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Obit: Derek Brimstone has died (1932-2017)

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Subject: Derek Brimstone has died
From: Big Al Whittle
Date: 06 Mar 17 - 12:31 PM

Just seen a posting on FB by Gordon Giltrap that Derek has gone.


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Subject: RE: Derek Brimstone has died
From: Will Fly
Date: 06 Mar 17 - 12:48 PM

We used to book him at the BBC Folk Club in the 1960s - very talented, always popular. A good man gone. RIP.


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Subject: RE: Derek Brimstone has died
From: Dave the Gnome
Date: 06 Mar 17 - 01:07 PM

Oh no, not another :-( We had Derek at Swinton a couple of times. My favourite tale of his was his Granddaughter winning the school prize for the most unusual pet - a tin of sardines.

He will be missed by many. Condolences to those who knew and loved him best.

DtG


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Subject: RE: Derek Brimstone has died
From: The Sandman
Date: 06 Mar 17 - 02:06 PM

I booked him several times at various clubs i was involved with,he was a great entertainer, and good banjo player and guitarist. my reaction on reading the news was, oh god.
RIP, Derek, thanks for everything.


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Subject: RE: Derek Brimstone has died
From: alex s
Date: 06 Mar 17 - 02:17 PM

I saw him at Leeds festival and he was so funny I had a huge pain from laughing. A real one off. RIP bonny lad.


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Subject: RE: Derek Brimstone has died
From: GUEST,Ray
Date: 06 Mar 17 - 02:22 PM

I remember him well at the Leeds festival; I was on the sound desk. He managed to sit directly under a leak in the marquee roof! Our paths crossed many times back in the 70s and 80s.

Sad to hear that he's gone but he must have had a good long innings.


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Subject: RE: Derek Brimstone has died
From: MikeL2
Date: 06 Mar 17 - 02:44 PM

Hi

I also booked Derek a few times. He was always a great success.

Nice guy ......

My condolences to his Family and friends.

MikeL2


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Subject: RE: Derek Brimstone has died
From: Sooz
Date: 06 Mar 17 - 03:07 PM

Sad news. My memory of Derek is me standing in the "air lock" by the stage with his guitar in one hand and his guitar in the other while he went to the loo one last time before he went on to perform. All this while the artist on stage was finishing his last number! We just made it   in time. He was so nervous - until he was on stage and then he was magic!


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Subject: RE: Derek Brimstone has died
From: alanabit
Date: 06 Mar 17 - 03:18 PM

He will be missed as both a fine, original entertainer and a good bloke.


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Subject: RE: Derek Brimstone has died
From: GUEST,Cllr
Date: 06 Mar 17 - 04:25 PM


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Subject: RE: Derek Brimstone has died
From: GUEST,Cllr
Date: 06 Mar 17 - 04:27 PM

sorry for the blank, Derek was a favourite of mine and i will post more later.
cllr


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Subject: RE: Derek Brimstone has died
From: Steve Parkes
Date: 06 Mar 17 - 04:47 PM

He's gong to be sorely missed. I can't imagine Derek resting or peaceful!


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Subject: RE: Derek Brimstone has died
From: Leadfingers
Date: 06 Mar 17 - 06:49 PM

Gawd ! They do say things come in threes ! Brimmo makes the three - Hope he's the last for a while . Danny , Ian and now Derek !


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Subject: RE: Derek Brimstone has died
From: Johnny J
Date: 06 Mar 17 - 07:05 PM

Sad news.

I remember enjoying Derek's music during the eighties but,, to my shame, I had lost track of his more recent activities.

Condolences to his family and friends.


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Subject: RE: Derek Brimstone has died
From: Lanfranc
Date: 06 Mar 17 - 07:26 PM

As far as I am concerned Derek was one of the greats on the British folk scene, he was so much more than a great entertainer. He was a guitar and banjo player par excellence and a singer with an eclectic repertoire. Along with Alex Atterson, Colin Scot, Noel Murphy, Alex Campbell, Redd Sullivan and Martin Windsor and the others, Derek was a regular guest at the clubs I helped to run in the late 60s and early 70s of the last century. He was an inspiration, a willing teacher and, I am proud to say, a friend. In recent years we only exchanged Christmas cards and the occasional phone call but I play his records frequently. Wearing my computer nerd hat, I was able to rescue a large portion of his autobiography from an obsolete Amstrad word processor. If you haven't read his two books, you have missed a treat!

