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rupert lenz |
dear Woolly,
not a single day goes by without me thinking of you... and slowly, one by one, the pain of loss makes way to thankfulness of what I've been given and, through the legacy of your music, am still able to share in the here and now. Well, i didn't make it to TV yet ( as you said to me I should ) but at least my voice gets heard through some Internet-radio-stations now... and having been featured in a show alongside your recording of "Galadriel" ( with the Mandalaband ) sure felt strange... you know, i can't see myself playing in the same league with yours, really, but after having done "The Iron Maiden" once this year to encouraging response I'm working hard now to add one of your "big ones" ( you know, the ones that are "too complicated" for me... ) to my repertoire... i will not perform it until i get to a stage at which i feel comfortable with my singing and playing, though, so it may take me a long time, still, but I won't give up on it... promised...
and, by finally seeing through the chord-structures i may even improve my songwriting... I'm so amazed with what you've done, I'm still learning like a schoolboy... and for one time at least i believe this has to be said ( so I am justified for making a second entry here ): YOU WERE THE BEST !
Thanks for your support, I am eternally grateful and if there's justice somehow, somewhere, then you are now in a place in which you live on eternally happy, free of any pain and doubt,
finally getting what you truly deserve and we, poor as we are, were not able to give you... thanks, too, for the ( on my behalf ) little that we COULD...
for what you gave was so much more...
may it be rewarded
4 October 2011 - Germany

1 October 2011

Tony John
I could never understand the emotion that many people feel when a popular artist dies - until I heard of the passing of Wooly Wolstenholme. Then I understood. I was devastated. To say the impact that BJH and Wooly's music had on me was profound is a vast understatement - all the way back to some of my fondest memories as a teenager in the early 70's. We truly have lost a great artist.
24 September 2011 - Ohio-USA

Richie Dobbyn
May you RIP. Thank you for your music & contribution to Barclay James Harvest.
21 September 2011 - Waterford Ireland.

Robert Gerrard |
Oh God. I'm so upset. If it were not for Woolly Wolstenholme, I would not be playing keyboards today with Think Floyd. His writing, arrangements, sounds, everything were so RIGHT in my mind. I loved his work, and aspired - still do - to create tunes and atmospheric arrangements that come close to what he did with such apparent ease.

I wanted to see him playing again last November, but clearly that was not to be as he was unwell, and I had a gig clash too.

R.I.P. Woolly. Thanks. Love. Hope we meet one day in a better place.
12 September 2011 - United Kingdom

Mark Howard
Once said that BJH were a breath of fresh air. still are.

Knee deep in brown ale and woodbines

Quintessential music

Thank you woolly
3 September 2011 - UK

The song 'Beyond the grave' apart from being a musical masterpiece it is also in my opinion a prophecy. It says much about the author who I believe was a very spiritual person.We are sure of that if we listen to 'Ra' track.
My thoughts go for his family.' A thing of Beauty is a Joy forever'
2 September 2011 - somewhere

martin yeardley
our sorrow, as fans, is nothing compared to that of his loved ones. we will miss your talents and remember you for what you gave to the world, which remains your great legacy. bless you for being one of my heroes
1 September 2011 - Malta, Qatar and Oldham

Dear Woolly thanks for being here. You were a great inspiration to my life since I was 13.
25 August 2011 - Germany, Bavaria

WHat a sad new!! Woolly's music always remembered me of my beautiful childhood in my home country Morocco. He is a such talented musician.Rest in peace Wooly, you will be missed but your music play on in our hearts. i never got to see you perform live, but i have the DVDs and music of your unforgettable performances.Thanks so much for giving us so much wonderfull music to remember you by.
25 August 2011 - Seattle US

Lubor Grigorescu
Jeden z Andělů mého mládí.
One of the Angels of my youth
24 August 2011 - Czech republic

Bill Peter |
I met him once, when BJH played at the City University, Lonon, where I was on the Ents Committee. A true gent.
20 August 2011 - Aberfeldy, Scotland and Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

Je viens d'apprendre le décès de Woolly. C'est une perte pour votre groupe dont je suis fan depuis que j'ai écouté la première chanson au milieu des années 70. Je n'ai pas manqué un concert lors de vos passages dans la région Est de la France. J'ai pu admirer votre dernière prestation à Colmar à la foire au vins (08/2011). Quel plaisir de voir que la magie s'opère toujours entre BJH et son public fidèle ! Continuez à nous faire rêver, je pense que c'est la plus belle preuve de reconnaissance que l'on puisse faire à Woolly.
18 August 2011 - FRANCE

Steve Meadows
Wooly,s contribution to BJH brought a special and distinctive style to a band I will always consider one of the best ever.It was so good to hear him playing music once more with John in the later stages of his life and I am sad to see a fellow Oldhamer has passed away in such sad circumstances.
The music never dies.
17 August 2011 - Oldham .England

