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Obit: Brian Dawson (22 Nov 2013)

12 Nov 13 - 11:39 AM (#3575023)
Subject: Brian Dawson
From: Wheatman

I tried to post this morning but it seems mud cat does not like me. The following is an extract from a mail which popped into my in box:-

"I afraid I am the bearer of some unhappy news regarding Brian Dawson. We have had a phone call from his nephew this evening to say that Brian is in intensive care at Scunthorpe General Hospital after collapsing with a heart attack whilst at a folk event in Scunthorpe yesterday."

I did not know Brian very well but it was always a pleasure to be in his company. My thoughts are with his family.

Gan canny brian (kell)


12 Nov 13 - 11:54 AM (#3575025)
Subject: RE: Brian Dawson
From: Dave Sutherland

A huge shock when I received the news at work yesterday morning especially as he had been with us at Tigerfolk, Long Eaton on Sunday 3rd to see Len Graham and to entertain us from the floor (with a Lincolnshire dialect poem for a change). We were all looking forward to seeing him on Sunday night at Nottingham's Poppy Folk Club. All of us at Tigerfolk wish him well for a full recovery and hope to be back in his company soon.


12 Nov 13 - 12:55 PM (#3575040)
Subject: RE: Brian Dawson
From: Backwoodsman

Heard the bad news yesterday from Brian's sister via Mudcatter 'Sooz'. A shock, although I have to say I thought Brian didn't look well when I saw him last Thursday at the monthly '600 Whiskies' folk event at The George in Leadenham.

Brian is a wonderful collector, singer and accordionist, and his knowledge of Lincolnshire songs and tunes is truly encyclopaedic. I wish him a full and speedy recovery, and look forward to seeing and hearing him again, hopefully in the not-too-distant future.


12 Nov 13 - 03:22 PM (#3575074)
Subject: RE: Brian Dawson-health
From: RoyH (Burl)

Such bad news. Brian is all that Backwoodsman says above, and a modest and charming gentleman to boot. Get well soon Brian. RoyH


12 Nov 13 - 03:50 PM (#3575079)
Subject: RE: Brian Dawson-health
From: Waddon Pete

Get well soon Brian!

Peter


12 Nov 13 - 04:28 PM (#3575088)
Subject: RE: Brian Dawson-health
From: Acorn4

Just about the most genuine performer on the folk scene.

Get well soon, Brian.


12 Nov 13 - 04:52 PM (#3575093)
Subject: RE: Brian Dawson-health
From: GUEST,jim bainbridge

Yes get well soon Brian- enjoyed the crack we had at the Caxton pub in Tenterden just a few weeks ago & look forward to meeting again soon


12 Nov 13 - 05:00 PM (#3575094)
Subject: RE: Brian Dawson-health
From: RoyH (Burl)

Does anyone have an address that we might send messages?


12 Nov 13 - 05:04 PM (#3575095)
Subject: RE: Brian Dawson-health
From: GUEST,surreysinger sans cookie

Frank Kelly has set up a conversation group on Facebook to keep people in touch with information about Brian's condition, and the latest news received from the family which he reported earlier this evening was as follows:
"Brian remains very critically ill in ICU, and has yet to regain consciousness. He was taken off sedation but there was no response. The Doctors can give no indication of prognosis at the moment."

Apparently the hospital do not recommend sending cards as Brian is in ICU and cards can prove a dust and germ trap.

Frank also stated "I've proffered the love, good wishes and support of the huge community of people who love Brian, and she is clearly moved by the extent of people's concern from across the country."

Just keeping my fingers crossed for him.


12 Nov 13 - 05:46 PM (#3575103)
Subject: RE: Brian Dawson-health
From: GUEST,Guest - John Conolly

I don't know any more details than have already been posted here, but ,as a long-time friend and musical associate of Brian's ,the news has hit me hard - I've let Bill Meek and Paul Bellamy know(fellow-members of the Broadside Band)and we're just waiting for further news and feeling pretty helpless. . Just keep those waves of love coming in for t'owd Lincolnshire Lad. . .


12 Nov 13 - 06:15 PM (#3575113)
Subject: RE: Brian Dawson-health
From: GUEST

Good wishes for a speedy recovery from across the Atlantic.


12 Nov 13 - 06:39 PM (#3575116)
Subject: RE: Brian Dawson-health
From: GUEST,Richard Smith (Nephew)

Thank you for all the kind messages received regarding Brian's health. Brian does remain critically ill though is in good hands at Scunthorpe General Hospital intensive care where he has been since Saturday night. I'll try and post occasional updates during the next few days to keep everyone informed. At the moment we can but hope.
My personal e-mail address is lindumboy@gmail.com if anyone wishes to get in touch.
Richard.


12 Nov 13 - 08:01 PM (#3575131)
Subject: RE: Brian Dawson-health
From: GUEST,Pete Sumner

What a shock...I join my buddies John, Bill and Paul in feeling helpless....tough to be so far away when something like this happens...
Brian has been an inspiration to me for 45 years, very generous with his music and humor since we first met....my best wishes for a speedy recovery Brian!....and all the love I can muster coming at you from the far west....
Pete Sumner,San Francisco.


