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2017 Obit: Joe Stead RIP

Herga Kitty 29 Mar 17 - 03:47 AM
Leadfingers 29 Mar 17 - 03:55 AM
Gozz 29 Mar 17 - 05:44 AM
The Sandman 29 Mar 17 - 07:13 AM
Dave Hanson 29 Mar 17 - 07:15 AM
The Sandman 29 Mar 17 - 07:28 AM
Dave the Gnome 29 Mar 17 - 07:42 AM
GUEST,padgett 29 Mar 17 - 08:20 AM
MoorleyMan 29 Mar 17 - 09:35 AM
GUEST,henryp 29 Mar 17 - 09:55 AM
cujimmy 29 Mar 17 - 10:51 AM
Sarah the flute 29 Mar 17 - 11:30 AM
Tug the Cox 29 Mar 17 - 01:30 PM
Bat Goddess 29 Mar 17 - 06:32 PM
Phil Cooper 29 Mar 17 - 10:00 PM
GUEST,Flush 30 Mar 17 - 02:47 AM
GUEST,John from "Elsie`s Band" 30 Mar 17 - 04:49 AM
Waddon Pete 30 Mar 17 - 05:35 AM
GUEST,Nick Dow 30 Mar 17 - 01:36 PM
The Sandman 30 Mar 17 - 02:18 PM
GUEST,Some bloke 31 Mar 17 - 11:32 AM
Mick Tems 31 Mar 17 - 12:11 PM
GUEST,Russ Betts 02 Apr 17 - 09:25 PM
The Sandman 03 Apr 17 - 04:28 AM
GUEST,Clive Pownceby 03 Apr 17 - 09:24 AM
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Subject: Obit: Joe Stead RIP
From: Herga Kitty
Date: 29 Mar 17 - 03:47 AM

Just seen a Facebook post from his daughter Dominique, to let people know that Joe passed away yesterday afternoon - sadly another addition for the In Memoriam thread and a great loss to the UK folk scene. All sympathies to his family and friends.

Kitty


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Subject: RE: Obit: Joe Stead RIP
From: Leadfingers
Date: 29 Mar 17 - 03:55 AM

He had the first banjola I ever saw when he was doing the Folk Entertainer thing   Fond memories of Joe !


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Subject: RE: Obit: Joe Stead RIP
From: Gozz
Date: 29 Mar 17 - 05:44 AM

Sad news. Joe will be remembered and has inspired many.


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Subject: RE: Obit: Joe Stead RIP
From: The Sandman
Date: 29 Mar 17 - 07:13 AM

RIP, Joe.
Very Sad, Thanks for your friendship.


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Subject: RE: Obit: Joe Stead RIP
From: Dave Hanson
Date: 29 Mar 17 - 07:15 AM

Sad news indeed, he was a fine singer and musician and a very nice man, I played many times with Joe when he came to a local Thursday night session in Halifax.

Dave H


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Subject: RE: Obit: Joe Stead RIP
From: The Sandman
Date: 29 Mar 17 - 07:28 AM

I was at his very first gig, and saw him regularly at Downe Folk Club, In the late sixties, it is a sad day.


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Subject: RE: Obit: Joe Stead RIP
From: Dave the Gnome
Date: 29 Mar 17 - 07:42 AM

Very sad indeed. Joe was a regular guest at the club I helped to run and a unique performer. He will be greatly missed. Condolences to all who knew and loved him best.

Dave


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Subject: RE: Obit: Joe Stead RIP
From: GUEST,padgett
Date: 29 Mar 17 - 08:20 AM

Very sorry to hear this sad news ~ posted on fb too

Ray


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Subject: RE: Obit: Joe Stead RIP
From: MoorleyMan
Date: 29 Mar 17 - 09:35 AM

So sad to hear this news.
Another body blow for this year barely a quarter over.

Joe was a man of great conviction and integrity (and, at times, an entirely justified obstinacy!) who showed immense courage in the face of everything this world threw at him.
One of the folk scene's real good guys (as well as a valued friend - thanks mate!), and a unique presence who will be much missed.

We can be grateful that he finally managed to get his magnum opus Ramblings published last year - what better memorial!

Deepest sympathies to Joe's family.