I've been dreading this news for some time-there aren't many of the old crowd left now.

Farewell, Derek, you will be missed. My thoughts are with Jeannie and all the generations of the Brimsons who will ensure your immortality along with the music we can still hear and our memories.

Alan


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Subject: RE: Derek Brimstone has died
From: GUEST,Malcolm Storey
Date: 06 Mar 17 - 08:09 PM

I very rarely join these threads but admit to being gutted that such a fine entertainer, musician and great all round bloke I will never see again.
I have only recently, while in the antipodes, been enjoying watching some of the stuff available on the web and promising myself that I would give him a call sometime soon.
Alas not to be.
Lots of happy memories though and some really personal funnies that I might share at some stage.
Good on you Derek, now you can show Elvis how to play the banjo properly.


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Subject: RE: Derek Brimstone has died
From: Richard Atkins
Date: 06 Mar 17 - 08:43 PM

I'm so sad to hear this. Derek was Brill with his humour to me. He
helped my introduction to the folk world despite some that should only sing in the bathroom on their own!

On sending my Video of Banbury he called me "Thanks so much I cant see it myself I will put it in a draw for someone to find later"

I hope they do.

Bedworth as well but not now.

A special dude lost for me.

RIP to a special guy.

Richard


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Subject: RE: Obit: Derek Brimstone has died (1932-2017)
From: vectis
Date: 07 Mar 17 - 12:35 AM

I am so sorry to hear this. Brimmo was always excellent when he got in front of an audience and his stories always made me laugh. My 6 year old granddaughter loves several of his songs.

When the music starts to play. Bye bye mate you will be missed.


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Subject: RE: Obit: Derek Brimstone has died (1932-2017)
From: GUEST,Chris Newman
Date: 07 Mar 17 - 12:59 AM

So many memories...Carlisle folk club c. 1983 when I told a bunch of people I'd recently befriended that they should go see Brimmo, and that I would refund their entrance money if they didn't enjoy him. Needless to say it didn't cost me a penny! He got half a dozen new fans that day.

He was a seriously class act.


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Subject: RE: Obit: Derek Brimstone has died (1932-2017)
From: GUEST,cptsnapper
Date: 07 Mar 17 - 02:44 AM

One of the all time greats


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Subject: RE: Obit: Derek Brimstone has died (1932-2017)
From: Dave Sutherland
Date: 07 Mar 17 - 03:25 AM

Last saw Derek about ten years ago and he was as sharp as a needle then, exactly as I recall him when I first saw him in the early seventies. A brilliant singer, musician and storyteller who will be sadly missed. RIP Derek.


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Subject: RE: Obit: Derek Brimstone has died (1932-2017)
From: GUEST,Some bloke
Date: 07 Mar 17 - 04:05 AM

Many good memories of both the man and artiste.

I saw Gordon Giltrap's Facebook announcement whilst by odd coincidence I was converting some vinyl albums to iTunes. I was listening to Derek on the "There was this bloke" album when I read the sad news.


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Subject: RE: Obit: Derek Brimstone has died (1932-2017)
From: GUEST,Graham Bradshaw
Date: 07 Mar 17 - 05:46 AM

Oh dear, I was sort of expecting this. Del had become frail in recent years.

Another of the all time greats gone to join Silvo, Disley, Felton etc. I knew Del ever since he first started in the 60s, and he played at all the clubs I've been involved with, from Surbiton in the early days to more recent stints in Coventry. Never a duff gig and always made me laugh.
"I don't mind quiet audiences....unless they're moving towards me!"

Sleep well Del.


