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Subject: Obit: John Thompson (CLOUDSTREET) - Australia
From: rich-joy
Date: 04 Feb 21 - 09:12 PM

Though I am not on FB, news has come through there of John Thompson's Passing, about 24 hours ago......

A funny, treasured, and unique being.

Vale John.


Rich-Joy, Qld


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Subject: RE: Obit: John Thompson (CLOUDSTREET) - Australia
From: JennieG
Date: 04 Feb 21 - 09:16 PM

Sad news indeed. Condolences to John's many friends, and family.


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Subject: RE: Obit: John Thompson (CLOUDSTREET) - Australia
From: rich-joy
Date: 04 Feb 21 - 09:24 PM

Much Love to Nic, and also to fellow Cloudie, Emma.

I know only too well how sad and difficult these times are, despite the relief from the painful ravages of cancer to one's best beloved.

Good Journey, John. Thanks for the music and laughter; it was great knowing you, mate.

When I hear of an official obituary here in Qld, I will post it.

Love & Hugs,
Rich-Joy xox


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Subject: RE: Obit: John Thompson (CLOUDSTREET) - Australia
From: rich-joy
Date: 04 Feb 21 - 10:18 PM

Sending Love too, to Nic & John's friends in Australia and the UK, but especially to those long-time singing companions in Brisbane and Townsville, who will miss his company and his voiced raised in song with them, so so much.


Just a few BIOS found on-line :

The latest is the Australian Ceremonies CELEBRANT bio : https://au.linkedin.com/in/john-thompson-23184276

CLOUDSTREET performance duo/trio bio : https://www.cloudstreet.org/john-thompson/

Qld's FOLKRAG magazine profile : https://www.folkrag.org/profiles/johnth.html


I know John was working on recording his life memories at the Hospice; just hope they were at a stage to allow future publication, as I'm sure they'd be both fascinating and amusing!

Cheers,
R-J


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Subject: RE: Obit: John Thompson (CLOUDSTREET) - Australia
From: Sandra in Sydney
Date: 05 Feb 21 - 12:48 AM

last time I saw John - session at Illawarra Folk Festival 2019

a good bloke who will be missed.

sandra


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Subject: RE: 2021 Obit: John Thompson (CLOUDSTREET) - Australia
From: GUEST,John from "Elsie`s Band"
Date: 05 Feb 21 - 04:37 AM

Please pass on our condolences to all family and friends. Remembered for a rare but beautiful "Cloudstreet" night at "Elsie`s".


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Subject: RE: 2021 Obit: John Thompson (CLOUDSTREET) - Australia
From: rich-joy
Date: 05 Feb 21 - 09:33 AM

just watched Tim Burton's wonderful "Big Fish" :

'Cause the Man of the Hour
Is taking his final bow -
Goodbye for now.


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Subject: RE: 2021 Obit: John Thompson (CLOUDSTREET) - Australia
From: Waddon Pete
Date: 05 Feb 21 - 10:49 AM

To my sorrow I never saw Cloudstreet or John Thompson. I missed a treat judging by the postings on YouTube. John was a accomplished singer who will be greatly missed. I have added his name to the "In Memoriam" thread and send my condolences to all those who know and love him. RIP


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Subject: RE: 2021 Obit: John Thompson (CLOUDSTREET) - Australia
From: Tattie Bogle
Date: 05 Feb 21 - 11:49 AM

I posted on the earlier thread about how much I enjoyed Cloudstreet's music, and now offer my condolences to John's friends and family.
"Time is a tempest, and we are all travellers....."


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Subject: RE: 2021 Obit: John Thompson (CLOUDSTREET) - Australia
From: MoorleyMan
Date: 05 Feb 21 - 05:39 PM

Such sad news.
John was a tremendously talented guy and a truly magnificent entertainer, and one of the warmest and most genuine guys i met during my time on the folk scene. It was a privilege to have known him.
Sympathies and condolences to Nicole and to John's family. RIP, friend.


