obit: Roy Harris, 9th Feb 2016
From: Waddon Pete
Date: 09 Feb 16 - 03:15 PM

Indeed a lovely man. We first met when I booked him back in the 70's and always enjoyed his style of singing. He was a great help to the "In Memoriam" thread often sending help, suggestions and details that I might otherwise have missed. I douby he ever suspected he would be listed in the same thread so soon. My condolences to his family and all those who know and love him.

RIP

Peter


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Subject: RE: Obit: Roy Harris, 9th Feb 2016
From: Mick Tems
Date: 09 Feb 16 - 03:33 PM

I have always admired Roy, for organising the first folk club in Cardiff, for his singing, for championing The Gower Nightingale, Phil Tanner, for going out to earn a living alone and unaccompanied, for his boundless knowledge in the folk tradition, for giving me so much enjoyment through his albums, for his expert CD reviews, and for beating me in the long-distance run at Sidmouth Festival all those years ago!

Condolences to Elaine, Neil, Anne and all his family; also to Mike and Pat. Here's to one who was so unique, and Roy - your star's shining brightly tonight.


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Subject: RE: Obit: Roy Harris, 9th Feb 2016
From: Sandra in Sydney
Date: 09 Feb 16 - 05:43 PM

condolences to his friends & family. He was a lovely bloke, we shared a couple of PMs & I'll be playing his CD later today.

sandra


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Subject: RE: Obit: Roy Harris, 9th Feb 2016
From: Black belt caterpillar wrestler
Date: 09 Feb 16 - 06:16 PM

I first met Roy at Halsway Manor many years ago when he was there at some folk event and I was just dropping in to see what was on. He was very encouraging to me and I much appreciated his comments. Our paths did not cross again for a long time but I always remembered his kind words to me.

Robin Madge


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Subject: RE: Obit: Roy Harris, 9th Feb 2016
From: GUEST,Peter Sumner
Date: 09 Feb 16 - 09:56 PM

Such sad news and a huge loss for his family and mountain of friends and colleagues.
Great memories of him raising the rafters of the Pier at an early Cleethorpes Folk Festival...Fathom the Bowl had never sounded better.

He accepted an invitation to come and sing for us at the Bermuda Folk Club...must be almost 40 years ago....I remember it as if it were yesterday....

One of the kindest men I have ever met....and I hope he rests in peace.

Peter Sumner
San Francisco.


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Subject: RE: Obit: Roy Harris, 9th Feb 2016
From: Phil Cooper
Date: 09 Feb 16 - 10:27 PM

I heard Roy sing when I was a college student spending a semester in London in 1975. I met him in person in the 2000's when he came to a house concert I was performing with Margaret Nelson and Kate Early in the DC area at Dennis and Judy Cook's house. I got a chance to tell him I'd seen him way back. He was a very nice man and we exchanged some CD's. I recently (last fall) had sent him one of Christmas band recordings because he was talking on Facebook about liking the original version of Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas, as opposed to the newer, diva gargled versions. He also sent a kind note about that. May he rest in peace.


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Subject: RE: Obit: Roy Harris, 9th Feb 2016
From: Joe Offer
Date: 09 Feb 16 - 10:58 PM

It wa so nice tyo know him here at Mudcat. He was "Burl" for a long time, and then he switched to using his own name. He shared so much wisdom with us. May he rest in peace.
-Joe-


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Subject: RE: Obit: Roy Harris, 9th Feb 2016
From: GUEST,Mike Yates
Date: 10 Feb 16 - 02:41 AM

Have just seen this. Very sad news indeed. Roy was the perfect revival singer, one who inspired so many other people. It is hard to believe that he is no longer with us.


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Subject: RE: Obit: Roy Harris, 9th Feb 2016
From: GUEST,Clive Pownceby
Date: 10 Feb 16 - 03:48 AM

I too am deeply saddened by this news. He always had kind words to say about Southport's Bothy Club, sending us greetings on anniversaries and generally being as he always was - courteous, gentlemanly and a true enthusiast/advocate for the music we all love.


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Subject: RE: Obit: Roy Harris, 9th Feb 2016
From: GUEST,Sean O'Shea
Date: 10 Feb 16 - 05:37 AM

Loved the man and much lament his passing.


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Subject: RE: Obit: Roy Harris, 9th Feb 2016
From: GUEST,bigJ
Date: 10 Feb 16 - 05:57 AM

We have all lost a gentleman and fine singer.


