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2018 Obit: Nigel Denver, Scottish folk singer

Jim McLean 13 Mar 18 - 02:02 PM
GUEST,Ewan McVicar 13 Mar 18 - 03:30 PM
Kenny B (inactive) 13 Mar 18 - 04:16 PM
Big Al Whittle 13 Mar 18 - 06:21 PM
Stewie 13 Mar 18 - 09:17 PM
Backwoodsman 14 Mar 18 - 03:22 AM
GUEST,John Paddy Browne 14 Mar 18 - 03:50 AM
Jim McLean 14 Mar 18 - 04:59 AM
Jim McLean 14 Mar 18 - 05:06 AM
Leadfingers 14 Mar 18 - 05:24 AM
Nigel Paterson 14 Mar 18 - 05:56 AM
G-Force 14 Mar 18 - 06:13 AM
Stewie 14 Mar 18 - 10:05 PM
Waddon Pete 15 Mar 18 - 08:35 AM
Jim McLean 15 Mar 18 - 09:35 AM
FScott 11 Apr 18 - 05:04 PM
Jim McLean 12 Apr 18 - 01:52 PM
Murray MacLeod 12 Apr 18 - 07:40 PM
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Subject: Obit: Nigel Denver
From: Jim McLean
Date: 13 Mar 18 - 02:02 PM

Sad to say that Nigel Denver, Scottish folk singer, passed away this morning. He had been in hospital in Birmingham, on and off for a couple of years. I had worked with him since 1959 and he had recorded many of my songs. His first LP was on Decca, 1963, probably the first folk singer on a major label.
He will be sorely missed.


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Subject: RE: Obit: Nigel Denver
From: GUEST,Ewan McVicar
Date: 13 Mar 18 - 03:30 PM

Oh my. Nigel was the blazing star of the Allan Glen's Skiffle Group when I was 14 and went to school there in Glasgow, and first met the slow-cooking Scottish Folk Revival. Energy, enthusiasm, love of the songs, what a performer. Teacher Morris Blythman captured us all, but Nigel was the exemplar for us. I remember him I think winning his heat at the King's Theatre of the Carol Levis talent show.
Sad news indeed.
Ewan


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Subject: RE: Obit: Nigel Denver
From: Kenny B (inactive)
Date: 13 Mar 18 - 04:16 PM

Will be sadly missed

Nigel Denver - Biography


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Subject: RE: Obit: Nigel Denver
From: Big Al Whittle
Date: 13 Mar 18 - 06:21 PM

Sorry to hear that. I remember Nigel playing The Star Club on the Ringway in Brum in the 1970's.


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Subject: RE: 2018 Obit: Nigel Denver
From: Stewie
Date: 13 Mar 18 - 09:17 PM

Sad news. His 'Rebellion' album is one of my desert island albums. Are there any CDs available of his other albums?

--Stewie.


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Subject: RE: 2018 Obit: Nigel Denver
From: Backwoodsman
Date: 14 Mar 18 - 03:22 AM

Nigel was the guest at the first-ever meeting of The Bothy FC in my town, back in the late '60s I think, and lived nearby in Lincoln for a number of years. Very sad to hear he's gone. RIP.


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Subject: RE: 2018 Obit: Nigel Denver
From: GUEST,John Paddy Browne
Date: 14 Mar 18 - 03:50 AM

Nigel, and the equally clarion-voiced Bob Davenport, were the first guests when the Southampton Fo'c'sle Club opened at the Bay Tree Inn on Friday 10 May 1963. Anyone who ever heard Nigel sing Kelly the Boy from Killane wouldn't have easily forgotten it -or his ferocious guitar accompaniment. It was how rebel songs were meant to be sung. A marvellous performer. And happy to say, the club he helped launch is still going, 55 years later, albeit in a somewhat different format. Thanks for the kick-start, Nigel.


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Subject: RE: 2018 Obit: Nigel Denver
From: Jim McLean
Date: 14 Mar 18 - 04:59 AM

Stewie, Gavin Paterson of Celtic Music Radio.net produced a two hour show wholly on Nigel on the 27/2/18 and can still be heard on the show's podcast hopefully. Gavin sent Nigel CDs of the show which was very timely and much appreciated by his whole family.


