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Julia James  
Location:
Worcs.
Wednesday, 23. November 2016 02:06  Write a comment

Wonderful to hear BBC Radio 2’s Richard Madeley playing ’Homethoughts From Abroad’ immediately after the 2 minute silence on Sunday 13th November. Perfect choice of singer and song.

Julia.
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Stephen Bagust  
sbagust@blueyonder.co.uk
Location:
Kidderminster
Wednesday, 9. November 2016 00:03  Write a comment Send E-mail

For all CTW fans who can receive Midlands Today from The BBC. On December 18th 2015 there will be a short tribute on Midlands Today marking the anniversary of Cliff's passing. This is all thanks to Ian Hickman from Wolverhampton, a great fan of the great man. He is a cameraman who works for Midlands Today. Look out for further information on this site.

P.S. Thanks Mick for keeping the music and the memory alive.

Kind regards to all of Cliff's fans everywhere.

Kind regards.

Stephen Bagust
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Stuart Jackson  
stujack20@talktalk.net
Location:
Sheffield
Thursday, 10. March 2016 15:09  Write a comment Send E-mail

It's been a few years now since I last viewed and added to this guestbook Mick. I think the last time was back in 2001/2002, the time of sadness for the family and fans of CTW, a sadness that continues even to this day. I guess that like most of CTW's contempories I would now be classed as 'middle aged' (71) lol and have lived with the wonderful words and music of Clifford for around 44 years or more; not all his work was brilliant of course, some was just excellent, others just extremely good, and a couple were just better than most other artists could manage, they all had one thing in common. They had genius woven into them. I must revisit the Friends of Clifford T Ward website again and see if there are any more compilations on there, after all one can never have enough of a good thing eh.

I was prompted to look again at your site Mick due to making enquiries about the Sheffield Flood, and through those enquiries I had reason to look at your majestic work regarding that epic disaster back in 1864. My wife had a great uncle who perished on Harvest Lane and through the work involved in putting together her family tree we came across him. We have spoken with your friend Karen at meetings up at Bradfield a couple of times and in fact I think we just missed seeing you up there. Anyway Mick please carry on the good work; thank you for all the effort and love you have put into the CTW site over so many years, and of course thank you for the Sheffield Flood site. Take care,

peace love and light,

Stuart Jackson

Michael Armitage:
Thanks for your lovely message, Stuart. I'm afraid the official fan club site no longer exists - I think they finally decided to call it a day.

I particularly like your comment 'I would now be classed as 'middle aged' (71)' - so *I* would be regarded as 'young' at 62!!? ;-)
I wish I felt 'young' :-(

Very interesting that you're both a 'CT Ward' AND a 'Sheffield Flood' enthusiast - I thought I was the only one!

Glad you got chance to talk to Karen - I be she was interested in your wife's great uncle who died in the flood! :-)

Regards, Mick.
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Nu Mariano  
pmcl4@aol.com
Location:
London
Monday, 15. February 2016 13:53  Write a comment Send E-mail

I have enjoyed Clifford T Ward's music/songs since late 1970's when I started university. The lyrics were so observantly written with so much thought, care and emotion. Over the years I have found so much solice in his music and am truly thankful that this site as well as all the youtube items featuring CTW exist,enabling these wonderful treasures of music/songs to be shared.... all so worthwhile as there is no one quite like CTW.

Nu Mariano
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Adela Olohan  
olohan@me.com
Location:
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Wednesday, 10. February 2016 12:31  Write a comment Send E-mail

Happy Birthday Cliff from an old friend … You are still the best Singer Songwriter of them all… love to Pat, Debbie and not forgetting the faithful Rob..
I think of you all often .. and treasure my fotos with you..

