The Mudcat Café TM
Thread #161918 Message #3851492
Posted By: Mo the caller
20-Apr-17 - 04:43 PM
Thread Name: Mentors: thanks and memories
Subject: RE: Mentors: thanks and memories
So many who have inspired, taught and encouraged.
Singing with Bread & Roses.
Learning to play in Sessions using David Oliver's cds and at the Spare Parts workshops (and if Les Jones could post he would say the same about Tuneworks ) then coming home with a few slow tunes and being encouraged by Helen Armstrong (a member of Time Bandits and has started various things in Chester, won't take no for an answer), Colin Matthews, the Gloom Band plus the Audlem session crowd.
But my first love is Social Dance and there are so many callers who have taught and inspired; and organisers who kept the clubs and festivals going so that we can come together and dance. Ron Burgess at Stockton Heath club was always welcoming, pretty much ran the club, organised the caller's rota, swept the floor,etc. He taught me to call both for the club and when I wanted to go out with a band to call for the 'general public'. Full of encouragement and advice. He can no longer come to club, I've taken over the job of callers rota, and try to encourage others to call.