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Subject: RE: 2021 Obit: John Thompson (CLOUDSTREET) - Australia
From: Tangledwood
Date: 05 Feb 21 - 06:17 PM

This Facebook post by Folk Alliance Australia includes a comprehensive list of John's musical achievements.

Folk Alliance Australia presents “Services to Australian Folk Music Award 2021” to John Thompson.

Folk Alliance Australia is currently considering the Awards we present to members of our community and are in the process of launching a program of national folk awards.
When singer John Thompson’s ill health was called to our attention we moved to recognise his contributions to folk music by making him the inaugural recipient of our discretionary Award for Services to the Folk music community. Sadly this award was made on the day of his passing.

John Thompson was an acclaimed singer and collaborator, a glorious interpreter of traditional songs, a lover of Australian folk music in all its guises, and an artist who will make you laugh. His biography (on the Cloudstreet website) reflects not only his musicality, which embraced many genres, but his wry humour. There you will also find magical recordings of his beautiful singing.
Folk Alliance Australia join his friends and colleagues in valuing all he has done in our community, festivals, events and music sector.

John Thompson 1964 - 2021

John’s earliest musical memories are of sing-alongs around the family piano in the Brisbane suburb of Moorooka. As a result, a disturbing number of music-hall favourites formed his early repertoire (including traditional numbers like, “If You’re Irish, Come Into the Parlour”)

In 1975, John joined the St. Stephen’s Cathedral Boys’ Choir in Brisbane. Singing with them over the next six years, he developed a love of harmony singing and unaccompanied vocals.
After leaving both the choir and school in 1981, John’s life was relatively music-free until he walked into the New Exchange Hotel one Saturday afternoon in 1983 to find a traditional folk session in full swing. He stayed on and has maintained his involvement in Brisbane sessions ever since.

John’s next musical move was into busking, with the madness of Contraband in the Queen Street Mall. Away from the street, John joined a second group, which quickly evolved into No Right Turn. Their tight harmonies and political punch made them a mainstay of the Brisbane folk scene.
After No Right Turn, John was a founding member of One Step Forward, developing his trademark harmonies with Maree Robertson and Ann Bermingham.

While all of this music was going on, John was also studying law at the University of Queensland and working with the Legal Aid Office. In 1992, his legal work took him to Townsville where he launched himself into the local folk scene.
One Step Forward continued to perform at festivals around Australia and in 1994 played at the National Folk Festival in Canberra. John’s unique vocal style and strength earned him the inaugural Lis Johnson Memorial Award for Vocal Excellence.

It was in Townsville that John started to perform with Martin Pearson, their madcap adventures in satire and storytelling evolving into Never the Twain. (A difficult-to-describe duo; they managed to come up with ‘like two ping pong balls in a washing machine’ )

It was also in Townsville that John met and fell in love with Nicole Murray. In the early years of their relationship, they each performed with different groups before Maree Robertson asked them to support Chris While and Julie Matthews at their first Brisbane performance. It went well and shortly after Cloudstreet came into being as a vehicle for their ongoing collaborations.

Three years of festivals and two albums later, in 2003 John left the legal world and took up fulltime performing. Cloudstreet travelled to the UK for the first time that year and threw themselves into the folk scene there. As well as ten trips to the UK, touring has seen them
perform around the globe, with performances in Japan, the USA, New Zealand, Denmark, Morocco and Germany, and performances at dozens of festivals and clubs around Australia.

John played guitar, English concertina and whistle and also began learning trombone and violin. Singing remained his passion and his remarkable vocal range provided some enthralling listening in Cloudstreet’s arrangements. On top of singing with Cloudstreet, John performed as a debater, master of ceremonies, songwriter, and arodist. He was also a registered marriage celebrant and the principal of Australian Ceremonies. In 2009, he toured the UK with the legendary Spooky Men’s Chorale.

In 2012, John was invited to join the Australian tour of War Horse, the National Theatre of Great Britain’s worldwide phenomenon. He played the role of the Song Man from December 2012 to the conclusion of the tour in August, 2013.

