How do we write words, when they clearly could never be enough? (24 Jan 2021)

Dear Friends,

With a heavy heart, we must share the news that Mick Peat passed away last night following a short illness.
The news has hit incredibly hard, and all of our thoughts are with Celia and the family at this incredibly difficult time.

As festival patron John Tams says “He will forever be our guide and inspiration and always in our thoughts. R.I.P. me duck.”

Speaking personally, Mick has not just been my co-director at the festival, but at different times, has been like a father figure, brother, grandfather, mentor – and always a fabulous friend – across the 30 years that I’ve been involved in Derby’s music and cultural scene. Life without Mick in it can’t yet be fathomed. The world of all things Folk, Derbyshire, and beyond is so fortunate to have had Mick in it, and his legacy will be far reaching.
What a fella!

Rest in peace, Mick,

You’ll always be in heart and mind,
Bob x

From Drystone Arts:

It is with deep sadness we announce the death of our dear friend and founding President Mick Peat after a short illness. Mick left us on January 22nd aged 80. We extend our sympathy and love to Celia, the family and his countless friends across the world of music. He will forever be our guide and inspiration and always in our thoughts.

R.I.P. me duck.