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Obit: Cyril Tawney-RIP (21 April 2005)

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CHEERING THE QUEEN
CHICKEN ON A RAFT
CHINESE MAIDEN'S LAMENT
COAL SHIP SONG
CYRIL SAID IT ALL BEFORE
DIESEL AND SHALE
FIVE FOOT FLIRT
GREY FUNNEL LINE
IN THE SIDINGS
JENNY WREN BRIDE
OGGY MAN
ONLY SEVENTEEN
SALLY, FREE AND EASY
SAMMY'S BAR or THE LAST BOAT'S A'LEAVIN
SIX FEET OF MUD
THAT'S WHAT IT'S LIKE IN THE NAVY
THE A25 SONG
THE CRUISE OF THE CALABAR
THE LEAN AND UNWASHED TIFFY
THERE ARE NO LIGHTS ON OUR CHRISTMAS TREE
THREE MEN OF EDDYSTONE
VANITY


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Subject: RE: Cyril Tawney - on the tideway (illness, 2005)
From: treewind
Date: 21 Apr 05 - 05:24 PM

Just heard Cyril died this afternoon.
(no other information, sorry)

Anahata


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Subject: RE: Cyril Tawney - on the tideway (illness, 2005)
From: Hawker
Date: 21 Apr 05 - 05:44 PM

Such sad news, he will be sorely missed.
love and kind thoughts to Rosemary. x


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Subject: RE: Cyril Tawney - on the tideway (illness, 2005)
From: Sorcha
Date: 21 Apr 05 - 05:46 PM

Oh crap......and I never got to hear/see him......


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Subject: RE: Cyril Tawney - on the tideway (illness, 2005)
From: MBSLynne
Date: 21 Apr 05 - 05:47 PM

I'm very sad to hear it. A brilliant singer songwriter, and a really lovely man. My thoughts to his family

Love Lynne


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Subject: RE: Cyril Tawney - on the tideway (illness, 2005)
From: PennyBlack
Date: 21 Apr 05 - 05:49 PM

That is sad news

Please update when anyone has any further information

PB


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Subject: RE: Cyril Tawney - on the tideway (illness, 2005)
From: Ralphie
Date: 21 Apr 05 - 07:21 PM

Such sad news.
May I add my wishes to remember "One of the best"
Days pass, some are good, some are bad. This is not a good day.
My respects to his family.
Regards
Ralph Jordan


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Subject: RE: Cyril Tawney - on the tideway (illness, 2005)
From: Morticia
Date: 21 Apr 05 - 07:43 PM

could we start a new thread? Someone with his stature surely deserves his own Obit thread, once this news is confirmed.
    Now that we have received confirmation, I closed the illness thread and consolidated all the obituary messages into this thread.
    -Joe Offer-


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Subject: RE: Cyril Tawney - on the tideway (illness, 2005)
From: Mick Tems
Date: 21 Apr 05 - 07:46 PM

I'm devastated - such sad news. Cyril was a truly lovely man and a songwriting master of his art. My heart goes out to Rosemary.

Mick Tems


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Subject: RE: Cyril Tawney - on the tideway (illness, 2005)
From: Emma B
Date: 21 Apr 05 - 07:58 PM

A loss to the whole "folk family"
my condolences to those who shared his life as we shared his songs


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Subject: RE: Cyril Tawney - on the tideway (illness, 2005)
From: alanww
Date: 21 Apr 05 - 08:47 PM

Oh, no! What a lovely man Cyril was! And he was such a talented, yet modest, composer. At least there are so many fine songs with which we can remember him!
The last time I saw him we had a friendly chat while he was unwinding after he had performed at Lancaster Maritime Festival. He was sitting on the stairs (there was no green room and all the chairs in the bar were occupied!) I said that I really enjoyed singing The Grey Funnel Line and he said that he had originally hoped to be able to accompany himself with an English concertina when singing it but he gave up learning the instrument. It is such a moving song anyway, so singing it now will bring extra tears to my eyes ...
Well at least he is now at rest ...
"... like a floating spar on the open sea!"
Alan


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Subject: RE: Cyril Tawney - on the tideway (illness, 2005)
From: curmudgeon
Date: 21 Apr 05 - 09:01 PM

We'll be singing Cyril's songs at the session tomorrow night. And as his songs are kept alive, so is he -- Tom


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Subject: RE: Cyril Tawney - on the tideway (illness, 2005)
From: GUEST
Date: 21 Apr 05 - 09:05 PM

One of the best. The gap he leaves is huge, but his legacy even bigger. He WILL be remembered, and fondly.


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Subject: RE: Cyril Tawney - on the tideway (illness, 2005)
From: Wincing Devil
Date: 22 Apr 05 - 12:24 AM

I Heard about this at the Chantey Sing in Annapolis tonight. I've been to http://www.cyriltawney.co.uk, Reuters, CNN and several other sites and can find no particulars. Did you hear this straight from Rosemary?


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Subject: RE: Cyril Tawney - on the tideway (illness, 2005)
From: Keith A of Hertford
Date: 22 Apr 05 - 03:06 AM

The rain softly falling,
And the Oggie man's no more.

It is years since I saw him, yet feel his loss.
Thank God we have his songs.

Keith.


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Subject: RE: Cyril Tawney - on the tideway (illness, 2005)
From: Moses
Date: 22 Apr 05 - 03:17 AM

So very sorry to hear the sad news. Cyril will be much missed by all who knew him.

My thoughts are with his family

Christine


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Subject: RE: Cyril Tawney - on the tideway (illness, 2005)
From: alanabit
Date: 22 Apr 05 - 03:25 AM

An unaffected and charming man, who was is and will be revered by generations of folkies.


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Subject: RE: Cyril Tawney - on the tideway (illness, 2005)
From: GUEST, Hamish
Date: 22 Apr 05 - 04:18 AM

It's strange but this news still comes as a shock.


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Subject: RE: Cyril Tawney - on the tideway (illness, 2005)
From: RWJ
Date: 22 Apr 05 - 04:24 AM

Sorry to hear the sad news , Cyril will be missed but he will allways be with us in his songs

      Ron


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Subject: RE: Cyril Tawney - on the tideway (illness, 2005)
From: breezy
Date: 22 Apr 05 - 04:42 AM

He was there in Leeds when I first became interested in the songs in 1964-5, at the Grove.
In October 2003, after, fervent negotiations he played our club in St Albans.
He arrived at the station at 3.00, checked into his hotel room , asked where the Cross keys was, and was rthere by 4.00
At 8.00pm He received a rapturous ovation as he walked! into the club room in Samuel Ryders old house.
At 11.00 he announced his closing song.
At midnight he concluded his encores
At 2.00 we retired from the bar to bed.
Now he has retired, thank you for the legacy.
Our thoughts are now with Rosemary


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Subject: RE: Cyril Tawney - on the tideway (illness, 2005)
From: Dave Hanson
Date: 22 Apr 05 - 05:00 AM

Best wishes to Rosemary, a great loss to us all but Cyril is now at peace.

eric


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Subject: RE: Cyril Tawney - on the tideway (illness, 2005)
From: Joe Offer
Date: 22 Apr 05 - 05:01 AM

I suppose it's true, but perhaps we shouldn't start an obituary thread until we get certain information. There's no news on his Website or on the BBC Website. We can also change the title of this thread, if and when it's appropriate. Perhaps that would be better than starting a new thread.

