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Illness: Theresa Tooley aka treaties1

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nutty 04 Sep 08 - 11:49 AM
Jerry Rasmussen 04 Sep 08 - 11:53 AM
jacqui.c 04 Sep 08 - 12:04 PM
Dave Earl 04 Sep 08 - 12:09 PM
Bill D 04 Sep 08 - 12:16 PM
rumanci 04 Sep 08 - 12:27 PM
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Ebbie 04 Sep 08 - 12:28 PM
Les from Hull 04 Sep 08 - 12:46 PM
Micca 04 Sep 08 - 12:53 PM
Emma B 04 Sep 08 - 01:04 PM
John MacKenzie 04 Sep 08 - 01:10 PM
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Peace 04 Sep 08 - 03:14 PM
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Subject: Theresa Tooley
From: nutty
Date: 04 Sep 08 - 11:49 AM

I heard from Theresa today that she has been diagnosed with Motor Neuron Disease, or to be more precise Progressive Bulbar Palsy. So her problems have not been , as we thought, the result of a stroke.

I know her friends will want to know this although I'm sure that Theresa is still trying to put a brave face on things.

She will certainly eventually lose her ability to sing and is waiting to have a tube inserted in her stomach so she can take in liquids.

She finds talking difficult so anyone wishing to contact her should do so via email. PM ME IF YOU WANT DETAILS


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Subject: RE: Theresa Tooley
From: Jerry Rasmussen
Date: 04 Sep 08 - 11:53 AM

Thanks for posting this, nutty. I got an e-mail from Theresa this morning. We had the great pleasure of having several Catters here at the house for a sing around three years ago. Colin, Theresa, Noreen, and Sussex Carole among others were here to share songs with me and the Gospel Messengers. Theresa was a special joy to us (as was Colin.) My wife Ruth and I and the Gospel Messengers hold Theresa warm in our hearts and have been keeping her in prayer.

Jerry


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Subject: RE: Theresa Tooley
From: jacqui.c
Date: 04 Sep 08 - 12:04 PM

So sorry to hear this. I have very fond memories of a stay with Theresa, who was so kind to me.


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Subject: RE: Theresa Tooley
From: Dave Earl
Date: 04 Sep 08 - 12:09 PM

Also sorry to hear this.

Good memories of singing at various places around the country.

Dave


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Subject: RE: Theresa Tooley
From: Bill D
Date: 04 Sep 08 - 12:16 PM

I have such nice memories of Teresa and her voice at the Getaway several years ago. I am so sorry to hear of this diagnosis, and hope that she knows just how many folks care and send her good wishes.


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Subject: RE: Theresa Tooley
From: rumanci
Date: 04 Sep 08 - 12:27 PM

I'm gutted to hear this news, too. Lovely lady in the truest sense of both terms. A real joy, a belter of a songstress and communicator and wonderful company on that magic trip to the U.S. in 2005. You're in my thoughts and prayers.
Love and hugs
rum


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Subject: RE: Theresa Tooley
From: SINSULL
Date: 04 Sep 08 - 12:28 PM

This is horrible news. Theresa's voice fills a room with pure joy. You crazy old bat - fight it!
Love, Mary


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Subject: RE: Theresa Tooley
From: Ebbie
Date: 04 Sep 08 - 12:28 PM

I too have wonderful memories of Teresa and her voice. I remember particularly when Amos was strumming a lively beat and Teresa shouted to us all, Does anyone have a song to go with that?

Thanks for your lovely spirit, Teresa; you give a lot of pleasure to a lot of people.

May this diagnosis be a passing thing and never as severe as feared.

(((((hug)))))


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Subject: RE: Theresa Tooley
From: Les from Hull
Date: 04 Sep 08 - 12:46 PM

Best wishes to Teresa from Maggie and me and all her other friends from this side of the country. Just get well, kid!


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Subject: RE: Theresa Tooley
From: Micca
Date: 04 Sep 08 - 12:53 PM

May I add my best wishes to this also?,how such a large voice could be contained in such a compact and apparently fragile frame never ceased to amaze me. Get as well as you can Theresa, you are, and have been for several years,one of my favourite people I hope to see you sometime soon
Micca


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Subject: RE: Theresa Tooley
From: Emma B
Date: 04 Sep 08 - 01:04 PM

Theresa is one of my oldest and dearest friends who is guilty of introducing me to this crazy place where I have made such other good friends too.
There is really nothing more I can add to the wishes that have already expressed here and I know will continue to flood in from those who her larger than life personality and voice have touched throughout the years.