12 Nov 13 - 11:22 PM (#3575158)
Subject: RE: Brian Dawson-health
From: GUEST

Get well soon Brian. Was Due to see you at the Poppy this Sunday.


13 Nov 13 - 03:17 AM (#3575191)
Subject: RE: Brian Dawson-health
From: cooperman

Get well Brian, a true Lincolnshire star. Thoughts and prayers are with you.


13 Nov 13 - 03:40 AM (#3575196)
Subject: RE: Brian Dawson-health
From: GUEST,desred

Really upset to hear earlier in the week about Brian. We, too, were due to see him at the Poppy Club in Sunday so let us hope and pray that the NHS do their stuff and he is soon back sharing his wonderful stories and songs with us.

He is in our thoughts and prayers.

Des & Margaret Redwood


13 Nov 13 - 05:03 AM (#3575214)
Subject: RE: Brian Dawson-health
From: Herga Kitty

I heard about this on Facebook, from Sid Calderbank. Keeping my fingers crossed for Brian, and hoping to hear him sing again before long...

Kitty


13 Nov 13 - 08:34 AM (#3575257)
Subject: RE: Brian Dawson-health
From: GUEST,Paul Bellamy

I was very upset to hear about Brian. I saw him a few weeks ago when he did a spot at the Folk Club and as usual he was highly entertaining and informative and his usual friendly self. Such a great bloke. Hoping he makes a full recovery.

Paul


13 Nov 13 - 09:34 AM (#3575271)
Subject: RE: Brian Dawson-health
From: Banjo-Flower

Does Tom Smith Know?

Gerry


13 Nov 13 - 11:07 AM (#3575289)
Subject: RE: Brian Dawson-health
From: Georgiansilver

The man is a legend in his own lifetime. Prayers and best wishes for him and his family!


13 Nov 13 - 12:04 PM (#3575296)
Subject: RE: Brian Dawson-health
From: GUEST,George Frampton

Get well soon, Brian.
On behalf of all of us at the Sidmouth Volunteer.


13 Nov 13 - 12:25 PM (#3575302)
Subject: RE: Brian Dawson-health
From: GUEST,Liberty Boy (sans cookie)

Very best wishes and good luck to one of the world's gentleman.


13 Nov 13 - 06:16 PM (#3575384)
Subject: RE: Brian Dawson-health
From: GeoffLawes

Best wishes Brian. I did not get to meet up with you at Whitby as usual this summer because of serious health problems of my own. But I have pretty much recovered now and I hope that you soon make the same sort of recovery and are fit and well by next summer's festival.
Regards, Geoff


14 Nov 13 - 03:26 AM (#3575470)
Subject: RE: Brian Dawson-health
From: r.padgett

Yes I too had a fb call via Sid Calderbank

Brian has for many years been a stalwart singer, collector and accordionist particularly of Lincolnshire folk song and a band member of the Broadside Band along with John Conolly and others!

Best wishes to this genial gent and hope to see you at Whitby ff in 2014 along with Geoff Lawes another integral part of the folk scene from over the HUmber!

Ray


14 Nov 13 - 05:09 AM (#3575487)
Subject: RE: Brian Dawson-health
From: doc.tom

A gentleman and a scholar. Sad to hear Brian's not well. All the best for a swift recovery - and see you back at Broadstairs next year!
Tom & Barbara


14 Nov 13 - 06:00 PM (#3575699)
Subject: RE: Brian Dawson-health
From: GUEST,Richard Smith (Nephew)

Regrettably I have to report no further change and Brian remains in the intensive care unit at Scunthorpe General.
Thanks to all for their kind wishes.
Richard.


14 Nov 13 - 06:27 PM (#3575716)
Subject: RE: Brian Dawson-health
From: GUEST,roderick warner

I would just like to add my best wishes for Brian - one of the rare breed. A superb performer and a truly nice guy...


15 Nov 13 - 11:13 AM (#3575937)
Subject: RE: Brian Dawson-health
From: GUEST,Monkseaton Morrismen

I have just been passed the news about Brian. He toured with Monkseaton several times in the 70s and 80s, and I enjoyed our music together. Please on our best wishes when he is well enough.

Bryan Jackson
Squire


17 Nov 13 - 05:53 AM (#3576432)
Subject: RE: Brian Dawson-health
From: GUEST,corinne

Such a lovely bloke; I'd been looking forward to seeing him at the Poppy tonight. I can hear him now. Richard, is there any improvement? I shall be in Scunthorpe on Monday, my sister lives 5mins from the General.


17 Nov 13 - 08:30 AM (#3576460)
Subject: RE: Brian Dawson-health
From: GUEST,Phil Preen (Poppy Folk Club)

Latest from Richard this morning: no change, Brian still not recovered conciousness.
Poppy Folk Club tonight: Keith & Sylvia standing in for Brian.


17 Nov 13 - 03:15 PM (#3576537)
Subject: RE: Brian Dawson-health
From: ChanteyLass

Oh, dear. I hope Brian begins to improve soon.


