Following our successful recording day in January, we are sad to report that John Willis, whose tunes were at the centre of our recording project, passed away on 2nd July following a period of ill-health. Our thoughts are with his wife Margaret and their family. We are grateful to have known John over the decades and to have played with him in the Club, but especially to have received two things from him - his beloved tunes and his great sense of humour. We trust that our recording project stands in fair tribute to John's achievements and to his memory. The International Concertina Association decided to include a feature about John Willis' tunes (with Steve Griffiths' arrangements) in their magazine - Concertina World, CW482, July 2020 and we have reproduced the article under our Special Projects area along with recordings we made in January, which also include John playing his own tunes for us.
John Willis, enjoying the YCC recording day in January 2020.