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Mark (mdow718975@aol.com) 03 Dec 99 - 06:14 PM
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Subject: Anybody know what happened to Peter Bond
From: Mark (mdow718975@aol.com)
Date: 03 Dec 99 - 06:14 PM

Does anybody out there know what Peter Bond is doing these days? He wrote some great songs in the seventies and eighties such as "Birthday Cake City", "The Baron and the Busker" "Sticks and Stones" and recorded an album about the circus with Tim Laycock and Bill Caddick as well as his own albums "It's all right for some" "See me up see me down" and "Awkward Age" I'm trying to get in touch with him and nobody I know seems to know where he is. Any help would be gratefully received.


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Subject: RE: Anybody know what happened to Peter Bond
From: GUEST,Trevor Bond
Date: 08 Jan 02 - 09:31 AM

Yes I do. He is fit and well and living near Rochdale.He teaches guitar and music for a living, and was fascinated and flattered to hear that people still remembered his songs


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Subject: RE: Anybody know what happened to Peter Bond
From: 53
Date: 08 Jan 02 - 10:55 AM

does he know bango bonnie? BOB


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Subject: RE: Anybody know what happened to Peter Bond
From: Joan from Wigan
Date: 08 Jan 02 - 12:11 PM

Trevor, you sound as though you've seen him recently. It's good to know he's well. Has he written any more songs since he left the folk scene? There are some of us still performing some of his songs, and I'd love to hear any new ones of his. He was (and presumably still is) a very talented songwriter.


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Subject: RE: Anybody know what happened to Peter Bond
From: alanabit
Date: 08 Jan 02 - 03:35 PM

There was a thread on this about a year or two back. Maybe someone more computer literate than me can dig it out for us. I admired Pete Bond when I saw him in the seventies. He was a nice bloke too.


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Subject: RE: Anybody know what happened to Peter Bond
From: Skipper Jack
Date: 08 Jan 02 - 04:02 PM

Yeah! I remember Peter and what a fine songwriter he was I do have both of his albums: "See Me Up See Me Down" and "Awkward Age" and the one by the trio of Bond,Caddick & Laycock "A Duck On His Head".

We are going back to the 80's when he was doing the folk club circuit.

One of my favourites was "The Irish Girl".

I suppose that Peter like many other singer-guitarists have left the folk scene for reasons best known to themselves. For instance where is Dave Totterdell?


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Subject: RE: Anybody know what happened to Peter Bond
From: Herga Kitty
Date: 08 Jan 02 - 06:08 PM

Mea maxima culpa, in a thread going last week about "They don't write them like that any more" I momentarily got confused between Peter Bond and Pete Betts, but only to point out that Joe Peel is a great song too. If my memory is correct (which on occasion, as aforementioned it obviously isn't) I encountered Peter Bond, Les Barker and Mrs Ackroyd for the first time at the same festival (Potterne)in 1978, which was a quite overwhelming experience.

Kitty


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Subject: RE: Anybody know what happened to Peter Bond
From: Joan from Wigan
Date: 09 Jan 02 - 04:38 AM

I can find two other threads about our Peter here and here.

And, Trevor, is your surname a coincidence or are you related to him?

Joan


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Subject: RE: Anybody know what happened to Peter Bond
From: GUEST,Trevor Bond
Date: 10 Jan 02 - 11:09 AM

Yes Joan, The truth is out. I am his brother.Also the brother of John and Nigel. I am he who is not mentioned. Referred to me ol'shipmate Lester Simpson as "Pete's Brother" Thanks to all who replied,I shall pass on your comments.


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Subject: RE: Anybody know what happened to Peter Bond
From: GUEST,Raggytash
Date: 10 Jan 02 - 02:45 PM

Fine singer/songwriter, I still do Category D, Baron & the Busker , and fondly recall many late nights chewing the fat with Peter, especially when he played a gig at Ruskin College Oxford for me. He also played at my last night of running the Red Lion at Patricroft after a very long stint away, but did it for all the right reasons, friendship, not least among them. Sadly our only contact these days is an exchange of Christmas cards. If he has written any songs not freely available I would like to hear them, I too have all the albums. Trevor please give him our kindest regards and if you could tempt him out of retirement.............


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Subject: RE: Anybody know what happened to Peter Bond
From: Joan from Wigan
Date: 11 Jan 02 - 03:05 AM

Yes, oh for Peter to be gigging again! In days gone by when he had done a gig in Wigan for me, I would make him a "runny egg butty", apparently a taste he acquired in his engineering days. His gigs were magic, and he even once turned up on a singer's night and joined in the fun - something not too many professionals do.

Trevor, you are no longer "he who is not mentioned". A belated "Welcome to Mudcat", and do consider becoming a member - it's free and has many advantages (see the FAQ thread at the top of the Forum). I too "lurked" invisibly, reading threads, searching for songs, and occasionally posting as a 'Guest' before joining - I've never looked back. Click on the Membership link at the top of the page, and do come back and tell us something about yourself.

Joan


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Subject: RE: Anybody know what happened to Peter Bond
From: brother
Date: 12 Jan 02 - 12:08 PM

Have taken your advice Joan , and joined. Tell about myself . Where does one start, and if one starts where does one stop? But I will try one day soon, gosh that's almost the line from a song.


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Subject: RE: Anybody know what happened to Peter Bond
From: Joan from Wigan
Date: 12 Jan 02 - 12:40 PM

Welcome aboard! Will look forward to hearing more from you.

Joan


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Subject: RE: Anybody know what happened to Peter Bond
From: GUEST,Mark (mdow718975@aol.com)
Date: 13 Jan 02 - 05:42 AM

Trevor

Thanks very much for replying to the original post - I can't believe it's over two years ago since I put the query on here! And thanks to Joan for making me aware of the replies that have come in recently. Peter signed one of his albums for me 'Keep doing the songs'. I'm still doing them and people still ask for them. Please give Peter my regards when you next contact him

Joan - I still have a tape of Peter doing a guest spot in the Park Hotel in 1984 - I think it was very close to the time when the Park was pulled down to make way for the modernisation of Wigan - The less said the better - Birthday cake city or what?