18 Nov 13 - 08:26 AM (#3576708)
Subject: RE: Brian Dawson-health
From: GUEST,old git

here's hoping for a full recovery soon
Geoff t


19 Nov 13 - 03:23 AM (#3576915)
Subject: RE: Brian Dawson-health
From: GUEST

Morning all, I'm afraid that it is with great sadness that I must report that Brian remains unconscious and critical in Scunthorpe General since collapsing on the 9th November with a heart attack.
Thanks for all the ongoing support and best wishes from the folk community. I'm sure Brian would loathe being in hospital but he's in safe hands.
Richard.


19 Nov 13 - 05:14 AM (#3576942)
Subject: RE: Brian Dawson-health
From: GUEST,flyingcat(moira)

Thanks for keping us up to date richard. So sorry to hear there is no improvement yet. Keepin Brian in our thought s
xx


19 Nov 13 - 05:43 AM (#3576952)
Subject: RE: Brian Dawson-health
From: Arthur_itus

Thank you Richard and thoughts and best wishes to all of you throughg this trying time.


19 Nov 13 - 06:25 AM (#3576966)
Subject: RE: Brian Dawson-health
From: Waddon Pete

Thanks Richard,

We are all there with him in spirit.

Peter


19 Nov 13 - 07:00 AM (#3576972)
Subject: RE: Brian Dawson-health
From: RoyH (Burl)

Brian is in our thoughts and prayers. Get well soon old mate. Roy & Elaine


19 Nov 13 - 07:02 AM (#3576973)
Subject: RE: Brian Dawson-health
From: GUEST,Mike Gott - Lincolnshire ex-pat in Lancashir

Dreadful news, Brian in very much in our thoughts over here in the North West. Keeping fingers crossed.


19 Nov 13 - 01:22 PM (#3577088)
Subject: RE: Brian Dawson-health
From: GUEST,Joy Spreadborough

Thanks for the updates Richard. Our thoughts are with Brian and all the family.

Bernd Zingel from Spiel-und-Tanzkreis, Seelze has been visiting from Germany. They send their best wishes and Bernd will let Brian's friends in Hannover / Seelze know about Brian's illness. They have known Brian for many many years, and Brian - they loved your tour of the cathedral last year and the song that you sang in the chapel. Hope we hear you singing again soon!


20 Nov 13 - 10:08 AM (#3577376)
Subject: RE: Brian Dawson-health
From: r.padgett

Really sorry to hear this come on Brian

Ray


22 Nov 13 - 03:35 AM (#3577938)
Subject: RE: Brian Dawson-health
From: GUEST

It is with great regret that, on behalf of my family, I must announce that Brian Dawson (my Uncle) passed away early this morning, Friday 22nd Nov. Brian had remained deeply unconscious after his heart attack on 9th Nov.
I will communicate funeral arrangements in the next few days and thank you all for your kind thoughts and wishes.
Richard (Smith).


22 Nov 13 - 04:00 AM (#3577943)
Subject: RE: Brian Dawson-health
From: Sooz

Lincolnshire folk music will never be the same again. We will miss him so much.


22 Nov 13 - 04:08 AM (#3577945)
Subject: RE: Brian Dawson-health
From: Tattie Bogle

Thank you for letting everyone know, Richard, and so sorry to hear the news. Brian's singing and depth of knowledge of the songs were much appreciated up here in Scotland too. I met him several times at singing events here.


22 Nov 13 - 04:17 AM (#3577949)
Subject: RE: Brian Dawson-health
From: cooperman

That's very sad news, RIP Brian


22 Nov 13 - 04:25 AM (#3577952)
Subject: RE: Brian Dawson-health
From: Richard Spencer

So vey sorry to hear this. A lovely man, and a great singer. We will miss him.
Richard & Jenny


22 Nov 13 - 04:28 AM (#3577954)
Subject: RE: Brian Dawson-health
From: GUEST,Ruairidh Greig

Thank you Richard for keeping everyone informed over this sad time. Your Uncle was a lovely man and an inspiration to so many people, not only here in Lincolnshire but all across the country. My thoughts will be with you and your family.


22 Nov 13 - 04:40 AM (#3577957)
Subject: RE: Brian Dawson-health
From: GUEST,Barb'ry

So sorry to hear about Brian's death - he was a lovely man with a great wealth of songs and stories. Condolences to all his family and friends.


22 Nov 13 - 04:40 AM (#3577958)
Subject: RE: Brian Dawson-health
From: Backwoodsman

Very, very sad. Brian was a unique, talented and lovely man. He will be missed greatly.
Heartfelt condolences to family and others close to Brian.


22 Nov 13 - 04:48 AM (#3577961)
Subject: RE: Brian Dawson-health
From: GUEST,Musket

A sad day, both at the human level and artistically. Brian was a role model for his craft.


22 Nov 13 - 04:50 AM (#3577962)
Subject: RE: Brian Dawson-health
From: GUEST,Derek Schofield

A very sad day ... my thoughts are with the family
Derek


22 Nov 13 - 04:53 AM (#3577963)
Subject: RE: Brian Dawson-health
From: GUEST,Des & Margaret Redwood

We have lost a truly wonderful person today. it is impossible to put into words how much he will be missed.

