RIP Woolly Wolstenholme

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RIP Woolly Wolstenholme

Post by bertrand » Wed Dec 15, 2010 12:59 am

Very sad news indeed :(

"It is with great sadness that John Lees' Barclay James Harvest announces the passing of Woolly Wolstenholme. In recent weeks Woolly's mental health had taken a turn for the worse and sadly he took his own life on Monday 13th December 2010. As you can imagine, John, Craig, Jez and Kevin and everyone associated with the band are stunned that a shining light of Barclay James Harvest is no longer with us. In this difficult time our thoughts are with Woolly's partner, Sue. We would ask all of Woolly's fans to remember his incredible contribution to popular music and his unique presence on stage."
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Post by Robin_Shadowes » Wed Dec 15, 2010 3:42 am

RIP Woolly. Only two founding members left now. :(
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Re: RIP Woolly Wolstenholme

Post by Robin_Shadowes » Wed Dec 15, 2010 3:37 pm

Can't you put up some BJH albums to vote on as to honor his memory? Preferably Octoberon and Down To Earth to start with.
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Re: RIP Woolly Wolstenholme

Post by Coventry Dave » Thu Dec 16, 2010 4:10 pm

VERY SAD !!!! :cry:
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Post by Coventry Dave » Thu Dec 16, 2010 4:10 pm

Octoberon.............CLASSIC ALBUM !!
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Re: RIP Woolly Wolstenholme

Post by bertrand » Fri Dec 17, 2010 1:33 am

Yes I really like BJH till the 80' (when Wooly left)
On "BJH and other short stories"he wrote and sung a superb symphonic piece "the poet" -it was rather unusual then
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Re: RIP Woolly Wolstenholme

Post by DJWheels » Fri Dec 24, 2010 10:55 pm

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so sad,,, I've been listening to nothing but BJH from last week when I heard the news. Woolly was my favorite Barclay, maybe due to his artistic talent with the orchestration and interesting chord progressions... He had had a rough time in the music industry, nearly losing his organic farm from some lawsuits decades ago. I was thrilled to see him back with John Lees' BJH and even with Maestoso. There are some hidden treasures throughout his music, especially BJH's Harbour, In Search of England, Sea of Tranquility,
Thank you for posting this, Bertrand. He will be missed.
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Re: RIP Woolly Wolstenholme

Post by bertrand » Sat Dec 25, 2010 4:53 am

Yes he was my favorite Barclay too -I must admit that I lost some interest in the band when he left.He was one of the best "mellotronist"(along with Mike Pinder from The Moody Blues),rarely rated in the music press.I can understand why he left BJH-his symphonic taste was less and less relevant with the "FM" trend the band used to follow in the 80'
I ve seen him on stage with BJH ,he was always joking,hard to believe he suffered from depression.
Sad ending for BJH,remember Mel Pritchard died in 2004
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Re: RIP Woolly Wolstenholme

Post by DJWheels » Sat Dec 25, 2010 10:14 am

Yes, that was a sad day... the quiet yet artistic and powerful drummer, overlooked in the industry, but BJH fans all appreciated his presence and contributions. with Mel's passing came the realization that these two versions of BJH would never become a complete reunion. the vocal harmony of their voices sounded like no other and rivaled those of CSNY, BeeGee's... and you are right, that musically, it was Woolly that brought in the symphonic and more progressive sounds of the early years. a beautiful blend when all four were still together.
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Re: RIP Woolly Wolstenholme

Post by bertrand » Sat Dec 25, 2010 4:43 pm

An interesting article...Who came up first with the idea of orchestrations for BJH..a messy legal case indeed..
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