Tributes to talented Plymouth musician Jim Macgregor who has died

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Tributes are being paid to Jim Macgregor, who has died at the age of 40 (Image: Macgregor family)

By Edd Moore Editor

Popular musician Jim Macgregor, who performed with bands Brunel, Walnut Falcons and Paul Armer & The Long Way Down as well his own Head of Programmes project, died on Tuesday

Tributes are being paid to a popular and talented Plymouth musician who has died suddenly.

Jim Macgregor "touched countless lives", say friends, and had been a well-known face on the Plymouth music scene for years.

He had performed with several bands including BrunelWalnut Falcons and Paul Armer & The Long Way Down in recent years.

Jim was also known for his own project, Head of Programmes, playing gigs locally as well as on tour in Europe.

He had worked with and shared stages alongside hundreds of others.

The 40-year-old was sadly found dead on Tuesday, January 11.

There has since been an outpouring of grief from friends, family and bandmates on social media.

Jim's sister, Vicki Macgregor, described him as a "beautiful" and "talented" man whose passion for music began when he was a child.

"This is a sad loss to our world, our friends and our family," she said. "Our parents and I would like for him to be remembered in the Plymouth music scene."

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Plymouth musician Jim Macgregor performing on stage (Image: Macgregor family)

Brunel wrote on Facebook: "We're heartbroken to say that our front man and brother, Jim passed away on Tuesday.

"Needless to say he will be endlessly missed by the rest of us and indeed his friends and family. Our thoughts are with them all at this difficult time."

Jim was born on May 3, 1981, and grew up on Holly Park Drive in Tamerton Foliot, attending Mary Dean Primary School and then St Bonifce's Catholic College.

He had a talent for music from a young age and this later flourished as he began to jam with friends.

"He loved music from the tender age of one," said Vicki. "It was all composing for him, he could play just about anything."

Jim Macgregor in action during a gig

Jim Macgregor in action during a gig (Image: Macgregor family)

Vicki said her parents had been enthusiastic supporters of his talents as a guitarist and singer too.

His father even once drove Jim and his pals all the way to Holland so they could perform on the continent.

As well as playing in bands, Jim had worked at PMC (Plymouth Music Collective) and was a familiar face to the hundreds of local musicians who come through the doors at its rehearsal space in Cattedown.

Friends have also been paying tribute to Jim on social media.

Plymouth musician Jim Macgregor, who has died suddenly

Plymouth musician Jim Macgregor, who has died suddenly (Image: Macgregor family)

In heartfelt post on Facebook, Johnny Smeaton, who performed with Jim in The Man Who Loves You and Walnut Falcons, wrote: "Jim was beloved of so many and touched countless people's lives with his music and enthusiasm, not least mine.

"We formed a partnership in the bands we played in together of a kind I'm sure I will never experience again.

"He was my brother. He insisted we make a record of my songs and supported and guided me in its creation, the realisation of a life's dream for which I couldn't be more grateful.

"Although he was known for his sad music, I will always remember him for the joy he brought me and the many, many laughs and great times we shared.

"Goodbye my mate. You'll live on forever in the sweet music you made."

Jim's parents Angela and Mac Macgregor, sister Vicki and brothers Scott and Callum added: "Thank you for all the kind words and sentiments from the Plymouth area and also friends in Holland and up country."

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We're heartbroken to say that our front man and brother, Jim passed away on Tuesday.


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