I had heard his name for years, and I'm so glad I was able to talk with him briefly and to hear him perform several times at Whitby Fowk Week a couple of years ago. His concert I liked best was the one he put on for the children and families. He had a mischievous twinkle in his eye, and the concert was lots of fun. He was a gracious man and a wonderful performer.

Hey, and he even had some nice things to say about Mudcat.

-Joe Offer-


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Subject: RE: Cyril Tawney - on the tideway (illness, 2005)
From: Madam Gashee
Date: 22 Apr 05 - 05:14 AM

To a gentle man, a fond farewell.


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Subject: RE: Cyril Tawney - on the tideway (illness, 2005)
From: GUEST,surreysinger
Date: 22 Apr 05 - 06:00 AM

Sad news. There is a notice on Musical Traditions News page which states that Cyril passed away on 21 April - they also have no further information as yet.

Sadly I never got to see him perform live as far as I can recall, but I certainly used to sing a number of his songs in earlier years, and he has left an enduring legacy behind him.


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Subject: RE: Cyril Tawney - on the tideway (illness, 2005)
From: GUEST,Derek Schofield
Date: 22 Apr 05 - 06:09 AM

The funeral is on Tuesday 3 May at 11am in Heavitree Exeter. No further information about arrangements yet. Cyril's website is maintained by Rosemary I think, so not surprisingly there is nothing there about this sad loss.
Derek Schofield


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Subject: RE: Cyril Tawney - on the tideway (illness, 2005)
From: Zany Mouse
Date: 22 Apr 05 - 07:11 AM

This is very sad news for the folk world.

Cyril has been part of our lives for many years and his music has inspired many, including me.

Rosemary: I hope you are coping and my thoughts are with you during this very sad time.

Rhiannon
Messages from multiple threads combined. Most of the messages below are from a new thread.
-Joe Offer-


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Subject: Obit: Cyril Tawney-RIP
From: Nerd
Date: 22 Apr 05 - 07:23 AM

This in from Rosemary:

Dear Friend(s) and Colleagues


       I am very sorry to have to tell you that Cyril has lost his long
and courageous battle with illness. He died peacefully, whilst sleeping, on
Thursday (21st April), having been in hospital for 9 months. The funeral
will be on Tuesday 3rd May at Heavitree Parish Church, Exeter at 11am.
Details will be on his website as soon as possible: www.cyriltawney.co.uk


Your messages of love and support have been a great help to both of us
through this very difficult time, and you have my wholehearted thanks.


Rosemary.


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Subject: RE: Cyril Tawney - on the tideway (illness, 2005)
From: GUEST
Date: 22 Apr 05 - 07:24 AM

Derek is right - I have not yet had time to work on the website - was about to contact Mudcat when someone told me the news was out already. Funeral 3rd May 11 am at Heavitree Parish Church, Exeter.

I wish I could put real names and faces to all of you - I am glad that Cyril is at peace now, he would have had no quality of life had he lingered. I think he simply got tired and gave up.

I'm OK and am keeping busy, with masses of support from friends locally and worldwide

Thank you all so much

Rosemary


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Subject: RE: Obit: Cyril Tawney-RIP
From: GUEST,H
Date: 22 Apr 05 - 07:31 AM

My deepest condolences Thoughts with you and all Cyril's family.


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Subject: RE: Obit: Cyril Tawney-RIP
From: Hawker
Date: 22 Apr 05 - 08:05 AM

Love to Rosemary and all Cyrils family, A man of great courage and a master songewriter, an inspiration to us all. God Bless,
Lucy


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Subject: RE: Obit: Cyril Tawney-RIP
From: GUEST,The Shambles
Date: 22 Apr 05 - 08:06 AM

Nice one Cyril and thanks.


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Subject: RE: Obit: Cyril Tawney-RIP
From: A Wandering Minstrel
Date: 22 Apr 05 - 08:08 AM

A very sad loss of a great singer and writer


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Subject: RE: Obit: Cyril Tawney-RIP
From: The Villan
Date: 22 Apr 05 - 08:08 AM

I am very sad to hear that. Sincere condolences to Cyril's family.

Cyril was indeed the first live folk artist I saw back in the late 60's at the Woodman Folkclub at Kingswinford near Dudley. I bought his LP and still wished I had it. One song from that LP that I still know almost by heart is "Rose in June" and is still a firm favourite of mine.

I had dreams of getting Cyril up to Market Rasen, but alas that can no longer be.

RIP Cyril


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Subject: RE: Obit: Cyril Tawney-RIP
From: Roger the Skiffler
Date: 22 Apr 05 - 08:10 AM

Sorry to hear this. "Sally free and easy" always sends a shiver down my spine.

Rts


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Subject: RE: Obit: Cyril Tawney-RIP
From: Brian Hoskin
Date: 22 Apr 05 - 08:12 AM

Sad news, a great loss to the world of music. Condolences to Cyril's family.

Brian Hoskin


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Subject: RE: Obit: Cyril Tawney-RIP
From: Charley Noble
Date: 22 Apr 05 - 08:21 AM

Cyril will not be forgotten.

Charley Noble


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Subject: RE: Obit: Cyril Tawney-RIP
From: GMT
Date: 22 Apr 05 - 08:27 AM

A sad loss indeed.

My condolences.

Gary


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Subject: RE: Obit: Cyril Tawney-RIP
From: John MacKenzie
Date: 22 Apr 05 - 08:30 AM

It falls to few to leave this world a better place than when they arrived, Cyril definitely enriched all our lives. If there is a Fiddler's Green he'll be there.
Giok


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Subject: RE: Obit: Cyril Tawney-RIP
From: Micca
Date: 22 Apr 05 - 08:42 AM

A Great Loss, a man that genuinely expressed, with great skill what it is and was like to be a sailor and to serve at sea, He wrote memorable songs with skill and humour that have been taken for traditional in many places, yet they have added to, and enhanced the Tradition at the same time with their fresness and style.
Truly a sad day,
My condolences to Rosemary and his Family


Well the rain's softly falling and the oggy man's no more
I can't hear him calling like I used to before"


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Subject: RE: Obit: Cyril Tawney-RIP
From: greg stephens
Date: 22 Apr 05 - 08:51 AM

Very sorry to hear this news, and very grateful to have lived at the same time as Cyril and to have had the chance to hear him, and sing with him, so often.
   Many people connected with the English folk revival have written songs, some good, some bad, some indifferent, and it's not always given to mortal man to decide which is which. But I'll stick my neck out(and end up by agreeing with everybody else) and say Cyril was the boy, head and shoulders above all others. He wrote a considerable number of superlative songs, his output is unsurpassed. We all have favourites, but he wrote so many we'ld probably all have great difficulty in deciding which one is our extra-special favourite, he was just too good..
    A unique and wonderful songwriter; and a great singer of traditional songs, as well as his own.
    My thoughts are with Rosemary.