Other recent projects have include recording with One Step Forward and creating a one-man show and album, The Great War.
In 2015, John was awarded a QANZAC100 fellowship by the
State Library of Queensland to undertake a research and song-writing project around the conscription debate in Queensland in the First World War, and produced a show and album called Censors, Conscripts and Queensland.
He co-founded the Maleny Celtic Winter School, an annual school for traditional music which ran for 7 years, and played Scottish music for
community dances and weddings with The Ceilidh Clan for many years.
After expanding to become a trio with Emma Nixon, Cloudstreet recorded two more albums in 2015 and 2019.
John’s final concerts included a gala performance with Cloudstreet and a small orchestra at the State Library of Queensland in 2019, and taking the orchestra to his beloved Woodford Folk Festival that year.

He was diagnosed with advanced cancer after Cloudstreet’s 2017 UK tour. John died on 4 February, 2021.

This is a (probably incomplete) discography and list of John’s awards and achievements:
Bachelor of Arts, University of Qld, 1987.
Bachelor of Laws, University of Qld, 1991.
Graduate Diploma of Folk Life Studies, Curtin University.
• 1994 Inaugural recipient of the Lis Johnson Award for Vocal Excellence, National Folk Festival
• 2006 Trad and Now Album of the Year for Dance Up The Sun (with Nicole Murray)
• 2010 Artist of the Festival, Mt Beauty Music Muster (with Nicole Murray, as Cloudstreet)
• 2015 QANZAC 100 Fellowship, State Library of Queensland, for Censors, Conscripts and Queensland: JJ Stable and the Battle for Hansard.
• Recipient of The Order of Woodfordia, 2020 (presented to John Thompson for his outstanding contribution to the Qld Folk Federation and Woodfordia Inc, as a dedicated volunteer in many roles; and as a source of wise counsel. A much-loved performer and orator with a stunning voice, known for his strong social conscience, and proudly advocating for Woodfordia across the globe)

Discography
Cloudstreet (with Nicole Murray)
2000 Swallow the Concertina
2002 Violet Sarah and Muckle John
2004 The Fiddleship
2006 Dance Up The Sun
2007 Clouds on the Road
2010 Circus of Desires (with Nicole Murray and Emma Nixon)
2012 The Land of Bright Gold
2015 Clouded House
2019 Cloudstreet and the Little Cloud Orchestra

Never the Twain (with Martin Pearson)
1996 Never the Twain
1998 Live at the Pod

One Step Forward (with Maree Robertson and Ann Bermingham)
2015 Retrospective

Solo work
2011 An Australia Folk Song A Day, blog and double album.
http://ozfolksongaday.blogspot.com/
2014 The Great War - solo stage show and album
2015 Censors Conscripts and Queensland


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Subject: RE: 2021 Obit: John Thompson (CLOUDSTREET) - Australia
From: GerryM
Date: 05 Feb 21 - 09:57 PM

There was a third CD with Martin Pearson, "The Almost Legendary Wine Bar Breakfasts, Vol 1 & 2." This consists mostly of interviews with, and songs by, Kavisha Mazzella, James Keelaghan, Ted Egan, and others, from the Woodford festival of 2002-3, also songs by John & Martin, and commentary on the day's news.


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Subject: RE: 2021 Obit: John Thompson (CLOUDSTREET) - Australia
From: Hrothgar
Date: 05 Feb 21 - 11:53 PM

A joy to hear singing, a pleasure to work with, and wonderful trader of puns.


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Subject: RE: 2021 Obit: John Thompson (CLOUDSTREET) - Australia
From: Bruce from Bathurst
Date: 06 Feb 21 - 05:59 AM

Vale John Thompson.

In non-plague times when the annual Australian National Folk Festival is thriving, I facilitate a forum for community radio presenters, offering the opportunity for festival performers to spend time with radio presenters and to promote their material directly to people who might actually play it on air.

