It was with immense sadness that we learned at the end of October 2018 of the passing of Neil Wilkinson, who died suddenly following a short illness.
Neil was a long-time member of Ruthin AllStyles Music Club. A quiet unassuming man, he was loved and respected by his fellow musicians and by the audiences who listened to his music. Over the years he has provided guitar accompaniment to singers like Christine Scott and more recently, Enid Toft.
One of his last performances here was at the end of July, with fellow band members Llinos Finnie and John Rowell as part of their recently formed band ‘Breeze’.
He will be sadly missed.
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Llinos Finnie: Words cannot express the loss John and I are feeling from losing Neil.He was a quiet, gentle man and an extremely talented guitarist. He was a great asset to Breeze and it was an absolute pleasure to perform with him, although his time with us was much much too short. We will miss him dearly.
Steve Scott: From Metallica through Radiohead to Adele – with all the feeling, the timing and the musicality – an immense talent. Christine and I loved him dearly – Play on Neil
Christine Scott: I am beyond sad today. Neil and I had a wonderful musical partnership for a long time and I know that together we gave joy to a lot of people, some of them, sadly, also not with us anymore. I had mostly accompanied other singers until Neil encouraged me to challenge myself and put my voice with his amazing guitar. Rehearsing was always a revelation as he would turn up with another new song for us to perfect! I never dreamt that I would sing Queen or Radiohead!! I loved our musical time together and am shocked and saddened today. My thoughts are with Mary and the family. Make the most of your music my friends
Glyn Hudson: He was a brilliant guitarist and always a pleasure to listen to whilst being unassuming at the same time. My condolences to his family at this sad time – Neil will be sadly missed
Peter Leslie: So sad. The guitarists’ guitarist who always made it look so easy. He will be sorely missed. Condolences to his family
Chris Birchall: I consider it a privilege to have known Neil and to have had the honour of introducing him, and being able to witness first hand his incredibly precise and polished style of guitar playing.
Jayne Birchall: Chris and I always enjoyed chatting to Neil about our shared love of the beautiful Yorkshire Dales, especially Ingleton where he & Mary holidayed for many years and is also one of our most loved places too. A truly lovely man, and an incredibly talented musician. Always such a pleasure when he joined us at the club. Neil will be so very missed. My love and thoughts are with Mary and family at this very sad time. Sleep tight Neil.
Ric Cheyney: A sweet, warm, gentle and civilised man, and a very fine musician. This is sad news indeed.
Richard Eastwood: They say when something looks easy it’s usually because the person doing it is so good it just seems that way. That was certainly the case with Neil. He made the guitar sing with neat precision and melody. He never looked for praise and yet that was all we wanted to give him every time we heard him play. Such a lovely man, very sad.
Richard and Wendy.
Emyr Morris: What a shock to hear the news today about Neil. A quiet man with a huge talent is the way I will remember him. His style meant it was like listening to someone who made the guitar seem like a rhythm, lead guitar, bass and percussion all at the same time – a true talent. Our deepest condolences to his wife and family and all those touched by his loss.
Emyr and Anwen
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