Newspaper article The Daily Mercury (Mackay, Australia)

Loved Musician Mourned; Tragic Death of Popular Langfords' Performer

Newspaper article The Daily Mercury (Mackay, Australia)

Loved Musician Mourned; Tragic Death of Popular Langfords' Performer

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Byline: Nick Wright nick.wright@dailymercury.com.au

THE tragic death of an admired and loved musician has left a gaping hole in Mackay's community music landscape.

Mick Hinchcliffe was a regular presence at Langfords Hotel, among other venues in the region, where he displayed his undeniable talent on stage.

A popular drummer and vocalist of the bands Old Skool and Moscato, Mr Hinchcliffe suffered from multiple debilitating diseases. He fought off skin cancer only to succumb to lung cancer and a persistent virus.

A group of dedicated friends and musicians decided to put together a GoFundMe page and hold a fundraiser at Langfords to support Mr Hinchcliffe in his hour of need.

On April 18, the night of the event, he passed away, aged 57.

In a tragic twist of fate, one of the organisers of the event, fellow musician Bud Moore died unexpectedly the same night.

"He was the quintessential larrikin," friend and fellow musician Greg Shaw said of Mr Hinchcliffe.

"The whole music scene is reeling at the moment."

In total, $2223 was raised from donations and raffles on the night, in addition to $1800 from the GoFundMe campaign. The donors included Mackay 8 Ball, which ensured all funds from their pool tables went to the cause.

It was a game Mr Hinchcliffe supposedly loved as much as his music.

He played on a team called White Pointers. Having been admitted to hospital, he was unable to play in a competition and his team did not know.

Langfords Hotel owner Jane Vogler said Mr Hinchcliffe got on the phone and asked her to get the message to his team.

Ms Vogler said this simply epitomised the character of her good friend.

"That's the type of guy he was, he's thinking about his pool team members the day before he passes away," she said.

"I used to do a lot of work raising money for youth suicide . …

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