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Lyell Tranter

It is with sadness that we have to tell you that Magna Carta’s co-founder and guitar player Lyell Tranter passed away a few weeks ago in his home country Australia. According to Chris Simpson’s book The Complete Works Of Magna Carta (2002) he and Lyell started as an acoustic duo in 1967/1968, later accompanied by Chris’ then girlfriend Mary. Chris: “He was a phrase player and as time went by I became a lead player but the pair of us were very tight.”

“Lyell Allen Tranter passed away on Sunday, September 11, 2022, aged 76 years, after a short battle. Beloved husband of Barbara. Much loved father of Ben and Julia and their partners Kell and Xav. Adored grandfather of Harper and a baby girl arriving in January. “Dearly missed” In keeping with Lyell’s wishes a private cremation has been held.”

Chris Simpson has written an eulogy, which can be read here.