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Subject: RE: Obit: Joe Stead RIP
From: GUEST,henryp
Date: 29 Mar 17 - 09:55 AM

I'm shocked. Thank you for your music, Joe.

My sympathy to his family and friends.


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Subject: RE: Obit: Joe Stead RIP
From: cujimmy
Date: 29 Mar 17 - 10:51 AM

Gosh how sad, what a wonderful friendly fellow, whenever I saw him at The Grove or Topic Folk clubs he seemed to make an effort to talk to or acknowledge as many people as he could, he always gave good advice to people. RIP Joe


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Subject: RE: Obit: Joe Stead RIP
From: Sarah the flute
Date: 29 Mar 17 - 11:30 AM

Oh how sad - my first encounter with him back in the 80s was watching some performance that involved a djembe and a row of personal massagers! A very funny man and a great musician. Rest well Joe


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Subject: RE: 2017 Obit: Joe Stead RIP
From: Tug the Cox
Date: 29 Mar 17 - 01:30 PM

Was just about to post the news, I see bad news travels fast. He was still gigging and lecturing, was looking forward to seeing him in Gloucester in May.


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Subject: RE: 2017 Obit: Joe Stead RIP
From: Bat Goddess
Date: 29 Mar 17 - 06:32 PM

I just heard via an oblique source.

Another good man gone.

When Joe did a house concert at Sinsull's in South Portland, Maine, USA in March 2009, he made several short videos of Curmudgeon (Tom Hall) -- the last recordings of Tom before his voice gave out completely in June and he was diagnosed with vocal cord cancer in September.

Joe recorded Tom singing "Bound Away for Australia" and "The Battle of Bull Run".

Joe was a fine and knowledgeable singer and a lovely person. I'm glad our paths crossed and I got to meet him. And I'm saddened by his passing.

My sincere condolences to his family and friends.

Linn


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Subject: RE: 2017 Obit: Joe Stead RIP
From: Phil Cooper
Date: 29 Mar 17 - 10:00 PM

I never met Joe in person, but we exchanged emails and sent each other recordings across the ocean. When Susan and I were talking about doing a short trip to Britain in 2004, he offered to put us up. I'm sorry that we were not able to do the trip and not actually meet. I loved reading his email newsletter, Ramblings of an Old Codger.


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Subject: RE: 2017 Obit: Joe Stead RIP
From: GUEST,Flush
Date: 30 Mar 17 - 02:47 AM

I first met Joe in 1969 when I was with The Crofters, we did quite a few gigs with him and in 1974 he recorded our first Album on Sweet Folk All, always had a good chat with him every time we met since then. a true gentleman, RIP Joe, you will be greatly missed by many
Iain G


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Subject: RE: 2017 Obit: Joe Stead RIP
From: GUEST,John from "Elsie`s Band"
Date: 30 Mar 17 - 04:49 AM

Rest in Peace Joe. Fond are the memories of your presence in the S.E London clubs, Downe, "The Tramshed" at Woolwich, camping and Swiss fondu, and many more.


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Subject: RE: 2017 Obit: Joe Stead RIP
From: Waddon Pete
Date: 30 Mar 17 - 05:35 AM

This is sad news. Back in the day our next door neighbour used to drive him to various gigs and I used to tag along. Great days! He was booked many times at our folk club and he leaves behind many memories. I must admit he was a bit of a Marmite performer. Some really loved him and others found him a bit startling! However with his work with "Sweet Folk All" and his blog he added immensely to the folk world. Rest in peace Joe.


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Subject: RE: 2017 Obit: Joe Stead RIP
From: GUEST,Nick Dow
Date: 30 Mar 17 - 01:36 PM

Joe helped me get my first American tour. He gave a lot of people a lot of pleasure. Thanks Joe RIP
Nick


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Subject: RE: 2017 Obit: Joe Stead RIP
From: The Sandman
Date: 30 Mar 17 - 02:18 PM

well said Nick.


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Subject: RE: 2017 Obit: Joe Stead RIP
From: GUEST,Some bloke
Date: 31 Mar 17 - 11:32 AM

Aye, 2017 is getting a bit 2016.

You made me laugh Joe and you showed the way for how to make an all round evening of entertainment. You epitomised a folk club act.

Ian.