Mark Dowding


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Subject: RE: Anybody know what happened to Peter Bond
From: nutty
Date: 13 Jan 02 - 10:52 AM

Trevor ........ I remember Peter and Nigel from their "Blue Anchor" days ..... were you also part of the group??


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Subject: RE: Anybody know what happened to Peter Bond
From: Les b (U.K.)
Date: 13 Jan 02 - 02:00 PM

Gosh! not having been to Wigan for ####??? years I didn't know the 'Park' had been pulled down.
We had a great night in Wigan many years ago when we did the club as the 'Southport Mummers'(apart from when we went on spec into this pub in the town center and an 'old dear' at the bar made a for me), well I was wearing red tights as Little Devil Doubt.
Ah happy days.
Les


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Subject: RE: Anybody know what happened to Peter Bond
From: brother
Date: 14 Jan 02 - 05:21 AM

Reference Blue anchor Nigel was in this group for many years. Peter as far as I know never was. I did sing for some time with my brothers when we first encountered folk music. We sang mainly in the cleveland area singing unaccompanied harmony, shanties, folk and even Buddy Holly and Bee Gees. I believe it is now called achepello or something very similar. We were known as Ye Comfee Travellers, though I seem to remember in Guisborough they struggled with the name, and we could be , The Country Lads, The Lads, the Company of Folk etc. Will certainly pass on messages to Pete.


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Subject: RE: Anybody know what happened to Peter Bond
From: Joan from Wigan
Date: 15 Jan 02 - 06:14 AM

Les, it was a sad day when the Park Hotel went. I brought our 21st birthday celebrations forward by 3 months so we could celebrate in the Park before it was knocked down. And just about everyone was there for the final night. To add insult to injury, Wigan Council, having got rid of the Park proper, had the nerve to erect the original bar and fittings, plus a wax model of Mrs Brown (the landlady) in "The Way We Were", at Wigan Pier.

Wigan Folk Club has led a nomadic existence since. We're currently meeting at the Fox & Goose, Wigan Lane on Tuesdays, and at the Seven Stars, Wallgate, on Thursdays (yes, twice a week). I don't book guest artistes these days, we just have singarounds, normally quite well attended, and very friendly - anyone welcome.

Memories of the Park... open fires where we used to make toast, roast potatoes and chestnuts...the old cinema seating...the hand-painted murals on the walls (done by folk club members)...the miners lamp hanging from the ceiling and candles on all the tables...the traditional finishing song, 'Wild Mountain Thyme', complete with actions...aah, happy days...

Joan


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Subject: RE: Anybody know what happened to Peter Bond
From: Joan from Wigan
Date: 16 Jan 02 - 03:58 AM

I've come across this link to a photo of Peter Bond taken at the Black Lion "Song for Ethiopia" weekend in June 1985:Click here.

Joan


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Subject: RE: Anybody know what happened to Peter Bond
From: brother
Date: 16 Jan 02 - 09:34 AM

Thankyou for posting that picture, I shall pass this on to Pete as well. I didn't realise he was ever that young, I certainly wasn't. Trevor


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Subject: RE: Anybody know what happened to Peter Bond
From: Raggytash
Date: 17 Jan 02 - 03:52 PM

Refresh this thread to go with the Act of God one


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Subject: RE: Anybody know what happened to Peter Bond
From: BeBop "Paul" Looba
Date: 12 Jan 04 - 08:56 PM

Another ancient thread I'd like to pick up: long, long ago (although post 1977) someone wrote (& recorded?) a song called The Wanderer about L.S.Lowry (the best song about him - closest to his spirit - I can recall in my opinion). It was broadcast on national radio (I presume the folk prog. on R2). I'd not heard of Peter Bond then and I'm not sure if it was him or not: I have this vague memory of the author's initials having a P among them; not much to go on, I know, but it seems to be a bit in PB's area (esp. as Lowry spent much of his latter years visiting Sunderland).
The Wanderer in search engines is too vague and of course there's a better-selling RocknRoll song under the same name.
Any offers, from you folk who obviously know so much about him?
Paul


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Subject: RE: Anybody know what happened to Peter Bond
From: Leadfingers
Date: 12 Jan 04 - 10:16 PM

If its of any interest to any body,I sang Joe Peel tonight at Staines Folk and Blues Club and still have 'All Right For Some' in my rep. Is Pete still working for radio 4 in the North West ? Thats the last info I had for him. Best wishes to him any way.


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Subject: RE: Anybody know what happened to Peter Bond
From: GUEST,Strollin' Johnny
Date: 13 Jan 04 - 11:26 AM

Trevor, his brother and a Tall Ships acquaintance of mine, might tell us (if he still looks in here) ?


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Subject: RE: Anybody know what happened to Peter Bond
From: GUEST,Trevor Bond
Date: 14 Jan 04 - 11:05 AM

Peter is fit and well and living in Rochdale. As far as I know he has not written a song about Lowry, but I will ask him and let you know. Good to hear people are still singing his songs, and I know he is always glad to hear that.
Strollin' Johnny? Yes I still look in here.


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Subject: RE: Anybody know what happened to Peter Bond
From: GUEST,Strollin' Johnny
Date: 15 Jan 04 - 06:38 AM

Trevor - glad to see your post. I did the BOST training with you on SSN (Weymouth maybe four years ago), had just bought my first Lowden, our mutual friend is Lester - remember me now? Hope you're well and still sailing?

'Joe Peel' is a wonderful song and high in my repertoire. Is it still possible to get Peter's original version? Would need to be CD, can't play vinyl any more.

All the best,
JB


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Subject: RE: Anybody know what happened to Peter Bond
From: Kevin Sheils
Date: 22 Jan 04 - 10:51 AM

Pete dropped in with Bill Caddick at last summer's Towersey Festival and did a few spots around. I only caught him once but he was in good form when I saw him.


