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Obit: Buz Collins - RIP (Aug 2002)

Bernard 08 Sep 02 - 08:47 PM
GUEST,Chipinder 09 Sep 02 - 05:27 AM
Bernard 09 Sep 02 - 06:13 AM
Dave Bryant 09 Sep 02 - 07:10 AM
Joan from Wigan 11 Sep 02 - 04:26 AM
Bernard 11 Sep 02 - 11:37 AM
Harry Basnett 11 Sep 02 - 03:23 PM
Harry Basnett 12 Sep 02 - 03:10 PM
GUEST,HelenJ 13 Sep 02 - 06:07 AM
Dave Bryant 13 Sep 02 - 06:50 AM
Bagpuss 13 Sep 02 - 07:00 AM
Watson 13 Sep 02 - 07:13 AM
GUEST,Martha 28 Nov 02 - 01:41 PM
GUEST 19 Jul 08 - 12:38 PM
GUEST,Sheila 19 Jul 08 - 06:24 PM
GUEST,Will Griffiths 28 Feb 10 - 09:56 AM
GUEST,Andy Robinson 03 Dec 10 - 05:29 AM
Ian Hendrie 16 May 11 - 11:27 AM
GUEST 19 Aug 11 - 05:34 PM
GUEST,Katy Griffiths 16 May 12 - 03:54 PM
GUEST,Janey 25 Aug 12 - 05:26 PM
GUEST,Andy Nagy 16 Jan 13 - 04:35 PM
GUEST,Harry Basnett 16 Jan 13 - 05:01 PM
GUEST,Mark Price 30 Apr 14 - 11:00 AM
GUEST,Dot Price 30 Apr 14 - 06:56 PM
GUEST,Ceejay Sargent 18 Jun 14 - 04:50 AM
Ian Hendrie 21 Oct 15 - 03:58 AM
Ian Hendrie 21 Oct 15 - 04:06 AM
Anne Lister 21 Oct 15 - 04:38 PM
Ian Hendrie 22 Oct 15 - 12:25 PM
GUEST,Mike 08 Dec 15 - 04:04 PM
GUEST,Ian 09 Dec 15 - 05:07 PM
GUEST,Martha 25 Jul 16 - 07:29 AM
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Subject: Buz Collins
From: Bernard
Date: 08 Sep 02 - 08:47 PM

I sincerely hope this is an unfortunate error, but I've heard a rumour that Buz Collins died tragically last week.

The information came to me 'second-hand', but from a normally reliable source, and he claimed his source to be the editor of a local Folk magazine.

Can someone please confirm or deny this?


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Subject: RE: Buz Collins
From: GUEST,Chipinder
Date: 09 Sep 02 - 05:27 AM

I heard that he had committed suicide. So sad.


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Subject: RE: Buz Collins
From: Bernard
Date: 09 Sep 02 - 06:13 AM

That was what I was told. Bugger.


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Subject: RE: Buz Collins
From: Dave Bryant
Date: 09 Sep 02 - 07:10 AM

If this is true, it's very sad news. Buz lived on a narrowboat with his wife/partner and their child. He was quite a singer - but considering that he was the son of Dolly Collins and the nephew of Shirley Collins, it was hardly surprising. I last saw him when we were both singing at a folk evening at "Bridge 61" Foxton Locks earlier this year.

My sympathy goes to his family.


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Subject: RE: Buz Collins
From: Joan from Wigan
Date: 11 Sep 02 - 04:26 AM

Buz's website is now inaccessible. And a search on the archives of Google newsgroups showed up a thread on the uk.rec.waterways group initiated by Sam Collins on 28 August:

"On Monday evening, Buz took his own life after a lifetime battle with depression. Please pass this on to other waterways groups, and I will be in touch with details of a passing on ceremony and musical tribute. Sorry."

Joan


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Subject: RE: Buz Collins
From: Bernard
Date: 11 Sep 02 - 11:37 AM

Thanks Joan. Very sad indeed.


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Subject: RE: Buz Collins
From: Harry Basnett
Date: 11 Sep 02 - 03:23 PM

Condolences to Sam and to all his family and friends.......


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Subject: RIP. Buz Collins
From: Harry Basnett
Date: 12 Sep 02 - 03:10 PM

Buz Collins, son of Dolly and nephew of Shirley, chose to end his life on August 26.

A fine singer, instrumentalist and composer in the traditional vein he will be sadly missed and I wish to extend my deepest sympathy to Sam and all his family and friends.

Sincerely.................Harry Basnett.


--- Transferred from duplicate thread.


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Subject: RE: OBIT: Buz Collins - RIP
From: GUEST,HelenJ
Date: 13 Sep 02 - 06:07 AM

I didn't know him but he appears to have been very much appreciated. How very sad. I extend my condolences to his nearest and dearest.


