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Mikk Skinner - 1953-2017

Mikk Skinner passed away on Saturday 24 June at the age of 64. Mikk was born in Bristol in 1953, but he spent most of his life in the Nottingham area. He was a popular character in sessions around Nottingham. A talented guitarist and singer, Mikk was also a fine cajon and low whistle player. His greatest passion was accompanying fiddle players on guitar, and he would often attend FiddleOn events including the walking and fiddle weekends in the Cotswolds and the Isle of Wight. One year he went to Blazin’ in Beauly in Scotland, where he spent a whole week surrounded by over 100 fiddle players. At these events Mikk would often play music right through the night, only going to bed at daybreak.

In recent years he fell in love with Scottish music and he co-hosted The Dougie MacLean Musician’s Singing Land Facebook site. This site is set up specifically for those who want to learn Dougie MacLean’s songs and learn how Dougie plays them.

About 15 years ago, Mikk was diagnosed with a serious illness, but despite this, or maybe because of this, Mikk lived life to the full, attending music weekends, sessions and open mic nights. Then, three years ago, his health took a turn for the worse and he was in hospital for several months. This left him with problems walking and difficulty playing his guitar, but despite this Mikk remained positive and continued to enjoy his music thoroughly. Mikk leaves a daughter Rebecca, a son Tom, his sister Grace Williams and loads of friends.

Check out Mikk’s lovely tune The Lock Keeper’s Cottage on thesession.org.

Jed Mugford