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Subject: RE: Obit: Cyril Tawney-RIP
From: Amos
Date: 22 Apr 05 - 08:55 AM

His handful of songs is a greater legacy, to me, than all the paper in a presidential library or the trust funds of a Rothschild. I have always thought of him as a mench, a real but quiet hero, because of the undertones of courage in his songs. I am sorry he is gone, and hope he finds exhilaration in his new state.


A


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Subject: RE: Obit: Cyril Tawney-RIP
From: Abby Sale
Date: 22 Apr 05 - 08:59 AM

He was a good guy. Special by any and all standards.

My sympathies, Rosemary.


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Subject: RE: Obit: Cyril Tawney-RIP
From: RobbieWilson
Date: 22 Apr 05 - 09:04 AM

A great loss to us all. I first went to see Cyril Tawney at Chester a few years ago because I remembered he had been a favourite of my Dad in the sixties. I didn't know much about him then, but he did a CT in depth session where he talked about the songs he sang . His warmth, umanity and decency shone through.

Since then I have been to a lot of festivals and almost every good song about life at sea I enquired about turned out to be one of his.

There does not seem to me any doubt that Cril will always be with us.
Robbie


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From: Stu
Date: 22 Apr 05 - 09:06 AM

Hi Ho Cyril!


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Subject: RE: Obit: Cyril Tawney-RIP
From: kendall
Date: 22 Apr 05 - 09:11 AM

Another of the greats is gone. But, oh so many lives did he touch and enrichen. My sincere condolences to you all.


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Subject: RE: Obit: Cyril Tawney-RIP
From: Dave Hanson
Date: 22 Apr 05 - 09:14 AM

A sad loss, Cyril was a wonderful man, we will drink to him this weekend and sing some of his songs.

eric


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Subject: RE: Obit: Cyril Tawney-RIP
From: Leadfingers
Date: 22 Apr 05 - 09:17 AM

That celestial singaround is getting better all the time !! Cyril will indeed be missed here !!


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Subject: RE: Obit: Cyril Tawney-RIP
From: JohnB
Date: 22 Apr 05 - 09:19 AM

If we all left such a heritage behind, the world would be that full of great songs the rest of us would not know which one's to sing.
"Cyril said it all before" (Tome Lewis)
JohnB


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Subject: RE: Obit: Cyril Tawney-RIP
From: Scotus
Date: 22 Apr 05 - 09:20 AM

I will always remember his kindness to Barbara (Dickson) and myself when we sang for the first time together at Dunfermline Howff in 1964. He was the guest artist that night and gave us young tearaways very gentle and sound advice on style and repertoire - advice that has stayed with me ever since. Judging by Barbara's new CD it stayed with her as well!

Everything else has been said very eloquently by others.

Jack Beck


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Subject: RE: Obit: Cyril Tawney-RIP
From: George Papavgeris
Date: 22 Apr 05 - 09:29 AM

A personality that's hard to match, a legacy that's hard to surpass.

And a gap that can't be filled.

R.I.P. Cyril
We remember


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Subject: RE: Obit: Cyril Tawney-RIP
From: WFDU - Ron Olesko
Date: 22 Apr 05 - 09:29 AM

My condolences to Rosemary and all of Cyril's family and friends.   I will always cherish the memory of a wonderful conversation that I had with Cyril for my radio show.   Cyril's music and life touched so many of us and we will be forever grateful. His legacy will carry. He will be missed, but not forgotten. My thoughts and prayers are with you. Thank you Cyril.


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Subject: RE: Obit: Cyril Tawney-RIP
From: GUEST,John Barden at work
Date: 22 Apr 05 - 09:45 AM

This hits so very hard. My condolences to Cyril's family too please.


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Subject: RE: Obit: Cyril Tawney-RIP
From: belfast
Date: 22 Apr 05 - 09:52 AM

Sally Free and Easy, The Oggi Man, Sammy's Bar, The Grey Funnel Line. And may more. Another one of the greats gone. A very sad loss.


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Subject: RE: Obit: Cyril Tawney-RIP
From: The Admiral
Date: 22 Apr 05 - 09:55 AM

His songs had the 'been there' touch as those of us who have been there will vouch. His warmth and humour came through in his performances and I always enjoyed being in his company but now after all these years that I'd wanted to get Cyril to Maidenhead FC - alas it's not to be.
RIP Cyril, your songs will keep our memories warm.

Tony and Pearl


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Subject: RE: Obit: Cyril Tawney-RIP
From: GUEST,Gene Burton
Date: 22 Apr 05 - 09:59 AM

A great folk-singer, and one of THE greatest songwriters of the last century, in any genre. Alas I arrived on the folk scene a year or two too late ever to see him live, and now I never will. Damn. Well, I hope he's still singing now, wherever he is.


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From: GUEST
Date: 22 Apr 05 - 10:19 AM

I recall him staying at my house, here in Darwin, Oz, back when the world was young. A gentleman in the very best sense of that word. His songs will live on.

--Stewie.


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Subject: RE: Obit: Cyril Tawney-RIP
From: jeffp
Date: 22 Apr 05 - 10:56 AM

Thank you for the songs, Cyril. You will be greatly missed.

jeffp


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Subject: RE: Obit: Cyril Tawney-RIP
From: Don(Wyziwyg)T
Date: 22 Apr 05 - 11:01 AM

Deepest condolences to you Rosemary, and to all the family.

It is sure that we will not see his like again, neither will we ever forget him. His legacy is a world with more, and better, music than when he arrived on the scene.

I have never forgotten his appearance at my "Dog & Gun Folk Club, back in the seventies, when he came down off the stage, to sit right in the middle of the audience. It was the most involving and intimate musical event any of us had ever enjoyed.

God rest him and keep him, he's earned his repose.
Don T.


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Subject: RE: Obit: Cyril Tawney-RIP
From: concertina ceol
Date: 22 Apr 05 - 11:31 AM

Thank you for the fantastic songs, which are sung at nearly every session I attend, by old men, children and all in between.

I'll have a tear in my eye singing Sammy's Bar tomorrow night.

God bless


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Subject: RE: Obit: Cyril Tawney-RIP
From: GUEST,|MikeofNorthumbria (off base)
Date: 22 Apr 05 - 12:14 PM

All the people who've been touched by Cyril's voice and his songs will miss him sadly. Those of us who were privileged to know him personally will miss him even more.

In the music business it's only common sense to be nice to people who might be able to do you a favour someday. But Cyril was habitually nice to people from whom he could not expect to gain any advantage whatsoever, because that was just the way he was.

He made the world a brighter place for many of us while he was here. We will not forget him.

Wassail!