LOVE DES O IRELAND
XXX
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Ian Wood  
mariewooduk@gmail.com
Location:
Lincs
Wednesday, 10. February 2016 12:27  Write a comment Send E-mail

'All Modern Conveniences' must be CTW's most underrated song - a brilliant piece of social commentary woven into into a wonderful piece of music. Way ahead of it's time and, like Home Thoughts, sounds better with every passing year.
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Harriette Layne  
Location:
London
Wednesday, 27. January 2016 22:32  Write a comment

Clifford Thomas Ward, best singer/writer of all times.



H Layne

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Keith Brown  
keithbrown57@outlook.com
Location:
Chesterfield
Monday, 28. December 2015 22:52  Write a comment Send E-mail

His early death was a tragedy for a man with so much to offer the pop music world. I am proud to be a fan of Clifford T Ward and his music.

Keith Brown,
Chesterfield
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Marian Hale  
marianhale10@gmail.com
Location:
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Friday, 18. December 2015 00:59  Write a comment Send E-mail

I have always loved Clifford T Ward's music. I played him constantly in the 70's and 80's whilst training to be a nurse.

Life took over, marriage, a family and a nursing career stopped me from listening to music.
I'm now in my 60's and have been confined to a wheelchair for nine years, I decided to look for Clifford's albums on my iPad and wow what memories his music brought back to me.

He had amazing talent and his music and lyrics were just so good compared to what was going on back in the day!!

He was under-appreciated in this country, sadly, but I wish his songs were requested more on popular radio shows to bring his music to the younger audience of the 21st century whom I'm sure would love him just as much as I do.

I plan to have a playlist of all the songs that I love from his albums so that I can listen to him whenever I want.

I know tomorrow is the anniversary of his sad death, he was taken too soon. I shall think of him tomorrow and play my favourite song Home Thoughts From Abroad.

I wish his wife Pat and the rest of his family my very best wishes, especially his daughter Polly who has just had a baby. I heard it on the Ken Bruce show last week, I'm sure Clifford would have been over the moon with the new arrival.

Kindest regards from a fan of the one and only Clifford T Ward.

Marian Hale.
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Richard Harding  
rjamesharding@gmail.com
Location:
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Sunday, 13. December 2015 18:39  Write a comment Send E-mail

I have enjoyed Clifford T Ward's music for over 40 years and never tire of these timeless songs. I bought all the original albums on vinyl and every one available on CD over the years. It is very disappointing that the record companies concerned have not seen fit to honour this talented singer/songwriter by releasing his entire back catalogue in remastered CD format. Thank you to Cherry Red for their contribution to the cause.

Richard Harding.
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Pamela Dalton  
pamadalton@gmail.com
Location:
Wexford, Ireland
Wednesday, 9. September 2015 22:06  Write a comment Send E-mail

Just felt I need to put down in writing that Clifford T Ward is the most inspiring singer songwriter I have had the pleasure to listen to. He had it all.

Pamela Dalton
Wexford
Ireland
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Ian Forster  
if1955@googlemail.com
Location:
Gateshead, Tyne And Wear. UK
Saturday, 25. April 2015 04:15  Write a comment Send E-mail

When I listen to Clifford T Ward I am proud to be British. One of the greatest singer songwriters. If I could choose to take music with me on a desert island, it would be Clifford T Ward. May God rest his soul.

Ian Forster,
Gateshead, Tyne And Wear. UK
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Sue Richardson  
suerichardson48@gmail.com
Location:
Isle of Man
Monday, 6. April 2015 10:36  Write a comment Send E-mail

I have always loved Clifford T Ward and his music. I was a member of Friends of Clifford T Ward years ago, and have a little badge to prove it!

