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2024 Obit: Richard Bridge - Lower Stoke/Medway UK

Stilly River Sage 17 Apr 24 - 11:01 AM
GUEST,Jerry 17 Apr 24 - 07:43 AM
VirginiaTam 16 Apr 24 - 02:07 PM
robomatic 13 Apr 24 - 06:06 PM
GUEST,paperback 12 Apr 24 - 11:03 PM
vectis 06 Apr 24 - 12:44 AM
GUEST,John from "Elsie`s Band" 05 Apr 24 - 07:10 AM
GUEST 04 Apr 24 - 09:20 PM
GUEST,PB 04 Apr 24 - 05:26 PM
Stilly River Sage 03 Apr 24 - 11:48 AM
GUEST,John from "Elsie`s Band" 03 Apr 24 - 11:22 AM
Waddon Pete 03 Apr 24 - 08:57 AM
GUEST,Jerry 02 Apr 24 - 02:59 PM
The Sandman 02 Apr 24 - 02:39 PM
The Sandman 02 Apr 24 - 11:49 AM
My guru always said 02 Apr 24 - 05:15 AM
GUEST 02 Apr 24 - 02:05 AM
maire-aine 01 Apr 24 - 11:28 PM
Rapparee 01 Apr 24 - 06:38 PM
gillymor 01 Apr 24 - 05:58 PM
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Herga Kitty 01 Apr 24 - 05:24 PM
Joe Offer 01 Apr 24 - 02:52 PM
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Subject: RE: 2024 Obit: Richard Bridge - Lower Stoke/Medway UK
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 17 Apr 24 - 11:01 AM

It was wonderful to listen to each of them. Thanks for sharing the links, Tam!


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Subject: RE: 2024 Obit: Richard Bridge - Lower Stoke/Medway UK
From: GUEST,Jerry
Date: 17 Apr 24 - 07:43 AM

Wow, so many of these Kent session stalwarts have now left us, apart from big Kevin of course.


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Subject: RE: 2024 Obit: Richard Bridge - Lower Stoke/Medway UK
From: VirginiaTam
Date: 16 Apr 24 - 02:07 PM

@ StillyRiverSage
I attended and recorded a fair few of the Lower Stoke Sessions at the Nags Head pub, which were organised by Richard.   Hope the links work There are more if you want to search through my YT channel Wordweaver58

Melodeoboy - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IC0Xmx9mgIM

Linda Smith - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=q1kb7_COKuQ

The Barden of England - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=msEJH1rwkgE

Don WYSIWYG Thompson - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0u73Mw00p68

Richard Bridge - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1zwvZ72gI2M


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Subject: RE: 2024 Obit: Richard Bridge - Lower Stoke/Medway UK
From: robomatic
Date: 13 Apr 24 - 06:06 PM

R I P. Been a long time since I interacted with him but I remember him with a smile.


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Subject: RE: 2024 Obit: Richard Bridge - Lower Stoke/Medway UK
From: GUEST,paperback
Date: 12 Apr 24 - 11:03 PM

The man did not suffer fools gladly yet gave me a pass on the word 'hanged'. I repayed
his good with a quickly removed post. The world is a poorer place without him I think.


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Subject: RE: 2024 Obit: Richard Bridge - Lower Stoke/Medway UK
From: vectis
Date: 06 Apr 24 - 12:44 AM

Richard was a very kind man. Free with his knowledge of music, instruments and the law. His noodling drove me nuts at times, even though he was very good at it but he was always forgiven. A man of wit and laughter. GNU me old mate.


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Subject: RE: 2024 Obit: Richard Bridge - Lower Stoke/Medway UK
From: GUEST,John from "Elsie`s Band"
Date: 05 Apr 24 - 07:10 AM

Dear Stilly,
            My pleasure and experience were the Sunday afternoon "Sing and Play" sessions in the local pub with copious snacks on hand, no doubt organised through Richard. Also curry in Richards home afterwards with all the other attendees. We also met at other folk music events in our county, Kent.
A loss to our community.


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Subject: RE: 2024 Obit: Richard Bridge - Lower Stoke/Medway UK
From: GUEST
Date: 04 Apr 24 - 09:20 PM

So sorry he has left us. Fond memories of his kindness,help and good times at Old Keepers. A special character indeed


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Subject: RE: 2024 Obit: Richard Bridge - Lower Stoke/Medway UK
From: GUEST,PB
Date: 04 Apr 24 - 05:26 PM

You were there for me when I needed a friend and solicitor in 2008, you made me a curry while Mike fixed your volvo.

I gave you a lift and your band mates a lift years later and you told me my vehicle "smelt like a bleeping chip van" (bio diesel...)

You always believed in me - you were always a great friend and never waivered.

We will always think of you and miss you.

See you on the other side one day for a curry and wine X


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Subject: RE: 2024 Obit: Richard Bridge - Lower Stoke/Medway UK
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 03 Apr 24 - 11:48 AM

John, it would be wonderful if some of you who visited his home and participated in those sessions would describe them. And the yard - it sounded like the most comfortable and botanically interesting garden around!


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Subject: RE: 2024 Obit: Richard Bridge - Lower Stoke/Medway UK
From: GUEST,John from "Elsie`s Band"
Date: 03 Apr 24 - 11:22 AM

I, like many other Mudcatters, am so sorry to learn of Richard`s death. I have most pleasant memories of the Lower Stoke sessions he organised and the welcome to his home.