John Thompson, Nicole Murray and Emma Nixon were always willing participants as a group (Cloudstreet) or in their various duo incarnations, to chat about their music.

There are many Australian folk radio presenters who appreciated their direct contact with John. He was a good man with a very fine voice and the ability to engage with an audience.

and who will be thinking of Nicole's loss right now


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Subject: RE: 2021 Obit: John Thompson (CLOUDSTREET) - Australia
From: Bruce from Bathurst
Date: 06 Feb 21 - 06:00 AM

... well, Nicole, I am!


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Subject: RE: 2021 Obit: John Thompson (CLOUDSTREET) - Australia
From: Stewie
Date: 06 Feb 21 - 10:11 PM

Vale John. R-J introduced me to the fine albums by Cloudstreet. I met him once at folk festival in North Queensland. My condolences to his friends and family.

--Stewie.


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Subject: RE: 2021 Obit: John Thompson (CLOUDSTREET) - Australia
From: GUEST,Welllsy
Date: 07 Feb 21 - 07:30 PM

Yes, a true great of the Aussie folk scene.


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Subject: RE: 2021 Obit: John Thompson (CLOUDSTREET) - Australia
From: r.padgett
Date: 08 Feb 21 - 04:11 AM

Simply he was great bloke and live performances were brilliant ~ I noticed John and Nicole's love for each other early on

Ray


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Subject: RE: 2021 Obit: John Thompson (CLOUDSTREET) - Australia
From: rich-joy
Date: 10 Feb 21 - 09:30 PM

There are quite a number of John's songs in the current Mudcat thread entitled "Rise up Mudcat Songbook - Australia" (which also includes many NZ songs :)

/mudcat.org/thread.cfm?threadid=168402&messages=913

(but my Blicky attempts seem to result in 404 errors at present :(


R-J


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Subject: RE: 2021 Obit: John Thompson (CLOUDSTREET) - Australia
From: Joe Offer
Date: 10 Feb 21 - 11:09 PM

Back in 2011, John Thompson did an Australian Folk Song a Day series that lasted a year. Lots of great songs there.
-Joe-


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Subject: RE: 2021 Obit: John Thompson (CLOUDSTREET) - Australia
From: rich-joy
Date: 11 Feb 21 - 07:57 AM

Re John's online funeral service - TOMORROW - from Nicole :


John Thompson Funeral Live Stream

Dear friends everywhere,

Here is the link to watch John's funeral on Friday morning at 9.45am (Brisbane time).

You can watch it later too.

This link includes the live stream button and an obituary.

Please share the link as widely as you can.

much love,
Nicole


https://mailchi.mp/42d987343acc/vale-john-thompson-online-funeral-link?e=26e9439737

or

https://mailchi.mp/42d987343acc/vale-john-thompson-online-funeral-link?e=26e9439737


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Subject: RE: 2021 Obit: John Thompson (CLOUDSTREET) - Australia
From: rich-joy
Date: 11 Feb 21 - 08:09 AM

John Joseph Thompson
8 April 1964 – 4 February 2021

Dear friends,

We invite you to attend the livestream of the funeral service for our beloved John. A musician, songwriter, poet, comedian, actor, historian, partner, son, brother and friend, John’s larger than life personality and beautiful singing and storytelling had a profound impact on many during his life.
Please share this link with everyone as widely as you can.

There will be a memorial event in April at which you are all invited to gather and carouse.

The funeral is for close family, but everyone is welcome to join the live stream online, and the video will also be available afterwards.

John has requested no flowers. If you would like to make a donation, John’s chosen charities are Karuna Hospice, St Vincent’s Private Hospital Palliative Care Unit and Cancer Council Queensland. Their links are below.

If you would like to offer support to Nicole and Emma, their paypal links are also below.

Music and Links
This is the music that will be used through the service. You may wish to have it ready in case our permissions are over-ridden and the stream is cut...

'Dream 1 (before the wind blows it all away)' by Max Richter. Used with permission.

