Tributes pour in for city folk musician

Hugh Waller
Hugh Waller

Tributes have poured in for Sheffield folk singer and guitarist Hugh Waller, who died of bowel cancer at the age of 65.

Donations from his wake - at Fagan’s pub in Broad Lane, where he was a regular - and from sales of his CD, The Grey Hawk, have so far brought in £400 for Macmillan Cancer Support.

A night at Crookes Folk Club raised £240 for Weston Park Hospital Cancer Charity..

Hugh’s partner, Sue Taylor, said she had received 200 emails of sympathy and support within the first two days of his death.

“As well as being a master of his craft, he was an understated person,” she said. “He just loved singing and playing.”

His repertoire famously ranged from rare English ballads to the Rolling Stones.

Kent-born, Hugh came to Sheffield in 1974 and had retired as a teacher of English and Latin at King Ecgbert’s School, Dore.

He was slim and athletic, a keen walker and hardly ever ill until the cancer diagnosis.

He died eight days before a scheduled appearance at Crookes Folk Club. A group of friends, The 3 Fates, Ann and Chas Smith and Alec Thompson, went ahead with performances as a tribute.

Steve Cooper, of Crookes Folk Club, said: “Hugh was always a joy to listen to, simply one of the best singers to have appeared so far at Crookes Folk Club, the quality of his singing and playing being up there with all the professional singer/guitarists.”

He added: “The wonderful turnout for Crookes Folk Club’s tribute to him, possibly the largest so far for a club night, and preponderance of tear-filled eyes at the end is tribute to how popular and well loved he was.”

Hugh, who lived in Walkley, also leaves twins Joseph and Lucy.

The funeral was at Grenoside Crematorium.