A message from Welsh Music Foundation about James McLaren...
Date Posted: 7th August 2012
We at Welsh Music Foundation are shocked and saddened to hear of the death of James McLaren.
James was one of the original WMF team - creating, editing and managing our monthly newsletter 'Sound Nation'. His passion poured out of every issue, and with his energy, skill and enthusiasm he quickly became a popular figure in the Welsh music industry.
When he moved on to work for BBC Wales he continued to promote the music in Wales that he cared so much for. He remained a close friend of WMF, working with us on many projects, most memorably a wonderful Q&A with The Blackout in their hometown at last year's Merthyr Rock festival. In that session James' knowledge and passion for the subject, coupled with his camaraderie with the band, and his desire to excite all those watching, was an inspiration for all. It's a memory we will treasure of a man who we will miss enormously.
Our thoughts are with his family and friends.
Details of James' funeral
The funeral will take place at Cheltenham Crematorium at 12 noon on Monday 20th August. Everyone who would like to come and help celebrate James's life is welcome.
Family flowers only please, but donations in James's memory may be made to Wildfowl and Wetlands Trust or Young Promoters Network. These may be brought to the crematorium, sent to Mason & Stokes Funeral Service, 54 Hewlett Road, Cheltenham, GL52 6AH, or sent directly to either organisation.
Please wear whatever you feel comfortable in: no formality required! Band t-shirts would be particularly appropriate.
The reception will be held at the Rising Sun pub and hotel, Cleeve Hill, Cheltenham, Glos., GL52 3PX. Again, open to all.
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