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Subject: RE: Obit: Cyril Tawney-RIP (21 April 2005)
From: Scooby Doo
Date: 22 Apr 05 - 12:15 PM

R.I.P Cyril and ride the high seas in your sleep.
My condolences go to you Rosemary and family.
Yas


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Subject: RE: Obit: Cyril Tawney-RIP (21 April 2005)
From: Dave (the ancient mariner)
Date: 22 Apr 05 - 12:46 PM

Rosemary I am so sorry for your loss, he was a great man and has left a wonderful legacy of folk music, that will keep his name in our memory for many years. Very sad to lose him, bye shipmate.
Yours, Aye. Dave


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Subject: RE: Obit: Cyril Tawney-RIP (21 April 2005)
From: Polly Squeezebox
Date: 22 Apr 05 - 01:05 PM

Let us shed a tear and be sad for a moment - then let us celebrate his life and rejoice in his songs, and send love to his loved ones. His spirit has gone to a better place - but as long as we sing his songs he will live on amongst us.

Polly.


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Subject: RE: Obit: Cyril Tawney-RIP (21 April 2005)
From: Mr Red
Date: 22 Apr 05 - 01:08 PM

I guess he's taking the tideway to his burial ground.


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Subject: RE: Obit: Cyril Tawney-RIP (21 April 2005)
From: GUEST,Tunesmith
Date: 22 Apr 05 - 01:12 PM

Cyril was a giant. Fabulous song-writer an a warm original singer.I did a floor spot at Cyril's club in Plymouth in 1967, and I had a nice chat with him. I had always wondered who were Cyril's musical inspirations - remembering that he was writing songs before any obvioiusly role-models were around. I was amazed when he cited pop singer Guy Mitchell's material as being the inspiration for a number of his, Cyril's, well-known compositions. Anyway, whatever the inspiration, Cyril's great songs will be with us for a very long time.


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Subject: RE: Obit: Cyril Tawney-RIP (21 April 2005)
From: radriano
Date: 22 Apr 05 - 01:19 PM

So sorry to hear this tragic news. Cyril was kind and generous to me when I contacted him a number of years ago asking permission to record one of his songs. I will always remember him fondly even though we have never met.

Richard Adrianowicz


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Subject: RE: Obit: Cyril Tawney-RIP (21 April 2005)
From: GUEST,Nancy King at work
Date: 22 Apr 05 - 01:24 PM

How very sad to lose such a wonderful man with such a great talent. He will be sorely missed.

Nancy


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Subject: RE: Obit: Cyril Tawney-RIP (21 April 2005)
From: Skipper Jack
Date: 22 Apr 05 - 01:55 PM

My deepest sympathy goes to Rosemary and family. Cyril's songs will live in my memory forever. The last time I saw Cyril in concert was at Lancaster in 2004. He will be greatly missed.


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Subject: RE: Obit: Cyril Tawney-RIP (21 April 2005)
From: Herga Kitty
Date: 22 Apr 05 - 02:21 PM

Very sad loss. Cyril's songs have passed into the tradition, and link people who've never met.

Deepest sympathy to Rosemary and family.

Kitty


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Subject: RE: Obit: Cyril Tawney-RIP (21 April 2005)
From: MoorleyMan
Date: 22 Apr 05 - 02:24 PM

What sad news. Another tragic loss to swell this year's already hefty total.
Cyril was such a natural nice guy, so warm and approachable, so unassuming. I'm sure I'll find an excuse to sing a few of his fine songs in memory over this coming weekend, but there will never be a substitute for hearing them sung by Cyril himself, he'll really be missed.
Sincerest sympathies to Rosemary.


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Subject: RE: Obit: Cyril Tawney-RIP (21 April 2005)
From: *Laura*
Date: 22 Apr 05 - 02:39 PM

Condolences and all our love to Rosemary and the family.

Laura and Helen xxx


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Subject: RE: Obit: Cyril Tawney-RIP (21 April 2005)
From: Padre
Date: 22 Apr 05 - 02:48 PM

RIP Cyril

Fair winds and following seas.

Padre


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Subject: RE: Obit: Cyril Tawney-RIP (21 April 2005)
From: alanabit
Date: 22 Apr 05 - 02:50 PM

My father often reminisced about his time at HMS Caledonia in the forties, remembering Cyril Tawney from there. I met him myself in a small folk club in Stoke on Trent, after witnessing a master class in how to hold an audience with a quiet, compelling personality. May he rest in well earned peace. My sympathy to all his family.


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Subject: RE: Obit: Cyril Tawney-RIP (21 April 2005)
From: MARINER
Date: 22 Apr 05 - 02:50 PM

Very sad news.Seeing and hearing him in Cobh four years ago was one of the musical highlights of my life.


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Subject: RE: Obit: Cyril Tawney-RIP (21 April 2005)
From: Fergie
Date: 22 Apr 05 - 03:07 PM

Cyril's excellent songs will be sung with affection by singers everywhere. Many of his songs have been embraced seamlessly into the tradition and this is the mark of Cyril's strenght as a songwriter. But outside his musical and poetic ability, Cyril was a wonderful man, his humility, his warmth, his friendliness and his wonderful sense of humour marked him out as an exceptional person. He will be sorely missed among his family, his friends and his many, many admirers. So long Cyril, I will sing a song for you and Rosemary tonight and I will drink a long toast to your memory

Fergie

Ar dheis Dé go raibh a ainm.


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Subject: RE: Obit: Cyril Tawney-RIP (21 April 2005)
From: Cobble
Date: 22 Apr 05 - 03:15 PM

Deepest sympathy. He is sailing among the stars now, singing to the angels.

         Blessings Cobble and MRS C.


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Subject: RE: Obit: Cyril Tawney-RIP (21 April 2005)
From: Kim C
Date: 22 Apr 05 - 03:31 PM

Dang. I learned a few songs from his singing.


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Subject: RE: Obit: Cyril Tawney-RIP (21 April 2005)
From: MartinRyan
Date: 22 Apr 05 - 03:59 PM

Unfortunately, I never heard Cyril in the flesh - he was due to appear at Cobh last year, but was forced to cry off. HIs ongs will last and last....

Regards


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Subject: RE: Obit: Cyril Tawney-RIP (21 April 2005)
From: sapper82
Date: 22 Apr 05 - 04:07 PM

Sad to hear the news and sympathy to his family and friends.
Only ever saw hime live once at the Fo'csle in Southampton when it was in St.Mary's St. A bloody good night it was too!


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Subject: RE: Obit: Cyril Tawney-RIP (21 April 2005)
From: Bill D
Date: 22 Apr 05 - 04:11 PM

I had the great good fortune to hear Cyril about 20 years ago when he came to Wash DC....his graciousness amd musicality shone thru even more in person.

He left us such a legacy. Many of his songs BECAME traditional during his life....not many can say that.


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Subject: RE: Cyril Tawney - on the tideway (illness, 2005)
From: sapper82
Date: 22 Apr 05 - 04:13 PM

Don't weep for his passing but rejoice that he lived to enrich the world.


