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A quiet unassuming man, David Oliver lost his fight with cancer early on Sunday morning 3rd May 2020.

He was a good friend and original band member of the Crusaders and Liberty Takers.

As a talented guitarist he helped me to become a better player and for that I will be forever grateful.

He emigrated to Australia in 1980 and after several years he remarried and went to live in Singapore with his wife Zara and her family.

Two years ago he tracked me down through the Perth Blues Club, regulary keeping in touch and meeting up a couple of times, once in Perth last September and the last time in Singapore in November as we were passing through.

I am sad he has departed this earth but convinced that he has just moved on to that great gig in the sky, where all old musos go. 

He will be missed by all who knew him and all those who had the privilege to play alongside him.

RIP David


Allen S Pyrah.

New information added in Bands page...More details about Chance Vought and the Crusaders, The Crusaders, The Liberty Takers and Ellisons Hogline with Nelson Fletcher

Finally after all these years Pete Dickinson and Des O'Hara got the chance to play together at Des's 70th in a band that had two original Senators, Geoff Chew and Peter Holland, they were joined by Mike Beer on drums and Iain Cunningham on keys. 
12 bands played including a band with Barry Corbett, Richard Harding, Dave De Coursey and Steve Gibson and a band featuring three original Kingpins, Mick Emsley, Keith Pullan, Des O'Hara who were joined by Iain Cunningham on keys and Rhys Phillips on drums.

Below is a copy of the performing rights contract for when Jimmy Hendrix came to the Troutbeck Ilkley, the contract is signed by his manager Chas Chandler who was the Animals bass player

It saddens me to have to announce the passing of one of our valued members of The Hogline. Steve Isherwood, trumpet player who played along side fellow brass musicians, Terry Suffield, Brian Ellison, & Keith Barker, died on Sunday 1st September 2018. Steve was an extremely likeable person and also an awesome blues guitarist which he continued to do up until a few years ago. Brian Duffissey commented that He, Steve and late drummer John White were the tightest rhythm section ever. So RIP Steve, you will be missed, but never forgotten

Allen Pyrah

I'm very sad to announce that Pete Dickinson died on Monday 10th May 2021 of a heart condition. Pete had been poorly for a couple of years and was nursed throughout by his loving wife Judith

Brian (Duffy) Duffissey has died after a 22 year battle with Parkinsons disease. A very good friend and wonderful bass player who added quality music to the area. A very funny and generous man who will be sadly missed.

A great friend and life and soul of the party, Vince (Vincent Edward Philpotts) who played in local groups, including the Moldy Warp, has died.

There was never a dull moment when you were in his company, a good friend.

20th July 1947 - 21st January 2020

Des O'Hara

We are sad to announce the death of George Spellar
He was a great fellow musician who's company I enjoyed with the Moldy Warp.
George's cremation was on the 11th March 2022 at Oakworth Crematorium, he was born in 1945

Des O'Hara

Very sad news that Barrie Corbett has died. Barrie was a lovely gentle man and lead singer for the Mustangs, a Harrogate band. I was privileged to have been a friend and part of the band at one point. 

The band were top of the bill at the Royal Hall Harrogate when the Beatles played there. He was also half of the Smurfs team.

Along with his wife Eileen in 1975, he had success with recording songs, and had a No. 1 hit in Bennelux with "If you go" this was followed by 4 more top 10 hits and 2 top 20 albums.

Des O'Hara

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