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Thread #66840   Message #2371136
Posted By: GUEST,Mark Peers
20-Jun-08 - 08:12 PM
Thread Name: Jon Rennard - info rqd
Subject: RE: Jon Rennard - info rqd
Great to read the tributes to Jon who was a good friend and a one off. Important to record that he also played with the Jug & Bottle Washers Jug Band for more than 3 years.

The band played most of the Folk clubs and festivals in the north of England, toured Ireland supporting Johnny McAvoy (ex Dublin City Ramblers) Jon was an enthusiastic band member playing guitar, ukalele, kazoo and vocals. The other members of the band were John Wall (leader and organiser of the famous Memphis Folk Club in Leeds where Jon sang so often) on guitar, vocals, kazoo and funnel, Jim Peers on Jug (Sadly also no longer with us)and myself (Mark Peers)on the washboard.

I have many happy memories of Jon that included an amazing busking session at Whitby Folk festival in 1968 and many fun gigs right up to his tragic death. I have one of his LP's and some treasured tape recordings of the band live and of a Radio Leeds recording of "Shine" introduced by Bob Pegg. John Wall and myself have some photos of John with the band.

After Jon's sad death Bob Clark joined the band (see his contribution (Nov 07)and we changed the name to Count Orlandos Spasm Circus and later to the KC Moaners.

God Bless Jon