The Mudcat Café TM
Thread #110360   Message #2315615
Posted By: kytrad (Jean Ritchie)
14-Apr-08 - 06:11 PM
Thread Name: Jackie and Bridie Song Books
Subject: RE: Jackie and Bridie Song Books
Jacqui and Bridie have been our friends for many years- they always had an East Coast tour each fall, and either began or finished their trip at our house and we'd get them to Kennedy Airport when their stay was over. Jacqui began her career as a singer when she was a young girl, as the "girl singer" with the Spinners, and was their star for some time. She then went on her own, and met Bridie when they were both teaching school. They began singing duets here and there, then teamed up as, "Jacqui and Bridie," and were extremely popular and successful in the beginnings and right on through the "Folk Revival" years. Their records, CDs and books are here in our shelves.

Bridie died of cancer several years ago; Jacqui has continued to do solo tours until two or three years ago. Her friend Lynn travelled with her on these trips, and occasionally joined in a few songs with her. They always call us via phone at least every Thanksgiving, and their last call was an apology for not coming that year (2007), as Jacqui was in poor health. I have emailed them recently but no answer has come yet- I hope they're well.

Jacqui and Bridie were I feel were important voices on the British folk scene of their musical years. They always ran a coffee house, at whatever community in which they lived through that time- gave good music, education, and fun to many, and jobs to hundreds of other singers. They knew much about English songs, folklore history, customs, folk performers and folklorists. Loved dogs, flowers, people, jokes and funny stories,travelling, and above all, loved folks, and music.