Stump singer and founder of Dowtcha puppets Mick Lynch dies

Tributes have been paid to Mick Lynch, the frontman of 1980s punk band Stump who has died.

The Corkman was also renowned in Cork as one of the founders of Dowtcha puppets.

Stump formed in London in 1983 and became a cult favourite for their quirky performances and lyrics. They were a favourite of many indie and punk rock aficionados and were regularly played by DJs such as John Peel and Dave Fanning.

In recent years, he turned to satirical songs — performing in a number of venues as Don for Chickens.

Music magazine Louder than War described his death as a “great loss”: “He will be remembered for his musical passion, quirky Cork worldview, stage presence that oozed his natural warmth and his inquisitive and intelligent nature that saw him deliver songs that made the weird wonderful and the surreal into wonk pop and also that wonderful asymmetric Tin Tin haircut.”

The novelist and playwright Cónal Creedon took to social media to recall how he bumped into Mick Lynch in Clonakilty in recent months with the latter telling him he and Stump had regrouped: “Mick said they were having their last jam session at six o’clock if I’d like to drop by to hear the finished set. I mean what do you say to that, like? That’s an offer you can’t refuse. And I didn’t refuse. So I sat there in the back room of the Clonakilty Bar in private audience with Stump — as they ripped it up — their full rep — one classic after the next. What can I say, — Dowcha- Mick, boy! What a Class A day — all the way.”

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