Dear Friends of Maggie
I know many of you will know the sad news already but I am so very very sorry to have to post here that my, our, your beautiful, gracious, brave Maggie Boyle passed away yesterday evening, 6th November, peacefully held in love by her family on behalf of all her loved ones, far and wide, who could not be there.
I would like you to know that in spirit you were with her. We are immeasurably grateful for the astounding love, care, kindness and generosity shown to Maggie over the past year by countless people in her extended family of the folk community and beyond. This was a mighty gift to her that I know moved her heart deeply. I would also like to thank the amazing service and care provided by the NHS District Nurses and Hospice at Home team, the GP's, The Airedale Hospital Gold Line team, the doctors and nursing team at Sue Ryders Manorlands Hospice, and any other local health care professionals who have all worked tirelessly and together 24/7 to make Maggie's last days with us comfortable.
There will be a Memorial service and celebration of Maggie’s life and times on Monday 17th November at Victoria Hall, Keighley. Doors open 12 for 12.30 start.
Following the memorial service the family service will be held at Oakworth Crematorium (BD22 0RJ) and the celebration of Maggie’s life and music carries on at Victoria Hall from 2pm till late, with sessions, songs, words and music. So please bring instruments and memories.
More details, including accommodation and transport information, will follow shortly.
Victoria Hall, Hard Ings Road, Keighley, West Yorkshire, BD21 3JN (victoriahallkeighley.co.uk)
The last year or so has been very busy for me - gigging to support the release of Grace Notes' 5th CD for our 20th Anniversary, followed by my 3rd solo release, Won't You Come Away. I also launched my Kitchen Songs project, which has resulted in a lovely archive of interviews and performances - as well as being subject of two radio programmes for BBC Radio Leeds. There is more to come when my schedule allows, and I look forward to that very much.
In the meantime, I am so happy to see the 'kids' - Joe Tilston, Molly Jones (with her partner, Lee Southall) and Martha Tilston - all out performing and creating beautiful music.
For the remainder of 2013, I will be performing at clubs & festivals with Paul Downes and Grace Notes - and hope to meet you along the way. A diary highlight is my U.S. tour with Paul in late June/early July. It's many years since either of us worked there, so that promises to be a treat - and a great chance to catch up with old friends.
Thanks again for your support. Bye for now