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Roche family Roche family from Cambridge wrote on December 26, 2017 at 10:52 pm:
Thank you to all the Eric Roche fans (old and new) who have supported this website, spread the word of his talents and purchased his music at ericroche.bandcamp.com. It’s a great comfort to his family that Eric is still remembered and admired. Bless you all and wishing you joy throughout the festive season and peace and happiness in 2018! X
Eric Christopher Mestre Eric Christopher Mestre from Halifax, Nova Scotia wrote on December 9, 2017 at 6:31 pm:
I first heard about Eric from Guitar Techniques magazine. Of coarse his name jumped right out at me because my mother's maiden name is Roche and my first name is Eric. There was this connection right away. His finger style guitar excellence was recognized right away and I be came a fan. It was truly shocking to hear for his passing at such an early age. It takes wind right out of your sails to realize the end of such a wonderful talent. I have since discovered that my G G Grandfather came to Nova Scotia from County Cork Ireland in 1845. I only wish a few of those musical genes from the Roche family were passed along to me and my children. RIP Eric - gone but never forgotten.
Gail Gail from Tralee wrote on December 5, 2017 at 1:39 pm:
Thinking of you Eric on what would have been your 50th Birthday.
Loren Neufeld Loren Neufeld from Winnipeg wrote on September 10, 2017 at 7:48 pm:
Finally (after all these years), I have listened to "With These Hands" CD!! What a great set of songs! Better late, than not at all, IMHO.
Stef Danczak Stef Danczak from Dublin wrote on August 20, 2017 at 6:32 pm:
Had the honour of having Eric as my one on one teacher for a semester at MI in London. Great memories of a great guy.
Akim Robinson Akim Robinson from D.C> wrote on February 11, 2017 at 9:26 am:
THis site beautiful, Eric is an inspiration
Ian Ian from London wrote on November 4, 2016 at 11:43 am:
A wonderful, wonderful guitarist. An absolute inspiration, very much missed, always admired.
Nathalie Nathalie from City wrote on September 6, 2016 at 6:58 pm:
Thinking of you today Eric and reminiscing...miss your presence on earth and inspiration...💜
Ben Wheeler Ben Wheeler from Bristol wrote on August 22, 2016 at 1:34 pm:
I've recently played some of Eric's music again and his 'While my guitar gently weeps' is as beautiful as ever. I was fortunate to have been in one of Eric's classes around 2001 so was lucky enough to spend some time with him. When I play Blackbird I can still recall his kindness and encouragement as a teacher. Still inspiring guitarists to this day - what a legacy.
Catherine Meyers Catherine Meyers from Apple River, Nova Scotia, Canada wrote on June 20, 2016 at 12:22 am:
Last night while listening to RTE as is my usual routine late at night. I had never heard of Eric Roche. WOW such a talent ans a beautiful soul.

I am so grateful to have heard the documentary about him and his brother Bryan. It was so incredibly touching. I also had a big brother who died with MS. Like Bryan I also learned so much about life from my big brother. This program touched me deeply.

Catherine Meyers
Jon Curley (jon.curley@trakcel.com) Jon Curley (jon.curley@trakcel.com) from Tralee Originally wrote on May 26, 2016 at 2:17 pm:
I caught a flight some time bacl from New York to London. I got talking to the guy beside me, Darren Weston, who as it turns out was a Data Scientist (my day job) and born in London. Across the screen he could see I was listening to some Led Zep and, on that basis alone, decided to fire up a conversation. We talked about music, my love of drumming, and all the amazing talent from my little town in Ireland.

I talked about how Tralee was such a frustratingly amazing place to grow up from a music perspective. How I would spend hours every evening practicing, with dreams of rock stardom, only to wander out to local pubs and hear a guy called Dick O' Shea who had more talent in one finger than I would ever have. To meet a kid who'd recently moved from London, called Sean Lineham, to visit his house one evening and see this clear perspex ludwig kit and hear the most amazing drumming I'd ever heard.

And then I talked about a local legendary guitarist called Erich Roche - who was beyond compare....