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Subject: RE: OBIT: Buz Collins - RIP
From: Dave Bryant
Date: 13 Sep 02 - 06:50 AM

I was told by a boating friend of mine that Buz had been laid to rest in a wood in a special biodegradible coffin so that his the trees could feed on his remains (and complete the nitrogen cycle). I'd be interested to know more about this, because I might like to choose this method for the eventual disposal of my remains.


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Subject: RE: OBIT: Buz Collins - RIP
From: Bagpuss
Date: 13 Sep 02 - 07:00 AM

Heres a website I found:

http://www.greenfieldcoffins.com/


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Subject: RE: OBIT: Buz Collins - RIP
From: Watson
Date: 13 Sep 02 - 07:13 AM

Buz was a fine musician and a very nice man. I only met him a few times, notably when he came and played guitar for our morris side when we were dancing at a waterways festival.
Several times in the past couple of years I've just missed speaking to him as he was striding off down a corridor at some festival or another - you don't think when that happens that you might not have another oportunity.


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Subject: RE: OBIT: Buz Collins - RIP
From: GUEST,Martha
Date: 28 Nov 02 - 01:41 PM

It's been a few months now and still miss him very much.
Buz you were always loved, will never be forgotten and are finally free.


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Subject: RE: OBIT: Buz Collins - RIP
From: GUEST
Date: 19 Jul 08 - 12:38 PM

I know that Buz Collins was working on a second CD - it would be nice to think that if enough of it exists, someone would try to put it out. Does anyone know anything. (One of the song concerned the legend of Lucy Lightfoot.)

Geoff Nyburg


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Subject: RE: OBIT: Buz Collins - RIP (refreshed)
From: GUEST,Sheila
Date: 19 Jul 08 - 06:24 PM

This is a new name to me. What a fine singer! I discovered this site looking for him.

Sheila


http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B001C7S14M/ref=dm_sp_alb?ie=UTF8&qid=1216506050&sr=8-1


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Subject: RE: OBIT: Buz Collins - RIP (Aug 2002)
From: GUEST,Will Griffiths
Date: 28 Feb 10 - 09:56 AM

A very good friend to me through school and later - never forgotten


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Subject: RE: OBIT: Buz Collins - RIP (Aug 2002)
From: GUEST,Andy Robinson
Date: 03 Dec 10 - 05:29 AM

hi everyone. I came accross this site after a google search to see if there was any info about Buz. I recorded his second album codebreakers and travelled and played with him and actually found him unconscious in his boat. Buz was an inspiration to so many people in so many ways and I think of him every day. I have the original masters and artwork for his album and have considered pressing up a small run if there was enough interest (subject to Sam's approval). If anyone would like to know more you can leave a message for me at reverbnation.com/globalwarningandyrobinson you can also listen to a track off Codebreakers here. Regards Andy


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Subject: RE: OBIT: Buz Collins - RIP (Aug 2002)
From: Ian Hendrie
Date: 16 May 11 - 11:27 AM

Hi Andy,
I certainly would be interested in the Buz Collins recording but I can't leave you a message as I don't want to register on the reverbnation website. Perhaps you could join Mudcat or just e-mail me at ian(at)waterwaysongs.co.uk.
Cheers,
Ian


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Subject: RE: OBIT: Buz Collins - RIP (Aug 2002)
From: GUEST
Date: 19 Aug 11 - 05:34 PM

i was the whistle player on wind and rain and loved buz and sam although we lost touch over the years - i still have the album but hoped 2 find a link on YouTube


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Subject: RE: OBIT: Buz Collins - RIP (Aug 2002)
From: GUEST,Katy Griffiths
Date: 16 May 12 - 03:54 PM

Still expecting you to turn up on the doorstep. Ten years this year and still hasn't really sunk in. You'll always be Tonto to Will's Lone Ranger to me. xx


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Subject: RE: OBIT: Buz Collins - RIP (Aug 2002)
From: GUEST,Janey
Date: 25 Aug 12 - 05:26 PM

Ten years tomorrow - we all still miss you.


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Subject: RE: OBIT: Buz Collins - RIP (Aug 2002)
From: GUEST,Andy Nagy
Date: 16 Jan 13 - 04:35 PM

So sad to hear this. Only just learned because I pulled out my copy of America Over the Water after making plans to reread it with a friend, and for the first time noticed the dedication to both Dolly and to Buz. My love and condolences ten years late to family and friends. Did the second album end up being released? I would love to hear it.
andynagy@wbrs.org


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Subject: RE: OBIT: Buz Collins - RIP (Aug 2002)
From: GUEST,Harry Basnett
Date: 16 Jan 13 - 05:01 PM

Bless you, Buz..