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Subject: RE: 2017 Obit: Joe Stead RIP
From: Mick Tems
Date: 31 Mar 17 - 12:11 PM

Joe helped Calennig with our first American tour, through his friendship with the promoter Bud Manning; Bud lived in the centre of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, then moved out 40 miles away to Stowe PA. Pat and I toured America a score of times, from Arizona, Texas and Illinois to New England, Carolina and Virginia, and we are always grateful to Joe for his friendship and consideration.
   
Joe also recorded my debut LP, 'Gowerton Fair', for his record label Sweet Folk All, and hired two session musicians - Paul Downes and Phil Beer! Two members of our band Swansea Jack, Mike James (melodeon) and Peter Davies (oboe) were also session musicians. Joe was no slouch, and chivvied us along; 'Gowerton Fair' was recorded in one day (and it sounds like it!) - but I still treasure it, after all these years.

Joe had renamed his label Greenwich Village, and invited Calennig to record our first album, 'Songs And Tunes From South Wales' - in Leader Studios, with Bill Leader! Joe even released our second album, 'You Can Take A White Horse Anywhere'. The Folk World might consider him to be a Marmite entertainer, but he gave impressive and enlightened talks on his heroes, Pete Seeger and Paul Robeson, and his greatest love of all, shanties and tall ships. He sang with Kimber's Men, and his lecture (and CD), 'Valparaiso Round The Horn', met with critical acclaim. Joe was so much more than just another folk singer; he even stood for Parliament in the Calder Valley by-election!

Sincere condolences to his wife Nora and his family; the folk world will never see his like again.


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Subject: RE: 2017 Obit: Joe Stead RIP
From: GUEST,Russ Betts
Date: 02 Apr 17 - 09:25 PM

Sometime during the mid'70's, Joe appeared at Bill Lang's 'Friary Folk Club' in Plymouth. After the performance, we went to the local curry house, where Bill asked if I could put Joe up for the night, as I lived near Plymouth Station. He was very appreciative that I was willing to let a complete stranger into my home to sleep.

I was unemployed at the time and hadn't been able to afford to buy his LP 'Joe Stead, Live at the Whittlebury Folk Club', so Joe gave me a copy and signed it. I still have it.

Even after his performance, he was a very chatty and funny man and had a good rapport with the other folkies at the club, many of whom were very good musicians and singers of the Plymouth Folk Scene, amongst them, the parents of the Lakeman Brothers; Sam, Sean and Seth.

R.I.P. Joe Stead. A Genuinely Nice Man. Thanks for the Fun, Joe.


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Subject: RE: 2017 Obit: Joe Stead RIP
From: The Sandman
Date: 03 Apr 17 - 04:28 AM

I recorded 3 lps with Joes record label, it was a pleasure to work with him.
He was from the same area of London as me[ We both had the misfortune of being Charlton supporters, perhaps the only ones].
I was looking forward to seeing him at my festival in june. I am gutted


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Subject: RE: 2017 Obit: Joe Stead RIP
From: GUEST,Clive Pownceby
Date: 03 Apr 17 - 09:24 AM

A fighter to the last, this is such sad news. Always enjoyed the 'Old Codger' emails and his book published last year. He sang for us at Southport Bothy many times. A good socialist, idealist, humourist and a great loss to the planet. He could sometimes be tetchy with me but we got on well.
The number of medical procedures he underwent in recent years would've floored a lesser person way back down the line but even survivors have to yield in the long run and he gave his 'conditions' a good run for their money.
I shall greatly miss the decent human being that was Joe Stead.


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Subject: RE: 2017 Obit: Joe Stead RIP
From: GUEST,John Burcher
Date: 17 Jul 17 - 06:11 PM

Joe and I went to primary school together in Eltham, London SE9. In those days he was 'David'. We went to different schools after the eleven plus (he was smarted than me) but we kept in touch and both of us would hop the wag occasionally and go off for the odd adventure on my motor bike and even to a holiday camp in Brixham in Devon for a week. I last saw him when he performed in Tunbridge Wells. We had just a little time for a chat about those good old days but kept in touch via his 'Ramblings'. I have only just found out that he had died and I'm hoping its not too late to send my condolences to his family. God bless David/Joe. John


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