Many of you may have seen Derek playing at various bars on Skiathos over the years. Steve Mansfield reported on facebook that Derek sadly passed away on Wednesday. I remember trying to research what live music might be available before I did my first solo visit in 2012. I found the Vagabonds web page but it seemed that the former band was down to only a couple of active members by then. I sent a message anyway and was delighted when a lady called Rose replied to say that she and Derek were playing whilst I was on the island. I caught up with them at Borsalino pool bar near BS 10. They knew I was travelling solo so introduced me to their friends who had come to see them and insisted I sit with them, all extremely friendly. I've seen him the odd time or two since but not recently as he always seemed to be playing somewhere I couldnt get to on the right night. RIP Derek.
I was also very sad to hear this news. I knew Derek from our first visits to Skiathos, when he worked at the Agustera bar in Koukounaries (then managed by Angelos). Derek was always passionate about music and we had some lively, late night conversations. When he left there, he worked one summer at the old Albatross bar on Papa Street - then I didn’t see him again until a couple of years ago, when he was playing his guitar at La Piscine Art. Derek was a very popular man, who will be very much missed. RIP Derek 🎸