Been a fan since 1975 when on 2nd Jan I got the LP Everyone is everybody else for my 19th birthday. Rest in peace Woolly you gave us all so much enjoyment with your music.
17 August 2011 - Aberdeen

william huard |
I became familiar with the music of Barclay James Harvest while working as a DJ in college. I never get tired of "Eden Unobtainable" and "When the World was Woken" with Wolly's trademark mellotron sound. What a tragic loss....God bless you Woody
14 August 2011 - usa

Ted Jones
I was checking in on the BJH site as I usually do every few months and WOW. I am saddened to hear of Wolly's passing. I am at a loss for words. Thank you Wolly for inspiring me. As a Canadian I am compelled to write to say your music has touched many in far away places. My young children know of you and BJH, the music is forever in our hearts!
7 August 2011 - Vancouver, Canada

Len Rhodes |
I have just discovered, through your well structured and informative website the passing of Woolly last December. What a loss to all fans of BJH.
7 August 2011 - Colorado

Swen Floßbach
Habe mit großem Bedauern gerade Lesen müssen was am 13.10.2010 passiert ist und möchte hier mein Mitgefühl für Alle ausdrücken die mit trauern.
Ein großartiger Musiker.
6 August 2011 - Germany

Rowan Frost
I was devastated to hear of Wooly's death, reducing yet another fantastic band from three to two. Forever in our hearts.
6 August 2011 - United Kingdom

Another part of my childhood that disappears... How sad this news is...
Woolly, let you survive beyond the grave - Rest in peace
4 August 2011 - France

Steven Lawrence
I met Woolly on a couple of occasions post concert and i found him a wonderfully funny and happy gentle man.
I am so sorry for his passing and several months on still think of him and those he left behind.
He was an artist in the true sense of the word, and produced the work that he i feel he was happy with and loved.
His music, both with BJH and his solo material is still an inspiration to me.
Thank you David Rohl for putting Woolly singing a newly produced version of "Galadriel" on the Mandalaband album.
I have just listened to it for the first time, and Woolly is at his best. It made me happy that his beautiful songs will
are still appreciated and prove to be a lasting testament to a brilliant song writer and musician.

farewell Woolly and thank you.

3 August 2011 - Windsor, UK

Steve Anderson
Eight months on, and I've just heard of Woolly's death.
To say I'm devastated is an understatement. He - and the rest of BJH - have brought me so much joy over the past few decades and, indeed, continue to do so thanks to their timeless collection of songs.
As a fellow sufferer of mental illness, and especially as a former daily newspaper journalist who had to abandon his career because the "demons" had proved too much, I understand the pain and sheer terror of anxiety and depression.
And to learn, earlier this morning, of Woolly's death last December has brought home to me yet again the fragility of life as we all, to a lesser or greater extent, struggle to make sense of it all.
I can still never decide whether the loss of a loved one is easier to accept if that person is known by so many thousands or millions of others...a kind of shared grief, I suppose.
In the same way, for all those grieving now at the deaths of so many people in Norway last weekend, perhaps that pain is (ever so slightly) eased by the knowledge that their suffering is being experienced on a much broader scale.
I recall the death in the early 1970s of Elizabeth Hudson, the younger daughter of a former Vicar of Goole, who was killed in a road accident shortly after starting her university studies in Cambridge. Her father, Wilfrid, not only conducted the funeral service but also delivered a moving tribute in which he told us that, when loved ones die, our suffering is usually the greater because of our inherent selfishness.
In other words, we feel more sorry for ourselves at what we have lost than for the individual(s) whose life/lives we mourn.
Reflecting on this will probably help all of us when we lose a loved one. Perhaps the Buddhist view that there are three times - the past, the present and the future - and that the only real one is "now", meaning that we should try to live in "the moment" and not dwell on what's happened or may happen, will also sustain us.

"May everyone be happy.
May everyone be free from suffering.
May no one ever be separated from their happiness,
May everyone have equanimity,
Free from hatred and attachment."

Thanks, Woolly, for many wonderful moments. We'll never forget you.
27 July 2011 - East Riding of Yorkshire

Peter Keen
I am devastated to hear that Wooly has died. What an awful thing. We are robbed of a fantastic performer and a man with a wicked sense of humour. I last saw the band at Portsmouth Guildhall a few years ago, and they were as polished and as satisfying as they were when I last saw them at Reading Festival in 1974. I will miss you Wooly. Thank you for everything, not least of all "The Poor Man's Moody Blues".
18 July 2011 - Chichester West Sussex England

Graham Hart
BJH were the first band I ever saw live in 1978. Woollys songs were always my favourites on the albums. His solo material was fantastic too. I hope that his passing will draw attention to the tragedy of mental illness. Im so glad the DVD Legacy will preserve the memory of his contribution to music. "Say again that we soon will be one"
15 July 2011 - UK

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