NOT FORGOTTEN from the fans to the greats....

RAY SMITH - Banjo player.  Much loved Father of Emily Smith, Fiddler.  Wrote Fog on the Water at Sorefingers Summer School catching the attention of Ginny Hawker/Tracy Scharz and Jodi Stecher/Kate Brislin who all recorded the song.  Artist too and good all round interesting and lovely man.   (12 Sept 2o018)


THORNTON SPENCER - Fiddler with the WHITE TOP MOUNTAIN BAND who have toured here many times and have lots of fans.  Had privilege of seeing him at Galax.  Sad loss.  (25 Nov 2017)


TOM PALEY  - Founding member of NEW LOST CITY RAMBLERS with John Cohen and Mike Seeger which had a massive  and sparked the folk revival.   Tom Paley who moved to the UK,  was a regular figure at UK festivals and picks.   Much loved for his modesty and generous spirit.  A great loss to the UK scene.    (30 Sept 17)


JOHN LYONS - A bluegrass fan, banjo player and  true gentleman.  A wonderful and enthusiastic supporter of the LITTLE OPRY.  Joined by Ann, he was never empty handed bringing lovely bottles of red wine for the raffle.  We miss you John but have lots of happy memories.  Farewell my brain!    (5 Jan 2017)


RALPH STANLEY - Our hero.   For us, the best  example of mountain singing.   Wonderful gospel songs and driving bluegrass.  His singing with CARTER STANLEY always an inspiration.  He kept the mountain music alive and true.  (23 June 2016)


GERRY WILLIAMS - Singer and styish guitarist who was one of the pioneering British bluegrass players in the 60's.    He performed with the ORANGE BLOSSOM SOUND and many other combinations with Rick Townend and Arian Farmer.  He also played autoharp in a duo with Sheila Brain.  More  recently he played in the fabulous  bluegrass band DEEP RIVER which wowed audiences and the lovely old timey duo CUT THE SHUFFLE with his musical soulmate, Gina Richardson.  He was highly respected on the scene and his knowledge and enthusiasm for both bluegrass and old timey was immense.  His involvement in the terrific Wadhurst days which inspired many of us to play and perform and the concerts he put on at the Greyhound in Wadhurst of great American players are treasured memories.  He and Gina were fantastic supporters of the Little Opry and the first to step in with help and encouragement.   We owe him a great debt .  (March 2016)


TREVOR STUART - Twin Brother of Travis, wonderful fiddler and a warm person.  The Stuart Brothers from Canton, North Carolina visited the UK on many occasions including teaching at Sorefingers Summer School in the Cotswolds and more recently at the Beacon in Tunbridge Wells giving a fantastic  concert to a packed house.   (March 2016)


DAVE MARSHALL - An influential banjo player (both bluegrass and old timey) and teacher in the UK who helped many in their quest to master old timey banjo with his books, tabs and workshops.  Generous and kind to all those who met him at festivals.  He was a regular face at St Julians Bluegrass and Old Timey Days in Sevenoaks and could be heard picking gorgeous tunes with his long time musical  partner, Andy Imms, in a shady spot away from the crowds.  A great  loss to the music scene in the UK.   (March 2016)


PAM COLLS - Organiser at Dartford Follk Club and credited widely with being the drive behind the successes which led to Folk Club of the Year.  Known for her supportive approach, her lovely sense of humour, empathy and wisdom - no one got th better of Pam!   Much loved by artists and audiences alike.  Generous to both professional and amateur performers.  Always helping out at St Julians and other places she went to.   She will be greatly missed.  (December 2015)


NICK SANDS - Bass player with HIGH WEALD RIDGE.  Slide guitarist .  A wonderful husband to Gill Sands.  One of the most resourceful people we knew for buying interesting instruments, cars, buses, you name it!   Also known as Colonol Mustard for that dashing mustard suit he sometimes wore on stage.  He was fun and we miss him.  (November 2015)


KEITH JOHNSON - Brains and driving force behind FOAOTMAD who made a massiv e contribution to bringing Old timey to the UK and gathering everyone together.   Known to all for his generosity and commitment .   (May 2015)


PHIL MORLEY -  Founding member of the BBMA,  organiser of the East Anglia Bluegrass Festival,  great banjo player, singer, teacher, tireless promoter of bluegrass and friend to so many.  We will miss his sense of humour  and his  warmth.   It was always fun when Phil was around.   His perforamnce in BROADOAK BLUEGRASS BAND last year at the Little Opry brought the house down. (August 2014)


GEORGE SHUFFLER - Widely respectd  for his amazing contribution to Bluegrass the and wider  world of music.  He played with  the legendary Carter and Ralph Stanley (Stanley Brothers) and his cross picking style influenced a generations of guitar players.  (April 2014)


PETE SEEGER - Highly influential,  respected  and inclusive singer/songwriter whose deeds matched his honourable words.   A hero for our times. (January 2014)


TREVOR STEPHENSON - Happy Trails Lead and Harmony Singer, Acoustic and Lapslide Guitar,   Scruboard - He brought us joy.  (November 2013)


RALPH KEEBLE - One of the originators and organisers of the ORWELL BLUEGRASS FESTIVAL, Essex - a true generous spirit (August 2013)


MIKE AULDRIDGE - Dobro player with the fantastic SELDOM SCENE (December 2012)


PETER McKENNA - Singer, Bexleyheath, Kent - one of the Good Ol' Boys who played at Little Opry many times (November 2012)


DOC WATSON - Guitar player extraordinaire and a lovely old timey banjo player.  Inspirational  both in his attitude to life and his playing (May 2012)


EARL SCRUGGS - Banjo player extraordinaire.  Our inspiration and reason for playing this music (March 2012)


COLIN JACKSON - Banjo player near Battle, Hastings - generous host of many bluegrass get togethers (March 2012)


HAZEL DICKENS - Great, pioneering, inspiring Appalachian  and Bluegrass singer/songwriter.    Sorely missed.   (April 2011)