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Subject: RE: Anybody know what happened to Peter Bond
From: GUEST,Trevor Bond
Date: 23 Jan 04 - 10:24 AM

Have spoken to Pete and he confirms he has not written a song about Lowry, but said it might be someone else, he did give me a name , but I've forgotten it. I'll ask him again and post his thought.
Kevin, nice to see your comment about Towersey, I know he enjoyed doing it.


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Subject: RE: Anybody know what happened to Peter Bond
From: GUEST
Date: 23 Jan 04 - 11:29 AM

I hear from Peter occasionally and last saw him in March last year when he ventured to play nearly all night jamming along with other musicians at a "do" I have each year, here in Huddersfield, to raise money for the Runswick Bay Rescue Boat.
I know he was, for many years, very reluctant to play or sing in public, on the night in question he graced us yet again with some fine singing and wonderful playing.
This year fund raiser for the Rescue Boat will be in March, possibly the 13th ...........watch for thread, all welcome


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Subject: RE: Anybody know what happened to Peter Bond
From: Mark Dowding
Date: 23 Jan 04 - 12:26 PM

Would the song about Lowry be "Mr Lowry" written by Bernie Parry by any chance? Apart from the song "Matchstick Men and Matchstalk Cats and Dogs" that got in the charts by Brian and Michael I can't think of any other songs about Lowry.

Bernie's song starts off

The door has closed behind me, gently through the library
And down the whispering galleries to where the great men lie
Rembrandt I pass him by, Salvador I let him lie
I know that they will never die and they don't need me today
The book I am seeking is here in my hand
A book full of pictures by a Lancashire Man
I stand here for ages turning the pages
And I'm lost in those images
And the room is fading away....

I must get that one back in my repertoire.

Good to hear that Peter still plays. Last time I saw him was at Four Fools a couple of years ago.

No doubt Peters Trailer records are part of Mr Bulmer's collection and will never see the light of day again for CD release but his third solo CD (Awkward Age) was an independant production...maybe there's an opportunity there.


Cheers

Mark


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Subject: RE: Anybody know what happened to Peter Bond
From: GUEST,Brother
Date: 30 Jan 04 - 09:55 AM


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Subject: RE: Anybody know what happened to Peter Bond
From: GUEST,brother
Date: 30 Jan 04 - 09:57 AM

Am in discussions with Pete re possible cd availability but have no news as yet.


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Subject: RE: Anybody know what happened to Peter Bond
From: LesB
Date: 23 Feb 04 - 06:17 PM

Pete turned up at our club Bothy Folk Club Southport. last Sunday and did a floor spot and went down a storm. He seemed to be enjoying himself. We all did.

Cheers

Les


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Subject: RE: Anybody know what happened to Peter Bond
From: GUEST,watching and waiting
Date: 24 Feb 04 - 01:13 PM

Bernie Parry wrote a song about Lowry


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Subject: RE: Anybody know what happened to Peter Bond
From: GUEST,Raggytash
Date: 16 Mar 04 - 06:47 AM

Trevor,

Peter attended our find raiser for the Runswick Bay Rescue Boat, but had to leave rather early as he was struggling with a migraine and a cold.
However he was part of a do that raised £500 for the Rescue Service, would you be kind enough to pass on my thanks


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Subject: RE: Anybody know what happened to Peter Bond
From: GUEST,Brother
Date: 17 Mar 04 - 05:19 AM

Consider your thanks passed on. Glad you raised all that money.


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Subject: RE: Anybody know what happened to Peter Bond
From: GUEST,Dave |Totterdell
Date: 13 Jul 04 - 01:00 PM

Quit the road in 1989.I'm well and living in Bristol which has a brilliant Acoustic Roots music scene. Have just played at Priddy Fest 10 th Jul 04 and West Somerset Folk Fest Minehead in the evening. Have written 12 new songs in the last four years. More time as a semi pro. You can reach me at work on 0117 91 32467 0R e mail on ilsst-lsa3@dpa.mod.uk. Look forward from hearing from anyone. Thanks for supporting me at gigs throughout the years,

kind regards,

Dave Totterdell


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Subject: RE: Anybody know what happened to Peter Bond
From: LesB
Date: 13 Jul 04 - 01:16 PM

Is this a hightjack? I saw Pete singing at Scarisbrick Village Hall last Thurs as part of the Ormskirk Fest. He didn't tell me he changed his name!

Les


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Subject: RE: Song "Mr Lowry"
From: GUEST
Date: 15 Jul 04 - 09:07 AM

Mark,
    Out of interest I wrote/recored a song on Cottage records "Whitby Bells"(1976)called "Mr Major" a painter from Wigan,
regards,
                                          
Dave Totterdell

e mail ilsst-lsa3@dpa.mod.uk
or Tel 0117 91 32467 Wk


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Subject: RE: Anybody know what happened to Peter Bond
From: GUEST,Dave |Totterdell
Date: 15 Jul 04 - 09:48 AM

Trevor,
       Perhaps the're thinking of a sond I wrote about Wigan painter Theadoe Major,sadly now passed away. I recorded it on Whitby Bells and it's called Mr Major hence the possible confusion about "Mr Lowry". Ironically it was confused with "Matchstick Men" at the time but is nothing like that song.You can still buy a copy under rare Vinyls.I am still singing part time and have just played at the Priddy Folk Festival and West Somerset Folk Festival at Minehead in the evening,

regards,


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Subject: RE: Anybody know what happened to Peter Bond
From: Mark Dowding
Date: 15 Jul 04 - 09:54 AM

A friend of my mother's used to live next door to Theodore Major in Appley Bridge near Wigan. He actually had two houses - one for living in and next door for keeping his paintings in when he filled the first house up. I gather he sold very few - if any - of his paintings hence the need for more storage space.


