There will be a memorial gig for Will Youatt on Wednesday July the 11th. It is sure to be a brilliant event featuring some wonderful bands and guest performances from many. We are hoping it will be a chance to pay celebration to Will Youatt, who sadly passed away last September. This event is going to be an opportunity to hear some of Will's best loved and best known songs played by some of his closest friends and musical colleagues as well as some cracking sets from some incredibly talented bands. It is a 5 entry fee on the door with all proceeds going to British Heart Foundation, as well as the proceeds of the charity raffle as well.

It is with a heavy heart that I have to relate that Deke Leonard sadly passed away on January 31 2017.

A hugely talented musician, song writer, raconteur, and all round good bloke, he will be missed by many. My condolences to Mary and his family.

Those of us who have been fans and followed his career through the decades can at least take consolation in the fine body of work he leaves behind.

His songwriting, his music, both solo and with the Man band, and his writing, all remain. We can, and will, continue enjoying them again and again, as a crucial part of the soundtrack of our lives.

posterGeorge Jones arranged a tribute concert at the Princess Royal theatre in Port Talbot on Saturday June 10 2017. You can download a larger version of the poster by clicking on the image on the left.

Michael Heatley published a special tribute to Deke in the form of an issue of The Welsh Connection newsletter. If you haven't seen it, download it here.