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Thread #101087   Message #2038635
Posted By: GUEST,Don Rouse
29-Apr-07 - 09:45 AM
Thread Name: Obit: Frank Purslow (25 April 2007)
Subject: RE: Obit: Frank Purslow (25 April 2007)
1974 I used the services of Frank and the 'Morris Eight'Band for a couple of fund raising Barn Dances. Tried for a third one but he could not get a caller, after 2 sessions in his house, I became a Caller and a wonderfull partnership was born. 1976 the intrepid trio of Frank, Chris Bartram and myself formed the Bampton Barn Dance Band which became one of the busiest pro/am bands in the area. Busiest spell being 7 Performances in 9 days.
Many good musicians started their days with Franks tuition, the best that I know of being Mat Green, in fact the Woodpeckers started thier days as a spin off from the Bampton Barn Dance Band.Frank took the band on trips to both Holland and Germany creating long term friendships with many people who were not 'folk'.
My most amusing memory of Frank was playing in a Barn at Pewsey, Wilts. Terrible noise coming from the PA atributed to Frank's Melodion. The cure? Tying a pice of wire from Franks toe to the nearest cattle trough! It worked! but I had to take his drink to him all night.