02 October 2020
We are devastated to announce the loss of our dearest friend Rupert who passed away peacefully but unexpectedly at home on Monday 21st September. Rupert was a modest, witty and supremely talented musician who had every right to blow his own trumpet, but he never did. He was someone who had ‘made it’ in the music industry and his credits are long and illustrious, particularly if you are of a certain vintage. He toured and performed with the Pretenders for nearly a decade (including playing Live Aid in Philadelphia), toured extensively with The Alarm, was the go-to keyboards guy for Talk Talk, Midge Ure solo tours, performed with Alison Moyet, recorded with Paulo Nutini and many many more. He even played for Rocky Sharp and the Replays!
I remember his first rehearsal with Big Vern n the Shootahs. He walked in to the Argyle Studios in Glasgow and busked along with some things we were working on that Monday night. We had no idea of his background but he instantly fitted like a glove and blew us away with his talent. We immediately asked if he would join us and we were so glad he said yes. That was 20 years ago and he’s been our musical brother and friend ever since. He was warm, clever and generous, just like his music.
We are all feeling collectively numb right now. We were privileged to have shared the stage with this gentlemen over many years and had tremendous laughs and great times, particularly over a pint of real ale in the snug of a bar somewhere.
He recently became a grandfather for the first time which gave him so much joy. His untimely passing has been so unfair to Nina, Alex and baby Theo.
Rupert’s talent has given so much joy to so many many audiences around the world for over forty years. We are proud to have known him and performed with him and to call him our friend.
We miss you so much dear chap, rest in peace Rupert. xxxxxxx