Lives Remembered

Musician Davy Hamilton made people happy wherever he went

Davy Hamilton played the tin whistle, bodhrán and drums

BANGOR lost a great friend, family man, musician and a real character when Davy Hamilton passed away.

'Big Davy' was known for his love of the tin whistle and his amazing rendition of the Lonesome Boatman as well as many Christy Moore and Bob Marley songs.

He was also a fantastic rhythm player on the bodhrán and bongo drums.

But above all Davy had a great way of getting to know people and making them happy with his warm laugh and smile.

A legend all over Ireland, he was everybody's friend.

Davy was born in October 1954 in Alexandra Park Avenue in north Belfast and lived with his parents, five sisters and one brother.

In his early days he played football for Belfast teams and was a fantastic Subbuteo player. He was also a great chess player, a keen cyclist and became a popular resident DJ in Belfast's Harp Bar.

He moved to Bangor in 1986 and it was during the 1990s when I first met him through his love for Irish traditional music and song.

We played for many years together, recording some CDs, travelling to numerous countries and having many memorable moments together.

I had the pleasure of playing sessions with Davy in bars such as the Windsor, Crown, Fealtys and the Rabbit Rooms over the past 20 years, but perhaps the most memorable shows were on the island of Cyprus where we travelled every St Patrick's Day for a decade.

We also travelled all over Ireland and England and he enjoyed his trips to many fleadhanna over the years.

Davy took great pleasure in watching his family and grandchildren grow up. He taught his grand daughter Sophia how to play the tin whistle and he used to love to hear her sing.

He also taught to her how to ride a bicycle in Ward Park, counting her skipping until the sun came down and then watching the sun set together at Bangor pier.

His family and friends will miss him dearly, but his big laugh and warm smile and his wonderful stories will live long in our memories.

Davy Hamilton passed away on October 4 at the Ulster Hospital after a short illness in the arms of his loving family. At his funeral in Roselawn, many of his friends played his favourite tunes and songs.

He is survived by his children Karl, Cathy and Mandi and his two grandchildren, Nicole and Sophia Hamilton, who he adored and doted over.

The Rabbit Rooms pub in Bangor will be holding a memorial session with many of his friends and family on Wednesday November 2 from 9pm, when we will remember his music, craic and share our favourite stories.

Rest in peace, from your good friend.

Niall McClean

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