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Subject: RE: 2018 Obit: Nigel Denver
From: Jim McLean
Date: 14 Mar 18 - 05:06 AM

Podcast from Celtic Music Radio http://podcast.canstream.co.uk/celticmusic/index.php?cat=GavinPaterson&page=2


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Subject: RE: 2018 Obit: Nigel Denver
From: Leadfingers
Date: 14 Mar 18 - 05:24 AM

The Singaround in The Skyhas just had a volume boost !! R I P Nigel !


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Subject: RE: 2018 Obit: Nigel Denver
From: Nigel Paterson
Date: 14 Mar 18 - 05:56 AM

Many happy memories of Nigel at Chelmsford Folk Club, back in the 60s. The audience loved him.
      Sincere condolences to his Family & Friends.


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Subject: RE: 2018 Obit: Nigel Denver
From: G-Force
Date: 14 Mar 18 - 06:13 AM

He was the first guest I ever saw in a folk club (1966, Sheffield).

Also he was the guest at the last night of our local club in Surrey in 1971. He famously commented that he'd sometimes been asked to open a club, but it was the first time he'd ever had to close one.


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Subject: RE: 2018 Obit: Nigel Denver
From: Stewie
Date: 14 Mar 18 - 10:05 PM

Jim, I just finished listening to the 2-hour presentation by Gavin Paterson. Many thanks for the link. I first encountered Nigel on a long-gone cassette tape of BBC's Folk Song Cellar which a friend in England sent to me in the late 60s. The track by Nigel on it was 'The twa corbies'. It was great to hear it again - surely one of the finest statements about death, enhanced by Nigel's distinctive and expressive voice. Another highlight of the program was his rendition of 'The Baron o' Brackley' - muckle sangs don't come much better than that. It was also beaut to hear your fine songs, many of which I had not heard before. I wasn't aware of the celtic music site, but I will be a frequent listener in future. I do have a slender connection with Glasgow in that my old man was born in Greenoch, abeit emigrating to Australia with his parents at the age of 9. Thanks again.

--Stewie.


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Subject: RE: 2018 Obit: Nigel Denver
From: Waddon Pete
Date: 15 Mar 18 - 08:35 AM

This is sad news. Thanks for putting up the biography, Kenny B. I have written Nigel on the Mudcat Hall of Fame. May he rest in peace.


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Subject: RE: 2018 Obit: Nigel Denver
From: Jim McLean
Date: 15 Mar 18 - 09:35 AM

Thanks all, Nigel's family are very grateful for the kind thoughts.


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Subject: RE: 2018 Obit: Nigel Denver
From: FScott
Date: 11 Apr 18 - 05:04 PM

Sad news. I only came across Nigel's work a couple of years ago and was incredibly impressed by his singing. It's a real shame that none of his material is currently available. Unfortunately I'm too late for the podcast but if anyone has a copy they are willing to share I'd love to hear it.


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Subject: RE: 2018 Obit: Nigel Denver
From: Jim McLean
Date: 12 Apr 18 - 01:52 PM

FScott, either PM me or email at jawmac@aol.com and I'll send you copies of the podcast.


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Subject: RE: 2018 Obit: Nigel Denver
From: Murray MacLeod
Date: 12 Apr 18 - 07:40 PM

I didn't hear the news of Nigel Denver's passing until now.

I never saw him perform, but I well remember him from back in the day, (and the day would be more than 65 years ago) when he used to come up to the the little village of Scourie on the west coast of Sutherland, and spend his school holidays staying with his aunt,   our neighbour Peggy MacLean

He had a school friend who also used to come and stay with him in Scourie, none other than Alastair McDonald, who also rose to prominence in the folk world.

Nigel and Alastair and my elder brother were the "three musketeers" and I, being four years younger, was very much the junior gopher, tolerated and allowed to tag along.

My recollection is that the sun always shone back then ...


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Subject: RE: 2018 Obit: Nigel Denver
From: Jim McLean
Date: 14 Apr 18 - 10:14 AM

I meant to post earlier that Nigel's funeral took place in Birmingham on April 4th and the chapel was packed. It was a Humanist service and three songs were played during the service, Ding Dong Dollar, The Baron O Brackley and I'm a Man You Don't meet every Day (Jock Stewart). I spoke some of the eulogy and afterwards we repaired to the Station pub in Kingsheath and a regular Hooley/wake ensued, plenty of music from many friends and from his twin sons Kelly and Seamus, both fine musicians.


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