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Subject: RE: Theresa Tooley
From: John MacKenzie
Date: 04 Sep 08 - 01:10 PM

Memories of the Getaway in 2005, and Carole and Andrew's wedding.
Tough luck Teresa, but you have more guts than most.
I'm sure this fighting spirit, will help your future quality of life.

Best wishes from Scotland.

JM


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Subject: RE: Theresa Tooley
From: Mr Red
Date: 04 Sep 08 - 01:11 PM

Give her my regards.


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Subject: RE: Theresa Tooley
From: Amos
Date: 04 Sep 08 - 01:16 PM

Accch!! Damn.

Teresa:

Pull up and out, baby!! It's your body, no-one else's--you get to tell it how to behave. Go for it!!

What an asset she was at that Getaway!!


A


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Subject: RE: Theresa Tooley
From: Peace
Date: 04 Sep 08 - 03:14 PM

Theresa, we have never met, but people I know and trust love you because you ARE you. You have touched so many people's lives in a positive way. Your friends will be there for you. Let them help, OK?

Bruce


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Subject: RE: Theresa Tooley
From: BB
Date: 04 Sep 08 - 03:16 PM

Oh, this is awful! Tom and I haven't seen her for a few years - since she went off to do her Arts course - and didn't even know that she had been ill. One of the best female singers around, and we do hope she'll be able to carry on singing for a while yet.

Barbara


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Subject: RE: Theresa Tooley
From: Mrs Scarecrow
Date: 04 Sep 08 - 03:19 PM

Really bad news, Lets hope the 'eventually' is a very long time away for a great singer


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Subject: RE: Theresa Tooley
From: Little Robyn
Date: 04 Sep 08 - 03:39 PM

A few years ago I started a thread looking for a song and a singer we heard in 1990, when we went to Britain. We just knew it was a bag lady song but no-one could identify the singer or the song.

We didn't find her at the time but then she turned up at the Auckland folk festival with the Shellbacks in 2006.
It was Theresa!
There is a photo of the catters there, in the events pics here.
Lots of love Theresa, from NZ.
Robyn


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Subject: RE: Theresa Tooley
From: Little Robyn
Date: 04 Sep 08 - 03:43 PM

Colin's here too!
Robyn


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Subject: RE: Theresa Tooley
From: Herga Kitty
Date: 04 Sep 08 - 03:43 PM

Theresa was the inspiration for the first shanty I wrote (hurriedly)in 2001 for the bad shirts and shanties day at Whitby - she'd just won the Saltburn shanty competition, and I was trying to think of something to sing when it was my turn that wouldn't already have been sung. I've had to adopt a similar strategy each year since.

SING 'EM LOUD - SHANTY SESSION PLAN B

I'm feeling sad and so forlorn
Sing 'em loud
Can't help the gender I was born
Sing 'em loud

We weedy women high and shrill
Sing 'em loud
Can't compete with Jim or Bill
Sing 'em loud

While they are belting out each word
Sing 'em loud
We women struggle to be heard
Sing 'em loud

But there is one who breaks the rule she
Sings 'em loud
Her name it is Theresa Tooley, she
Sings 'em loud

Hope you can keep singing for a while yet!

Kitty


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Subject: RE: Theresa Tooley
From: Hovering Bob
Date: 04 Sep 08 - 03:55 PM

Theresa (and Bill) have been/were friends from way, way back. So many memories, all of them good.
Theresa is a very special lady.

BobH


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Subject: RE: Theresa Tooley
From: Gillie
Date: 04 Sep 08 - 03:56 PM

Ah Teresa,

An indomitable lady with an indomitable spirit. I know that this won't get you down and you will battle against it. Love and light to you my dear.

Gillie


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Subject: RE: Theresa Tooley
From: Jeri
Date: 04 Sep 08 - 04:05 PM

Theresa, I only met you at the Getaway, but I'm not likely to forget THAT experience! I started singing 'Fire Down Below' (the one with the hula girls) and I heard this deep, strong, beautiful harmony. It took me a while to figure out it was coming out of this little teeny woman.

Certainly there is joy in music, but being loved is pretty damned good, and you are. Enjoy your friends.


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Subject: RE: Theresa Tooley
From: GUEST,Geoff & Jan Pickles
Date: 04 Sep 08 - 04:07 PM

Theresa was and still is one of the main stays of many festivals up and down this country. She would turn up at Cleckheaton every year for the last 20 years and I as Festival Director was always very happy to see her. You can keep your mega stars give me a few more like Theresa anyway. I know that everybody here at Cleckheaton will want to wish her good luck and best wishes.
                                  Geoff Pickles
I have always felt a special bond with Theresa, we both lost our sons in the same year.
Theresa if you can get through that you can get through this, FIGHT IT LASS
                                                                                                          Love Jan Pickles


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Subject: RE: Theresa Tooley
From: lady penelope
Date: 04 Sep 08 - 04:28 PM

An astounding performer. I can't see talent such as that being contained very long by anything adverse. It'll find a way out!

