The sad passing of Mark Kirk
We'll miss you
Tribute to Mark -
To whom it may
Mark was a terrific brother & friend, he always had lots of fun
that goes without saying. His wife Catherine & children Alicia ,
Megan & grandson Alexander. His niece felicity , nephew & Godson
Nicholas, as well as myself. We spent lots of time together
lately & I will always cherish that time. He will be missed
greatly by all. As he strums those clouds, with many other
Rest my friend. XXXX
Mark Kirk's funeral
was at St.Monicas church, 1 Bourke St. Richmond. Followed by a
wake at Royal Exchange Hotel 203 George St Windsor
It's with profound sadness that we have to inform you that
our good friend Mark Kirk passed away on Monday night after a
heart attack. I know that many of you have heard but many may
not have. Mark was a great friend to so many of us. He was a
great friend and musician.
Mark was a guitar-slinging and songwriting part of Tall Timbre.
He and Ted Simpson (vocalist/songwriter) started Tall Timbre as
a duo. They moved on to a trio (usually with Jake Lardot or Phil
Knight - and I was the third from time to time after that. They
eventually went to a full country band. Mark and Ted gave me my
first regular bass playing gig and which I did with them for
over two years. I eventually went back to acoustic guitar when
good mate Steve Shepherd joined as the regular bass player.
I first met Mark through our mutual friend Rod Impell must've
been about 2002...he and I hit it off immediately and he had a
"second" musical job as lead guitarist in my band...Bayou Boogie
Boys. Our last gig was Saturday night 1 March at the Gladstone
Anyway...I'll have to tell more later. I just want you to know
the funeral details, etc so that you can join with us in
remembering Mark and celebrating his life...
The funeral will be at St Monica's 1 Bourke Street, Richmond at
10.30 for a 11am start. Following that will be a get together
for all his friends, family, musicians for everyone who wants to
remember at the Royal Exchange Hotel at 203 George Street in
Windsor from 1pm till late, late...
If you're out of town and you have a Tall Timbre album, put on a
song and have a cold one with us...or ring up your local country
program and ask them to play "Murrumbidgee Rolling" on NFS 119.
That's Tall Timbre's most recent single.
Like I said....I'll write more later but there's some photos of
www.myspace.com/talltimbre - I've got heaps of his
photos at www.myspace.com/bryenwillemsmusic .
It is with immense sadness that we inform you of the death of
Some of you may be aware that Mark had already survived a heart
attack. Unfortunately he suffered another one at home last night
and couldn't be revived. We are all shocked and saddened by this
terrible news and we send our love out to Kath, Mark's family
and the Tall Timbre brotherhood.
Mark was a great guy, kind, gentle, funny, a wonderful friend
and fellow musician. We have so many wonderful memories of him
going back many, many years: partying, jamming, sharing the
stage and the music, watching him play (usually with eyes closed
as he "entered the zone") and just hanging out. It's very hard
to believe that he has gone. He will always be remembered and
our memories of all our times together treasured forever.
I would like to share one recent memory and I'm sure you'll all
have many of your own. Only a couple of weeks ago we met up with
Mark at a Red Volkert gig. Our 20 year old son came with us. I
reintroduced him to Mark and drifted off, leaving him in safe
company chatting with the big boy. Every now and then I'd glance
across the room, only to see them laughing and chatting like two
old friends (or two big kids). Mark Kirk was like that! He was
comfortable chatting with anyone, easy to talk to, never boring,
warm and kind, with a great sense of humour and a huge love of
music. He was one of the good guys.
Brother, we'll miss you!
It's with great sorrow that I have the sad duty to inform you
that my GOOD MATE AND FELLOW MUSO MARK KIRK has died of a heart
attack. Mark passed away last night and will be missed us all !!
As soon as I have details of the funeral I'll let everyone know.
On a personal level. I will cherish the times spent playing in
bands with Mark or sitting around having a drink and swapping
stories!! As muso's we don't always get enough time to catch up
as we tend to work at the same times a lot. But if we get to
catch up playing a gig together or at a jam.
Then the fun of playing a song together and giving it your all
is something all muso's would understand!! Mark always gave it
his all, as that's the only way he wanted to play his music!!! I
know he's up there jamming with Les Scott and all the other
muso's!! I bet his getting into trouble for being to loud!!! But
that's MARK !!! I'LL MISS YOU MATE!!!!!!
Regards David Hibbert.
Last night Monday 3rd March Sydney's
country music scene lost, to a heart attack, one of it's great
characters- Mark Kirk- guitarist & songwriter with (amongst
others) Tall Timbre.
Our thoughts go out to Mark's wife & family as well as his
musical partner Ted Simpson- he was only a young fella (not
unlike myself!) and clearly still had a great deal more to
offer- he had a certain way with his chosen combo of Tomkins
telecaster & Matchless amp. Ironically, a few months ago Mark
came over to my place to discuss the Dead Setter's guitar
position vacated by Glenn Skarratt- ultimately we went with
Damien Odell on pedal steel- also a member of Tall Timbre along
with our fiddle player John Lee- so you can imagine that today
we are all one unhappy family here in the local country
...& Mark'll be out there pickin' on a cloud someplace & they'll
still be telling him to turn down. Rock on brother
Tall Timbre Big Band
Mark Kirk- guitarist/songwriter.
Jake Lardot- guitarist/backing vocals( Jake is also Lee Kernaghan
John Lee-fiddle/backing vocals.
Bryen Willems-bass/backing vocals (Bryen is also Ronnie Rae Rivers
- Tall Timbre played with band members
from True Grit at The Locomotive Hotel
- Mark and Nicki Gillis
Bryen Willems, and Mark Kirk 2003
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