'Smile' by Charles Chaplin, recorded by Nat King Cole. Used with permission.

'Time is a Tempest' by John Broomhall with additional words by John Thompson, recorded by cloudstreet. Used with permission.


‘Remembering John Thompson’
filmed by Steve Williams (recommended)
Stream will start at 9.45am (with photos) on Friday 12 February.



Alex Gow Funerals live stream
will run concurrently from 10am
pin number required to join - 7095



The funeral is for close family, but everyone is welcome to join the live stream online, and the video will also be available afterwards.

John has requested no flowers. If you would like to make a donation, John’s chosen charities are Karuna Hospice, St Vincent’s Private Hospital Palliative Care Unit and Cancer Council Queensland. Their links are below.

If you would like to offer support to Nicole and Emma, their paypal links are also below.
Karuna Hospice

St Vincent's Private Hospital Palliative Care Unit

Cancer Council Queensland
Support Emma and Nicole through Paypal.


paypal.me/EmmaNixonMusic

paypal.me/NicoleMurrayArtMusic


OBITUARY

John Thompson

1964 - 2021




John Thompson, acclaimed singer, musician, songwriter, poet, comedian, actor, historian, and lawyer, and performer on the world stage, died on 4 February 2021.

John’s earliest musical memories are of sing-alongs around the family piano in the Brisbane suburb of Moorooka. As a result, a disturbing number of music-hall favourites formed his early repertoire (including traditional numbers like, “If You’re Irish, Come Into the Parlour”)

In 1975, John joined the St. Stephen’s Cathedral Boys’ Choir in Brisbane. Singing with them over the next six years, he developed a love of harmony singing and unaccompanied vocals.

After leaving both the choir and school in 1981, John’s life was relatively music-free until he walked into the New Exchange Hotel one Saturday afternoon in 1983 to find a traditional folk session in full swing. He stayed on and has maintained his involvement in Brisbane sessions ever since.

John’s next musical move was into busking, with the madness of Contraband in the Queen Street Mall. Away from the street, John joined a second group, which quickly evolved into No Right Turn. Their tight harmonies and political punch made them a mainstay of the Brisbane folk scene. After No Right Turn, John was a founding member of One Step Forward, developing his trademark harmonies with Maree Robertson and Ann Bermingham.

While all of this music was going on, John was also studying law at the University of Queensland and working with the Legal Aid Office. In 1992, his legal work took him to Townsville where he launched himself into the local folk scene. One Step Forward continued to perform at festivals around Australia and in 1994 played at the National Folk Festival in Canberra. John’s unique vocal style and strength earned him the inaugural Lis Johnson Memorial Award for Vocal Excellence.

It was in Townsville that John started to perform with Martin Pearson, their madcap adventures in satire and storytelling evolving into Never the Twain. (A difficult-to-describe duo; they managed to come up with ‘like two ping pong balls in a washing machine’ )

It was also in Townsville that John met and fell in love with Nicole Murray. In the early years of their relationship, they each performed with different groups before Maree Robertson asked them to support Chris While and Julie Matthews at that duo's first Brisbane performance.The collaboration went well, and shortly after Cloudstreet came into being as a vehicle for their ongoing musical work.

Three years of festivals and two albums later, in 2003 John left the legal world and took up full-time performing. Cloudstreet travelled to the UK for the first time that year and threw themselves into the folk scene there. As well as ten trips to the UK, touring has seen them perform around the globe, with performances in Japan, the USA, New Zealand, Denmark, Morocco and Germany, and performances at dozens of festivals and clubs around Australia.

John played guitar, English concertina and whistle and also began learning trombone and violin. Singing remained his passion and his remarkable vocal range provided some enthralling listening in Cloudstreet’s arrangements. On top of singing with Cloudstreet, John performed as a debater, master of ceremonies, songwriter, and parodist. He was also a registered marriage celebrant and the principal of Australian Ceremonies. In 2009, he toured the UK with the legendary Spooky Men’s Chorale .

