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Obit: Maggie Boyle R.I.P. (1956-2014)

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Subject: Maggie Boyle R.I.P.
From: Vic Smith
Date: 06 Nov 14 - 04:07 PM

Just had the phone call that we knew was coming.... it was from Stuart Reed telling us about the passing of the lovely and much loved Maggie Boyle. There will be many tributes to this inspiring and talented woman.
One of her performances that I found utterly memorable was in fact videoed by Tina.
http://youtu.be/TbIwsuI-saw


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Subject: RE: Obit: Maggie Boyle R.I.P.
From: Dave Sutherland
Date: 06 Nov 14 - 04:26 PM

She was to have been one of Tigerfolk's guests in December; so sorry to hear this sad news. She was a fine singer and a nice lady; she always contacted me to let me know when she was appearing in the Nottingham area. RIP.


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Subject: RE: Obit: Maggie Boyle R.I.P.
From: GUEST,Derek Schofield
Date: 06 Nov 14 - 04:30 PM

very sad news indeed....
Derek


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Subject: RE: Obit: Maggie Boyle R.I.P.
From: GUEST,LINDA kelly
Date: 06 Nov 14 - 04:32 PM

I am heartbroken. Safe journey onwards beautiful Maggie x


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Subject: RE: Obit: Maggie Boyle R.I.P.
From: The Sandman
Date: 06 Nov 14 - 04:40 PM

very sad news.


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Subject: RE: Obit: Maggie Boyle R.I.P.
From: Pistachio
Date: 06 Nov 14 - 04:43 PM

The world has lost one of it's loveliest and most graceful.       The owner of a unique, instantly identifiable voice.             Peace at last Maggie.      Much love and condolences to all her family and the friends who will miss her the most. Hazel xxx


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Subject: RE: Obit: Maggie Boyle R.I.P.
From: GUEST,Les Worrall
Date: 06 Nov 14 - 04:48 PM

So very sad to hear this. Maggie was a lovely person and will be sadly missed. RIP you lovely lady.


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Subject: RE: Obit: Maggie Boyle R.I.P.
From: MoorleyMan
Date: 06 Nov 14 - 05:43 PM

So so sad. One of the loveliest and most genuine ladies I've ever had the privilege of knowing.

A grace(note)ful presence of truly statuesque beauty, and an abundantly fine singer, she was such an inspiration to so many of us.

I can only echo Hazel's message of peace, love and sympathies to her family and her many friends.

D xx


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Subject: RE: Obit: Maggie Boyle R.I.P.
From: SunrayFC
Date: 06 Nov 14 - 05:57 PM

A great loss. A truly sad day. She can now rest easy.


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Subject: RE: Obit: Maggie Boyle R.I.P.
From: Paul Reade
Date: 06 Nov 14 - 06:11 PM

A sad loss

RIP Maggie

Love

Paul & Kath Reade


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Subject: RE: Obit: Maggie Boyle R.I.P.
From: michaelr
Date: 06 Nov 14 - 06:27 PM

Very sad news. Her album with Steve Tilston, Of Moor and Mesa, remains one of my favorites. RIP


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Subject: RE: Obit: Maggie Boyle R.I.P.
From: Sarah the flute
Date: 06 Nov 14 - 07:09 PM

So sad - we were gigging at a hospice when the text came through. May she RIP


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Subject: RE: Obit: Maggie Boyle R.I.P.
From: Steve Shaw
Date: 06 Nov 14 - 07:53 PM

All the best to her family and friends.


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From: Elmore
Date: 06 Nov 14 - 08:09 PM

May she rest in peace.


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Subject: RE: Obit: Maggie Boyle R.I.P.
From: GUEST,IainG
Date: 07 Nov 14 - 02:30 AM

Sad news, The Heavenly Choir has gained another superb voice, RIP Maggie


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Subject: RE: Obit: Maggie Boyle R.I.P.
From: Brian Peters
Date: 07 Nov 14 - 03:31 AM

Terribly sad news to wake up to. A great loss to us all.


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Subject: RE: Obit: Maggie Boyle R.I.P.
From: Backwoodsman
Date: 07 Nov 14 - 03:47 AM

Very sad. RIP Maggie.


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From: Wheatman
Date: 07 Nov 14 - 03:50 AM

A sad day to day indeed.


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Subject: RE: Obit: Maggie Boyle R.I.P.
From: The Sandman
Date: 07 Nov 14 - 04:35 AM

she was a lovely singer.


