The Mudcat Café TM
Thread #84268   Message #1583979
Posted By: Dave Bryant
16-Oct-05 - 05:44 AM
Thread Name: BS: Dave Bryant
Subject: RE: BS: Dave Bryant
Hi again, it seems that you all want to know where the epithet "Tito Gobi of the Balls Pond Road" came from. It was coined by the late John Barker of "The Crayfolk" – one of the founders of Farningham Folk Club. He originally called me the "Maria Callas . . .", but I objected to the gender change and as I was singing mainly as a baritone (in opera and oratorio) those days he changed it to suit the Italian singer. I assume he chose the "Balls Pond Road" bit because it sounded funny – the only vague connection which I can think of with the locality, was a folk club which I visited on the odd occasion