It is with a heavy heart that I have to relate that Deke Leonard sadly passed away on January 31 2017.

A hugely talented musician, song writer, raconteur, and all round good bloke, he will be missed by many. My condolences to Mary and his family.

Those of us who have been fans and followed his career through the decades can at least take consolation in the fine body of work he leaves behind.

His songwriting, his music, both solo and with the Man band, and his writing, all remain. We can, and will, continue enjoying them again and again, as a crucial part of the soundtrack of our lives.

George Jones is planning a tribute concert at the Princess Royal theatre in Port Talbot on Saturday June 10. More details as they become available.

Michael Heatley published a special tribute to Deke in the form of an issue of The Welsh Connection newsletter. If you haven't seen it, download it here.