In Memoriam: Carl Reavey (1956-2018)
Monday, 22 January 2018
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Caption: Carl Reavey was the fourth member of the original SSE Hire team, joining the fledgling rental company in 1977
UK - One of SSE Audio Group’s original team members - Carl Reavey - died suddenly aged 61 on 8 January, the company reported.
Reavey was the fourth member of the original SSE Hire team, joining the fledgling rental company in 1977. There he met his wife-to-be, Jan (who was SSE’s second staff member). His enthusiasm for everything he did always shone through, approaching every task with vigour and humour.
Reavey was crucially important to SSE Hire during these formative years, working the all-nighters, doing mad gigs and moving on to become FOH engineer for the Yachts and later the Undertones.
In 1979, after working around the clock for over a week, he went to Glastonbury with the, just finished, Turbosound festival system and ran the front of house with the legendary John Newsham. They were two very different engineers, but afterwards both said how much they had learned from each other across the three days.
Although Reavey left the sound business in 1995, he was an important figure in the audio industry, first as a sound engineer and later as the first product manager for mixing console company Total Audio Concepts (TAC). In 1991, he was appointed General Manager of Amek’s US Operations, based in Burbank LA.
His passion for live sound and expert knowledge of mixing consoles won him friends the world over.
He left the industry to run a hotel on the island of Islay, off the west coast of Scotland with his wife Jan. He reasoned that having spent so much time staying in hotels, he was well placed to know what guests were looking for. He obviously got this right, as a few years later the Port Charlotte Hotel won the award for Best Hotel in the Western Isles.
In recent years, Reavey became a journalist, editing the island’s newspaper. This in turn led him to Bruichladdich Distillery on Islay, where he became head of communications.
Reavey was a roadie, audio engineer, salesman, president, hotelier, hack and whisky broadcaster. A varied career, but in everything he did there was a common thread - humour, grace and a love of people mixed with an irreverence for authority.
Our thoughts are with his wife, Jan and son, Alasdair.
(Jim Evans)

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