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Subject: RE: Anybody know what happened to Peter Bond
From: GUEST,Raggytash
Date: 15 Jul 04 - 10:23 AM

Dave .......... do us a favour .......... start your own thread ..:-)


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Subject: RE: Anybody know what happened to Peter Bond
From: GUEST,tim.blythe@beattiegroup.com
Date: 26 Jul 04 - 05:08 AM

Does anybody have words and chords (and music?) for Baron and the Busker?
Can't find a recorded version anywhere and my vinyl copy was "borrowed" many years ago.
Tim Blythe


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Subject: RE: Anybody know what happened to Peter Bond
From: Mark Dowding
Date: 26 Jul 04 - 06:29 AM

The Baron and The Busker by Peter Bond

It's the longest running play of all
Expectant people line the wall
The busker's playing tunes he used to march to on parade
And high above the theatre queue
The rich man gazes at the view
And thanks his Gods that he has made the grade
Ladies chatter cheerily, brandy flows around
The rich man draws the velevet curtain shutting out the sound

Ch
Slowly, Slowly turns, Slow turns the wheel
Still it turns

Down below across the square
Down a thousand miles of love and care
The busker's bright but broken tune floats up the foggy street
Now and then he takes a rest
To cough the weather off his chest
And gather up the coins around his feet
His hands upon the clarinet too cold to feel the keys
Dance out their melancholy air of merry misery

I knew a man who used to care
He sat all day in the same old chair
His eyes were sunken in his face like pebbles in the snow
He remembers nineteen twenty six
And now we're in the same old fix
Good God he'd say by now you think they'd know
And like a spluttering gas lamp he slowly flickers down to die
His missis understood his moods and so at last do I


That has been written out from memory so I'll check it when I get home and I'll add some chords as well. I get funny looks when I start singing in the office and I haven't got my guitar with me!

Having chatted with Peter recently, he loves people doing his songs but he would like people to get the correct words. He says there are one or two songs of his being sung that do not have the right words. This one is from his LP called "It's all right for some" released about 1975/76 on the Trailer/Leader label and I gather it's the first song he wrote. The last verse is about his Grandad.

Cheers
Mark


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Subject: RE: Anybody know what happened to Peter Bond
From: Mark Dowding
Date: 26 Jul 04 - 02:07 PM

After listening to the record there's a couple of very subtle changes
Basic chords added as well but there are runs going from one chord to another which is far too complicated to add here

The Baron and The Busker by Peter Bond

(G)It's the longest running (D)play of all
(C)Expectant people (Am)line the wall
(D7)The busker's playing tunes he used to (G)march to on par(D7)ade
And (G)high above the (D)theatre queue
The (C)rich man gazes (Am)at the view
And (D7)thanks his Gods that he has made the (G)grade
(C)Ladies chatter (Am)cheerily, (D)brandy goes around
(C)The rich man draws the (Am)velevet curtain (D)shutting out the sound

Ch
(G)Slow(D)ly, (G)Slowly (C)turns, (Am)Slow turns the (D7)wheel
Still it (G)turns

Down below across the square
Down a thousand miles of love and care
The busker's bright but broken tune floats up the foggy street
Now and then he takes a rest
To cough the weather off his chest
Or gather up the coins around his feet
His hands upon the clarinet too cold to feel the keys
Dance out their melancholy air of merry misery

I knew a man who used to care
He sat all day in the same old chair
His eyes were sunken in his face like pebbles in the snow
He remembers nineteen twenty six
And now we're in the same old fix
Good God he'd say by now you think they'd know
And like a spluttering gas lamp he slowly flickered down to die
His missis understood his moods and so at last do I

Hope this helps

Cheers
Mark


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Subject: RE: Anybody know what happened to Peter Bond
From: GUEST,notanirishgirl
Date: 18 Oct 04 - 05:19 PM

Hi,
I'm not sure how this forum works :-}
I was looking for the Lyrics to peter Bond's Irish Girl
and ended up here. Is he really making a come back ?

Anyone got the words or have I got to glue myself to
my headphones for a while.

Thanks,

notanirishgirl.


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Subject: RE: Anybody know what happened to Peter Bond
From: GUEST,notanirishgirl
Date: 18 Oct 04 - 05:28 PM

Oh Blimey ..

sorry Peter/Dave I should have read all the posts before posting :-}

Well errr hello ... errr could I have the words for The Irish Girl ? The melody has haunted me for years and I thought I'd have a bash at singing it... if only for my own amusement :-}.

Do you have a "proper job " then ???

Linda. (Irish girl in previous life !)


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Subject: RE: Anybody know what happened to Peter Bond
From: GUEST,tim.blythe@beattiegroup.com
Date: 22 Nov 04 - 10:40 AM

Mark Dowding very kindly posted words and chords for The Baron and the Busker, for which a big "thank you".
I wasn't able to contact you directly Mark so I hope you see this email.
Does anyone have a recording so I can remind myself of the exact melody?
Tim Blythe


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Subject: RE: Anybody know what happened to Peter Bond
From: GUEST,MCP
Date: 22 Nov 04 - 12:16 PM

I do - I'm a bit busy just now, but I'll e-mail you an mp3 (or other format if you prefer) with the tune a bit later.

Mick


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Subject: RE: Anybody know what happened to Peter Bond
From: GUEST,MCP
Date: 23 Nov 04 - 01:04 PM

mp3 and wma files sent.

Mick


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Subject: RE: Anybody know what happened to Peter Bond
From: GUEST,Mike Boursnell
Date: 08 Nov 05 - 10:25 AM

Hi,

When I was a Cropredy this year I got a copy of Peter Bond's album "It's Alright For Some". Fantastic! I've been looking for it for years. It's good to hear he still sings occasionally. It would be great if he did some more concerts or put out a CD. If anyone has his ear, try and persuade him...