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Subject: RE: Obit: Maggie Boyle R.I.P.
From: r.padgett
Date: 07 Nov 14 - 04:44 AM

Really sorry to hear this passing of a lovely woman and condolences to her family and musical family

Ray


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Subject: RE: Obit: Maggie Boyle R.I.P.
From: GUEST,Ken Hall
Date: 07 Nov 14 - 04:55 AM

Known Maggie for so long. So sad. You are in my thoughts.

Love Ken


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Subject: RE: Obit: Maggie Boyle R.I.P.
From: GUEST,Jean and Clive
Date: 07 Nov 14 - 05:19 AM

Such very sad news. A beautiful and inspiring woman, with a lovely smile for everyone. You will be sorely missed, Maggie.


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Subject: RE: Obit: Maggie Boyle R.I.P.
From: GUEST,David Nuttall, Wakefield
Date: 07 Nov 14 - 05:49 AM

I was so sorry to hear such sad news. Maggie was an accomplished performer and a warm person. Condolences to her family and many friends.

David


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Subject: RE: Obit: Maggie Boyle R.I.P.
From: Tyke
Date: 07 Nov 14 - 06:29 AM

A wonderful lady both on and off stage! I know we were all expecting this sad news but now Maggie has left us and is at peace it is just not helping this feeling of loss that I feel.

The realisation of just how much worse her passing is for those who are even closer to Maggie just makes it worse. Rest in Peace Maggie and may God Bless You.


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Subject: RE: Obit: Maggie Boyle R.I.P.
From: GUEST,Zen
Date: 07 Nov 14 - 06:50 AM

Very sad news. I used to see her often when we were both on an instrument-making course together and when I later organised a folk club. A very lovely person.

Rest in Peace Maggie.


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Subject: RE: Obit: Maggie Boyle R.I.P.
From: Herga Kitty
Date: 07 Nov 14 - 07:24 AM

I'd been looking forward to hearing Maggie at the Herga club next month, with the Magical Christmas Tree farewell tour - am so sorry to hear that such a treasure has been lost to us. Deepest sympathies to family and friends.

Kitty


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Subject: RE: Obit: Maggie Boyle R.I.P.
From: Trevor
Date: 07 Nov 14 - 07:39 AM

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Subject: RE: Obit: Maggie Boyle R.I.P.
From: GUEST,gillymor
Date: 07 Nov 14 - 08:28 AM

Never saw her but always loved her voice. It was both elegant and earthy. RIP


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Subject: RE: Obit: Maggie Boyle R.I.P.
From: RoyH (Burl)
Date: 07 Nov 14 - 08:59 AM

Yet another sad loss in a year in which there have been far too many. R I P Maggie, and sincere condolences to her family.


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Subject: RE: Obit: Maggie Boyle R.I.P.
From: Waddon Pete
Date: 07 Nov 14 - 11:43 AM

Sad news to come home to. RIP Maggie. I have entered her into the "In Memoriam" Thread. My condolences to all who knew and love her.

Peter


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Subject: RE: Obit: Maggie Boyle R.I.P.
From: GUEST,cujimmy
Date: 07 Nov 14 - 12:37 PM

Such a sad loss, such a lovely person, and an inspiring singer. RIP


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Subject: RE: Obit: Maggie Boyle R.I.P.
From: GUEST,Guest shaun
Date: 07 Nov 14 - 02:25 PM

R.I.P Maggie, a beautiful lady with a voice to make the angels jealous, you will be missed.


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Subject: RE: Obit: Maggie Boyle R.I.P.
From: GUEST,Mark
Date: 07 Nov 14 - 06:46 PM

I was devastated to hear the news. It was a privilege to have known Maggie back in the 80s. She was a striking beauty with the voice of an angel. May she rest in peace. We shall love her and miss her always.


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Subject: RE: Obit: Maggie Boyle R.I.P.
From: GUEST,Bobbys girl
Date: 07 Nov 14 - 06:53 PM

So sad to hear the news- have loved watching and listening to her with Grace Notes at Whitby over the years. RIP


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Subject: RE: Obit: Maggie Boyle R.I.P.
From: ChanteyLass
Date: 08 Nov 14 - 12:05 PM

I am glad I had the chance to hear Maggie at the New Bedford (Massachusetts) Folk Festival a few years ago. My sympathy goes out to her family, friends, and fans.