In 2012, John was invited to join the Australian cast of War Horse, the National Theatre of Great Britain’s worldwide phenomenon. He played the role of the Song Man from December 2012 to the conclusion of the tour in August, 2013.

Other recent projects have include recording with One Step Forward and creating a one-man show and album, The Great War. In 2015, John was awarded a QANZAC100 fellowship by the State Library of Queensland to undertake a research and song-writing project around the conscription debate in Queensland in the First World War, and produced a show and album called Censors, Conscripts and Queensland. He co-founded the Maleny Celtic Winter School, an annual school for traditional music which ran for 7 years, and played Scottish music for community dances and weddings with The Ceilidh Clan for many years. After expanding to become a trio with Emma Nixon, Cloudstreet recorded two more albums in 2015 and 2019. John’s final concerts included a gala performance with Cloudstreet and a small orchestra at the State Library of Queensland in 2019, and taking the orchestra to his beloved Woodford Folk Festival that year.

He was diagnosed with advanced cancer after Cloudstreet’s 2017 UK tour. John died on 4 February, 2021.



Awards and Achievements

Bachelor of Arts, University of Qld, 1987.

Bachelor of Laws, University of Qld, 1991.

Graduate Diploma of Folk Life Studies, Curtin University.

• 1994 Inaugural recipient of the Lis Johnson Award for Vocal Excellence, National Folk Festival

• 2006 Trad and Now Album of the Year for Dance Up The Sun (with Nicole Murray)

• 2010 Artist of the Festival, Mt Beauty Music Muster (with Nicole Murray, as Cloudstreet)

• 2015 QANZAC 100 Fellowship, State Library of Queensland, for Censors, Conscripts and Queensland: JJ Stable and the Battle for Hansard.

• 2020 Recipient of 'The Order of Woodfordia' (presented to John Thompson for his outstanding contribution to the Qld Folk Federation and Woodfordia Inc, as a dedicated volunteer in many roles; and as a source of wise counsel. A much-loved performer and orator with a stunning voice, known for his strong social conscience, and proudly advocating for Woodfordia across the globe)

• 2021 Recipient of Folk Alliance Australia’s ‘Inaugural Services to Australian Folk Music Award’ for his lifetime contribution to folk music, as a singer, interpreter, songwriter, entertainer, organiser and thought-provoker.



Discography

Cloudstreet
(with Nicole Murray)
2000 Swallow the Concertina
2002 Violet Sarah and Muckle John
2004 The Fiddleship
2006 Dance Up The Sun
2007 Clouds on the Road
2010 Circus of Desires

(with Nicole Murray and Emma Nixon)
2012 The Land of Bright Gold
2015 Clouded House
2019 Cloudstreet and the Little Cloud Orchestra

Never the Twain (with Martin Pearson)
1996 Never the Twain
1998 Live at the Pod

One Step Forward (with Maree Robertson and Ann Bermingham)
2015 Retrospective

Solo work
2011 An Australia Folk Song A Day, blog and double album. http://ozfolksongaday.blogspot.com/
2014 The Great War - solo stage show and album
2015 Censors Conscripts and Queensland


https://mailchi.mp/42d987343acc/vale-john-thompson-online-funeral-link?e=26e9439737


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Subject: RE: 2021 Obit: John Thompson (CLOUDSTREET) - Australia
From: GUEST,Little Robyn
Date: 11 Feb 21 - 07:42 PM

Just watching John's funeral live now.
I love Bogle's song.
Very sad. He was too young.
Keep dancing up the sun John.
Robyn


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Subject: RE: 2021 Obit: John Thompson (CLOUDSTREET) - Australia
From: rich-joy
Date: 11 Feb 21 - 08:11 PM

The poem from Irish Joe Lynch (based on Jesuit writings!), was also very beautiful and most perfect for John!!