Mike


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Subject: RE: Anybody know what happened to Peter Bond
From: GUEST,Dave Roberts
Date: 16 Sep 06 - 04:22 PM

I first saw Peter Bond at a folk club in Middleton near Manchester probably round about 1980. This club was run (I believe) by a couple called Ken and Pepsi. My partner Di and myself were astounded when he did a floor spot. We didn't know who he was but he was so good that we knew he must be somebody well known. What a presence and what a song writer. As a result of this we bought all of his available albums and I consider the song Awkward Age to be one of the finest songs written. It's such a shame that no more songs have been released since that album. Roland's Oak is another great song.
I saw Peter perform live at the White Swan in Ladybarn Manchester maybe in 1981 where he did a bit of juggling. The lights were dimmed and he juggled with lighted torches as I remember which is not bad for someone who apparently had no confidence.
Also a hello to Mark Dowding who I remember well from Harry Boardman's Unicorn club on a Saturday night. His renditions of Little Pot Stove and Christmas 1914 were always impeccably performed. Let us not forget also Harry himself who was such an easy-going friendly chap and a vehicle for new talent.
Let's hope Peter Bond does some more gigs as he is a great talent and deserves a wider audience.


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Subject: RE: Anybody know what happened to Peter Bond
From: Mark Dowding
Date: 17 Sep 06 - 02:43 AM

Hello Dave - I have to admit the name is unfamiliar but if I saw you I'd no doubt be shaking your hand and asking how you'd been all these years!
Ken and Pepsi used to get down to the Unicorn on a Saturday as well and gave me a booking at Middleton one night.
I still do nine or ten of Peter's songs and they always go down well - like you say - so much talent to be able to write songs that people want to hear again and again. Not sure if he's getting many gigs at the moment - he had a spell a couple of years ago when he was going round a few clubs to do a few floor spots and the odd gig.

By the way I'm still doing Little Pot Stove and Christmas 1914 - I have learnt some other songs in the past 22 years since I must have you.
Check out my website

Cheers
Mark


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Subject: RE: Anybody know what happened to Peter Bond
From: Dartford Warbler
Date: 17 Sep 06 - 07:21 PM

Peter was a firm favourite at Dartford Folk Club when it took place at The Railway. There are still several people in the regular audience who remember him.
He wrote a wonderful song called "The Lark across the vapour trail". It is on the LP he made (mentioned in some previous postings) It's all right for some - Trailer 2108

Time to go and put it on the turntable after several years!


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Subject: RE: Anybody know what happened to Peter Bond
From: GUEST,Peter Bonds' nephew and son of Trevor aka 'D
Date: 13 Apr 07 - 07:57 AM

Peter is, so my dad tells me, playing in Guisborough tonight, I'm not sure where but I'm sure it'll be in one of the folk clubs.
I won't be going as I have a child that is unwell and needs cuddles.
If you do go I'm sure you won't be dissapointed as Peter is a brilliant singer and musician and a very nice man.


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Subject: RE: Anybody know what happened to Peter Bond
From: Strollin' Johnny
Date: 13 Apr 07 - 09:40 AM

Say 'Hi' to Trevor for me please.
He's also a great musician, so a mutual friend and fellow-sailor tells me. :-)
John


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Subject: RE: Anybody know what happened to Peter Bond
From: GUEST,Helen
Date: 13 Apr 07 - 11:07 AM

yes - Peter is guest at The Globe in Guisborough tonight (13.4.07) - or so his brother Trevor told us on Monday!


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Subject: RE: Anybody know what happened to Peter Bond
From: GUEST,Peters nephew / Trevors son
Date: 13 Apr 07 - 03:39 PM

You should never believe a thing my dad says! He's been telling me nonsense all my life.


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Subject: RE: Anybody know what happened to Peter Bond
From: Gillie
Date: 14 Apr 07 - 06:48 AM

A absolutly cracking night!!

Thanks Pete.

Gillie


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Subject: RE: Anybody know what happened to Peter Bond
From: GUEST,Trevor Bond
Date: 14 Apr 07 - 06:53 AM

Had a great night at the Globe ,Guisborough. Pete was excellent and really enjoyed the night.
Thanks to all who went and made him so welcome
from
Steven's dad


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Subject: RE: Anybody know what happened to Peter Bond
From: Raggytash
Date: 16 Apr 07 - 10:30 AM

Was indeed a great night, Peter's warm and wit came over just as it always did and as you would expect great songs well played and sung. Roll on his next venture into this neck of the woods. Wombat and I took two friends one of whom who had never seen Peter before, she had a wonderful night as did my Mother who also came along.


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Subject: RE: Anybody know what happened to Peter Bond
From: GUEST,JOON
Date: 05 Jun 07 - 07:44 PM

We are a band from Rochdale called JOON. Peter wrote a song for us a couple of years back, called 'Young Sons'.We were looking for a picture of him on the net for a bulliten we are posting on Myspace about the song and came across this... He is hopefully, all going well going to perform it with us on 22nd June at The Heywood (in Heywood) on Tower Street. He's a great talent and a great bloke.
JOON


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Subject: RE: Anybody know what happened to Peter Bond
From: trevorbond
Date: 06 Jun 07 - 07:27 AM

Would you let me know when you post the song so I can tell Pete.


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Subject: RE: Anybody know what happened to Peter Bond
From: GUEST,terrykcork
Date: 01 Nov 08 - 12:20 PM

Hi,did u ever get words of the irish girl? Only recently heard June Tabor sing it and was swept away.Terry


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Subject: RE: Anybody know what happened to Peter Bond
From: GUEST,BeBop "Paul" Looba
Date: 14 Dec 08 - 05:03 PM

After all this time, I've only just come back to this thread. Interesting comments all, but none have got the song I heard all those years ago. The Theodore Major connection is fascinating! I know the Bernie Parry song, but it doesn't get into Lowry's spirit at all.
I can only recall the last line of the verse (or chorus) which is "And the wanderer comes home".
As my mother knew Lowry extremely well, I'm always intrested in insightful lyrics about him, rather than those which plainly draw on the tabloid image of him.
Paul


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Subject: RE: Anybody know what happened to Peter Bond
From: catspaw49
Date: 14 Dec 08 - 05:49 PM

Apologies, but.............Every time this thread has popped up over these many years, I always think "Peter Bond" is a product that John Bobbit could have used.