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Subject: RE: Obit: Maggie Boyle R.I.P.
From: GUEST
Date: 10 Nov 14 - 07:10 AM

Very sad news. Maggie was a lovely lady and a wonderful singer. RIP Alan & Christine Bell


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Subject: RE: Obit: Maggie Boyle R.I.P.
From: Willa
Date: 10 Nov 14 - 08:33 AM

Just want to agree with all the comments and tributes above. An inspirational woman.


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Subject: RE: Obit: Maggie Boyle R.I.P.
From: GUEST,Christine
Date: 10 Nov 14 - 09:14 AM

My condolences to her family and friends.


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Subject: RE: Obit: Maggie Boyle R.I.P.
From: GUEST,Paul
Date: 10 Nov 14 - 10:45 PM

The most loved, loving and lovely person ever.


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Subject: RE: Obit: Maggie Boyle R.I.P.
From: Herga Kitty
Date: 11 Nov 14 - 03:56 AM

The Guardian has published the obituary written by Derek Schofield.

Kitty


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Subject: RE: Obit: Maggie Boyle R.I.P.
From: GUEST,Tony Gibbons
Date: 11 Nov 14 - 06:14 AM

So very sad to hear of Maggie's passing. I hoped against all odds she'd pull through. I enjoyed singing and playing music with her and being in her company. What a lovely, lovely human being she was and I'm privileged to have known her. All my deepest sympathy to her family and loved ones. We will all miss her so much.


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Subject: RE: Obit: Maggie Boyle R.I.P.
From: cooperman
Date: 11 Nov 14 - 03:42 PM

This is very sad news, a lovely singer and person, RIP


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Subject: RE: Obit: Maggie Boyle R.I.P.
From: GUEST
Date: 12 Nov 14 - 06:15 AM

Well, her troubles are over now; but the sheer quantity of tributes being paid to her is an idication of how much she will be missed by those she leaves behind.
It was an honour to work with her, and even more of an honour to know her.
All the best Maggie.

Mick Ryan.


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Subject: RE: Obit: Maggie Boyle R.I.P.
From: GUEST,Gealt
Date: 12 Nov 14 - 09:46 AM

I remember the Boyle family from The White Hart, Fulham Broadway in the early 70s. Maggie was in her teens then. She recalled those time on Mudcat:thread.cfm?threadid=36295#2807133
Subject: RE: Folk Clubs London 1960s & 70s
From: GUEST,magb
Date: 08 Jan 10 - 09:06 PM
Fascinating stuff. I spent most of the late 60s/70s in Fulham Broadway's(best irish trad scene ever - but I may be a little biased!) White Hart/King's Head/Hibernian Club, with very occasional forays to folky venues. Monday was Half Moon Putney folk night. I remember the Nag's Head Folk Club on York Road Battersea (not only adjacent to glucose & candle factories, but Gordon's gin too. such a fragrant area to grow up in!)) - only went a few times..think I saw Jeremy Taylor there. Jonah (john jones) was MC, and Jug Band & Tony O'Leary in support. Also went to Fighting Cocks in Kingston, run by (now) friend Sue Houston(Knevett then)..this was my first experience of a really strong trad English singing club.
The brothers & I ran a saturday lunchtime session at Riverside Studios foyer, approx.'76-'79. Not a folk club, but we were resident band and always had a guest performer. We had a great run there with so many wonderful guests. Does anyone remember this?
Maggie Boyle
I last heard Maggie sing in the King & Queen about 5 years ago, a wonderful session. She also regaled us with stories about her late father, Paddy. So sad.


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Subject: RE: Obit: Maggie Boyle R.I.P.
From: GUEST,MikeL2
Date: 12 Nov 14 - 09:49 AM

Just got news of this.

Lovely lady with heavenly voice.

RIP Maggie.

With Condolences to friends and Family.

MikeL2


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Subject: RE: Obit: Maggie Boyle R.I.P.
From: Pete Jennings
Date: 13 Nov 14 - 12:13 PM

Whenever Maggie came to St. Neots FC you would find us outside on the naughty step, smoking. A lovely lady and a great talent.

RIP, Maggie.


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Subject: RE: Obit: Maggie Boyle R.I.P.
From: GUEST,Girl Friday
Date: 15 Nov 14 - 07:09 AM

Difficult to add to what has already been said, except echo the tributes already posted here.