He brought pleasure to so many people through his stories, recollections, vast knowledge and tremendous singing and delightful playing.

Our thoughts are very much with his family ay this time.


22 Nov 13 - 04:59 AM (#3577966)
Subject: RE: Brian Dawson-health
From: Arthur_itus

Thank you for letting us know Richard. A very sad loss. RIP Brian.


22 Nov 13 - 05:00 AM (#3577968)
Subject: RE: Brian Dawson-health
From: doc.tom

Such sad news. A great loss - of a scholar and a lovely man. We'll raise a glass or two. Thank you for keeping us up to date.
Tom & Barbara


22 Nov 13 - 05:07 AM (#3577973)
Subject: RE: Brian Dawson-health
From: GUEST,Tracy Boyle

Very sad news indeed. He was a kind man, generous with his knowledge and his songs. I will miss him.


22 Nov 13 - 05:10 AM (#3577975)
Subject: RE: Brian Dawson-health
From: GUEST,old git

What a sad loss of a larger than life character (though he would have never admitted to that). Many of us are lucky enough to have some great memories of him.


22 Nov 13 - 05:34 AM (#3577978)
Subject: RE: Brian Dawson-health
From: Vic Smith

A lovely man and good company, Brian had an uncomplicated singing style that really carried the songs that he sang very well. He was a great source of knowledge about all those iconic Lincolnshire singers that Grainger recorded over a century ago. We were on the same concert/song session line-up at various festivals over the years, most recently at Whitby in August.


22 Nov 13 - 06:19 AM (#3577988)
Subject: RE: Brian Dawson-health
From: GUEST

It was a privilege to have seen him couple of times at the Leadenham Folk Festival.


22 Nov 13 - 06:27 AM (#3577992)
Subject: RE: Brian Dawson-health
From: Dave Sutherland

A wonderful, unique performer and excellent company; it was a pleasure to have known him. Really very sorry to have received this news. RIP Brian.


22 Nov 13 - 06:29 AM (#3577993)
Subject: RE: Brian Dawson-health
From: GUEST,Jack Crawford

Bumfits!!!!

My family had it 'fore I came,
They'll have it when I sleep;
We can count our lambing times
As I am counting sheep.

Sleep well, old mate.


22 Nov 13 - 07:41 AM (#3578001)
Subject: RE: Brian Dawson-health
From: Herga Kitty

We have all lost a treasure, but my deepest sympathies go to Richard and family.

Kitty


22 Nov 13 - 08:52 AM (#3578014)
Subject: RE: Brian Dawson-health
From: GUEST,Linda Kelly

So sorry to hear this. RIP Brian


22 Nov 13 - 09:27 AM (#3578020)
Subject: RE: Brian Dawson-health
From: Acorn4

Such sad news.

Brian will be missed so much as part of our Sidmouth gang.

Dave and Julia Taylor


22 Nov 13 - 09:40 AM (#3578022)
Subject: RE: Brian Dawson-health
From: r.padgett

A true gent an entertainer long associated with Lincolnshire

Ray


22 Nov 13 - 10:01 AM (#3578031)
Subject: RE: Brian Dawson-health
From: GUEST,Liberty Boy sans Cookie

So sorry to hear this sad news. We've been friends since we met first in Cullerlie. A lovely man, knowledgable, and a fine singer!


22 Nov 13 - 10:03 AM (#3578032)
Subject: RE: Brian Dawson-health
From: Banjo-Flower

RIP Brian I really used to love playing along with you and Tom Smith at reely grim

Great times

Gerry


22 Nov 13 - 10:10 AM (#3578038)
Subject: RE: Brian Dawson-health
From: GUEST,Tatterfoal

Sad news have fond memories of Brian popping in for coffee at Sidmouth last year, always entertaining to chat with and a good bloke will miss his fine playing and singing.   We will miss you Brian.

Pete


22 Nov 13 - 10:48 AM (#3578054)
Subject: RE: Obit: Brian Dawson (22 Nov 13)
From: GUEST,Pete Sumner

Such sad news, and a great loss to his family and friends.
Brian and the Broadside were my introduction to folk music generally and Lincolnshire folk in particular, and I owe him a tremendous debt of gratitude.
My condolences to his family and host of friends.
RIP Brian


22 Nov 13 - 10:56 AM (#3578057)
Subject: RE: Obit: Brian Dawson (22 Nov 13)
From: Matthew Edwards

Thanks to Richard for keeping everyone informed and my condolences to him and all Brian's family. I've really enjoyed listening to Brian's songs, and his Lincolnshire lore. A lovely man who will be sorely missed.

Matthew


22 Nov 13 - 10:59 AM (#3578059)
Subject: RE: Obit: Brian Dawson (22 Nov 13)
From: Vic Smith

Brian at Whitby in August


22 Nov 13 - 11:40 AM (#3578066)
Subject: RE: Obit: Brian Dawson (22 Nov 13)
From: GUEST,Penny & Malcolm Hatton

Dear Richard

What a sad day for the Folk Scene - which will never quite be the same again.

