Monday, 7 December 2015


John Adie, co-founder of the Two Moors chamber music festival, has died aged 69. The Two Moors Festival is the annual classical music festival based in Devon and Somerset, England that began i 2001. The festival covers the largest geographic area of any United Kingdom festival, being based in eleven towns and villages on Dartmoor and Exmoor. John's wife Penny is the Artistic Director.

Luc Bondy, the Swiss opera, theater and film director who staged productions on renowned stages across Europe and the United States, has died. He was 67.

Allen Toussaint
Allen Toussaint, the legendary songwriter, producer, arranger and performer hailed by the Grammys, the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and musicians and fans worldwide as one of the most influential figures in New Orleans music, has died  while on tour in Europe after a performance in Madrid. He was 77.

Andy White, the Scottish studio session musician who played the drums on "Love Me Do" and other early tracks by The Beatles, has died in New Jersey. According to his family, the 85-year-old died following a stroke.

Ex Motorhead drummer Phil "Philthy Animal" Taylor has died at the age of 61.Taylor played in the band from 1975 to 1984 and again from 1987 to 1992. Taylor's former bandmate, guitarist "Fast" Eddie Clarke, posted the following tribute to his colleague: "My dear friend and brother passed away last night. He had been ill for sometime but that does not make it any easier when the time finally comes."

Noted songwriter P. F. Sloane has died aged 70 from pancreatic cancer. He was just in London in July last year to launch his autobiography "What's Exactly the Matter with Me?" and last album "My Beethoven". He penned classic singles like Barry McGuire's "Eve of Destruction" and Johnny Rivers' "Secret Agent Man" and wrote for the Turtles and Herman's Hermits amongst others.

Stewart Cruickshank, who was instrumental in keeping the Scottish music scene from the early-mid 60s until the present day very much alive, and was instrumental in planning & producing such great BBC Radio Scotland  programmes such as Beatstalking, Beat Patrol, Bite the Wax and so much more, has  died.

Legendary Newfoundland singer-songwriter Ron Hynes, known as the Man of a Thousand Songs, has died at the age of 64.

Michael Ahern. the concert industry veteran who produced the annual 'Tribute in Light' Twin Towers dedication, has died.

Scott Weiland, best known as the lead singer for Stone Temple Pilots and Velvet Revolver, passed away in his sleep while on a tour stop in Bloomington, Minnesota, with his band The Wildabouts.  Scott was just He is survived by two children, and his wife Jamie Wachtel.48. 

Cynthia Robinson, the trumpeter and long time member of the Family Stone has died aged 69. Appearing with Sly and the Family Stone at Woodstock, in 2006 she reformed the band without Sly with two other original members and Slyvette, her daughter with Stone. She also had another daugter, Laura from an earlier relationship. 

Alex Cooley, the legendary concert promoter who made his base in Atlanta but was a nationwide fixture, has died in Florida.

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