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Subject: RE: Obit: Roy Harris, 9th Feb 2016
From: MoorleyMan
Date: 10 Feb 16 - 09:20 AM

Just got home to find this sad news.
Roy was such an inspiration to so many of us over so long a period.
An uncommonly fine singer, and a genuine evangelist and enthusiast for our culture and heritage. And a true gentleman too.
Sympathies and condolences to his family.


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Subject: RE: Obit: Roy Harris, 9th Feb 2016
From: MGM·Lion
Date: 10 Feb 16 - 09:51 AM

I knew Roy but slightly, from way back -- over 40 years since he guested at the folk club I used to run at Sawston, near Cambridge, But I recall him as a man of much personality and charm: an exemplary house-guest, as someone remarks above, whom my late wife took to very much. He gave us an excellent gig. I have always admired his posts here, in both his Burl & his RoyH personæ. We shall miss him.

Adieu, Roy. ♫·Another man done gone·♫!

≈Michael≈


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Subject: RE: Obit: Roy Harris, 9th Feb 2016
From: GUEST,Ian, Nottingham
Date: 10 Feb 16 - 12:22 PM

So very, very sad.
Condolences to family and friends.


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Subject: RE: Obit: Roy Harris, 9th Feb 2016
From: GUEST
Date: 10 Feb 16 - 12:32 PM

Very sad news.
Many years ago I booked Roy for the Black Horse Sing around in Nuthurst.
Great evening ,lovely singer and a great personality.
He will be sadly missed.
Al


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Subject: RE: Obit: Roy Harris, 9th Feb 2016
From: Young Buchan
Date: 10 Feb 16 - 12:53 PM

Very sad. Exactly 40 years this year since I first saw him at NTMC.
One of those singers who at Darlington Brit necessitated the removal of the door from its hinges so a few more could squeeze their ears in - and quite right too!
A fine singer. And a good spoons player too, let's not forget.
Condolences to the family.


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Subject: RE: Obit: Roy Harris, 9th Feb 2016
From: doc.tom
Date: 10 Feb 16 - 02:47 PM

So sad. One of the finest - and an inspiration to so many. RIP


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Subject: RE: Obit: Roy Harris, 9th Feb 2016
From: Richard Mellish
Date: 10 Feb 16 - 03:09 PM

On stage Roy came across as a very humble ordinary bloke but he was so very much more than that. He knew what is important in the songs and he was one of the best of the revival generation in singing them. We will miss him.


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Subject: RE: Obit: Roy Harris, 9th Feb 2016
From: nutty
Date: 10 Feb 16 - 04:05 PM

Another good man gone to the great sing in the sky. Roy was a real gentleman as well as a captivating performer. RIP ROY.


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Subject: RE: Obit: Roy Harris, 9th Feb 2016
From: GUEST,big al whittle
Date: 10 Feb 16 - 11:28 PM

Roy was a super bloke. i first saw him about forty five years back at andy Dwyer's club at the prince of wales in Tamworth. The first of many superb evenings being entertained by a great folksinger.

later i knew him as an actor on the set of various tv programmes when Nottingham and Leeds had big tv studios. he was sensible , thoughtful and he had thought out his ideas about folk music very carefully.

i remember one time running him home from location - he was living in Sandiacre at the time, and he seemed pretty tired. he was lamenting the few venues that there were booking him...all i can say is to those clubs...you missed out on a good 'un!

he could really get to the heart of a traditional song. you got an insight into how a hunting song or a shanty would enthuse a company. he could deliver a ballad with the commitment of a Shakespearian actor performing a soliloquy.

he was a great man.


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Subject: RE: Obit: Roy Harris, 9th Feb 2016
From: Acme
Date: 11 Feb 16 - 12:16 AM

Thanks, Al. I heard one song that was posted on YouTube earlier. I hope more recordings appear.


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Subject: RE: Obit: Roy Harris, 9th Feb 2016
From: Mick Tems
Date: 11 Feb 16 - 04:58 AM

When and where is the funeral?


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Subject: RE: Obit: Roy Harris, 9th Feb 2016
From: GUEST,Mike O'Leary-Johns
Date: 11 Feb 16 - 06:20 AM

In answer to requests for the Funeral details.....
As soon as I have them I will I will post them.
Elaine has been staying with her son Neil.
We expect to hear from her today.


