Simon Heginbotham

It is with the deepest regret and sadness that we have to tell everyone connected with Saltaire Live that Simon, who founded and ran Saltaire Live, tragically took his own life on Friday 20th April.

Simon had suffered from increasing bouts of severe depression for over 20 years, although as we have found out over the last 48 hours, he was very good at hiding this when he was dealing with all matters related to his great love, which was of course Celtic Folk Music.

This is not the place for a long tribute or discussion re Simon, but he is at peace now and no longer having to continue to battle with this awful and cruel disease.

Upcoming Concerts

Simon’s family, executors and friends in Saltaire would like to run the next 3 Concerts in both Saltaire and York that are shown below in his memory, so the concerts will go ahead as planned. We hope that the many people who knew and loved Simon, or simply like the music and bands that he worked with, will come and join us at one or more of these events.


·         Tickets can still be obtained at Fanny’s Ale house or Jumbo Records for this Friday’s Saltaire Concert with Jon Boden and the Remnant Kings, or they can be purchased on the door. See the ticket section on this site for details. We will try and advise everyone if we reach capacity before Friday evening.

·         Tickets for the St Michael-le-Belfry Church Concerts in York should be purchased from as per the website

Thank you to everyone at this difficult time. A great sadness, but we hope that you will come and celebrate all the great parts of Simon’s life at one of these three events.

Rob Heginbotham and Emma Devlin

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