Thursday 26 January 2012

Plaque of all trades

 Alan Hull: Guitars, Piano, Harmonium, Vocals, Guinness*

Alan Hull, songwriter, musician, poet, professional Geordie, Labour Party activist and humanist died in November 1995. He was just 50 years of age.

Hull had been the driving force behind influential Tyneside folk rockers Lindisfarne. He wrote many classic songs for the band, including We Can Swing Together, Lady Eleanor and Fog On The Tyne as well as persuing a successful solo career.

There's now a head of steam building for the top brass in the North East to commemorate his life with a blue plaque. You'd think it was the least they could do - to honour one of their own. If you can take five minutes out of your day and lend your support, that would be admirable.

Thank you.

Alan Hull: Breakfast

* From his 1973 album, Pipedream


  1. O beautiful. I've still got Pipedream on vinyl. I didn't even know he'd died. I might just post a late tribute . . . Thanks for reminding me of him.

  2. A very British band and he should indeed be commemorated

  3. Lady Eleanor... top song... and heard that the Lindsfarne Christmas concerts were legendary.. the powers that be should give the man his plaque

  4. b/F/DB - I'm guessing musicians don't go into 'the business' with one eye on awards* to sit on the mantelpiece and the other on blue plaques when they're dead and buried. But when an artist curls his or her toes, the plaque is just a gentle reminder for the rest of us (the living) just what they got up to during their short tenure on planet Earth.

    * with notable exceptions