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Subject: RE: Obit: Roy Harris, 9th Feb 2016
From: Sarah the flute
Date: 11 Feb 16 - 06:26 AM

We shared thoughts for Roy and John Barden at Faversham Folk Club last night and Bob Kenward led us all in singing Where Have All the Flowers Gone in their memory.


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Subject: RE: Obit: Roy Harris, 9th Feb 2016
From: JHW
Date: 11 Feb 16 - 03:38 PM

Very sad to hear.
What days those of Loughborough where he made running a big festival well look as easy as he made singing well look.
Lovely man and wonderful singer and a great loss.


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Subject: RE: Obit: Roy Harris, 9th Feb 2016
From: GUEST,Mike O'Leary-Johns
Date: 12 Feb 16 - 10:37 AM

Some details on Roy's Funeral.
The Funeral will be on March 1st.
Neil will Email the address and Post Code. [I will post it.]
There will then be a '' Gathering'' of Family and Friends.
At the Liberal Club in Canton {Cardiff}.
       Again I will post the Directions when I have them .
                I will give the time as soon as I have it.
Comment from Elaine.. Dress Code... Whatever you arrive in !
Please bring Voices {songs} and instruments {musical} of choice .
   Elaine told me that the Guardian will and article about Roy.
   Which will be on line first .   
                   Mike


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Subject: RE: Obit: Roy Harris, 9th Feb 2016
From: Waddon Pete
Date: 12 Feb 16 - 11:42 AM

It's not everyone who gets an obituary review in the Daily Telegraph!

Peter


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Subject: RE: Obit: Roy Harris, 9th Feb 2016
From: greg stephens
Date: 12 Feb 16 - 12:38 PM

Great bloke. Great singer. Backbone of the scene type of person. Regularly corresponded with him on various music topics. RIP


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Subject: RE: Obit: Roy Harris, 9th Feb 2016
From: Brian Peters
Date: 12 Feb 16 - 01:15 PM

Some nice tributes here, especially Big Al's.

Roy (as I've said on Mudcat before) was possibly the best performer I've ever seen grace a folk club. No instrumental expertise to hide behind, it was just the man, his voice, his personality, and the songs he loved and sang with total commitment. Every song he sang meant a great deal to him. and he was a master of getting the emotional core across, but at the same time never forgot that folk music was supposed to be about having a good time. His warm and easy style impressed all who witnessed his performances, yet it sometimes concealed severe stage fright - which made him all the more impressive a professional.

Roy was extremely generous to less experienced singers with his time, enthusiasm and record collection. Like others here I was turned on to Phil Tanner and Sam Larner through the Harris record library (which also contained a treasury of old-time and blues, despite Roy's reputation as a die-hard English traddy). He was a man of complete integrity, who believed in the ideals of the folk song and folk club movement, standing up for the principle of floor singing at a time when it was under assault. He embarked on a professional career as a working-class man with little or no financial security, and for years hitched to gigs in the far corners of this land because that was the only way he could afford to travel.

To hear Roy talk about some of the old singers he knew in his early years was a delight. Describing hitching up to Aberdeen and staying with Jeannie Robertson, he said: "They had next to nothing, but they'd scrape the paint off their walls for you." So would Roy.

Good of the Telegraph to commission an obit, but "specialized in military songs"? Don't think so. He told me he was never happy with 'The Rambling Soldier', and it certainly isn't his best recording (one vote here for 'Champions of Folly'). And I think most of us on Mudcat know that the 'Burl' handle had nothing to do with his physique, and everything to do with a huge admiration for Burl Ives.

Goodbye old friend. We shall never see your like again.


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Subject: RE: Obit: Roy Harris, 9th Feb 2016
From: GUEST,Nick Dow
Date: 12 Feb 16 - 01:27 PM

Well said Brian. Roy's passing is going to hurt and grieve us all for a long time.


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Subject: RE: Obit: Roy Harris, 9th Feb 2016
From: GUEST,Rob White
Date: 12 Feb 16 - 02:03 PM

Memories of so many great Friday nights and song performances at the NTMC hosted by Roy who was an inspiration to so many learning the art of traditional folk singing in the late 60's and early 70's.I hope his funeral is a true and genuine celebration of his life and songs.
So long comrade.