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Subject: RE: Obit: Buz Collins - RIP (Aug 2002)
From: GUEST,Mark Price
Date: 30 Apr 14 - 11:00 AM

This is so sad. I had the pleasure of seeing Buz perform in 1999 for the Spalding Folk Club. I loved his music so much I followed him to his next gig to see him play again, and took my mum and dad. I got talking to him and we both loved Jethro Tull so he played me a song. What a lovely bloke. I often wondered why I never saw a new album from him, though I checked periodically (having returned to Australia). I only found out about his death tonight. So so sad.


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Subject: RE: Obit: Buz Collins - RIP (Aug 2002)
From: GUEST,Dot Price
Date: 30 Apr 14 - 06:56 PM

Barry and I enjoyed listening to Buzz when we went along with son Mark and he played a song for us. I remember buying him a beer before his show and he sat and had a chat with us. Very sad. What a shock.


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Subject: RE: Obit: Buz Collins - RIP (Aug 2002)
From: GUEST,Ceejay Sargent
Date: 18 Jun 14 - 04:50 AM

My good friend at sixth form college & beyond. Still think about the crazy stuff you, me & Will got up to. Almost 12 years gone & I still miss you Buz xxx


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Subject: RE: Obit: Buz Collins - RIP (Aug 2002)
From: Ian Hendrie
Date: 21 Oct 15 - 03:58 AM

I never met Buz Collins but greatly admire his talent with his first CD being a particular favourite. I have a copy of his second CD 'Codebreakers' but unfortunately the quality of the second half of the recording is poor. This is more a 'pressing' or 'burning' issue not a reflection on the performance. It certainly deserves to be more widely heard. If Andy Robinson still has the master tapes maybe he could 'release' them on a fee-paying download site. There doesn't have to be the expense of creating a physical CD entity.

Lyrics and sound samples of two canal related songs from 'Codebreakers' are on Songs of the Inland Waterways website.


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Subject: RE: Obit: Buz Collins - RIP (Aug 2002)
From: Ian Hendrie
Date: 21 Oct 15 - 04:06 AM

Last link didn't work. Try this :

http://www.waterwaysongs.co.uk/codebreakers_details.html


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Subject: RE: Obit: Buz Collins - RIP (Aug 2002)
From: Anne Lister
Date: 21 Oct 15 - 04:38 PM

If anyone needs a contact for Sam, I'm in touch with her via Facebook but also sporadically in real life.


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Subject: RE: Obit: Buz Collins - RIP (Aug 2002)
From: Ian Hendrie
Date: 22 Oct 15 - 12:25 PM

Thanks for the info Anne. I'm not sure I have a good reason for contacting Sam but it might be interesting to know if there are copies of 'Codebreaker' still available for purchase. It deserves to have a wider audience.


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Subject: RE: Obit: Buz Collins - RIP (Aug 2002)
From: GUEST,Mike
Date: 08 Dec 15 - 04:04 PM

My name is Mike Kobernus. I am a writer, living in Norway. Many years ago, I travelled to England to meet with Buz on his longboat. It was quite a trip, and took me a while to find him.

Eventually we did meet, and I ended up buying a guitar from him. He also gave me a copy of his CD, Codebreakers. I still have it, and I still have his guitar.

I got to thinking about him today because of another singer that passed away, many years ago. I was thinking about all the wonderful people in the world who enrich our lives with their talent and passion, and I remembered Buz.

We talked for a few hours, maybe, and he made me tea. I got to sit in the longboat, and listen to him play guitar. He impressed me much with his ability. Years later I still recall his playing style with admiration.

I do hope someone sees this message. This thread has not been commented for a very long time. But I still remember him.


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Subject: RE: Obit: Buz Collins - RIP (Aug 2002)
From: GUEST,Ian
Date: 09 Dec 15 - 05:07 PM

Nice to hear from you Mike, via this thread and e-mail. Buz apparently travelled on his narrowboat up my local canal and gave an impromptu concert (which is still remembered) to members of a local canal club. Unfortunately I heard of this second-hand many years after the event.


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Subject: RE: Obit: Buz Collins - RIP (Aug 2002)
From: GUEST,Martha
Date: 25 Jul 16 - 07:29 AM

I don't know why I was thinking of Buz today but he is still sadly missed.


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Subject: RE: Obit: Buz Collins - RIP (Aug 2002)
From: GUEST,Will Griffiths
Date: 23 Apr 18 - 02:13 PM

Buz’s aunt’s book “All in the Downs” (Shirley Collins) will give you an understanding of the family environment of exceptionally gifted artists from which Buz developed his own talents.

It’s a well written history of her and her sister Dolly’s (Buz’s mum) upbringing and interest in English folk music.

Ceejay - should you see this post, I recommend the book, more as we knew him and much of the areas of Sussex in it.

W


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