Danny Kirwan passed away June 8th. He was a member of Fleetwood Mac in the Peter Green years, and in many ways held the band together after Green left. Bare Trees in particular is mainly Danny’s album. He was fired from the band in 1972 due in main to alcohol problems, but also mental instability. After a couple of solo albums he largely disappeared from the music business, and sadly drifted into homelessness and mental illness.
A statement from Mick Fleetwood and John McVie:
“Today was greeted by the sad news of the passing of Danny Kirwan in London, England. Danny was a huge force in our early years. His love for the Blues led him to being asked to join Fleetwood Mac in 1968, where he made his musical home for many years.
Danny’s true legacy, in my mind, will forever live on in the music he wrote and played so beautifully as a part of the foundation of Fleetwood Mac, that has now endured for over fifty years.
Thank you, Danny Kirwan. You will forever be missed!
~Mick Fleetwood and Fleetwood Mac”
Here’s the quite lovely Woman Of A Thousand Years, from Future Games.