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Subject: RE: Obit: Roy Harris, 9th Feb 2016
From: JHW
Date: 12 Feb 16 - 03:28 PM

Ref Brian Peters above - Date: 12 Feb 16 - 01:15 PM
Thank you Brian.
Many of us can go no further than 'sorry to hear' at such a passing.
Roy certainly deserves a real Obit as this.


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Subject: RE: Obit: Roy Harris, 9th Feb 2016
From: GUEST,Mike O'Leary-Johns
Date: 12 Feb 16 - 05:14 PM

I can now add that the funeral be at 11.00
I will be meeting Elaine and Neil on Monday.
Will get directions for the Crematorium and the Club and let you now.

As for the comments by Brian ; absolutely on the mark.
I have heard Jerry Epstein ; when asked about American Traditional Music. Say don't ask me ask Roy Harris.
Also I have heard him talk in Glowing terms of a Concert of Burl Ives he went to . He made a copy of his ''Coronation Concert'' for me .

                      Mike


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Subject: RE: Obit: Roy Harris, 9th Feb 2016
From: GUEST,moira(flyingcat)
Date: 12 Feb 16 - 05:48 PM

thanks for the funeral details so far Mike. we plan to be there. I'm sure Tony O'neill would want to be also but he'll just be flying back from New Zealand.

Take good care
xx


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Subject: RE: Obit: Roy Harris, 9th Feb 2016
From: Genie
Date: 12 Feb 16 - 08:59 PM

So sorry to hear this.
My condolences to Roy's family and friends. I had hoped to meet and hear him in person one day.

Genie


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Subject: RE: Obit: Roy Harris, 9th Feb 2016
From: GUEST,Nick Dow
Date: 13 Feb 16 - 08:07 AM

I've found the Canton Liberal Club address as 301-303 Cowbridge Rd E, Cardiff CF5 1JD Is this the right venue?


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Subject: RE: Obit: Roy Harris, 9th Feb 2016
From: GUEST,Mike O'Leary-Johns
Date: 13 Feb 16 - 08:53 AM

Thanks Nick
This is the information I have had from Neil {Roy's son.
I will be meeting them both on Monday .
I will then put all the details out then.


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Subject: RE: Obit: Roy Harris, 9th Feb 2016
From: Brian Peters
Date: 13 Feb 16 - 01:05 PM

I've booked a train arriving Cardiff Central just before 10 am. Not sure about buses going to the crematorium. Might be glad of a lift if there's one going.


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Subject: RE: Obit: Roy Harris, 9th Feb 2016
From: GUEST,Nick Dow
Date: 13 Feb 16 - 01:14 PM

I am going to make my way to the Liberal Club for about 12am. However I can give you a lift to the station to go home or hotel if you are staying overnight if that's any help.


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Subject: RE: Obit: Roy Harris, 9th Feb 2016
From: Brian Peters
Date: 13 Feb 16 - 01:17 PM

Thanks Nick - I'm going home the same day so we'll see what works.


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Subject: RE: Obit: Roy Harris, 9th Feb 2016
From: The Sandman
Date: 13 Feb 16 - 06:24 PM

I am sorry I cannot be there. i will sing a song for him here in ireland on the day of the funeral.


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Subject: RE: Obit: Roy Harris, 9th Feb 2016
From: GUEST,Guest
Date: 14 Feb 16 - 06:21 AM

Roy Harris obit


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Subject: RE: Obit: Roy Harris, 9th Feb 2016
From: GUEST,Mike O'Leary-Johns
Date: 14 Feb 16 - 04:08 PM

Hello there Brian.
I have made arrangement for a ''Lift'' to the Crem .
Unless you have made any other arrangements.
Tony Fraser the other member of ''Mainbrace''
Your paths have crossed at least once.
Will meet you at the Rail station as your train comes in.
If that is OK with you.... Just let me know.
                     Mike


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Subject: RE: Obit: Roy Harris, 9th Feb 2016
From: MGM·Lion
Date: 15 Feb 16 - 01:01 AM

In fairness, the misleading 'specialised in military songs and sea shanties' comment is, from its placing in the sub-head rather than in the body of the obit, probably the gift of a Telegraph subeditor, picking up, as such people will do working under pressure, on the synopsis of McCafferty + the ref to the contributions to the Topic sea-song commpilations (think of all those outside our own charmed·☯ who imagine 'shanty' to mean any song with any sort of maritime overtones!) — and in no way the responsibility of the actual writer of the none-too-bad piece.