We have been friends with Brian for more than 40 years through our mutual interest in folk music and dancing - so know what a great character he was and what a truly fantastic musician and raconteur.

A great loss to everyone.

Please accept our sincere condolences to you and the rest of the family.

Penny & Malcolm Hatton


22 Nov 13 - 12:36 PM (#3578078)
Subject: RE: Obit: Brian Dawson (22 Nov 13)
From: Anne Neilson

Sad news, indeed -- but hope that Brian's family can eventually find some comfort from the knowledge that Brian was held so warmly in the affections of so many people.

IMO that only happens with a 'real' person whose involvement is genuine and comes from a love of what s/he is doing. I only met Brian briefly a couple of times, but was very taken by his love of his music, a very refreshing alternative to current obsessions with 'career path trajectories'.

Condolences to all his family.


22 Nov 13 - 12:59 PM (#3578093)
Subject: RE: Obit: Brian Dawson (22 Nov 13)
From: GUEST,John Conolly

I have just heard the very sad news of Brian's passing - thank-you, Richard, for keeping his many friends informed of the situation ,and please pass on to his family my deepest sympathy,on behalf of myself and his other old friends and musical companions in the Broadside.
   It will be evident,from the many messages here on this forum ,that Brian was a much-loved and respected member of the Folk Community. His voice has not been silenced.however - it lives on in the many old songs which he loved so much, and which he brought back to life in his performances. Rest in peace, old friend.


22 Nov 13 - 02:20 PM (#3578119)
Subject: RE: Obit: Brian Dawson (22 Nov 13)
From: MoorleyMan

Only just heard after following this thread with some trepidation for ten days now.
But what sad news. And what a true gentleman we have lost.
Sympathies and condolences to his family.


22 Nov 13 - 03:16 PM (#3578128)
Subject: RE: Obit: Brian Dawson (22 Nov 13)
From: Steve Gardham

Very sad news. Condolences to all close friends and family. I have only met Brian briefly over a very long period, sometimes to share knowledge, sometimes to play together. His knowledge of Lincolnshire lore and music was legendary, and I strongly suspect much of this is now lost. A sad loss on so many levels.


22 Nov 13 - 04:40 PM (#3578155)
Subject: RE: Obit: Brian Dawson (22 Nov 13)
From: GUEST,Guest (Steve Corcoran)

I'm saddened to hear this (via the 'Caistor Memories' group on FB) and my thoughts go to his family... I didn't know him that well (I was a kid then), but he kindled an interest in folk music (especially songs from Lincolnshire) in me that has stayed with me. I rememeber Brian (as a member of "The Broadside" folk group) coming to 'interview' my late mum (Violet Corcoran) at our home in Nettleon about the various folk songs she had learned from my grandad (Ned Mumby). I still have the copy of the LP "The Moon Shone Bright" he gave her and I have sung some of the songs from it at various 'folk pubs' in my travels across the country! I even had the honour of singing The Lincolshire Wedding Song at a friends' wedding reception in Bedfordshire. An all-round nice guy! Rest in Peace.


22 Nov 13 - 04:55 PM (#3578157)
Subject: RE: Obit: Brian Dawson (22 Nov 13)
From: RoyH (Burl)

I have been saddened by the number of friends from the folk music world that have passed away in the last couple of years. And now Brian has joined that number. We will all mis this lovely bloke, one of natures gentlemen, and a fine singer/musician/collector to boot. I will always remember his genuine modesty whenever I went to book him for a club or festival that I was running. He would say 'Well, I only sing ditties', and would ask a fee that was ridiculously cheap for an artist of his calibre. There is no-one on the folk scene that I liked better than he, and I know a lot of people. Elaine and I send our condolences to his family. Goodbye,and Thank You for being with us dear Brian. R.I.P.


22 Nov 13 - 05:13 PM (#3578160)
Subject: RE: Obit: Brian Dawson (22 Nov 13)
From: Georgiansilver

A gentleman.... a scholar.... and an amazing performer! :) :) Rest in Peace Brian! :)


22 Nov 13 - 05:16 PM (#3578161)
Subject: RE: Obit: Brian Dawson (22 Nov 13)
From: GUEST,Guest

A great loss to Lincolnshire and the folk music world. R.I.P. Brian x


22 Nov 13 - 05:17 PM (#3578162)
Subject: RE: Obit: Brian Dawson (22 Nov 13)
From: GUEST,Richard Smith

Thanks to all for such wonderful memories being posted. We had our suspicions over the years of the affection and regard that so many of you clearly held for Brian. We are touched. Only now is it all becoming so obvious. Brian was always so careful to note down in written form his sources of words and music from collecting material over so many years, notoriously on pieces of paper as has been commented on by one observer. It is hoped that one day some of this will be published as a way of preserving part of Brian's legacy. We, along with many others, did keep trying to persuade him to publish more!
We'd be so grateful for any copies of photographs or recordings of Brian performing (along with information of where and when) as these seem quite scarce.
I'll provide an update to advise of funeral arrangements once arrangements are made.
Thanks again.
In haste,
Richard (lindumboy@gmail.com)


23 Nov 13 - 03:49 AM (#3578263)
Subject: RE: Obit: Brian Dawson (22 Nov 13)
From: GUEST,Steve Ogden

Nearly forty years ago as I was starting out Brian was a huge source of help and encouragement. I still have the copy of O'Neils Music of Ireland which he went through and marked out the tune which were still current (he was a fine fiddle player having had lessons with the wonderful Pat Nealy).

