Tributes to much-loved busker and music teacher

Tributes have been paid to Tim Jefferson, a popular musician and music teacher from Sheringham. 

Tributes have been paid to Tim Jefferson, a popular musician and music teacher from Sheringham. - Credit: From an album cover supplied by Paul Thompson

From his first beat until his final verse, his life revolved around music.

Tim Jefferson was a familiar figure in Norfolk’s streets and schools over the years, playing his heart out and passing on his love of a good tune. 

Mr Jefferson, who lived in Sheringham, died in November aged 63 after contracting pneumonia related to multiple sclerosis (MS), which he had lived with for about 25 years.

Laura-Storm Jefferson, his daughter, said her dad would be fondly remembered for the many lives he touched. 

Tributes have been paid to Tim Jefferson, of Sheringham.

Tributes have been paid to Tim Jefferson, of Sheringham. - Credit: Supplied by Laura-Storm Jefferson

Miss Jefferson, 34, said: “Everyone knew him, he was the life and soul of the party. He used to take his band on tours to Norway, to Ireland, and invited everyone he met to come over.


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"Every single thing he did in his life was about music, or about me.”

Mr Jefferson grew up in Newcastle and was a “typical Geordie lad” before he moved to Norfolk aged about 21.

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He went to teaching college, but decided to pursue a career in music instead, and gave private lessons, while also leading music sessions and performances at schools and churches around the county.

Tim Jefferson with a guitar. Tributes have been paid to the popular musician from Sheringham. 

Tim Jefferson with a guitar. Tributes have been paid to the popular musician from Sheringham. - Credit: Supplied by Laura-Storm Jefferson


Miss Jefferson said he could play everything from the mandolin to the guitar, the piano accordion and the bagpipes. 

She said: “He set up a mandolin band called Jefferson’s Mandolins, and they used to go on tours and busk in the street - in Sheringham and Norwich and around Norfolk. 

“He was always helping youngsters with their music, and I’ve had a lot of cards and messages from people saying how much dad touched them with his music - some of them have gone on to become musicians or music teachers themselves.”

Tim Jefferson (seated) playing music at home. 

Tim Jefferson (seated) playing music at home. - Credit: Supplied by Laura-Storm Jefferson


Mr Jefferson was a guitarist in the BBC Pebble Mill Orchestra, performing in the original ‘Come Dancing’ series, backing singers such as Dame Cleo Laine. 

He married Laura-Storm’s mum, Gail, in the 1980s. They separated a few years later but remained friends. 

Mr Jefferson recorded a couple of albums, and one included a bagpipe tune he wrote on a family holiday to Australia.

Miss Jefferson said he had mixed musical tastes and enjoyed everything from power ballads to rock, jazz and classical, and his favourite song was River by Joni Mitchell.

She said that although his MS got steadily worse, he would always fight the condition and do his best to live a happy life.

She said: “He was a strong person. I used to call him the Incredible Hulk because he’d always bounce back.”

Outside music Mr Jefferson loved animals - including a pet cat called Charlie - as well as learning about history and other subjects. 

Paul Thompson, a fellow Sheringham musician, has just released an EP in memory of his friend called Lone Star, and all proceeds will go to the MS Society. 

The front cover of Paul Thompson's new EP, which he recorded in memory of his friend, Tim Jefferson.

The front cover of Paul Thompson's new EP, which he recorded in memory of his friend, Tim Jefferson. - Credit: Supplied by Paul Thompson

Mr Thompson said: “I first met Tim as an 18-year-old hitch-hiking on a winter’s night, on my way back from a gig in Norwich.

“A car stopped and turned round, and it was Tim. I had my guitar with me, and we started chatting about music and instantly became friends.

“Tim was one of the kindest hearted people I’ve ever known, and his door was always open to others. As a music teacher, he gave a tremendous amount back to the local community.”

The EP is available as a digital download from www.paulsmusic.co.uk.

In his later life Mr Jefferson spent several years living in an assisted-living centre in East Carleton.

He is also survived by grandchildren Skye-Ava, 10, Scarlette, seven, and Dawson, five, as well as his sisters Margaret, Anthea and Helen.

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