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Subject: RE: Cyril Tawney - on the tideway (illness, 2005)
From: GUEST,Jan and Ken
Date: 22 Apr 05 - 05:29 PM

A wonderful man who will be sorely missed -lets celebrate his life and remember him with a song and a smile. Here is a little Cyril story which sums up how he was regarded -

Following the move from Leeds to Exeter we urgently needed to contact Cyril and in desperation rang directory enquiries having gone through the rigmarole of a new number - not sure of the address etc - the gentleman in diectory enquiries when given the name said
"Oh you mean Singing Cyril!" yes certainly I will find the number - and he did -but only after 10 minutes remembering where and when he had heard Cyril.

Such is the measure of the man.

Good night dear friend

Jan and Ken


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Subject: RE: Obit: Cyril Tawney-RIP (21 April 2005)
From: Andy Jackson
Date: 22 Apr 05 - 05:30 PM

Well it's up to us all to keep singing Cyrils songs now he's popped into the other bar with so many of our mates. A sad loss indeed but what memories and such a rich legacy.

My thoughts are with the family,

Andy


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Subject: RE: Obit: Cyril Tawney-RIP (21 April 2005)
From: GUEST,Jan and Ken
Date: 22 Apr 05 - 05:37 PM

A wonderful man who will be sorely missed -lets celebrate his life and remember him with a song and a smile. Here is a little Cyril story which sums up how he was regarded -

Following the move from Leeds to Exeter we urgently needed to contact Cyril and in desperation rang directory enquiries having gone through the rigmarole of a new number - not sure of the address etc - the gentleman in diectory enquiries when given the name said
"Oh you mean Singing Cyril!" yes certainly I will find the number - and he did -but only after 10 minutes remembering where and when he had heard Cyril.

Such is the measure of the man.

Good night dear friend

Jan and Ken


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Subject: RE: Obit: Cyril Tawney-RIP (21 April 2005)
From: JudyB
Date: 22 Apr 05 - 06:46 PM

My sympathy to Rosemary and all those who knew him. He will live on through the songs he wrote and the friends that he leaves behind - but it's not quite the same....

Good dreams,
JudyB


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Subject: RE: Obit: Cyril Tawney-RIP (21 April 2005)
From: Bob Hitchcock
Date: 22 Apr 05 - 08:07 PM

A great loss to all. My sympathy to all his family.

Bob,


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Subject: RE: Obit: Cyril Tawney-RIP (21 April 2005)
From: karen k
Date: 22 Apr 05 - 08:39 PM

Another great one gone. Having loved many of his songs for years and been in awe of his recordings I finally had the honor and the pleasure of meeting him and talking with him for almost an hour in 2004 at Lancaster. He was most kind and it is a conversation I will never forget. He was a great man and I am a better person for having met him.

Cyril, may you rest in peace. My condolences to the family.

karen


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Subject: RE: Obit: Cyril Tawney-RIP (21 April 2005)
From: Ferrara
Date: 22 Apr 05 - 09:26 PM

All best wishes and sincere sympathy to Rosemary and his family. He will be missed. I miss him. Have been thinking about him all day, off and on, some sadness but also memories of the one memorable evening spent in his company (a very informal concert in Washington,DC), bits of his songs, gratitude that he was such a special person and meant so much to so very many people.


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Subject: RE: Obit: Cyril Tawney-RIP (21 April 2005)
From: Bentley
Date: 22 Apr 05 - 11:30 PM

Great Man,Great voice.An inspiration to us all. Thank you Cyril for all your wonderful songs and stories.We'll miss you.


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Subject: RE: Obit: Cyril Tawney-RIP (21 April 2005)
From: Ron Davies
Date: 22 Apr 05 - 11:35 PM

A gentle giant gone--another tragedy.   But it's good to know he will live forever through his songs, a wonderful legacy to us.


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Subject: RE: Obit: Cyril Tawney-RIP (21 April 2005)
From: Lady Hillary
Date: 22 Apr 05 - 11:44 PM

Well, Fiddler's Green is a place I've heard tell,
where a sailorman goes if he don't go to Hell.

Pull a bottle of rum from the tree and savor it long and well.

EBarnacle and Lady Hillary


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Subject: RE: Obit: Cyril Tawney-RIP (21 April 2005)
From: Boab
Date: 23 Apr 05 - 03:05 AM

I have a book of his songs, signed "To Big Rab, ...Cyril Tawney". Always precious, a thousand times more now. I am sad.
---If Rosemary scans this thread, I'd like her to know that we were singing "Sally..." in a local Legion Club Thursday evening, here on Vancouver Island. And it will be sung again, and again and again......


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Subject: RE: Obit: Cyril Tawney-RIP (21 April 2005)
From: Cats
Date: 23 Apr 05 - 04:25 AM

There's not much to add to all the condolences above and we agree with all of them. So, Last night Cornwall Songwriters dedicated our performance of Unsung Heroes to him. He would have joined in.....


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Subject: RE: Obit: Cyril Tawney-RIP (21 April 2005)
From: GUEST,Maurice
Date: 23 Apr 05 - 05:32 AM

"The best of all trades is to make songs, and the second best to sing them"
What a wonderful, wonderful legacy he has left to the world.


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Subject: RE: Obit: Cyril Tawney-RIP (21 April 2005)
From: Zorg
Date: 23 Apr 05 - 05:34 AM

Sail on old friend. Your songs will live on for ever.
R.I.P. Cyril


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Subject: RE: Obit: Cyril Tawney-RIP (21 April 2005)
From: Zany Mouse
Date: 23 Apr 05 - 05:46 AM

A truly sad loss to the folk comunity. A gentleman and a gentle man. His beautiful songs will live long. I wonder if heaven is a place which is a constant singaround (my idea of heaven) - if so the sing will be enriched by our loss.

Love and positive thoughts to Rosemary

Rhiannon


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Subject: RE: Obit: Cyril Tawney-RIP (21 April 2005)
From: Hrothgar
Date: 23 Apr 05 - 06:01 AM

I had cause to ring him about songs a few years ago, and he was very gracious and generous to a complete stranger.

My condolences to his family, and my thanks that we still have his songs.


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Subject: RE: Obit: Cyril Tawney-RIP (21 April 2005)
From: My guru always said
Date: 23 Apr 05 - 06:10 AM

So sad to hear this news. Cyril really made a differnce and will always be with us. My thoughts and sympathies to the Family.
Hil


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Subject: RE: Obit: Cyril Tawney-RIP (21 April 2005)
From: GUEST,padgett (at home)
Date: 23 Apr 05 - 12:13 PM

Cyril was an inspiration to all of us folkies; he possessed all the musical and life experiences which are a prerequiste for a singer songwriter

He was an entertainer, a man of the people who had served his country and who enriched our lives with his wonderful songs

God bless you


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Subject: RE: Obit: Cyril Tawney-RIP (21 April 2005)
From: Lanfranc
Date: 23 Apr 05 - 01:56 PM

Farewell, Cyril, and thank you for all the songs!

Condolences to Rosemary and his family.

Wish I had known him better.

Alan


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Subject: RE: Obit: Cyril Tawney-RIP (21 April 2005)
From: Folkiedave
Date: 23 Apr 05 - 01:59 PM

Really sad news.