Sorry.........Can't help myself.........

Spaw


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Subject: RE: Anybody know what happened to Peter Bond
From: Acorn4
Date: 15 Dec 08 - 04:32 AM

I've heard people do one or two of his songs, but we were out of the folk scene for most of the time whenhe was performing - are the recordings still available?


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Subject: RE: Anybody know what happened to Peter Bond
From: nutty
Date: 15 Dec 08 - 04:58 AM

You can pick up his LP's on ebay


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Subject: RE: Anybody know what happened to Peter Bond
From: Swaleman
Date: 18 Aug 09 - 12:57 PM

Peter is performing again now - he lives in Rochdale. I booked him at Richmond Swaledale Folk Club last year - September 08 and he was excellent. A very talented and warm man.
Paul Cullen.


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Subject: RE: Anybody know what happened to Peter Bond
From: GUEST,Joe G
Date: 18 Aug 09 - 06:14 PM

That is good to hear - I missed him at Ryburn 3 Step so hope to see him at some time in future


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Subject: RE: Anybody know what happened to Peter Bond
From: GUEST,--
Date: 05 Sep 09 - 07:23 PM

He teaches me guitar at rochdale, legend of a guy!


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Subject: RE: Anybody know what happened to Peter Bond
From: catspaw49
Date: 05 Sep 09 - 07:36 PM

And I suppose his glue works as good as ever huh?

Sorry....just can't help myself.............

Spaw


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Subject: RE: Anybody know what happened to Peter Bond
From: GUEST
Date: 26 Jun 10 - 07:53 AM

I still occasionally include "Letter From Sunderland" in my performances when I have the nerve and would love to know if the album it comes from is still availble, anyone know?


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Subject: RE: Does anybody have Peter Bond lyrics?
From: GUEST,jim bailey
Date: 30 Jun 10 - 01:42 PM

does any one the lyrics to 'some you win, some you loose' or at least i think thats what it is called - it would mean a great deal to me if anyone could help. Also was ther ever a cd of peters work released i would cherish a copy if anyone could point me in the right direction.


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Subject: RE: Anybody know what happened to Peter Bond
From: GUEST
Date: 22 Aug 10 - 08:28 AM

I have a copy of See me up see me down if anyone is interested.

If so email me at lappinp at me dot com

By the way I am originally from Middleton and may have seen Peter at the Ring O Bells back in the early 80's then again I might not have.

Paul


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Subject: RE: Anybody know what happened to Peter Bond
From: GUEST
Date: 10 Dec 10 - 05:37 PM

Its great to find a thread about Peter Bond I hope someone will upload some songs to youtube or myspace one day so we can enjoy listening to Peter again :)


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Subject: RE: Anybody know what happened to Peter Bond
From: brother
Date: 13 Dec 10 - 06:44 AM

I will pass on these messages to Peter next time I talk to him


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Subject: RE: Anybody know what happened to Peter Bond
From: brother
Date: 14 Dec 10 - 12:15 PM

Spoke to Pete and he is going to look at this site and hopefully reply.
Trevor Bond


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Subject: RE: Anybody know what happened to Peter Bond
From: Herga Kitty
Date: 14 Dec 10 - 03:09 PM

Trevor - I hope he does!

All the recent kerfuffle about football World Cup venues (and the current Tevez coverage) has emphasized what a great song Joe Peel is!

Kitty


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Subject: RE: Anybody know what happened to Peter Bond
From: GUEST,Topic 56
Date: 22 Jan 11 - 09:58 AM

What happened to Peter Bond
A few years ago he dropped in with Bill Caddick at The Bacca Pipes Folk Club when Bill was doing a gig. I was gobsmacked as I had not seen him for years. He did not have a guitar with him as he had not intended to sing. He quickly had a guitar thrust into his hands and he did a couple of songs, it was like a wonderfull step back in time. Bill did a graet night but Peter Bond was a bonus. A couple of years ago he was the booked guest at the club that Peter Coe runs at The Alma Cottenstones near Halifax. He still had the guitar style, patter and comunication with his audience.while I was chatting to him at the end of the night he very kindly and totally unexpectadly gave me two CDs One being Awkward age that was a copy from the LP, the other a CD of live recordings of his over the years 19 tracks. I think one of his brothers had put them together for him.They are now treasured possesions. I think last year he stood in at a House Concerd round the West Houghton are when the original guest had to give backword at short notice. So there may be a chance that he may make some folk club appearences if orginisers were persistant enough


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Subject: RE: Anybody know what happened to Peter Bond
From: GUEST,Brian M
Date: 22 Jan 11 - 02:25 PM

Great to hear Peter is alive and well ,saw him at various venues in North Yorkshire in the 70's/early 80's .The borough Bailiff in Knaresborough to name but one, also Blue Anchor,I,m just getting back into playing would love to learn some of his songs. Also, anyone remember Jon Strong


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Subject: RE: Anybody know what happened to Peter Bond
From: GUEST,Topic 56
Date: 23 Jan 11 - 05:31 AM

To Guest Brian M
Yes I remember Jon Strong He was around the Bradford/Leeds area for quite a lot from the early 1970,s. He used to get round the local clubs doing floor spots and bookings. Generally sang contemporary material plus later his own stuff. Went out with a group of musicians under the name The Jon Strong Band. There are a lot of people from that era, who though on the young side have disappeared. One of the residents at The Topic Folk Club who used to get round the local clubs doing floor spots and bookings was Peter Timmins. He was allways highly regarded by the proffesional musicians for his guitar playing and the way he researched his songs. He is though now Doctor Timmins head of one of the large drug companies Research and Development Departments on the Wirrall. I am lucky enough to have 3 recorded live tapes from 3 of his paid gigs.
I do realise this has nothing to do with Peter Bond but I got carried away answering Brian M's question. Though Peter Bond Held PT in high regard at the time.