He also introduced to Lincolnshire folk song and folklore and was a mine of information which he was always willing to share.

He was a wonderful man who will be sadly missed. My condolences o his family.

RIP

Steve


23 Nov 13 - 05:13 AM (#3578276)
Subject: RE: Obit: Brian Dawson (22 Nov 13)
From: Joules

So sorry to hear this news. I remember seeing Brian at many a singaround. My condolences to family and friends. R.I.P. Brian as you join that huge singaround in the sky


23 Nov 13 - 05:20 AM (#3578278)
Subject: RE: Obit: Brian Dawson (22 Nov 13)
From: GUEST,Kathy Hobkirk

Our paths crossed rarely usually Cullerlie and Whitby but it was always lovely to catch up and to hear Brian sing. A gentleman in every sense of the word. My condolences to his family.

Kathy


23 Nov 13 - 05:27 AM (#3578280)
Subject: RE: Obit: Brian Dawson (22 Nov 13)
From: MartinRyan

Great to see the obvious affection with which Brian was regarded across such a wide range of people.

Rest in peace.

Regards


23 Nov 13 - 06:44 AM (#3578299)
Subject: RE: Obit: Brian Dawson (22 Nov 13)
From: MikeL2

Hi

Many thanks for keeping us informed about Brian's situation.

I am saddened indeed to hear the news of his passing.

I did not know Brian personally, but saw him perform several times in the Northwest. I was always struck by his performances and his obvious kindness and interest in Folk music and the people connected with it.

Please accept my sincere condolences.

Regards

MikeL2


23 Nov 13 - 09:28 AM (#3578342)
Subject: RE: Obit: Brian Dawson (22 Nov 13)
From: Pete Jennings

D'you know, I've been following this thread with a nagging suspicion that I'd met Brian somewhere along the way. Over the past few days a memory has slowly been forming of a singaround session at the St. Neots FC Festival when there was this quiet bloke, a stranger to me, sat at the back and playing accordian and singing when it was his turn.

Amongst other songs, I played Lord Franklyn and at the end of the session said stranger came over to say how he'd enjoyed my version. So we got talking about the song and then about how he had travelled from Lincolnshire for the day, which I thought was amazing. Nice bloke, good player, good singer. Could that have been Brian?

So I dug out my little black book to discover that I'd played Lord Franklyn in two consecutive Festivals. Judi was with me in 2003, so it must have been 2002. But did I have any hard evidence?

Turning to "D" in my "folkie" address book there it is: Brian Dawson, complete with his address in Washingborough and his telephone number.
Vic's photo confirmed it. My memory is correct, I've met Brian Dawson.

RIP.

Pete.


23 Nov 13 - 10:10 AM (#3578353)
Subject: RE: Obit: Brian Dawson (22 Nov 13)
From: GUEST,surreysinger sans cookie

I can't claim to have known Brian well apart from to talk to and smile at, as our paths didn't cross that much apart from at Sidmouth and Whitby, but I did hear him sing several times in recent years, and certainly had discussion with him about Percy Grainger and his collecting since the topic had some bearing on what I have been up to. I can only echo what everyone else has said ... a gentleman in every sense of the word, with a twinkle in his eye and quite a sense of humour as far as I could tell. Richard,I last heard him singing at Whitby this year, and will send you a couple of photos (not particularly my best) that I took of him singing in the Lincolnshire concert in the Rifle club. I don't know whether you have found the couple of Youtube videos of Brian in action Richard, but this one of Brian singing "Granny's come home from the fair" is probably the one with the best resolution in terms of picture.

A great loss to us all - my condolences to family and friends.


23 Nov 13 - 03:27 PM (#3578434)
Subject: RE: Obit: Brian Dawson (22 Nov 13)
From: Arthur_itus

Is there anybody that has all the 3 yellowbellies CD's that I did for charity? I no longer have any of them as I sold out of each version. The reason I ask, is that Brian was on each CD. All the profits after costs went to charity.
I give permission for somebody to send copies of each CD to Richard Smith (Nephew) as a memory.

Many thanks
Les Worrall


23 Nov 13 - 03:45 PM (#3578440)
Subject: RE: Obit: Brian Dawson (22 Nov 13)
From: GUEST,Loretta/ Tich Rivett

It must be 45 years ago when a kindly man encouraged me to read a Lincolnshire dialect poem on stage with the Broadside. That kindly man was Brian, and over the years I have continued to read poems alongside Brian singing his songs. Such a sad loss that none of us will see Brian again but his songs and humour will long continue in our memories. A grand gentleman


23 Nov 13 - 04:23 PM (#3578446)
Subject: RE: Obit: Brian Dawson (22 Nov 13)
From: Arthur_itus

Well said Titch.


