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Thread #25199   Message #3913961
Posted By: GUEST,Phil d'Conch
29-Mar-18 - 10:04 PM
Thread Name: Info: Joseph Spence (1910-1984)
Subject: RE: Joseph Spence
"When you go out into a new part of the world with a tape recorder to look for music you always dream that someday you might find a new performer who will be so unique and so exciting that their music will have an effect on anybody who hears it. One of the few times it ever happened to me was in our first few weeks in the Fresh Creek Settlement on Andros. We went out one day about noon.... Some men were working on the foundation of a new house, and as we came close to them we could hear guitar music. It was some of the most exuberant, spontaneous, and uninhibited guitar playing we had ever heard, but all we could see was a man in a faded shirt and rumpled khaki trousers sitting on a pile of bricks. I was so sure two guitarists were playing that I went along the path to look on the other side of the wall to see where the other man was sitting. We had just met Joseph Spence."
[Liner notes]

Joseph Spence, Bahaman Folk Guitar: Music Of The Bahamas, Volume One, Folkways Records, LP, FS3844, 1959

A1 Coming in on a Wing and a Prayer
A2 There Will be a Happy Meeting in Glory
A3 Brownskin Gal
B1 I'm Going to Live That Life
B2 Face to Face That I Shall Known Him
B3 Jump in the Line

Just for the lay of the land, Fresh Creek, Charters' home base, was also the setting for Blind Blakes' Run Come See (Jerusalem) (1951.)

Small Hope, where Joseph Spence was born and raised, is about 7km up Queen's Hwy. from Fresh Creek.

The Ethel, Myrtle and Pretoria of song all foundered along that coast in the 1926 storm. Joseph Spence was born in 1910 and went to sea as a sponger... at age 16 years.