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Subject: RE: Anybody know what happened to Peter Bond
From: Ian Fyvie
Date: 23 Jan 11 - 12:00 PM

I remember Peter from Ducklington Folk Club when I was living in Oxford (1976-8); bought 'All Right For Some' and copied a couple of songs from the album into my guitar case song book.

Lost the songbook - then it turned up last November and I tried playing one of Peter's songs over Christmas at one of our singarounds (Yes - reading the words - bad form....). It was a reminder for me how excellent Peter's song are.

Ian Fyvie


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Subject: RE: Anybody know what happened to Peter Bond
From: Ian Fyvie
Date: 23 Jan 11 - 12:06 PM

As a PS....

Can I suggest anyone who likes Peter's songs might also like Jon Heslop's compositions.

Ian


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Subject: RE: Anybody know what happened to Peter Bond
From: GUEST,Guest Rosie
Date: 20 Jul 11 - 12:47 PM

I have just noticed in Shreds & Patches magazine that Peter is performing at Frodsham Folk Club (between Chester & Runcorn) on Friday 29 July 2011. I for one shall be moving heaven and earth to get there!


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Subject: RE: Anybody know what happened to Peter Bond
From: GUEST,Mark Dowding
Date: 03 Aug 11 - 05:04 AM

It was a great night at Frodsham with Peter and his brother Trevor and family who came along to see him and also did a couple of songs with him!


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Subject: RE: Anybody know what happened to Peter Bond
From: GUEST,Sean
Date: 15 Sep 11 - 08:46 AM

Peter taught me to play bass guitar in the 80s; he'd play guitar and I'd (try) to accompany him on bass. He was a great teacher, I appreciate everything he taught me (and his patience!) much more now as a soon-to-be 39 year old, than I ever did as a surly teenage punk.

Peter never mentioned that he'd written, recorded or performed his own songs; what a humble man, I'd love to hear his songs. I reckon he'd be pleased to know I left the bass behind and took up the guitar a long time ago and have written and recorded several records with my (hardcore punk) band and even recorded and performed in the US and mainland Europe. I owe all that to Peter.

If Peter ever does look on here, thanks so much for everything.
Sean (from the Post Office).


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Subject: RE: Anybody know what happened to Peter Bond
From: The Sandman
Date: 15 Sep 11 - 10:42 AM

I can remember Peter was guest at Bury St Edmunds Folk club, this was the early 1980s, he spent the whole of the next morning on a freezing december day, fixing the car of one of the other club organisers,as far as I am concerned, Peter Bond is a real good guy.Dick Miles


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Subject: RE: Anybody know what happened to Peter Bond
From: Herga Kitty
Date: 15 Sep 11 - 12:41 PM

Last night's "Who do you think you are?" on BBC 1, which delved into the family history of Alan Carr, including his miner/footballer father, Graham (now talent scout for Newcastle), and grandfather, Wilf, (played for Newcastle against Sunderland but retired aged 25 on account of injury and went back to the pit for the next 40 years) reminded me of Joe Peel....

Kitty


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Subject: RE: Anybody know what happened to Peter Bond
From: GUEST,jeanette
Date: 21 Oct 11 - 12:59 AM

I would love to be able to contact Peter or one of his brothers. Knew Peter when he was 19 in Rhodesia and still have the poems and letters he wrote.Does he have an e mail address?


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Subject: RE: Anybody know what happened to Peter Bond
From: GUEST,Raggytash
Date: 21 Oct 11 - 02:31 AM

Jeanette, his brother Trevor looks in on Mudcat and will no doubt find this


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Subject: RE: Anybody know what happened to Peter Bond
From: Backwoodsman
Date: 21 Oct 11 - 05:35 AM

Trevor has a Farcebook page, I think (can't check - I'm at work and the IT-Nazis have blocked social networking sites).


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Subject: RE: Anybody know what happened to Peter Bond
From: GUEST,jeanette
Date: 22 Oct 11 - 11:57 AM

Thanks for the tip Trevor has a facebook page but no e mail contact, so will just wait.Worth the chance.


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Subject: RE: Anybody know what happened to Peter Bond
From: GUEST
Date: 10 Mar 12 - 06:50 PM

Just come across this thread when I Googled Peter Bond. Had wondered what became of him. I only saw him twice - at Hull University Folk Club in the late 1970s - but nearly played out the album I bought the first time. When I requested a song the second time he seemed so surprised and pleased - such a nice bloke.
Can still remember most of the words.


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Subject: RE: Anybody know what happened to Peter Bond
From: GUEST,Ben Flay
Date: 10 Jun 12 - 03:03 PM

he taught at Hopwood Hall college untill leaving he taught me guitar and was a regualr in his class for years till he left was n the same i try to tay n touch ,remeber his bikeing it home and hs homemade guitar , legend of a man always spoken of highly
Mis him used to just stay behind so could talk to him GREAT guy and owe him BIG thanks
very very talented man friendly and talented


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Subject: RE: Anybody know what happened to Peter Bond
From: GUEST
Date: 01 Oct 12 - 03:43 AM

Tony

had never heard of him until I saw him at the Helmsley folk festival yesterday . His songs were brilliant and what a great voice .So , yes , he is still around in 2012 .


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Subject: RE: Anybody know what happened to Peter Bond
From: GUEST
Date: 28 Oct 12 - 05:02 PM

Currently heading up a team of songwriters at EMI Mus Pub.


