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Veteran Keighley musician Ges Smith dies aged 66
1:51pm Tuesday 14th January 2014 in News
A musician with a Keighley band has died in Manorlands hospice, aged 66.
Gerald ‘Ges’ Smith’s time with psychedelic rock band Dawnwatcher was the culmination of several years’ playing with a number of local bands. In the 1960s and 1970s he was a member of bands including The Ratfinks, Carnal Horus, Kaboss, Abyss and Intrepid Birdman.
Ges, a former student of Keighley Technical School, worked in engineering, and finished his working life as a warehouseman.
His widow, Linda Smith, said her husband had a lifelong love of music and started playing in local bands as a teenager.
She said: “Even when he no longer played in bands he played his keyboards or guitars and set himself up a music room to play. In recent years there was a renewed interest in Dawnwatcher and several new fans contacted Ges.”
The couple, who married in 1981, raised two children, Jane and Andrew, and two grandchildren, Joshua and Jenny.