We are devastated to learn that our friend and UK music hero Ty passed away yesterday from pneumonia, whilst being treated in hospital for coronavirus.
The global outpouring of tributes confirms what we know only too well: Ty was a truly important and pioneering voice, highly instrumental in placing the UK scene on the World stage. His 2010 BBE album ‘Special Kind Of Fool‘ was a huge moment for our label, and his friendship, his creativity and his sheer talent meant so much to us all. Rest well, brother.
This excerpt from the sleeve notes of ‘Special Kind Of Fool’ seem fitting today:
“Ty is best known and loved for his lyrical honesty, ability to conjure emotion-fuelled poetry out of every day realities, dynamic live shows, and his eclectic sense of musicality, which never really did fit comfortably in to a musical box. Some may have thought him unwise not to jump on various bandwagons, but maintaining his independence and artistic integrity has allowed Ty the space to make consistent and uncompromised classic albums for the last 10 years. Special Kind of Fool is a cheeky hint that the wisest course is to be yourself and follow your passions in life, no matter what others might say about you.”