I simply want to say on this site, which I have just discovered, that I have always thought, and still do, that Clifford T Ward is not just the greatest British songwriter, but one of the greatest song writers altogether (although I agree he is quintessentially English). Who else has ever put lines of perfect English into such hauntingly beautiful melodies? Who else has written a song of love and described it as 'just a broken down motor car' and yet make it sound romantic? Who else could write a masterpiece of storytelling like the song 'Crisis'? No one could write a line like 'Wish I had the wherewithal to attract your attention' but Clifford T. So many of his songs are masterpieces and they have never been surpassed. I have all his albums, and although I imagine anyone who writes on this site will know his songs - if you don't you are missing out.
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Nick Taylor  
nhtaylor44@gmail.com
Location:
Bromsgrove, Worcestershire
Sunday, 1. February 2015 17:53  Write a comment Send E-mail

Nick Taylor,
Artrix Arts Centre,
Slideslow Drive
Bromsgrove,
Worcestershire, B60 !PQ.
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Artrix Arts Centre is located literally just across the road from North Bromsgrove High School, where Clifford used to teach, and on Saturday, March 21st in " The Studio at Artrix ", we are staging a gig - " The Life and Music of Clifford T Ward " - by a very good young band - The Robinson-Stone Brothers.

The Studio has a seating capacity of 60 approx. and thus a very intimate atmosphere is created. Tickets are £10 each, and are on sale from the Artrix Box Office on 01527-577330 or online at www.artrix.co.uk.

If we get a good response to this gig, we would consider staging it again at another time in our 301 seater Auditorium.

If you require any further information, please e-mail me at media@artrix.co.uk
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Alan Flint  
alonafixie63@hotmail.co.uk
Location:
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Saturday, 24. January 2015 18:12  Write a comment Send E-mail

Thank you for providing this site so that I could find out more about someone who has intrigued me for many years. I recently heard a wonderful version of Home Thoughts From Abroad by Rumer. This reignited my interest. He wrote such interesting lyrics. A brilliant mind.
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Paul Hosker  
hosker@btinternet.com
Location:
North Wales
Monday, 19. January 2015 03:12  Write a comment Send E-mail

My name is Paul Hosker and I live in North Wales and I have been a CTW fan since I bought the LP Home Thoughts (1973) from what was then a ‘new’ mail order company called Virgin Records - my how ‘Time the magician plays tricks on us’. Perhaps because CTW’s music coincided with teenage years that I remember it with such enduring love and affection. Halcyon days they were indeed … everything seemed new and awaiting discovery - all my senses seemed to work at a spiritual as well as a romantic level ... there beauty all around us.
I am having one of my infrequent but profound CTW days today where I immerse myself in his music and poetic/profound lyrics and am simply ‘grateful’ that he has been part of the backdrop of my life.
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Jane Stafford  
j3stafford@yahoo.co.uk
Location:
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Sunday, 4. January 2015 17:09  Write a comment Send E-mail

It is so sad when such a bright life goes out. Multiple Sclerosis takes so much away from a person. I know because I have it to. It is something we don't like to share. People can empathise with us, but rarely understand.
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Rui Pina  
rui.pina@defesa.pt
Location:
Lisbon - Portugal
Thursday, 18. December 2014 21:07  Write a comment Send E-mail

Hi there, Mick, I’m just an old Portuguese CTW’s fan, all through those 70’s I came to listen to his music, “the way of love”, “all modern conveniences”, “where would that lead me”, “Avenue dreams” and “Escalator” are still some of my favorite music today. They all remind me some of my happiest times, but then again, the same must happen to all of us.

Anyway, I came to your website, I wanted to write something about Clifford T Ward, so here it is.

Thanks from Lisbon

Rui Pina

cs1ma:
Thanks for your comments, Rui.

I visited Lisbon several years ago - nice place!

Mick
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Gary Freer  
Gary.Freer@bryancave.com
Location:
Herts
Thursday, 7. August 2014 12:19  Write a comment Send E-mail

I was wondering what has happened to the official fan club website?

Good to see the interest in CTW on the many Youtube recordings which have appeared. I hope his widow gets some royalty income from that, she must have had a very hard time.

Mick:
Thanks for your comments Gary. Sadly, I believe the Fan Club has now disbanded.