Vale, John,

Rich-Joy


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Subject: RE: 2021 Obit: John Thompson (CLOUDSTREET) - Australia
From: Mick Tems
Date: 12 Feb 21 - 07:30 AM

Goodbye, John: you truly were a ground-breaking and enchanting singer and muso. Sincere condolences and big loving hugs and Nicole and Emma. I watched the images and photos in John's funeral today, and it was very clear that he and Nicole had a wonderful and loving bond.

Cloudstreet played Llantrisant Folk Club several times, and the audience gave John, Nicole and newest member Emma a great Welsh welcome. This European tour was their last; John was diagnosed with terminal cancer. In Wales, all we are left with are some wonderful memories and some great friendships. So long, mate.


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Subject: RE: 2021 Obit: John Thompson (CLOUDSTREET) - Australia
From: rich-joy
Date: 17 Feb 21 - 03:50 AM

refresh


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Subject: ADD: Land of Bright Gold (John Thompson)
From: Sandra in Sydney
Date: 17 Feb 21 - 05:21 AM

written by John about 5 years before he was diagnosed

The Land of Bright Gold
John Thompson

I will go to the land of bright gold
A place of peace and plenty
Where everyone's story is told
And grief and sorrow can't find me

I will enter the palace of dreams
A place of peace and plenty
Where magic is just as it seems
And grief and sorrow can't find me

I will walk through the towering trees
A place of peace and plenty
Where the leaves sing the song of the breeze
And grief and sorrow can't find me

I will go to the cave of the King
A place of peace and plenty
And we'll sit there together and sing
And grief and sorrow can't find me

I will dance in the garden of love
A place of peace and plenty
Where our souls can soar high up above
And grief and sorrow can't find me

I will climb to the mountains of peace
A place of peace and plenty
The place where all anger will cease
And grief and sorrow can't find me

I will sleep in the warmth of the sun
A place of peace and plenty
Where all who are gone will be one
And grief and sorrow can't find me

I will go to the land of bright gold
A place of peace and plenty
Where everyone's story is told
And grief and sorrow can't find me

--------------------------------------------------

Track 13 on the Cloudstreet CD, The Land of Bright Gold (2012). From the liner notes: "John wrote this piece while thinking of the hopes that people carry for the 'other place' that they imagine will be better. It is this type of dreaming that drives us to believe in the next world, or to travel to the far side of the globe in search of new lives." Recording here


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Subject: RE: 2021 Obit: John Thompson (CLOUDSTREET) - Australia
From: Hamish
Date: 17 Feb 21 - 02:18 PM

Sad, sad news indeed. Cloudstreet were ridiculously good in all respects. Saw them loads of times and yet not enough


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Subject: RE: 2021 Obit: John Thompson (CLOUDSTREET) - Australia
From: GUEST
Date: 18 Feb 21 - 05:27 PM

So sorry to hear this. I heard them several times at Twickenham and liked them enormously.

wg


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Subject: RE: 2021 Obit: John Thompson (CLOUDSTREET) - Australia
From: wendyg
Date: 18 Feb 21 - 05:30 PM


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Subject: RE: 2021 Obit: John Thompson (CLOUDSTREET) - Australia
From: GUEST,Ken Hobbs
Date: 15 Mar 21 - 09:10 AM

Any news of the memorial event in April? I'm planning a radio prog to include a tribute to John, and would like to know when the event will be.


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Subject: RE: 2021 Obit: John Thompson (CLOUDSTREET) - Australia
From: rich-joy
Date: 16 Mar 21 - 05:46 AM

Hi Ken,
yes, it will be on Sunday arvo, April 11th in Fortitude Valley, Briso, for an afternoon of Sessions and Silliness, Songs and Stories.
It is limited to 200 people, due to Covid restrictions, and so a $15 ticket is needed to secure entry - probably best to check with Cloudie, Emma Nixon, on the Cloudstreet Facebook page, or email (I think the website is a bit out of date??).....