Condolences to Rosemay.

Dave


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Subject: RE: Obit: Cyril Tawney-RIP (21 April 2005)
From: Dave Sutherland
Date: 23 Apr 05 - 05:43 PM

Folksong's number one gentleman: a wondeful singer, songwriter and peformer - so much more to say but just can't find the words.
R.I.P. Cyril
Dave Sutherland


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Subject: RE: Obit: Cyril Tawney-RIP (21 April 2005)
From: Naemanson
Date: 23 Apr 05 - 06:08 PM

Words are so inadequate to describe such a loss, for Rosemary, for his personal friends and for the rest of us. I have enjoyed his music for years but never met him. Yet I feel the loss in my heart and in my soul. I hope St. Peter is ready to sing something other than hymms for a while.

I have a vision of heaven where the clouds are covered with bands of angels striking their harps and singing halelujah while in a remote corner Cyril has just joined a hardcore group of singers happily sharing songs of an entirely different sort.


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Subject: RE: Obit: Cyril Tawney-RIP (21 April 2005)
From: GUEST,Barnacle
Date: 23 Apr 05 - 07:43 PM

Sad news indeed.

Haul away to heaven, we'll keep your memory here on earth, singing your songs - thank you for leaving such a legacy.


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Subject: RE: Obit: Cyril Tawney-RIP (21 April 2005)
From: Bonecruncher
Date: 23 Apr 05 - 09:35 PM

Cyril was my introduction to folk music in the early 60's.
Never to be forgotten.
Condolences to Rosemary and Cyril's family.
Colyn.


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Subject: RE: Obit: Cyril Tawney-RIP (21 April 2005)
From: GUEST,scouse
Date: 24 Apr 05 - 04:46 AM

Late, I know but my condolences to Cyril's family..Strange I have just introduced Cyril's music and his songs to a good friend of mine.. the tradition goes on..
Phil Jackson


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Subject: RE: Obit: Cyril Tawney-RIP (21 April 2005)
From: Dave Bryant
Date: 24 Apr 05 - 05:11 PM

I should have posted on this thread sooner but it's not easy to work out what to say on such a sad occasion.

I'd known Cyril for at least 40 years - I was involved in a benefit gig for him in the 60s when he was (wrongly as it turned out) diagnosed as having Parkinson's Disease. Besides being a beautifully relaxed singer, he was one of the best song writers that the folk revival produced. At one time he was writing a new song every week for his radio program. He was also a wonderful friend who it was a great pleasure to bump into from time to time.

Whether you're bound for Fiddler's Green, Six Feet of Mud, The Siding, or taking the tideway to your burying ground, our thoughts are all with you - and Rosemary of course. In one way you'll never really be gone - I don't think I've ever been to a good session without hearing plenty of your songs and I can't imagine that changing.

As Tom Lewis said "Cyril said it all before".


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Subject: RE: Obit: Cyril Tawney-RIP (21 April 2005)
From: GUEST,Shanghaiceltic
Date: 25 Apr 05 - 03:23 AM

This is very sad indeed.

My heartfelt condolances to Rosemary and the family.

His songs had very special meaning for me as he was a man of the navy and wrote many brilliant song about the navy which I could relate to.

I too was a tiffy and a submariner and I often catch myself singing "Lean and unwashed tiffy". I will sing it more often in memory.

I hope the RNBT Rep' at the Pearly Gates is waiting to open them for him.


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Subject: RE: Obit: Cyril Tawney-RIP (21 April 2005)
From: Schantieman
Date: 25 Apr 05 - 03:52 AM

A great loss to us all but he will live on through his songs.

Steve


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Subject: RE: Obit: Cyril Tawney-RIP (21 April 2005)
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Date: 25 Apr 05 - 05:01 AM


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Subject: RE: Obit: Cyril Tawney-RIP (21 April 2005)
From: Wolfgang
Date: 25 Apr 05 - 05:49 AM

A big loss, but thanks for having been there all these years.

Wolfgang


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Subject: RE: Obit: Cyril Tawney-RIP (21 April 2005)
From: Liam's Brother
Date: 25 Apr 05 - 07:01 AM

Very sad news indeed.

Bought a copy of Cyril's first LP when it came out. It was a breath of fresh air. Met him at our folk club in New York's Eagle Tavern about 20 or 25 years ago. Thought he sang well then, but he blew me away with a gorgeous set of songs at the Lancaster festival 3 or 4 years ago. Amazingly to me, Cyril remembered the night in NYC: "Big fish and free beer!" He said it was the only time while doing a gig he had ever had unlimited free beer courtesy of the pub and, of course, there were those stuffed sailfish and dolphins on the wall!

Here's to you Cyril! You gave me great pleasure many times and sadness only once. You will have free beer all the time now.

Dan


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Subject: RE: Obit: Cyril Tawney-RIP (21 April 2005)
From: GUEST,Wotcha
Date: 25 Apr 05 - 07:13 AM

Cyril Tawney made an impact in every obscure corner of the world: his songs made it to "Rise up Singing" afterall ...

I have run into modern RN types (in the middle of landlocked Macedonia/FYROM no less) who immediately related to the titles of Cyril's works -- maybe a West Country connection -- ("Five Foot Flirt", "Diesel and Shale", "Oggy Man") but did not know of Cyril the man or of folk music. His songs resonate and tonight they'll reverberate at a typically modern German venue (O'Reilly's) in Stuttgart ...

Meanwhile, the words of The Boarding Party come to mind, "When my time is over, haul away to heaven, God be by my side ..."

Cheers/Ade,

Brian


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Subject: RE: Obit: Cyril Tawney-RIP (21 April 2005)
From: Linda Kelly
Date: 25 Apr 05 - 11:31 AM

So sorry to hear this news- he was an inspiration to songwriters and singers everywhere. We sang Grey Funnel Line in his memory yesterday-Gone but no forgotten.


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Subject: RE: Obit: Cyril Tawney-RIP (21 April 2005)
From: GUEST,old git
Date: 25 Apr 05 - 12:54 PM

so sad to see we've lost another good'un
of course he will"live on" in his songs but the physical presence of this laid back gentleman of song will be greatly missed
i shall always carry treasured memories of a couple of concerts we shared with him in Plymouth
heartfelt condolences to Rosemary and family
geoff turner (Roaring Forties)


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Subject: RE: Obit: Cyril Tawney-RIP (21 April 2005)
From: Pistachio
Date: 25 Apr 05 - 02:07 PM

Though I have missed my chance to hear him perform I will continue to sing his wonderful songs - Sally Free and Easy was the first I learnt and I love to hear all the rest. Linda and I sang Grey Funnel Line for him yesterday.
I wonder how St Peter will cope with the 'singaround' sessions now - there are far too many songsters in his 'tap room'!

Please accept my condolences. Hazel.


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Subject: RE: Obit: Cyril Tawney-RIP (21 April 2005)
From: GUEST,Barrie Roberts
Date: 25 Apr 05 - 06:42 PM

Back on line after a few days' break to find this sad news.