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Subject: RE: Anybody know what happened to Peter Bond
From: GUEST,Elaine (formerly of Collier Ave, Milnow)
Date: 06 Dec 12 - 09:22 PM

I'm a friend of Peter and Jean and lost contact with them when I left Milnrow in 2003. I'd love to get back in touch. If Peter or Trevor reads my post, I can be contacted through the email link on: www.elaineboweslamb.com.au


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Subject: RE: Anybody know what happened to Peter Bond
From: GUEST,Raggytash
Date: 06 Dec 12 - 09:32 PM

Peter will be doing a rare gig at the White Hart Folk Club at Mickleby in June of 2013. Those of us who know Peter from his concerts back in the 70's and 80's will need no prompting to get there and see him.


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Subject: RE: Anybody know what happened to Peter Bond
From: GUEST,Raggytash
Date: 07 Dec 12 - 09:08 AM

Oh Bugger it ! 100


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Subject: RE: Anybody know what happened to Peter Bond
From: GUEST,Martin Gittins
Date: 22 Nov 13 - 03:38 AM

Trying to contact Pete Bond. The link to the guitar group in Rochdale where he teaches doesn't work. Anyone got any contact details for him?
Cheers! Marting


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Subject: RE: Anybody know what happened to Peter Bond
From: Raggytash
Date: 22 Nov 13 - 05:03 AM

Martin if you send me an email address or phone number I will pass it to Peter


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Subject: RE: Anybody know what happened to Peter Bond
From: GUEST,Naffsharpe
Date: 03 Dec 13 - 04:53 PM

If Peter is still playing does anyone have any dates/locations?


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Subject: RE: Anybody know what happened to Peter Bond
From: GUEST,Saltburnfolk
Date: 07 Jan 14 - 05:07 AM

Peter will be playing at a Saltburn Folk Club Concert on 28 February check out the website


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Subject: RE: Anybody know what happened to Peter Bond
From: GUEST,Raggytash
Date: 07 Jan 14 - 07:45 AM

Which venue is Peter playing, The Marine, Golf Club or Arts Bank


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Subject: RE: Anybody know what happened to Peter Bond
From: GUEST,Clive Pownceby
Date: 22 Sep 14 - 10:30 AM

Bothy Folksong Club, Southport 19th April 2015, kicking off our 50th Birthday week of fun n' games.


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Subject: RE: Anybody know what happened to Peter Bond
From: maeve
Date: 22 Sep 14 - 11:20 AM

Raggytash and other interested parties, I do not see a venue posted yet,but here's a link (scroll down the page to April) http://www.bothyfolkclub.co.uk/


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Subject: RE: Anybody know what happened to Peter Bond
From: GUEST
Date: 16 Dec 14 - 06:24 AM

Peter lives near Rochdale and still plays with a variety of line-ups in the locality. He performed at Mickleby a year of os ago - doing his own songs mostly. Saw him last night at the Iron Horse in Newton Aycliffe - he came with brother Trevor to see Eddie Walker and Frank Porter, and Pete and Trevor did a duet floor spot.


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Subject: RE: Anybody know what happened to Peter Bond
From: GUEST,Justafan
Date: 18 Jul 15 - 01:08 PM

This is an old as hell post but i saw it when seeing if peter did private tuition, he currently works with rochdale music service and teaches promary school kids how to play gutair, im just leaving high school and i am looking to get back into gutair with h teaching me once again, does anyone here know if he does private tuition?


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Subject: RE: Anybody know what happened to Peter Bond
From: Raggytash
Date: 19 Jul 15 - 03:17 AM

If you pm an email to me I will forward it to Peter. Do not put an email address on here!!


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Subject: RE: Anybody know what happened to Peter Bond
From: Backwoodsman
Date: 19 Jul 15 - 03:49 AM

Raggy - guests don't have access to the PM facility.

Just afar - you need to become a member in order to send a PM.


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Subject: RE: Anybody know what happened to Peter Bond
From: Backwoodsman
Date: 19 Jul 15 - 03:51 AM

Just afar?? WTF?? .... Justafan!!


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Subject: RE: Anybody know what happened to Peter Bond
From: The Sandman
Date: 19 Jul 15 - 05:03 AM

smashing guy and e3xcellent songwriter


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Subject: RE: Anybody know what happened to Peter Bond
From: Backwoodsman
Date: 19 Jul 15 - 08:11 AM

Indeed.


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Subject: RE: Anybody know what happened to Peter Bond
From: GUEST,johndelittle
Date: 17 Feb 16 - 04:28 PM

It Haunts me still...I still play it all the time!!!


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Subject: RE: Anybody know what happened to Peter Bond
From: Leadfingers
Date: 17 Feb 16 - 06:49 PM

If I still ran a club I would be looking to book him


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Subject: RE: Anybody know what happened to Peter Bond
From: GUEST,John Carberry
Date: 02 Sep 16 - 05:57 PM

Well this has been an uplifting g read. Good to knowPeteris still alive and well and playing music . As everyone else has said what a great writer , very fine singer/performer too and a really nice bloke. Always willing to chart about his songs, answer questions, clarify lyrics and when not on stage in the years I saw him a few times, around 80-83 from memory, he sat in the audience, sang along, joined in the choruses and encouraged the floor singers. I first saw him at Redcar festival 80ish and soon after bought it's all right for some. Great record and used to do Joe Peel and Letter from Sunderland myself.I also loved Lark across the vapour trail. I recently heard Act of God at an evening of songs related to mining. Great song and locally resonant for me living in South Yorkshire as a miner's son. I'd love tocatch him live again or get reissues of his records.


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Subject: RE: Anybody know what happened to Peter Bond
From: GUEST,Nicki Frow
Date: 30 Apr 17 - 01:55 PM

I only saw Peter Bond once, in around 1977/8 when he performed at a folk night held by my school, Hummersknott Comprehensive in Darlington. Some of my teachers had formed a folk group called The Forum, so the pie and pea folk nights were very popular. He was amazing and that concert started off my life long love of folk music. A prize possession of mine is his LP - It's alright for some, which was he signed for me. Unfortunately, I do not have a deck any more so would dearly love to have it on CD. Lovely to hear that he still performs. It would be amazing to see him again.


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