≈M≈


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Subject: RE: Obit: Roy Harris, 9th Feb 2016
From: GUEST,Derek Schofield
Date: 15 Feb 16 - 06:28 AM

There's a tribute to Roy in today's Nottingham Post:
Roy Harris in Nottingham Post

Derek


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Subject: RE: Obit: Roy Harris, 9th Feb 2016
From: Dave Sutherland
Date: 15 Feb 16 - 06:50 AM

Thank you Derek these Blue Clickies are beyond me!
There should be another one in the Nottingham Post on Friday


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Subject: RE: Obit: Roy Harris, 9th Feb 2016
From: Irene M
Date: 15 Feb 16 - 03:06 PM

Can someone send my regards to Elaine please?
30 odd years ago, when I came to live in Derby, I got to know Roy when I was publicising Perform locally.
I recorded a session for his Radio Nottingham programme and also did some ferrying of him to gigs on Sunday nights.
I well remember going to Digbeth one Sunday night and going round a roundabout 3 times looking for the exit. The overhead signs were so filthy they took too long to read!


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Subject: RE: Obit: Roy Harris, 9th Feb 2016
From: Brian Peters
Date: 15 Feb 16 - 05:08 PM

That is great, thanks Mike.


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Subject: RE: Obit: Roy Harris, 9th Feb 2016
From: GUEST,Mike O'Leary-Johns
Date: 15 Feb 16 - 05:36 PM

That's Ok Brian. We will also arrange to get you to the next venue.
The plan to hold the ''Wake'' in the Liberal Club failed .
When I left the family {late in the afternoon} they were considering
another venue. Hopefully I will hear something tomorrow .
The proposed venue will be nearer the M4 .
Anyone that has to travel along way and fear to do so as they cannot make the funeral itself. If you can only get to the wake.
                         PLEASE DO SO .
I also found out that there is a plan to video the day and stream it to North America and Australia .This as a result of people asking if
it can be done .......
mike


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Subject: RE: Obit: Roy Harris, 9th Feb 2016
From: GUEST,Tony and June Brunton
Date: 16 Feb 16 - 05:04 AM

Roy came and performed for us in Scotland and stayed overnight with us in our Dunning cottage before we took him back to Sandiacre. As a Nottingham lad(Scotholme Street Basford) myself we found lots to talk about. Though we never met again he has never been forgotten and probably one of the nicest men we have ever met. Please convey our condolences to his family he was a smashing man.
Tony and June Brunton, Bellfield Mill Cottage, Kinross, Perth and Kinross KY13 0NL.


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Subject: RE: Obit: Roy Harris, 9th Feb 2016
From: Anne Lister
Date: 16 Feb 16 - 04:09 PM

As it's so soon after a family bereavement I don't think I can cope with a return visit to the crem, but I would like to be at the wake for some of the time at least.
I'll be travelling by car - can probably help with transport if anyone needs it. Easy stations for me to pick up from would be Cwmbran and Newport, but Cardiff is also possible. PM me or email me (anne@annelister.com)


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Subject: RE: Obit: Roy Harris, 9th Feb 2016
From: GUEST,Pete Tomlyn
Date: 16 Feb 16 - 05:16 PM

I have many happy memories from NTMC. It was Roy who taught what it takes to be a professiomal. Three weeks on the road in Germsny in a Morris 1000 van gave ma a great opportunity to know Roy, and listen and learn.
Always encouraging, he surprised me with his knowledge of American old time folk music, not something I expected from a singer of the English tradition.
We sang Fathom the Bowl in remembrance at the "Blackies" on Sunday night.
RIP Roy I shall miss you.Condolences to Elaine and family.


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Subject: RE: Obit: Roy Harris, 9th Feb 2016
From: GUEST,Neil Harris
Date: 17 Feb 16 - 03:30 PM

Roy Harris's funeral will take place on Tuesday 1st March at 11am
at Thornhill Crematorium (Wenallt Chapel), Thornhill Rd, Cardiff CF14 9UA

There will be a celebration of his life afterwards from 12 at
The West End Social Club
348 Cowbridge Rd West,
Cardiff CF5 5BY
Phone:029 2059 4004

Donations in lieu of flowers to the NSPCC please. There will be a box for donations on the day.

There is no dress code so come casual, come formal, come as you are comfortable, but please come. We've booked the concert hall in the club which we can have until 6pm but we can use the lounge bar after that if we want to. The family want to create a folk club atmosphere so please bring a song, an instrument, a memory. However, to organise refreshments it would be helpful (though not compulsory) if you could let us know if you are planning to attend.