24 Nov 13 - 10:38 AM (#3578634)
Subject: RE: Obit: Brian Dawson (22 Nov 13)
From: Willa

I would just like to add my tribute to the many others and echo the comments. I enjoyed Brian's performance at Whitby again in August and am saddened to realise that I shall not have that pleasure again.


24 Nov 13 - 04:26 PM (#3578751)
Subject: RE: Obit: Brian Dawson (22 Nov 13)
From: Shoreliner

Hi,
Firstly, my condolonces to Brain's family in these dark days.

I first met Brian when he played with the Broadside at the legendary Grimsby Folk club at the Lifeboat & Dolphin hotels in Cleethorpes. He performed at the Louth folk club several times during my stewardship of it in the mid -seventies. Always a kind word, always encouraging, an absolute gentleman.

Musically, like many others, I was helped and encouraged by Brian when he used to lead the musicians at Plowgild folk dance club that Malcolm & Penny Hatton used to organise. Brians leadership, playing and coaching were inspirational back then.

One of the most genuine people it has been my privilidge to meet and perform with has passed from us and we are much the poorer at his passing.

RIP old friend.
Keith Brown
Morley Folk Club


25 Nov 13 - 09:24 AM (#3578969)
Subject: RE: Obit: Brian Dawson (22 Nov 13)
From: GUEST,Graham Thomas

Dear Richard and Family,
                      So sorry to hear the news Brian was my friend for more than 40 years, and was instrumental in me becoming a Morris Dancer, Country Dancer and Dance Caller. He was the most modest yet talented of men. I'm proud to have been his friend. Graham


25 Nov 13 - 05:45 PM (#3579144)
Subject: RE: Obit: Brian Dawson (22 Nov 13)
From: GUEST

marian buttonit was agreat pleasure to have brian to stay with us for tenterden festival such afine gentleman i will so miss his company at festivals greatly missed


26 Nov 13 - 06:12 AM (#3579252)
Subject: RE: Obit: Brian Dawson (22 Nov 13)
From: GUEST,George Frampton

First of all, my condolences to Brain's family at this sad time.

I spoke to Brian at Tenterden last month and swapped notes about collecting and archiving, and realised then what a maelstrom Brian was and deservedly given the name Mr Lincolnshire! Our conversation lasted well over an hour and could easily have lasted well into the evening.

His company at the Sidmouth Volunteer will be sorely missed, as I knew I could always rely on him to come up with something raucous or sensitive when the situation demanded.

Auf wiedersehen, chum!


26 Nov 13 - 07:23 AM (#3579269)
Subject: RE: Obit: Brian Dawson (22 Nov 13)
From: Brian Peters

What a sad loss. RoyH put Brian and me together as a double bill (the two Brians) in the very early years of the Tiger FC in Nottingham. "You'll enjoy Brian", said Roy to me - and I did. Been enjoying his music ever since. Good to hear that his researches will be looked after!


26 Nov 13 - 09:45 AM (#3579315)
Subject: RE: Obit: Brian Dawson (22 Nov 13)
From: GUEST,Frank & Tree Singleton

Happy memories of Grimsby Folk Club. RIP old mate.


26 Nov 13 - 12:24 PM (#3579361)
Subject: RE: Obit: Brian Dawson (22 Nov 13)
From: Arthur_itus

Hi Richard. Is there any news on when the funeral is likely to be and whether people outside the direct family will be allowed to attend?
Best wishes
Les Worrall


26 Nov 13 - 12:30 PM (#3579364)
Subject: RE: Obit: Brian Dawson (22 Nov 13)
From: GUEST,Tim Hudson (Guest)

A true gentleman & friend - it was a privilege to have known him.


26 Nov 13 - 03:53 PM (#3579417)
Subject: RE: Obit: Brian Dawson (22 Nov 13)
From: GUEST,Mike and Louise Gott

What a sad loss. A little bit of Lincolnshire has died. We'll miss you, Brian.

Mike & Louise (former Grimsby MM, Barley Break, Tatterfoals and now Rivington Morris over in the N.West)


28 Nov 13 - 03:41 AM (#3579535)
Subject: RE: Obit: Brian Dawson (22 Nov 13)
From: Sooz

Funeral Details for Brian

Tuesday 10th December 2013

13.50 (1.50 pm) Lincoln Crematorium      

14.30 (2.30pm) St John's Church Washingborough


28 Nov 13 - 05:42 AM (#3579568)
Subject: RE: Obit: Brian Dawson (22 Nov 13)
From: Banjo-Flower

Post code and address

Lincoln Crematorium
Washingborough Road, Lincoln LN4 1EF, United Kingdom ‎


28 Nov 13 - 05:47 AM (#3579572)
Subject: RE: Obit: Brian Dawson (22 Nov 13)
From: Banjo-Flower

Postcode and address for St Johns

St John the Baptist Parish Church


Sudbrooke Dr, Lincoln, LN2 2EF, United Kingdom ‎

Gerry


28 Nov 13 - 06:00 AM (#3579576)
Subject: RE: Obit: Brian Dawson (22 Nov 13)
From: Banjo-Flower

Sorry everyone I think I've posted the wrong postcode and address for the church

Gerry


28 Nov 13 - 04:37 PM (#3579724)
Subject: RE: Obit: Brian Dawson (22 Nov 13)
From: Arthur_itus

Hi Gerry This might help

Brian Dawson
The funeral for Brian Dawson, will be held at Lincoln Crematorium http://www.lincoln.gov.uk/living-in-lincoln/crematorium-and-cemeteries/lincolns-crematorium/ on Tuesday December 10th 2013 at 1:50 pm.

