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Hundreds say a final farewell to legendary Northern Ireland music producer Mudd Wallace

By David Young

Published 02/01/2016

Mudd Wallace’s funeral at St Brigid’s Church
Mudd Wallace’s funeral at St Brigid’s Church
Mudd Wallace

Hundreds of friends and fans turned out to pay their respects to legendary Northern Ireland music producer Mudd Wallace, whose funeral took place yesterday.

Mr Wallace (59) who had been ill for some time, died on Tuesday at Antrim Area Hospital.

More than 250 people attended his funeral at St Brigid's Church in Randalstown.

Rev Trevor Kelly officiated at the ceremony.

Jazz trumpeter, academic and BBC presenter Linley Hamilton delivered a eulogy to producer Wallace, who over his career worked with some of the biggest names in Northern Ireland's music scene, including Van Morrison, The 4 of Us, Def Leppard guitarist Vivian Campbell and Larne alternative rock band Therapy?

Speaking in advance of Mr Wallace's funeral, veteran radio presenter and musician Johnny Hero said: "Mudd paved the way for others to follow and helped untold numbers of our local musos."

Ballymena man Eric Woods, another stalwart of the local live music scene, told reporters he had "lost a great friend".

"I first met Mudd Wallace on my very first day at Ballymena Academy," he said. "The school's insistence on seating pupils in alphabetical order thrust us together into what became a lasting friendship. When we were 15, we started our first band, which over the next few years would evolve into Southbound Train.

"Mudd could be infuriating at times, but his understanding of music and attention to detail were major factors in what set us apart and made the band successful. I can still hear the noises of disapproval he made when things weren't just perfect.

"That's the Mudd Wallace I choose to remember. I'll miss him."

Mr Wallace, described as a "father figure" of the local music scene, is one of the key figures whose work will be profiled in a forthcoming BBC Radio Ulster documentary series entitled Playing for A Living, which is set to be broadcast later this month.

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