The Mudcat Café TM
Thread #79933 Message #1889717
Posted By: GUEST,Bob Coltman
21-Nov-06 - 05:47 AM
Thread Name: Wanted: Memories of Paul Clayton
Subject: RE: Wanted: Memories of Paul Clayton
Hello again Charley,
Thanks very much for your offer! Yes, Paul was a frequent feature at Oak Grove as a singer and dulcimer player, though not as an actor. I've spoken to Margaret (sp?) Collins and also to a few musicians such as Mike Seeger and Bob Yellin who sat in on musical sessions after the Oak Grove performances. So this is, if not thoroughly covered, at least tapped into.
Yes, I miss Bill greatly. He was my mentor when I was eleven years old and had just gotten a guitar and was trying to figure out how to play it. He kindly took a whole afternoon, showed me chords, made chord charts for me, suggestions about strings, etc., not to mention fascinating stories about folksongs and singers, and followed up by mail thereafter. After such a start, what could I do but learn to be a picker and singer too? Only thirty years later did I learn he lived some 20 miles from my mother-in-law and her husband. Good ol' long arm of coincidence enabled me to renew the acquaintance for the latter years of his life.