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Subject: RE: Obit: Maggie Boyle R.I.P.
From: Vic Smith
Date: 25 Nov 14 - 07:55 AM

Obituary in the Telegraph


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Subject: RE: Obit: Maggie Boyle R.I.P. (1956-2014)
From: Joe Offer
Date: 25 Nov 14 - 12:33 PM

I think I'd like to post the text of the obituary from The Telegraph.

Maggie Boyle ­ obituary
Maggie Boyle was an English­born Irish folk musician who collaborated with Van Morrison and went on tour with the Chieftains.


Maggie Boyle, who has died aged 57, was one of the hidden treasures of folk music. She was born and lived all her life in England, but her first and defining love was Irish traditional song and it served her well in a career of many highlights, including collaborations with the Chieftains, Ralph McTell, Bert Jansch and her former husband, Steve Tilston.

Maggie Boyle also appeared regularly with John Renbourn's group Ship of Fools and the female vocal harmony group Grace Notes. Her recording career included three accomplished solo albums, Reaching Out (1987), Gweebarra (1998) and Won't You Come Away (2012).

The apparent effortlessness of her graceful vocals and her instinctive musicianship on flute, whistle and bodhran not only endeared her to audiences but also made her a popular and influential figure among her fellow artists, with younger singers such as Fay Hield citing her as an important influence. At one point she collaborated with Van Morrison, setting a WB Yeats poem to music, although the track was never actually released.
She was steeped in Irish traditional music from birth. Her father, Paddy, was a singer and native Irish speaker from Co Donegal who did not learn English until he was 12; her mother was an Irish
dancer from Co Longford. After relocating to London, both were active on the vibrant London Irish music scene, and their home became a stop­off point for a succession of passing Irish musicians.

One of four children, Maggie was born on Christmas Eve 1956. She learned her first song, "My Lagan Love," from her father when she was nine, and went on to be tutored by the great Co Monaghan folk singer Oliver Mulligan, winning several competitions organised by Comhaltas Ceóltoirí Éireann, Ireland's primary traditional music promotional body. At the time opportunities for Irish singers in Britain were scarce, and with little prospect of becoming a professional singer she joined the Civil Service, working in the social security office.

But after marrying the singer songwriter Steve Tilston in 1984 and moving to Bristol, her life took a different path when she was invited to sing and play the flute in Christopher Bruce's folk ballet production of Sergeant Early's Dream for the Rambert dance company. She ended up touring with the show on and off for several years, including to America, where she also toured with the
Chieftains.

The biggest boost to her profile, however, came in 1992, when she was asked to sing the theme song (The Quiet Land Of Erin) for the Harrison Ford movie Patriot Games. The director, Phillip Noyce, originally wanted Clannad, but when they proved unavailable he turned to Maggie Boyle. After discovering that she was required to sing the track in Irish, she rang an aunt in Ballyshannon, Co Donegal, for some speed coaching. Two years later she was singing and playing on the soundtrack of the Brad Pitt movie Legends Of The Fall.

Based at Keighley, West Yorkshire, Maggie Boyle played regularly in a duo with Tilston — recording two fine albums with him — and after their split in 1997 she remained an influential figure on the grass roots Yorkshire folk scene. Her 1998 album Gweebarra produced some of her best-­loved tracks, among them "Gweebarra Shore," "Lady Margaret" and "Lord Gregory."

Always preferring to collaborate with other artists rather than perform solo, she embraced modern music alongside Irish traditional material, and experimented with different styles in the trio Sketch with the jazz guitarist Gary Boyle. She formed another group, the Expatriate Game, showcasing American music, with the guitarist Duck Baker and fiddle player Ben Paley, and toured with the singer/guitarist Paul Downes. She also appeared regularly with the female harmony vocal group Grace Notes, originally formed in 1993 with Lynda Hardcastle and Helen Hockenhull, and made five albums together with them.

Her final album, Won't You Come Away (2012), was also her most personal. It was in part based on Kitchen Songs, an online project which evolved into a show on Radio Leeds involving informal chats and collaborations with songwriters and musicians from different fields. The result was an album that included guest appearances by, among others, Jon Boden, Paul Downes and Steve
Tilston on a mix of traditional and contemporary songs. One track, "Liza & Henry," was written by her son, Joe.

Maggie Boyle, who had been suffering from cancer, is survived by her son and daughter, Molly.
Maggie Boyle, born December 24 1956, died November 6 2014

© Copyright of Telegraph Media Group Limited 2014


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