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Subject: RE: Obit: Derek Brimstone has died (1932-2017)
From: Murray MacLeod
Date: 07 Mar 17 - 05:49 AM

The funniest man I ever saw on stage, bar none ... I spent a fair bit of time with him at one of the early Gower Folk festivals and he had me permanently in stitches. I also remember changing the strings on his guitar for him, and having to get a pair of pliers to pull the bridgepins out, they were so tight ....

The funniest joke I ever heard him crack was about Tony Capstick buying his wife a vibrator .... the ostrich joke was hilarious as well, as was the one about words coming out wrong.

Can anyone remember the "cup of tea and a bun" joke ? I have a total memory blank about the punch line, although I heard him do it more than once.

RIP Derek, you will be sorely missed.


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Subject: RE: Obit: Derek Brimstone has died (1932-2017)
From: GUEST,CJB
Date: 07 Mar 17 - 06:41 AM

I remember him well on Country Meets Folk - a great entertainer. No known recordings exist. But he did feature on My Kind Of Folk on 22-05-1968.


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Subject: RE: Obit: Derek Brimstone has died (1932-2017)
From: Big Al Whittle
Date: 07 Mar 17 - 07:03 AM

all right..sod it! I'll just have a bun

there in its entirety on shuffleboat album/Scarlet Town.


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Subject: RE: Obit: Derek Brimstone has died (1932-2017)
From: GUEST,St Neots Folk Club committee
Date: 07 Mar 17 - 07:14 AM

We have very fond memories of Derek at St Neots and we still say the punch lines to various jokes!

Our best wishes to all of the Brimstone family.


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Subject: RE: Obit: Derek Brimstone has died (1932-2017)
From: GUEST,Barnacle (at work)
Date: 07 Mar 17 - 08:09 AM

Derek used to stay with us whilst touring in our area - he even brought one of his boys to stay on one occasion. He was a mean cook and an even better friend. I remember him taking me to a hospital appointment on one occasion and we still have a cassette tape of him singing in our front room after my hubbie had asked for one of his songs.

I am not usually good at jokes, but still tell some of Derek's from time to time.

The world will be a lesser place without him.

John and Sue


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Subject: RE: Obit: Derek Brimstone has died (1932-2017)
From: GUEST,CJB
Date: 07 Mar 17 - 08:41 AM

My Kind of Folk - Derek Brimstone


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Subject: RE: Obit: Derek Brimstone has died (1932-2017)
From: GUEST,CJB
Date: 07 Mar 17 - 08:55 AM

More ... Folk 78 ...

Folk 78 - Derek Brimstone


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Subject: RE: Obit: Derek Brimstone has died (1932-2017)
From: The Sandman
Date: 07 Mar 17 - 02:21 PM

I remember Derek playing Barrelhouse piano in Les Cousins,the folk club in Greek St about 1966.


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Subject: RE: Obit: Derek Brimstone has died (1932-2017)
From: GUEST,Jude G
Date: 07 Mar 17 - 03:13 PM

I saw Derek give a most entertaining gig at the Islington Folk Club when it was in Liverpool Road, and literally a stone's throw from the street where he was born, Bromfield Street. I think he was quite tickled about that geographical coincidence, having moved away many years since. He was such a wit and a wag as well as being so talented.RIP Derek.


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Subject: RE: Obit: Derek Brimstone has died (1932-2017)
From: GUEST,Susie
Date: 07 Mar 17 - 06:18 PM

Heartbroken. I think he was the funniest man I've ever met. Good guitarist and banjo player, too. Had been talking to him daughter-in-law about the possibility of remastering his cassettes onto CDs; wish they would now even more.

Did some agency work for him, and spent a fair bit of time with him. Even now, if I say "A cup of tea and a bun, please" to my ancient Mum, she laughs.

Hard to believe he's gone, but I know he'd got very frail in the last couple of years; last spoke to him last summer...

Bless him. The world's been lit by the joy he's brought to so many.


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Subject: RE: Obit: Derek Brimstone has died (1932-2017)
From: GUEST,Anne Rickard
Date: 07 Mar 17 - 06:22 PM

Loved his stories and his songs. Very funny man, many great memories. So sad, but we all have to go some time, and he leaves a wonderful legacy. RIP Derek.