My deepest sympathies to Rosemary and my deepest admiration for the work that Cyril gave us.

I heard him first on radio in 1961, singing 'Cheering of the Queen'. His first EP was the first traditional record I ever bought.

Rember him and sing his songs.


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Subject: RE: Obit: Cyril Tawney-RIP (21 April 2005)
From: GUEST,Skipy
Date: 25 Apr 05 - 06:50 PM

If you can't be there tommorow (& I can't) then celebrate him by singing his songs.
Skipy


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Subject: RE: Obit: Cyril Tawney-RIP (21 April 2005)
From: Tobyjug
Date: 25 Apr 05 - 07:01 PM

Deepest condolences, Rosemary.

We have lost a significant member of the folk heritage, a wonderful songwriter, brilliant performer and gracious gentleman of the old school.

I have fond memories of Cyril, who was one of my inspirations to emerge from the audience and become a semi-professional singer from the mid-sixties to the end of the seventies.

I was also priviledged enough to visit you and Cyril, Rosemary, in Plymouth together with Rod Stradling at the end of the sixties.

I was sad to hear of his latest illness, as I too have been diabetic for the last ten years or so.

I think he's taken the tidewave.

Love and strength,

Dave Calderhead


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Subject: RE: Obit: Cyril Tawney-RIP (21 April 2005)
From: Dave Swan
Date: 25 Apr 05 - 07:03 PM

A pint hoisted in his direction with all best wishes and many thanks.

D


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Subject: RE: Obit: Cyril Tawney-RIP (21 April 2005)
From: GUEST,skipy
Date: 25 Apr 05 - 07:28 PM

Copied from Cyril's web site - so don't get a stoppy on"! It would not have been there unless it made him laugh:-

A PLUS FACTOR


In September Cyril went to Derriford Hospital in Plymouth to have hyperbaric oxygen treatment. This brought forth a version of "Sammy's Bar", written by our good friends Heather Wood and Emily Friedman. We hope it gives you as much pleasure as it does us, even though the prophecy was not entirely fulfilled:


THE BALLAD OF CYRIL'S BED

I went down to Cyril's bed,
Hey, the last bugs are leaving,
He was ill, I heard it said.
Call away the microbes.

He was down in Derriford,
Hey, the last bugs are leaving,
Waiting for the doctor's word.
Call away the microbes.

And his real love, she was there,
Hey, the last bugs are leaving,
Watching over him with care.
Call away the microbes.

"He'll be fine; please tell our friends,
Hey, the last bugs are leaving,
"Here where they care for bends.
Call away the microbes.

"It's a bad bug he has here,
Hey, the last bugs are leaving,
"'Cause it does not like the air.
Call away the microbes.

"We'll get through this, you be sure,
Hey, the last bugs are leaving,
And our friendships will endure."
Call away the microbes.

Happy will the story end
Hey, the last bugs are leaving,
For Cyril's loved by all his friends.
Call away the microbes.

Emily Friedman and Heather Wood, 2004
Sing it for him along with his own songs!


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Subject: RE: Obit: Cyril Tawney-RIP (21 April 2005)
From: GUEST,Alan Russell
Date: 26 Apr 05 - 06:45 AM

He lived respected and dies regretted

A great songsmith

Alan


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Subject: RE: Obit: Cyril Tawney-RIP (21 April 2005)
From: GUEST,banjoman
Date: 26 Apr 05 - 09:56 AM

A great loss. No doubt there are lots of stories associated with Him, but our best memories are of him heading the line up at the now long gone Whitchurch Festival in Hampshire. He was a Hampshire man, and regailed us throughout that weekend with his reminisces of his early days in the county, including the tale of the bike ride to Whitchurch.
Thankfully his songs will live on so long as there are people to sing them.


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Subject: RE: Obit: Cyril Tawney-RIP (21 April 2005)
From: Flash Company
Date: 26 Apr 05 - 10:20 AM

I seem to spend all my time this year mourning the sad,sad losses of great names!

FC


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Subject: RE: Obit: Cyril Tawney-RIP (21 April 2005)
From: JennyO
Date: 26 Apr 05 - 10:21 AM

I just came back today from a folk festival, where I was asked at two different sessions to sing "Grey Funnel Line". Both times it went over really well - but I don't think any of us knew he had died - I certainly didn't.

What a great loss to the folk community this is! I'm sure we'll be singing his songs for a long time.

Jenny


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Subject: RE: Obit: Cyril Tawney-RIP (21 April 2005)
From: Dilligaf
Date: 26 Apr 05 - 11:33 AM

Slats and myself were very saddened to hear of Cyrils death and send our love to Rosemary A quiet giant of the folk world.A man who could hold a crowd with a single guitar and a great song.


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Subject: RE: Obit: Cyril Tawney-RIP (21 April 2005)
From: Susanne (skw)
Date: 26 Apr 05 - 01:16 PM

Sad news to come home to! I really hoped he'd be granted a reprieve. It wasn't to be, so he probably is better off where he is now, without suffering. It's worse for his wife and his friends, and my thoughts are with Rosemary and all those who feel his loss.


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Subject: RE: Obit: Cyril Tawney-RIP (21 April 2005)
From: GUEST,rufus
Date: 26 Apr 05 - 10:34 PM

An obituary will be in the Guardian (UK newspaper) today (Wednesday 27th). I have seen the on-line version
"Cyril Tawney ; Singing songs of land and sea ; Derek Schofield"
It is currently at
http://www.guardian.co.uk/obituaries/story/0,,1470883,00.html


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Subject: RE: Obit: Cyril Tawney-RIP (21 April 2005)
From: greg stephens
Date: 27 Apr 05 - 11:29 AM

In his Cyril Tawney obituary in theGuardian today, Derek Schofield repeats the story that Bob Dylan recorded "Sally Free and Easy". I started a thread on this subject on Mudcat a couple of years ago: I have persistently heard rumours that Dylan was influenced by Cyril Tawney on his vist to England to record "Mad House in Castle Street" in 1962. On that Mudact thread, nobody could confirm the exiatence of that recording(by repute, a bootleg of Dylan singing it at some session in London). Now Derek Schofield has repeated the story, can anybody tell us if this recording (a) exists and (b) is available somewhere? This seems a very interesting question, as it suggests England's greatest songwriter from the folk revival influenced America's ditto at a very young age.


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Subject: RE: Obit: Cyril Tawney-RIP (21 April 2005)
From: GUEST
Date: 27 Apr 05 - 05:06 PM

I have just answered this question in the Cyril Tawney/Bob Dylan thread, so here it is again:

Kevin Sheils on 29 April 2004 in the Cyril Tawney/Bob Dylan page gave the details. From my Bob Dylan fan contacts, I had this, "it`s part of the columbia studio sessions Aug/Oct 1963, played on piano". Cyril himself refers to Dylan recording the song on the notes to Navy Cuts CD.
The Guardian heavily edited the obituary I'm afraid.
Derek


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Subject: RE: Obit: Cyril Tawney-RIP (21 April 2005)
From: Susanne (skw)
Date: 27 Apr 05 - 05:37 PM

Derek, thanks. Would you perhaps consider putting the full text of your obituary in this thread if the Guardian made major cuts? I for one would be interested to read it.


