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Thread #36669 Message #3117042
Posted By: GUEST,Cumbrian Folk Bob
19-Mar-11 - 01:01 PM
Thread Name: Anyone know of Tom Yates
Subject: RE: Anyone know of Tom Yates
I remember Tommy well - late 60's Stockport, Manchester, Ashton-u-Lyne , New Mills etc, along with Ian Gentle and Tony Davis, Mary Asquith, and certainly Stan Gee and his Slipper Alley Sidewalk Stompers All Star Show Band and many others. It was a magical time for the folk scene, and Tommy was a deservingly well-loved member of the crew. Been doing Sandpiper at least once every few months for the last 23 years since I moved to Yorkshire, and every time I intoduce it by a brief description of Tommy, and then tell the audience that the song ,for me, makes the summer-holiday-sun shine no matter how dull or dark the day - so lots of people know about him, and at least one of his songs - his light may have dimmed - but it still flickers on in this part of the world. I suppose now I'll have to describe him as the 'late' Tommy Yates - but I believe that while ever his music lives - so does Tommy. Rest in peace - old friend.