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Subject: RE: Obit: Derek Brimstone has died (1932-2017)
From: GUEST,Guest
Date: 09 Mar 17 - 05:53 AM

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Subject: RE: Obit: Derek Brimstone has died (1932-2017)
From: Waddon Pete
Date: 09 Mar 17 - 07:28 AM

Like many others I booked him back in the day and knew we were always guaranteed a great evening. I have added his name to the "In Memoriam" thread. My condolence to all who know and love him.

RIP

Peter


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Subject: RE: Obit: Derek Brimstone has died (1932-2017)
From: billybob
Date: 10 Mar 17 - 06:38 AM

Sad news, but very funny and happy memories of a very talented performer, and delightful man.RIP Derek


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Subject: RE: Obit: Derek Brimstone has died (1932-2017)
From: GUEST
Date: 11 Mar 17 - 12:36 PM

Pete Shakespear

I am so sorry to hear about Derek, we worked together a few times in the early 70and 80's, along with another old pal Gerry Lockran, also gone. He was the first performer I ever saw when as a school kid when me and an old mate visited a folk club in Willenhall, West Midland. Thanks for the memoried Derek.


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Subject: RE: Obit: Derek Brimstone has died (1932-2017)
From: Bugsy
Date: 12 Mar 17 - 03:04 AM

It's good to see so many happy memories of Derek posted here at this sad time.

I've already posted my early memories of him on his facebook page.

R.I.P "Uncle Del" The world's a sadder place without you.


Bugsy


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Subject: RE: Obit: Derek Brimstone has died (1932-2017)
From: GUEST
Date: 13 Mar 17 - 09:14 AM

Hello there. I'm Eddy, Derek's youngest son. Thank you so much for all these lovely messages. He'd have been just as happy to have met each and every one of you too. X


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Subject: RE: Obit: Derek Brimstone has died (1932-2017)
From: GUEST,Charles Macfarlane
Date: 13 Mar 17 - 07:11 PM

So sad to hear this on playing back Genevieve Tudor's programme. He was such a great guy. I rang him up once to book him at our local venue, and when business was done with I added:

"Hope you don't mind, Derek, I've learnt one of your songs!"

"No, don't mind at all! Which song is that?"

"Harry!" I replied.

"That's not mine!", he said, "It's Ralph McTell's, but he gave it me!".

"Oh!", I said, "Sorry, I hope I haven't caused offence!"

"Nah! Nah! Not at all ... besides, I WOULD have written it if Ralph hadn't!"

Probably the funniest man I have ever seen or will ever see - the dog in the railings, the most dangerous day in your life, "I've got a spotlight there and another over there, 'n' I feel like a rabbit on the M1!", Give us a light, Uncle Ed.

RIP Derek - bless you for all the laughter you've given me, and thousands like me.


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Subject: RE: Obit: Derek Brimstone has died (1932-2017)
From: Bugsy
Date: 14 Mar 17 - 12:18 AM

Eddie, I hope you played "We both had a very good time" at his funeral.

I know it's going to be played at mine.

Love from Perth,Western Australia,

Bugsy


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Subject: RE: Obit: Derek Brimstone has died (1932-2017)
From: GUEST,TimC
Date: 25 Mar 17 - 07:47 AM

Saw Derek at least 3 times many many years ago but remember those evenings with great pleasure. Great guitar picking, brilliant comic timing, and genuinely generous spirit. Some of the jokes and punchlines are family favourites, though sadly just the ones from the tape we bought.
"I'd like to thank my parents who made it all possible ... and my kids who made it all necessary!"
I'd like to thank Derek!!


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Subject: RE: Obit: Derek Brimstone has died (1932-2017)
From: GUEST,Bill the sound
Date: 25 Mar 17 - 09:35 PM

A great entertainer and lovely man to talk to, he will certainly be missed. Sympathy to his family
Bill


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Subject: RE: Obit: Derek Brimstone has died (1932-2017)
From: GUEST,Malcolm Storey
Date: 25 Mar 17 - 09:59 PM

Just one of the funnies.

The phone rings and I pick it up

"ellow malcolm"

"Hello Derek" I said

"ahd yu know it wos me?"