Many hugs and best wishes Theresa.

Penny.


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Subject: RE: Theresa Tooley
From: Cllr
Date: 04 Sep 08 - 04:47 PM

love and hugs
cllr


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Subject: RE: Theresa Tooley
From: Sorcha
Date: 04 Sep 08 - 04:56 PM

Theresa, we met only a few times at Getaway 05, but you are indelibly carved on my memory. Best wishes from way out West.


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Subject: RE: Theresa Tooley
From: Barry Finn
Date: 04 Sep 08 - 05:39 PM

Hi Theresa, hope you get to read all this.
All the best of luck & wishes to such a spirited woman. It always been great to see you. BTW, I'm not done with you pinching my arse, on or off stage, so lets have it with a good speedy recovery, I'd like to return the favor.

Loads of love Dearie

Barry


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Subject: RE: Theresa Tooley
From: Mrs.Duck
Date: 04 Sep 08 - 05:42 PM

We love you, Theresa!


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Subject: RE: Theresa Tooley
From: Severn
Date: 04 Sep 08 - 06:12 PM

I have great memories of her singing at both the 2005 Getaway and at the 2007 Towersey Barn sings, where I got to know her a bit. I was extremely horored that she asked me for the words to learn to a song I sang at Towersey, the Great Lakes shanty "Leave Her Laddies, Leave Her", which I did. I was hoping I'd get to hear her sing it some day, maybe at Getaway, which she had originally hoped to attend. Looks like I might have to sing it for her there instead.

A great lady and a wonderful singer of all sorts of things. Someone I wish only the best in getting through her illness.


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Subject: RE: Theresa Tooley
From: katlaughing
Date: 04 Sep 08 - 06:51 PM

Theresa, all good thoughts and thanks givings for alleviation of the effects of such as they say you may have. I regret not hearing you sing. May you be free of pain and have peace of mind surrounded by the love of so many here and there who love you and care for you.

luvyakat


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Subject: RE: Theresa Tooley
From: skipy
Date: 04 Sep 08 - 06:56 PM

So sorry to have read this.
Skipy


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Subject: RE: Theresa Tooley
From: Big Mick
Date: 04 Sep 08 - 07:07 PM

I have met many great hearts as I trod the path, none more of a delight to be around than our Theresa. I fell stone cold in love with this grand pixie of a woman on first meeting her.

Get in the fight, m'love. You are loved beyond what you have the ability to measure.

With great fondness,

Mick


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Subject: RE: Theresa Tooley
From: GeoffLawes
Date: 04 Sep 08 - 07:14 PM

I doubt thatTheresa will remember me but I remember her singing at Stainsby and at Whitby and I send my best wishes.


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Subject: RE: Theresa Tooley aka treaties1
From: ranger1
Date: 04 Sep 08 - 07:56 PM

Good thoughts being sent from Maine. Theresa, you are a part of what made my first Getaway so special.


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Subject: RE: Theresa Tooley aka treaties1
From: Leadfingers
Date: 04 Sep 08 - 08:36 PM

I am with all those who were staggered at the Volume and Excellence from such a diminutive frame ! Truly a One Off !


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Subject: RE: Theresa Tooley aka treaties1
From: My guru always said
Date: 05 Sep 08 - 03:58 AM

I know if there's a way to fight this, Theresa will find it. Such good memories of a fun-loving Lady, chock-full of strength & what a voice!

Keep smiling Girlie, sending positive thoughts and love & hugs to You, Hil xx


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Subject: RE: Theresa Tooley aka treaties1
From: GUEST,MC Fat
Date: 05 Sep 08 - 04:37 AM

All the best luv


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Subject: RE: Theresa Tooley aka treaties1
From: MoorleyMan
Date: 05 Sep 08 - 05:17 AM

Oh hell! More devastating news.
Someone up there's really got it in for the good guys it seems.

But if there's a way to beat this, then Theresa's one to find it.

One of my very favourite ladies: a fine fine singer and such a massive encouragement (and inspiration) to so many of us.

Fear not - you WILL sing again, Theresa!
My thoughts, prayers, love and the biggest of hugs (if I can keep from crushing you!).