There will be a service afterwards at St John's Church, Washingborough at 2:30 pm. http://www.washingboroughgroup.org.uk/stjohns.html


28 Nov 13 - 05:28 PM (#3579735)
Subject: RE: Obit: Brian Dawson (22 Nov 13)
From: Banjo-Flower

Thanks les I did n't want to try posting postcodes again after making a cock-up(thats UK talk,for a mistake for our American friends) again

Gerry

I think Brian would have had a wry smile and raised eyebrows and a tut at my efforts


28 Nov 13 - 06:16 PM (#3579751)
Subject: RE: Obit: Brian Dawson (22 Nov 13)
From: GUEST,Liz Randall

Goodbye to one of nature's gentlemen. My condolences to his family.


28 Nov 13 - 07:51 PM (#3579770)
Subject: RE: Obit: Brian Dawson (22 Nov 13)
From: GUEST,Beekeeper Fran

Condolences to Richard and family. Brian will be sadly missed.I have fond memories of him as support act to the Coleby ploughjag.Scunthorpe museum have a folk display which includes a recording of Brian singing from Percy Graingers collection. It is well worth a visit.


28 Nov 13 - 08:42 PM (#3579781)
Subject: RE: Obit: Brian Dawson (22 Nov 13)
From: GUEST,Richard Smith (Nephew)

I've finally managed to log on again - it seems that Mudcat was down yesterday at least in Notts. Many of you will be aware from the Radio Lincs folk programme on Wed of funeral arrangements.

Brian's funeral is confirmed for Tuesday 10th December -
1:50 at Lincoln Crematorium (Washingborough Road, Lincoln LN4 1EF) and
2:30 St John's church, High St, Washingborough LN4 1EJ for a celebratory service (3 miles east of Lincoln).

All will be welcome at both or either. We're trying to organise somewhere for a bite and drink afterwards but this is proving tricky thus far...

Thank you all for the wonderful memories of Brian being shared, they are keeping us going. There is a small but growing collection of recordings and photographs being assembled but do please keep these coming. It is dearly hoped to publish Brian's collected works in due course both in written and recorded form. You will all realise that this is no easy task, given Brian's notoriety for writing things down on scraps of paper! That said, he was meticulous in his writing.
I'm on lindumboy@gmail.com if anyone wants to get in touch.
Richard.


29 Nov 13 - 06:08 AM (#3579857)
Subject: RE: Obit: Brian Dawson (22 Nov 13)
From: GUEST,Richard Smith (Nephew)

As a follow up to my message last night about Brian's funeral, after the church service we will be retiring to Jubilee Hall, High Street, Heighington LN4 1JS for refreshments (next village from Washingborough). All welcome.
I can e-mail any maps required on request!
Richard.


10 Dec 13 - 05:54 PM (#3583089)
Subject: RE: Obit: Brian Dawson (22 Nov 13)
From: GUEST,Richard Smith (Nephew)

My goodness, what an emotional day in bearing witness to such a marvellous response and turnout for Brian's funeral today. The singing in particular at both services was outstanding and at times overwhelming! Thank you to all those who came to Lincoln, Washingborough and Heighington and for messages received from those who couldn't come.
Particular thanks for the ongoing memories, photographs and recordings. Please do keep them coming as we consider (with advice!) how best to publish Brian's legacy.
Thanks too to those who contributed through readings, tributes, songs, baking and helping with refreshments - you know who you are!!
We're confident that Brian might even approve, at least in private.
We look forward to a restful Christmas and then to organising a memorial concert in 2014 (suggestions welcome).
In the meantime, best wishes to all from Brian's family.


10 Dec 13 - 06:03 PM (#3583094)
Subject: RE: Obit: Brian Dawson (22 Nov 13)
From: Banjo-Flower

So sorry I could n't make it

Gerry


11 Dec 13 - 08:08 AM (#3583266)
Subject: RE: Obit: Brian Dawson (22 Nov 13)
From: GUEST,OldNicKilby

refresh


12 Dec 13 - 08:03 AM (#3583523)
Subject: RE: Obit: Brian Dawson (22 Nov 13)
From: GUEST,old git

an emotional day indeed! The huge turnout...(which I am sure would have been many times enhanced by all those who would have wished to be there but were unable to make it for a multitude of reasons)..bore witness to the love and esteem which so many held for Brian.


13 Dec 13 - 04:11 AM (#3583776)
Subject: RE: Obit: Brian Dawson (22 Nov 13)
From: cooperman

Richard, do have a restful Christmas and great idea to have a memorial concert next year. Might I suggest you fix a date fairly quickly then people can put it in their diaries. Venue etc can be sorted bit later. Thanks for your posts.