Cheers, R-J


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Subject: RE: 2021 Obit: John Thompson (CLOUDSTREET) - Australia
From: GUEST,Ken Hobbs
Date: 19 Mar 21 - 10:23 AM

Thanks rich-joy, but as a Pom, I need a little explanation (although I worked in Sydney, it was a few years ago... my Oz slang might be out-of-date): arvo is afternoon? Briso is Brisbane? (BTW fb searches for Cloudstreet don't get me to the group, and Nicole's fb doesn't mention the memorial event).


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Subject: RE: 2021 Obit: John Thompson (CLOUDSTREET) - Australia
From: rich-joy
Date: 19 Mar 21 - 07:20 PM

Yes to arvo/Briso!!
I got an email from Emma Nixon about it coz I was on the Cloudstreet website newsletter list; I don't do FB. All I can suggest is emailing Emma if you have further queries about the celebration!

Cheers, R-J


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Subject: RE: 2021 Obit: John Thompson (CLOUDSTREET) - Austr
From: GUEST,Ken Hobbs
Date: 20 Mar 21 - 07:49 AM

Thanks, rich-joy. I was hoping to make my radio prog coincide/be near John's memorial day, but I'm also combining that with a 'down under' theme for ANZAC Day, so that won't work. A pity, but I will do my tribute to John in that edition, most probably 29th April. I met John & Nicole in Alcester, UK in 2003, I think, and they recorded a short message for the listeners to my hospital radio show, which I've been using ever since. I remember standing in the octagonal lobby to the main theatre there at an impromptu sing with friends and John arriving and standing next to me and singing The Green Man- we all joined-in on the chorus, of course. Glorious! I couldn't make their last UK tour appearance at a nearby (1 hour's drive) folk club, more's the pity.


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Subject: RE: 2021 Obit: John Thompson (CLOUDSTREET) - Australia
From: Sandra in Sydney
Date: 20 Mar 21 - 09:06 AM

Ken, you might like this song for your ANZAC show -

Phyl Lobl's Battle of The Somme 2021 video version. In the mid 1960's Phyl Lobl wrote these poignant lyrics to a pipe tune by Pipe-Major William Laurie, who fought in the Battle of The Somme and then was repatriated to England where he died. This evocative video is a wonderful collaborative project between Phyl Lobl, Dingo's Breakfast, Lindsay Martin and a host of others generous and talented souls. A DVD of this video and the story of this 5-year project is available from the "Video & Audio" button on the Dingo's Breakfast website - http://www.dingos-breakfast.com

Phyl's father was underage when he enlisted probably in 1916, but he was 18 when he was wounded on the Somme. One of the pics in the video is of a very young soldier looking at the camera.

The 1982 recording of Phyl singing Battle of The Somme with Declan Affley playing Uilleann Pipes is in the background of the video.


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Subject: RE: 2021 Obit: John Thompson (CLOUDSTREET) - Austr
From: GUEST,Ken Hobbs
Date: 20 Mar 21 - 10:09 AM

Thank you Sandra - that's a powerful and moving piece (even without the visuals). Too dark for my audience, though. My station, Chichester Hospital Radio, broadcasts in the main to the patients, staff and visitors to the hospital, where we try and cheer them up, or at least take them out of themselves. I'm tempted to learn the song and perform it at my local folk clubs come November. I'll look into Dingo's Breakfast's other material. I worked in Sydney for 3 weeks back in 1990, and had a few days there in 2015. Had domestic circumstances not prevented me, I would have thought seriously about moving out there (despite my uncle having been killed by a burglar while living in Sydney, he having emigrated around 1955).


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Subject: RE: 2021 Obit: John Thompson (CLOUDSTREET) - Australia
From: Sandra in Sydney
Date: 20 Mar 21 - 10:29 AM

The Dingos have lots of good songs & recitations.

check out Phyl's website for more good songs, phyllobl.net

& if you're wanting more Australian songs, check out the thread Mudcat Australia/NZ Songbook. We've posted over 700 songs, most with audio/video. The songs are listed on 2 spreadsheets (Aug-dec 2020 & 2021) which I can supply.


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