You sometimes read things and they don’t sink in… I’ve just read the article below – the terrible news that James McLaren has died this morning…
I never met him, but I’ve know him for over 10 years as a hardworking champion of Welsh based music. From the days of Honk magazine until it morphed into Soundnation, a magazine for lovers of Welsh music (of both English and Welsh language bands) – I would send reviews and views down for the next publication – some would be used, others would be chucked into James’ waste paper bin.
Only a few weeks ago I was ribbing him for tweeting far too much about Gwenno’s connection to that idiot, Ed Sheeran – he apologised and said he was only doing his job for Wales Online, which was nice, as he was actually getting paid for something he enjoyed (Welsh music, not Sheeran!).
My thoughts go out to his family and close friends.