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Obit: Robin Morton (1939-2021)

GUEST 08 Oct 21 - 08:01 AM
GUEST,Peter Laban 08 Oct 21 - 09:19 AM
Anne Lister 08 Oct 21 - 04:14 PM
Felipa 08 Oct 21 - 04:44 PM
GUEST,Derek Schofield 08 Oct 21 - 06:23 PM
Tattie Bogle 08 Oct 21 - 07:23 PM
GUEST,Clive Pownceby 09 Oct 21 - 07:02 AM
Waddon Pete 09 Oct 21 - 10:41 AM
GUEST,John Moulden 10 Oct 21 - 02:23 PM
Felipa 10 Oct 21 - 02:46 PM
GUEST,Brimbacombe 11 Oct 21 - 04:16 AM
Dave Sutherland 11 Oct 21 - 08:08 AM
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Subject: DEATH OF ROBIN MORTON
From: GUEST
Date: 08 Oct 21 - 08:01 AM

I heard yesterday of the death at aged 81 on 1st October 2021 of Northern Ireland born Robin Morton, a member of "The Boys of the Lough" folk group, who also founded Temple Records in Scotland, was manager of the Battlefield Band (a Scottish folk group) and was also Director of the Edinburgh Folk Festival from 1986-1988. There is a detailed article about him at https://www.folkradio.co.uk/2021/10/robin-morton-dies-aged-81/ and a shorter Wikipedia article at https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Robin_Morton_(musician).

He was involved with Temple records in Scotland but their website https://www.templerecords.co.uk/pages/robin-morton does not yet mention his death


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Subject: RE: DEATH OF ROBIN MORTON
From: GUEST,Peter Laban
Date: 08 Oct 21 - 09:19 AM

Nigel Gatherer posted this earlier this week on thesession.org.

It surprised me there was no mention here until now.


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Subject: RE: Obit: Robin Morton (1939-2021)
From: Anne Lister
Date: 08 Oct 21 - 04:14 PM

I'm surprised this thread isn't full of tributes to this highly influential man. I first met him when he was with Boys of the Lough in the early 70s, but his life is full of involvement and hard work on behalf of folk music. A great loss, and much sympathy to Alison and all who knew and loved him.


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Subject: RE: Obit: Robin Morton (1939-2021)
From: Felipa
Date: 08 Oct 21 - 04:44 PM

Yes he had a big influence, much of it behind the scenes.

I'll sing something from a book Robin compiled, Folksongs of Ulster, in one of the online singing circles this week. I remember that the Factory Girl was one of the songs included in that book. When I think of Robin singing, the one that comes to mind is a song about selling a wife at a fair.


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Subject: RE: Obit: Robin Morton (1939-2021)
From: GUEST,Derek Schofield
Date: 08 Oct 21 - 06:23 PM

Back in 1974, The Boys of the Lough, plus their guests Alison Kinnaird and Gaelic singer Flora McNeil did a tour. Looking back now, such a tour, with good publicity, posters and leaflets, was a relative rarity on the folk scene. Common now of course. I guess that this was all down to Robin. We had them in Crewe in Cheshire: all fondly remembered. I also remember Robin with John Maguire at the Loughborough Folk festival in about 1973, just before the book was published, Come Day, Go Day, God Send Sunday, with the accompanying LP on the leader label. Perhaps the same year I bought Folksongs of Ulster. Sad news and condolences to the family.
Derek


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Subject: RE: Obit: Robin Morton (1939-2021)
From: Tattie Bogle
Date: 08 Oct 21 - 07:23 PM

As is often the way these days, I first heard the sad news on Facebook, in a lovely post put up by his wife, Alison Kinnaird on 3rd October: there have been many tributes there, as also in response to Nigel Gatherer's post on thesession.org, as mentioned above.
And I guess it would have been Robin himself who did the updating of the Temple records website, hence no mention there.
Robin was certainly a huge powerhouse and driving force in both the Scottish and Northern Irish folk scenes. He will be very much missed.


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Subject: RE: Obit: Robin Morton (1939-2021)
From: GUEST,Clive Pownceby
Date: 09 Oct 21 - 07:02 AM

Very much missed indeed. My partner Jean was at Edinburgh University in the early '70s doing a Post.Grad. and became friends with him there. Robin was doing a Ph.D. which was leisurely worked on - I don't think he ever completed it! Good company and hugely influential.

I recall the 'Boys' playing at Liverpool punk venue 'Erics' (it had eclectic scheduling) and having some pre-gig beers in The Grapes, Mathew Street with him a few years later. A warm, quietly humorous, erudite man with a vast knowledge of traditional music and song - he generously sent me a stock of gratis Temple CDs when I was presenting a Folk programme on local radio in the '90s which helped to swell the station's meagre library no end. Condolences to Alison and family.


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Subject: RE: Obit: Robin Morton (1939-2021)
From: Waddon Pete
Date: 09 Oct 21 - 10:41 AM

I was sorry to hear this news. He will be missed. I have added his name to the "In Memoriam" thread and send my condolences to all those who know and love him.


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Subject: RE: Obit: Robin Morton (1939-2021)
From: GUEST,John Moulden
Date: 10 Oct 21 - 02:23 PM

I'm glad this has at last appeared. I had posted by own thoughts at http://moulden.org and on the Facebook page "Irish Song Research and didn't want to exercise a monopoly.


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Subject: RE: Obit: Robin Morton (1939-2021)
From: Felipa
Date: 10 Oct 21 - 02:46 PM

thanks, John, for that very informative article on your website. Condolences.

Both Julie Henigan and I sang songs from the "Folksongs Sung in Ulster" book at an online session of the Washingon D.C. based Getaway weekend.


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Subject: RE: Obit: Robin Morton (1939-2021)
From: GUEST,Brimbacombe
Date: 11 Oct 21 - 04:16 AM

I had the pleasure of meeting Robin a handful of times when he was managing the Battlefield Band. A more knowledgeable, kind, decent human being you'd struggle to find. I'm very sorry to hear of his passing, and offer my condolences to his friends and family.


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Subject: RE: Obit: Robin Morton (1939-2021)
From: Dave Sutherland
Date: 11 Oct 21 - 08:08 AM

Very sorry to hear this sad news. I met Robin on various occasions when he toured the North East with Cathal McConnell prior to the formation of Boys of the Lough. Always very interesting to both hear sing and play and to talk with afterwards. RIP.


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Subject: RE: Obit: Robin Morton (1939-2021)
From: GUEST,addison10
Date: 13 Oct 21 - 04:46 AM

The Guardian online has an obituary for Robin, not yet in the print edition.
Robin Morton in The Guardian


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