Published: 00:00, 01 September 2017 |
Updated: 15:23, 04 September 2017
The Canterbury music scene is in mourning this week for two popular buskers found dead at a house in the city.
The body of talented guitarist Maximum Martin, who was in his 30s and known as Max, was discovered alongside a fellow musician named locally as Joshua Lambert-Price in Tudor Road in Wincheap earlier this week.
Facebook has since been inundated with memories of the pair and messages of condolence.
Dulcie May Moreno wrote: "Struggling to come to terms with the fact that we have lost Joshua Jack Lambert-Price and Maximum Martin. Two very much loved musicians and friends."
Arthur Bates wrote: “I could hardly believe it. Whenever I think about Canterbury, Max is one of the first things that springs to mind.
“I met him at an open mic about three years ago and it was always a great pleasure to bump into him whenever I was there. A true music enthusiast with a heart of gold and could always send me into laughter.
“His performances as a musician were pretty special and I am truly gutted I’ll never get to see him play again.”
Mr Martin was a regular at the Black Griffin pub's open mic nights where he was foremost in people's minds at the event last night.
Luke Smith, who also performs on the Canterbury music scene, said he was devastated by the news.
He said: “It’s impossible to measure the positive impact this warm and lovable man has had on Canterbury. He’s truly made it a brighter place for so very many people over so many years.
"Maxy embodied one of the most sacred human attributes of all time: enthusiasm.
“He was a bright, bumbling, brilliant barrage of hearty human passion. An open-spirited, bravely uncynical being, who genuinely cared about spreading kindness, fun, and friendship. Maxy was generous with his musical loves.
“He wanted to hurl them out there to the world, in great big trusting bucketfuls. Not for vain, self-regarding reasons, but because he had a sincere, exuberant desire to share the treasures he prized, with everyone he met.
“He was a shining presence on the scene and the loss is heartbreaking.”
Andy Twyman added: “I’m saddened to hear this morning of the death of Maximum Martin. He was a unique soul with a huge enthusiasm for music.
"It was always a pleasure to chat with him about the blues, and he was hugely encouraging to me. His charisma, kindheartedness and generosity shone out whenever I met him. RIP.”
The Yard venue in Faversham posted a message on Facebook describing Mr Lambert-Price as an "incredible talent" and pledging to dedicate their outside performance area to him at the town's hop festival this weekend.
Police were called to Tudor Road at 8.15pm on Tuesday. They say there are no suspicious circumstances around the deaths.
A third man died at the same property on August 24. He has been named locally as James Truscott.
His friend Jules Madjar said on Mr Truscott's Facebook page: "Farewell you crazy genius; you were one of the best."
An impromptu memorial to Mr Martin has been created outside the Beaney in the High Street, where he often performed.
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