MM


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Subject: RE: Theresa Tooley aka treaties1
From: Willa
Date: 05 Sep 08 - 05:43 AM

I hope that Theresa still 'pops in' to Mudcat and reads this thread. Like many others here I was 'gobsmacked' (to use a good old Yorkshire? word) the first time I heard that wonderful voice. My warmest wishes to her that folks may still hear her for a long time to come.


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Subject: RE: Theresa Tooley aka treaties1
From: Dave4Guild
Date: 05 Sep 08 - 06:50 AM

Can Dave & I add our best wishes. I remember well the first time I met her. It was in my pre-Dave days and I was singing in a singaround and thought I was singing a little known song, of course I forgot the words and Theresa helped out with a timely prompt. Not only a great voice and wonderful personality but a veritable gold mine in knowledge.

Dave & Brenda


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Subject: RE: Theresa Tooley aka treaties1
From: banjoman
Date: 05 Sep 08 - 06:54 AM

Great memories of sharing a concert with her in Ludlow in aid of Animal Welfare and her bringing the house down with her song about a lion tamer. Last met her at Dave Thomas's funeral. Great lady and a fighter. Love & best wishes from Pete & Maggie


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Subject: RE: Theresa Tooley aka treaties1
From: Dave the Gnome
Date: 05 Sep 08 - 06:56 AM

Best wishes and good thoughts from me and all at Swinton. The people there will be devastated as well - I know she was inspirational in one of Pete Ryder's songs, can't recall which but I will find out and get him to sing it. I am not going to be at Swinton next week (on hols) but, by proxy, I'll make sure everyone else sings a song for her as well!

Cheers

Dave


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Subject: RE: Theresa Tooley aka treaties1
From: r.padgett
Date: 05 Sep 08 - 07:20 AM

My first memories of Theresa are probably at Fylde ff and John Booker drinking with Bill Tooley

I seem to have known Theresa for ever and she was always the first to start singing and loved to join in and get people going

She had a spot at Barnsley singaround last Easter and ended up singing with a group of lovely singers including Sussex Carole and I think Lynne Heraud and Pat Turner

She was I believe "gutted" at not making Saddleworth ff 2008 being virtually on her doorstep

Well time for a few more pints yet Theresa so lets see you around!!

Ray


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Subject: RE: Theresa Tooley aka treaties1
From: Snuffy
Date: 05 Sep 08 - 07:33 AM

Big hugs for a great little lady. The Shellbacks have been very quiet this year without you. We'll sing one for you at Hull this weekend.


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Subject: RE: Theresa Tooley aka treaties1
From: Vin2
Date: 05 Sep 08 - 08:39 AM

So sad to hear this news. Even tho i Don't know Theresa on a personal level i saw her many times at Saddleworth. This year was my 10th visit to Saddleworth Festival and remarked to a friend later that i hadn't seen Theresa Tooley this year. So used to seeing her around the festival with that lovely smile and singing voice either solo or in earlier years with the fabulous 'Firm Friends'.

I can remember one occasion when Theresa and Bill used to camp at the festival pitching their tent next to mine. What kind & lovely neihgbours they were too!

Truly wish you well Theresa and pray they can get you as well as possible. Look forward to seeing you at Saddlewoth in the future.

Best regards, Vin


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Subject: RE: Theresa Tooley aka treaties1
From: GUEST,Mike O'Leary-Johns
Date: 05 Sep 08 - 11:39 AM

Hello Theresa ; I hope you get to see this message[If not, Nutty , Could you please pass onmy comments.}.
I have always valued your friendship. You have on many occaisions given me words of advice and encouragement.My first memory of you was {as I have told you in the past} of a night in Warwick Festival.You were singing " Bully in the Alley "......AS only YOU could.
You have had to bear a few Hard Knocks in recent years.
Now another one.I hope fate will now ease the burden by giving you the chance of making whatever improvement in health that can be made.
We all know you have the "Spirit" to get on with life.But let's all pray you get a little help.
                   All my best wishes Mike.


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Subject: RE: Theresa Tooley aka treaties1
From: Black belt caterpillar wrestler
Date: 05 Sep 08 - 11:49 AM

Theresa, best wishes from Anne and Robin in Lancaster. Don't be afraid to ask if there's anything we can do. I know that we're probably not first in line to render any assistance but you never know what might be needed.


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Subject: RE: Theresa Tooley aka treaties1
From: Bill D
Date: 05 Sep 08 - 11:49 AM

emphasis (Getaway 05)


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Subject: RE: Theresa Tooley aka treaties1
From: SINSULL
Date: 05 Sep 08 - 11:51 AM

What exactly is Barry doing in the background?????

Great and quite typical picture of the Grand Dame herself, though.


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