Alan Brinicombe 1945-2019

It is with immense sadness that The Countrymen announce the death of fellow band member, Alan ‘Brin’ Brinicombe. On 9th June he finally succumbed to a fairly long and torturous battle with his cancer. Even when confined to home with palliative care, Brin never lost his sharp dry wit and considered his situation as just a massive pain in the arse.

Brin was our original lead guitarist whose impressive CV runs back to before when some of us were born. He played with us until it was too painful and performed his last gig at The World Pasty Championships at The Eden Project in March. Never wishing to be in the limelight, it was always a challenge to catch Brin in a photo, which was a shame really, as he was always by far the most snappily dressed member of the band. There wasn’t, and never will be, anyone cooler than Brin in the band.

Our thoughts are with his wife, Ange and the rest of his family who were able to be with him at the end in his own home.

Brin will always be a member of The Countrymen albeit an absent one and his influence, his humour and his talent will be sorely missed.

But most of all we will miss our friend.

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