On a practical note, there is a small car park behind the club, also there is a small Tesco opposite with a little car park and a block away there is a Lidl/Homebargains with a huge car park. There is also some street parking nearby.

Please share these details widely. Webcast details to follow.


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Subject: RE: Obit: Roy Harris, 9th Feb 2016
From: GUEST,Nick Dow
Date: 17 Feb 16 - 05:17 PM

Please count me in I'll be there.
Nick


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Subject: RE: Obit: Roy Harris, 9th Feb 2016
From: GUEST,Derek Schofield
Date: 18 Feb 16 - 12:48 PM

The life of Roy Harris will be celebrated on the BBC Radio 4 obituaries programme Last Word, possibly this week, but more likely next week. The programme is broadcast on Fridays at 4pm, repeated Sundays at 8.30pm.
Derek


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Subject: RE: Obit: Roy Harris, 9th Feb 2016
From: GUEST,Guest, Stephen Harvey
Date: 18 Feb 16 - 06:20 PM

Yes, "Champions of Folly", still one of my very favourite lps!
I guess I also have Mr. Harris to thank for the stellar line-up I heard at the 1976 Loughborough Folk Festival: Bert Lloyd, Flora McNeil, The Watersons, to name a few. RIP Roy


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Subject: RE: Obit: Roy Harris, 9th Feb 2016
From: GUEST,addison
Date: 24 Feb 16 - 12:46 PM

The Guardian has published an obituary to Roy. It's online, but hasn't appeared in the morning paper yet.
Roy Harris Obituary in The Guardian


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Subject: RE: Obit: Roy Harris, 9th Feb 2016
From: Splott Man
Date: 25 Feb 16 - 07:37 AM

I shall be coming for the wake, as will Dame Pattie. Unfortunately I can't leave work (in Cardiff) till gone 12.

Splott Man


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Subject: RE: Obit: Roy Harris, 9th Feb 2016
From: GUEST,Mike O'Leary-Johns
Date: 25 Feb 16 - 12:31 PM

I Just read the Guardian Obituary.

   Good One !
Good for you Derek
Mike


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Subject: RE: Obit: Roy Harris, 9th Feb 2016
From: Brian Peters
Date: 25 Feb 16 - 02:16 PM

Mike, can you put me in touch with Tony somehow, before the day? I'm on Facebook or there's a contact button on my
website. I'd rather not share it publicly here.


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Subject: RE: Obit: Roy Harris, 9th Feb 2016
From: GUEST,Mike O'Leary-Johns
Date: 25 Feb 16 - 03:27 PM

hello Brian...
Shall I ask Tony to contact you via Face book .
I know he's on face book.. I am not.
I will mail and ask him to ...... Mike


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Subject: RE: Obit: Roy Harris, 9th Feb 2016
From: GUEST,Nick Dow
Date: 28 Feb 16 - 01:46 PM

Unfortunately I have had a flare up of sciatica. The worst I've ever had. I can only just walk upstairs, so driving to Cardiff is out. I will get better but not in time for Tuesday. Please accept my apologies and raise a glass to Roy. I will be there in spirit.
kind regards
Nick


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Subject: Obit: Roy Harris funeral webcast.
From: GUEST,Neil Harris
Date: 29 Feb 16 - 11:32 AM

OK. Here are the details for watching the funeral of Roy Harris

1. Go to the Wesley Media home page: www.wesleymedia.co.uk
2. On the left hand side of the home page click 'Webcasts'.

The number/username is: 10647
The password is: uvqfyntj


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Subject: RE: Obit: Roy Harris, 9th Feb 2016
From: Mick Tems
Date: 29 Feb 16 - 06:14 PM

Both Olly and I will not be at Roy's funeral, unfortunately. My mother, who is 92, has just been admitted to Colchester Hospital, and it looks pretty serious. We will be heading up the M4, the M25 and the A12 to see her.

Sincere apologies to Roy's family on the eve of his funeral - please raise a glass to Roy. There is a detailed obituary, and an updated picture, in FolkWales Online Magazine.


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Subject: RE: Obit: Roy Harris, 9th Feb 2016
From: The Sandman
Date: 01 Mar 16 - 07:25 AM

i just sang the parting glass, to my old friend, I will miss you, Roy.


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