At that point Darren looked at me an went "WHAT, YOU KNEW ERIC ROCHE?". to which I replied, yes, why? He talked about how he'd been to Brighton, London and many other place to listen to Eric and try to learn from watching him.

To this day, Eric has fans all over the world, many amazing musicians themelves, who remain spellbound by his creativity. I'm sure they're 100% correct about his genius - all I can confirm is he was a kind and gentle-spirirted guy that Paudie Kenny introduced me to at him home one evening in Moyderwell, 30 years ago, and is now a legend I am proud to say I met.

Jon Curley
JokeHui JokeHui from Hong Kong wrote on May 6, 2016 at 9:41 am:
After i searched in youtube to find the percussive guitar song and find the "bushwacker".I think you are the real MAN.Your songs are great and awesome!You are the GREATEST GUITARIST in the world!!!
Sean lineham Sean lineham from High wycombe wrote on January 3, 2016 at 9:14 pm:
By chance came across Eric Roach while looking at the website for Tralee. I recognised the name and pressed on the link. I was amazed to see what a successful career Eric had carved for himself,but totally shocked to find out about his untimely death. I was in the same class as his brother Bryan in The Green school. I knew of Eric because of this,and also that he was a guitarist. This interested me,as at the time I was a keen drummer. While I was Tralee I was admitted to the Bon Secure hospital for minor surgery. Eric also was in hospital at the same time as me and we ended up sharing a room for two. I don't think the nurses/sisters had any idea that that would end up in me and Eric becoming a StatusQuo tribute act for the three days we were together. Eric had his guitar and I cobbled together a makeshift Drum kit out of bedpans and the like. I still tell the story of our hospital gig when explaining to people how relaxed Ireland is/was. We met up after hospital for a few jam sessions which were good fun. I wish his family al the best, say hello to his brother Bryan(I don't know if you remember me, I was the lad that moved from England)and hope this story makes you all smile like it does me when I think back. By the way this was around 1985-86.
Sarah L. Francis Sarah L. Francis from London wrote on December 14, 2015 at 8:46 pm:
I'm so sad to learn of Eric's passing. I was just looking up some guitar books and stumbled upon his name in one of my searches and I thought "wait a minute. I know that name", so I searched further. I did a work experience placement at MI (Musicians' Institute) in the mid-90s, so I met and did some work alongside Eric. He was an amazing guitarist and teacher - always so encouraging. A wonderful man all-round.
Jeff Jeff from Rueil-Malmaison wrote on November 22, 2015 at 1:43 pm:
I discovered Eric's music and life way too long after he passed away. One of my favorite piece of music is "Angel". It seems to me it describes what he was by the love and the sweetness even if I didn't know him.
I would like very much to play this music but I don't find any tablature anywhere. Do you thing there might be a possible re-publishing ?
Mom Mom from Tralee wrote on November 17, 2015 at 7:49 pm:
What a fantastic tribute to you my lovely son on Frid. 13th in Haverhill.Thanks to everyone who made it happen, especially Nick of the Arts Centre.It was such an honour to be there with you'r lovely children Francesca and Stefan. So proud of you my son. May you rest in peace.
Love from Mom,Dad and Carmel.
Manuel Losada Manuel Losada from Seville, Spain wrote on November 17, 2015 at 5:52 pm:
Hi, this is Manuel, from Seville, Spain. I have heard on Eric´s life and music thanks to the fantastic RTE´s docummentary available at that website. I have enjoyed it very much and have shared it with some friends.
Derek Johnson Derek Johnson from London wrote on November 11, 2015 at 5:11 pm:
Miss you brother.

But just like your music, the energy from your optimism and that cheeky wit will forever be around us.

Alison BiGiAM Alison BiGiAM from Brighton wrote on October 16, 2015 at 11:55 am:
10 years, my friend. Have thought of you often - hope you know that. Much love & many smiles xx
Tyrone Taylor Tyrone Taylor from London wrote on October 3, 2015 at 9:25 pm:
Eric, I am sad to have missed your last days. The times we worked together is memorable always. You helped to shape my music focus and I thank you for giving me your time when you did. You left an indelible mark on the world. We are better for it.