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Subject: RE: Obit: Cyril Tawney-RIP (21 April 2005)
From: GUEST,Rufus
Date: 28 Apr 05 - 07:26 AM

The Independent newspaper has an obituary for Cyril Tawney in the
27 April edition, by Ken Hunt. Nothing spotted yet in either The Times or The Telegraph.

Online at
http://news.independent.co.uk/people/obituaries/story.jsp?story=633296

It seems quite detailed.


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Subject: RE: Obit: Cyril Tawney-RIP (21 April 2005)
From: alanabit
Date: 28 Apr 05 - 08:06 AM

Thanks. I enjoyed reading that.


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Subject: RE: Obit: Cyril Tawney-RIP (21 April 2005)
From: GUEST,Noreen
Date: 28 Apr 05 - 09:58 AM

Affectionate obituary, though with an unfortunate mondegreen-

Ken Hunt says
In "The Ballad of Sammy's Bar" (1958), an encounter set in Malta, the sailor asks Marina how sand got in her hair, to be told that he is past history: the love-rival is "a better man by far / As he drives a Yankee car".

I imagine Ken heard it as:
And Marina she was there

instead of

And my real love she was there
(she had sand all in her hair)


Funny, calling her Marina changes the whole song for me!


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Subject: RE: Obit: Cyril Tawney-RIP (21 April 2005)
From: breezy
Date: 28 Apr 05 - 05:18 PM

Fancy that , they even named a car after one of his songs.


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Subject: RE: Obit: Cyril Tawney-RIP (21 April 2005)
From: GUEST,Rufus
Date: 29 Apr 05 - 07:06 AM

Here's The Times obituary:


www.timesonline.co.uk/printFriendly/0,,1-45-1589683,00.html


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Subject: RE: Obit: Cyril Tawney-RIP (21 April 2005)
From: Gollyponda
Date: 29 Apr 05 - 03:58 PM

I only saw and heard Cyril the once - at the Two Brewers in Salford. 1964 it was. The background chat that often accompanies lesser artists in a pub venue was stilled by his singular and memorable rendition of the Oggy Man.
Lets celebrate the man and his music.


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Subject: RE: Obit: Cyril Tawney-RIP (21 April 2005)
From: Dave Hanson
Date: 30 Apr 05 - 05:35 AM

The Skipper's in the wardroom.


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Subject: RE: Obit: Cyril Tawney-RIP (21 April 2005)
From: GUEST,Janner
Date: 04 May 05 - 04:40 PM

lucky enough to see and hear cyril at the Dartmoor folk Festival a few years ago.

deepest condolences to his family

Sleep well

Hope they have not stopped the Tot up there

sowenna
from a Brylcream boy to a jack tar


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Subject: RE: Obit: Cyril Tawney-RIP (21 April 2005)
From: GUEST,Veronica Rickard
Date: 04 May 05 - 06:08 PM

I have been listening to Cyril since the early seventies. Now
I am involved with the Howth Singing Circle in Dublin and I have
sung many of Cyril's songs - particularly his children's songs.

I am very sad that he has died - I will sing a song in his memory
at our session tomorrow.


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Subject: RE: Obit: Cyril Tawney-RIP (21 April 2005)
From: breezy
Date: 04 May 05 - 06:25 PM

friday 20th May we are holding an evening at the Windward club in St Albans dedicated to his memory


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Subject: RE: Obit: Cyril Tawney-RIP (21 April 2005)
From: GUEST,Canberra Chris
Date: 04 May 05 - 08:40 PM

Cyril was a thread through my singing life too, hearing Adge Cutler and the Wurzels rendition of Five Foot Flirt, singing Sally Free and Easy on caving trips in the back of a transit, The Young Traditions' Chicken on a Raft, and right now arranging Sally's Bar as a duet.

The Shiny Bum Singers did a parody of Grey Funnel Line (The Old IBM) in our first performance at the (Australian) National Folk Festival in 1999, following which I appeared in the famous 'stairwell' late night session in my performing business suit, to be greeted with verse after verse of extemporisation to 'Grey Flannel Suit'!

How wide the ripples roll, how much fun he inspired, what wonderful songs he wrote. I await with interest his wry commentary on heaven.

Chris


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Subject: RE: Obit: Cyril Tawney-RIP (21 April 2005)
From: GUEST,Canberra Chris
Date: 04 May 05 - 08:50 PM

'Sammy's Bar' that is! Free and easy slip!
Chris


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Subject: RE: Obit: Cyril Tawney-RIP (21 April 2005)
From: GUEST,Derek Schofield
Date: 06 May 05 - 05:19 PM

BBC Radio 5 Live's obituary programme, Brief Lives, is including a tribute to Cyril Tawney in this week's programme. Broadcast on Sunday 8 May at 6am, repeated at 7pm. Radio 5 is not a digital channel – it's on MW 693 or 909.

Derek Schofield


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Subject: RE: Obit: Cyril Tawney-RIP (21 April 2005)
From: The Villan
Date: 07 May 05 - 01:25 PM

Friday May the 20th 2005

"In memory of Cyril Tawny"

at

Market Rasen Folk Club
Faldingworth Village Hall
N'r Market Rasen
Lincolnshire

Faldingworth lies North of Lincoln on the A46 and about 4 miles before you get to Market Rasen.

The Artists appearing and offering their services free are

John Conolly
Shanty Jack
Hissyfit

All proceeds will go to a nominated charity as approved by Cyril's wife Rosemary.

Entrance fee £5

Doors open 7:45pm for a start of 8:15pm until 11:00 - 11:15pm

Bring your own drinks and food.

The evening will have a Cyril Tawny feel to it, but that does not mean that all the songs will be from songs written by Cyril.

I look forward to seeing lots of support for this event and will update information as we get near to the evening.


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Subject: RE: Obit: Cyril Tawney-RIP (21 April 2005)
From: breezy
Date: 07 May 05 - 01:38 PM

or

friday 20th May

in St Albans

at the Windward

in memory of C T

£5

same beneficiary


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Subject: RE: Obit: Cyril Tawney-RIP (21 April 2005)
From: breezy
Date: 07 May 05 - 03:47 PM

St Albans Windward have

Johnny Collins shanties and trad

John Breeze beard and balls

George Papavgeris songwriter-singer

Chris Flegg    jazz-blues-standards-folk-original

Christine Connolley writer and singer and all woman

Steve Last song reaper

others to be confirmed


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Subject: RE: Obit: Cyril Tawney-RIP (21 April 2005)
From: Little Robyn
Date: 08 May 05 - 12:39 AM

Anyone go to the funeral? I believe there were lots of folkies there.
I heard that Lou Killen sang Grey Funnel Line as the casket was leaving and everyone stopped and joined in.
Wish we could have been there.
Farewell Cyril.
Robyn


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