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Subject: RE: 2024 Obit: Richard Bridge - Lower Stoke/Medway UK
From: Waddon Pete
Date: 03 Apr 24 - 08:57 AM

Another Mudcat character gone. He will be missed! I have included Richard in the "In Memoriam" thread and send my condolences to all those who know and love him. RIP Richard.


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Subject: RE: 2024 Obit: Richard Bridge - Lower Stoke/Medway UK
From: GUEST,Jerry
Date: 02 Apr 24 - 02:59 PM

Sad news indeed. Another long time stalwart of the Kent folk scene shuffled off to that big singaround in the sky. Famous for his big voice, championing of less fashionable instruments and multiple capo use.


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Subject: RE: 2024 Obit: Richard Bridge - Lower Stoke/Medway UK
From: The Sandman
Date: 02 Apr 24 - 02:39 PM

he was also a kind helpful person


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Subject: RE: 2024 Obit: Richard Bridge - Lower Stoke/Medway UK
From: The Sandman
Date: 02 Apr 24 - 11:49 AM

I met him quite a few times he had his good and bad points.
He had a hot temper which got him into trouble on occasions including being banned from a folk festival permanently.


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Subject: RE: 2024 Obit: Richard Bridge - Lower Stoke/Medway UK
From: My guru always said
Date: 02 Apr 24 - 05:15 AM

Many thanks to SRS for Richard's obit thread. Though there was no real possibility of treatment other than palliative, he was determined to manage his death quietly and privately.

We (Richard Atkins and I) have so many good memories of times together with Mr B, he was a Gentle Kind Man (unless riled) and always so helpful. Our condolences to Rachel and the Family, candle has been lit at Old Keepers since Sunday morning.


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Subject: RE: 2024 Obit: Richard Bridge - Lower Stoke/Medway UK
From: GUEST
Date: 02 Apr 24 - 02:05 AM

Another of the "Early" members gone.
I never met Richard, but enjoyed his contribution to Mudcat.
Rest in peace, Richard

Bugsy


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Subject: RE: 2024 Obit: Richard Bridge - Lower Stoke/Medway UK
From: maire-aine
Date: 01 Apr 24 - 11:28 PM

Very sorry to hear about his passing.


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Subject: RE: 2024 Obit: Richard Bridge - Lower Stoke/Medway UK
From: Rapparee
Date: 01 Apr 24 - 06:38 PM

Requiescat in pace.


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Subject: RE: 2024 Obit: Richard Bridge - Lower Stoke/Medway UK
From: gillymor
Date: 01 Apr 24 - 05:58 PM

He was a cool dude who knew a lot about acoustic guitars, particularly about obscure brands. (Obscure to North Americans, anyway)

RIP


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Subject: RE: 2024 Obit: Richard Bridge - Lower Stoke/Medway UK
From: GUEST,Steve Shaw
Date: 01 Apr 24 - 05:50 PM

An excellent fellow.


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Subject: RE: 2024 Obit: Richard Bridge - Lower Stoke/Medway UK
From: Herga Kitty
Date: 01 Apr 24 - 05:24 PM

I am sorry to read this sad news. I did get to meet Richard and hear him perform in Sidmouth and Whitby but it was quite a while ago. Deepest sympathies to his family.
Kitty


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Subject: RE: 2024 Obit: Richard Bridge - Lower Stoke/Medway
From: Joe Offer
Date: 01 Apr 24 - 02:52 PM

I'm glad I got to "meet" him on Zoom at the Singaround. He had been posting on Mudcat for years. May he rest in peace.

-Joe-


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Subject: RE: 2024 Obit: Richard Bridge - Lower Stoke/Medway
From: Seamus Kennedy
Date: 01 Apr 24 - 02:31 PM

I enjoyed my interactions with him. He'll be missed.


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Subject: RE: 2024 Obit: Richard Bridge - Lower Stoke/Medway
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 01 Apr 24 - 11:37 AM

I wasn't sure what names to pick for his location. If there is a better name, let me know.

Richard was at the end of his rope with the torments of the Mudcat Troll when I stepped in to research the problem and work on it with him. He took on the social media companies that were big in the day and made a difference. We exchanged lots of email back then, and when that activity died down, we talked a lot about his garden. It looked amazing. I understand that he hosted many UK Mudcatters and others out there on summer evenings. Something I would have loved to see!

Edited to add: if any obituaries or remembrances turn up in various online sites, please share the links. Thanks.


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Subject: RE: 2024 Obit: Richard Bridge - Lower Stoke/Medway
From: Dave the Gnome
Date: 01 Apr 24 - 11:29 AM

Very sad. Smashing bloke who will be greatly missed. Condolonces to all his loved ones.


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Subject: 2024 Obit: Richard Bridge - Lower Stoke/Medway
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 01 Apr 24 - 11:04 AM

We knew it was coming, he told us so himself. A cancer diagnosis that he decided wasn't going to rob him of the pleasure of his last days. No chemo to prolong but cause misery, just well-managed medications and eating what he wanted as long as he could.

This was posted on his Facebook page today:
Yesterday Richard Bridge lost his battle with the big C. Those who knew him will know he went out fighting and swearing until the end. We lit the bonfire in his honour last night, and we think you should do the same.

If you have videos of him singing, playing, drinking, volvoing or burning things (all the things he loved) please do share them here.
He didn’t believe in ceremony, so there won’t be a traditional funeral but we’ll be holding a wake for him some time soon.


There are posts and lots of links to music on his Real.RichardBridge Facebook page. (The reason it is "real" is a long and old Mudcat story for another day.)

RIP, friend. I enjoyed working with you (virtually) for the last 15 years.


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