He was always there. A constant in my life for over half a century and for countless others far and wide. Mick Peat died on January 22nd, aged 80. He will be remembered, of that there is no doubt – but he won’t be there, he won’t be here. My daughter wrote to me after she’d heard: “What do we do now?”
Tony had a deep commitment to the tradition. He had a far-reaching influence, with strong opinions on many facets of the Irish music scene, and the impact of his deep thinking can be felt in the Irish music scene today.
...a hugely influential musician on the Irish music scene for more than six decades, and his vision and determination helped to popularise traditional Irish music the world over
Generations of ceilidh and barn dance enthusiasts, dance clubs and concerts have enjoyed his music, and an incalculable number of musicians from all over the country have beaten a path to his door when their instruments needed attention
Steve was a priceless asset to the class, bringing with him the unfailing cheerfulness, enthusiasm and generosity which were familiar to all who knew him.
His was a life well lived, a voice well used, a curiosity well channelled, a passion well honed. Jock Duncan, singer of songs, collector of stories, cultural giant, extraordinary man.
His role in the local music scene and further afield cannot be understated. He was a highly skilled and versatile musician who never stopped striving for an even higher standard. His presence was captivating, and he was the best of company with a renowned sense of humour. His enthusiasm was boundless and he loved playing with and encouraging younger musicians.
“a kind of musical north star.”
Legendary Irish accordion player, Joe Burke, died on 20 February 2021 at the age of 81. Joe, who was without doubt one of the most influential musicians of his generation, was also one of the most loved, and tributes to the man and his music have flowed since his passing.
‘Another man done gone’
Nimble thimble-fingered Pilgrim,
Battered washboard on his knee,
It was with great sadness that the family of Peter Cooke announced his passing on 28th December 2020, aged 90. An internationally renowned ethnomusicologist, musician, musical director, lecturer, founder of forums, archivist, his life’s work embraced and touched a myriad of people. In recognition of his contributions to Scotland’s musical heritage, in 2019 he received the Hamish Henderson Award for Services to Traditional Music.