Could it have been anyone else?


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Subject: RE: Obit: Derek Brimstone has died (1932-2017)
From: GUEST,wellsy
Date: 31 Mar 17 - 10:30 PM

can anyone tell me how to get any Derek recordings ? I had a pink-covered LP decades ago ( lost of course now ) and i've always wanted to re-discover his magic. Thanks


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Subject: RE: Obit: Derek Brimstone has died (1932-2017)
From: GUEST
Date: 01 Apr 17 - 05:14 AM

CJB, that Folk 78 link not working. The site says 'transfer no longer available " Any ideas ? Thanks, wellsy


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Subject: RE: Obit: Derek Brimstone has died (1932-2017)
From: GUEST,CJB
Date: 03 Apr 17 - 10:35 AM

Link here:

https://we.tl/hTbVCH2oGA

Additionally look out for espisodes of Country Meets Folk and Folk Song Cellar on which Derek was a regular performer. Search Genome for other programmes he appeared on.


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Subject: RE: Obit: Derek Brimstone has died (1932-2017)
From: GUEST,Haddenham John
Date: 25 Sep 17 - 10:01 AM

I remember Derek from the Midlands folk scene in the late 60s. Great musician and great character. Stayed with me many times and the nights always ended with a curry in the early hours. All the touring guys had great stamina in those days. Sadly missed.


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Subject: RE: Obit: Derek Brimstone has died (1932-2017)
From: GUEST,Keir Radnedge
Date: 12 Feb 18 - 12:00 PM

Just seen these threads about a wonderfully unique character whom I booked several times for the fokk club at Newport, Shropshire, in the late 1960s. Great days indeed: Derek, Silvo, Disley, Murphy, Alex Campbell, Scottie, Cliff Augnier and Gerry Lochran, Dave Waite and Marion Segal, Crown Folk, the Ravens etc . . . Was minded to search Derek from playing his 33rpm on my new/old record player. all our yesterdays.
Keir Radnedge


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Subject: RE: Obit: Derek Brimstone has died (1932-2017)
From: GUEST,Peter Hayward
Date: 08 Apr 18 - 01:06 PM

Derek was a long and valued friend and even though we left the area many years ago, I would always call in if I was nearby.
I would have done anything for this lovely man, who set me on the right road to folk guitar that has lasted me now for more than 50 years.
A couple of tales that show what a lovely fellow he was:
A few days before the second Cambridge Folk Fesival in about 1967 or 8, where he was compereing, Del was walking trough an underpass in London, and heard the most amazing flamenco guitar being played.
Being a former classical player himself, he followed his ears and came upon a young spaniard busking and playing the most beautiful music.
He stood enthralled for a while, and when the guy stopped, he started to talk to him, but he spoke hardly any English.
That was never a problem to Del, who had that wonderful knack of being able to communicate with anyone, whatever their language or lack of it!
He told the spaniard that if he could get himself up to Cambridge, he would make sure he got a spot.
The young man did just that and got a standing ovation from the crowd when he finished.
That was the start of a glittering international career for the genius that is Paco Pena.   
On another occasion, I called at his house one day, and he was playing a tune I'd never heard called the Streets of London.
Ralph McTell had given it to him before it was ever recorded, and he, most generously, gave it to me.
I was singing it from the floor in clubs before Ralph's album came out!!
What a man. I hope they've got a guitar and a banjo up there for him.


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Subject: RE: Obit: Derek Brimstone has died (1932-2017)
From: GUEST,Linden Birns
Date: 11 Jul 18 - 07:32 AM

Just discovered this post about Derek, having also just finished reading Singing From the Floor.

So many happy memories from when I was a kid and Derek frequently stayed over at our place (my dad, Rael, used to book folk musos for gigs in and around Manchester in the late 60s/early 70s) and later when he came and stayed with us in South Africa when he toured here in '73.   

On a culinary note, besides the wonderful music, tall tales, endless laughter and magic memories, Derek also cooked a monster curry!   

Love and best wishes to Eddy, Dougie, the Brimson family and everyone who loved Derek.


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