Regards,
Mick.
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Roger Roberts  
rogertftfc@btinternet.com
Location:
Cuffley, Hertfordshire
Monday, 21. July 2014 15:42  Write a comment Send E-mail

I have come late to Clifford’s work and I am blown away by his genius. From having heard “Home Thought from Abroad” on the radio about a month ago, in a short space of time I have tried to buy all of his albums that are available and I have read the moving, wonderful, warts-and-all biography “Bittersweet” by Dave Cartwright. I just wish I had found his body of work earlier my life. (Where have I been?)

He should have more recognition and I am sure some of the current crop of talent could do justice to his lyrics and music. God bless you, Clifford, you are still bringing joy to the world.

Roger Roberts.
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Ronnie Pollock  
ronnie.pollock1@virginmedia.co
Location:
Scotland
Sunday, 4. May 2014 16:35  Write a comment Send E-mail

It may come I guess as a surprise for some anyway for a Scot to love the music of a very English singer songwriter but music has no geographical boundaries .. nor should it and Clifford was a one off.

Clifford wrote many songs, very many of them stand out as great music and lyrics and I only wish i had seen him perform live. The more I play his songs these days the more I realise what a loss he is to us all. I hope we can all keep his music alive in our own way. I have been fortunate enough to obtain from Friends of CWT some rather rare material (and from fans music notation) and note also there are other gems out there on the net, even if they were never meant for release they are worth checking out …Keep the music alive…as sadly there will be no more.

Ronnie
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S. Porter  
s-porter23@tiscali.co.uk
Location:
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Sunday, 4. May 2014 16:28  Write a comment Send E-mail

I was a fan as a teenager and have since appreciated his work more now that i am older. I too have re-discovered his work and have collected most of his albums. He was a remarkable singer/songwriter who never got the recognition he deserved. His songs are beautiful and at the same time so sad and heartfelt.
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Barbara McNaught  
bambam@barnend5.wanadoo.co.uk
Location:
Stamford, Lincolnshire
Wednesday, 18. December 2013 22:16  Write a comment Send E-mail

I remembered Clifford T Ward when I was a teenager in the 70's and rediscovered him again quite recently. What a huge loss to the world, his haunting melodies and wonderful lyrics move me to tears and make me smile at the same time. His memory will live on in his amazing collection of songs. Rest in peace Clifford, you are sadly missed.
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Keith Bissex  
keith.bissex@btinternet.com
Location:
Petersfield
Monday, 5. August 2013 20:43  Write a comment Send E-mail

Clifford T Ward was one of our very greatest singer-songwriters and arguably a musical genius, although I'm not sure that his brilliance was fully appreciated during his all-too-short lifetime. I doubt he would have seen it that way, being (one suspects) far too modest and self-effacing to award himself such accolades. His music and lyrics are as beautiful and as relevant today as they ever were, and still have the ability to move one to tears and their messages made all the more poignant by his tragic and untimely demise. He has left us a wonderful musical legacy, however, and will long be remembered with affection for his unique contribution to the contemporary music scene. May he rest in peace and never to be forgotten and confident in the knowledge that he lives on in that music and those heart-rending words, through his recordings, enriching the lives of the many who continue to listen to him, and those who discover him anew. Those who have yet to discover him, have a treat in store. Thank you Cliff for all that your songs have meant (and continue to mean) to me, as I approach the old age that you never had the opportunity to enjoy. When I am gone, I will soon be forgotten but not you. ˜Time, the magician, played a few old tricks on us ..."

Keith Bissex.
(Petersfield)

cs1ma:
Lovely words, Keith. Thanks for posting. . . . Mick.
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Gary Turner  
Location:
Jersey
Tuesday, 9. October 2012 11:36  Write a comment

Hi, my name is Gary Turner I live in Jersey the Channel Islands, born in Birmingham, music is in my family, now I live here his music and songwriting is on par or better than Paul McCartney, when I play Home Thoughts it takes me to Worcestshire I wish the BBC would do a tribute to him, as my brother worked on globe theatre with Sam Wanamaker, and Shakesphere is part of our family. Clifford's words touch the inner parts of your soul a Shakesphere of words, a truly sad loss.

Gary
5 October 2012
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