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Greetings to Derek Brimstone

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Big Al Whittle 18 Nov 08 - 05:58 AM
alex s 18 Nov 08 - 06:14 AM
Dave the Gnome 18 Nov 08 - 06:26 AM
scouse 18 Nov 08 - 06:38 AM
Leadfingers 18 Nov 08 - 06:47 AM
GUEST,Chris Newman 18 Nov 08 - 07:01 AM
GUEST,cptsnapper 18 Nov 08 - 07:03 AM
Silas 18 Nov 08 - 07:11 AM
GUEST,Guest Pete Betts 18 Nov 08 - 07:13 AM
Hamish 18 Nov 08 - 07:19 AM
SunrayFC 18 Nov 08 - 07:27 AM
Tig 18 Nov 08 - 08:08 AM
Will Fly 18 Nov 08 - 08:11 AM
oombanjo 18 Nov 08 - 11:47 AM
Kevin Sheils 18 Nov 08 - 11:56 AM
The Sandman 18 Nov 08 - 12:39 PM
Irene M 18 Nov 08 - 01:10 PM
Sooz 18 Nov 08 - 02:05 PM
Seamus Kennedy 18 Nov 08 - 02:23 PM
GUEST,Bill the sound 18 Nov 08 - 07:19 PM
Barry Finn 18 Nov 08 - 09:40 PM
Bugsy 19 Nov 08 - 12:43 AM
GUEST,Guest 19 Nov 08 - 01:43 AM
Fran 19 Nov 08 - 02:52 AM
Musket 19 Nov 08 - 05:56 AM
RoyH (Burl) 19 Nov 08 - 06:45 AM
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breezy 19 Nov 08 - 03:43 PM
Dave the Gnome 20 Nov 08 - 05:18 AM
Big Al Whittle 20 Nov 08 - 09:21 AM
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Silas 20 Nov 08 - 01:14 PM
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Big Al Whittle 20 Nov 08 - 02:56 PM
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Big Al Whittle 21 Nov 08 - 05:15 PM
Bugsy 21 Nov 08 - 06:29 PM
GUEST,Derek Brimstone 22 Nov 08 - 08:49 AM
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Subject: Greetings to Derek Brimstone
From: Big Al Whittle
Date: 18 Nov 08 - 05:58 AM

I just phoned up Derek Brimstone and I'm going to head down the motorway to see him tomorrow and spend the day with him and Jeannie.

As many of you know, Derek has not been well enough to go gigging for a while now - I'm sure we've all missed his presence on the folk music scene.

I thought it would be nice if any of his old mates added their greetings to this thread, and I could print it off and take it with me.

All the best

Big Al Whittle


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Subject: RE: Greetings to Derek Brimstone
From: alex s
Date: 18 Nov 08 - 06:14 AM

I don't know him personally but when I was first learning guitar I had his clawhammer book, which was terrific. I still play some of that stuff now.

I only saw him live once, at Leeds Folk Festival and he was incredibly funny, so funny that I remember leaning against the marquee tentpole helpless with laughter and wishing he would stop - it's one of the few times I have very nearly literally split my sides laughing!

Give him my warm regards and best wishes.

BIG FAN Alex


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Subject: RE: Greetings to Derek Brimstone
From: Dave the Gnome
Date: 18 Nov 08 - 06:26 AM

Send him our regards from Swinton Folk Club organisers Dave Polshaw, Dave Wynn and Ged Todd and all his fans there. Funny co-incidence here - You know I have been talking to you about Pete Ryder? Well, Pete was once on tour, in South Africa, with Derek Brimstone amongst others. One day they were lay on the deck of a luxury boat, being served free drinks and being generaly pampered when Derek shouted over to Pete and anyone else who was listening 'Aren't you glad you practiced!' - Which has become, of course, one of his books - 'I'm glad I practiced'.

Tell him Pete's still practicing:-)

Cheers

DeG


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Subject: RE: Greetings to Derek Brimstone
From: scouse
Date: 18 Nov 08 - 06:38 AM

Send him all the best from me.. Phil Jackson. He only knows me as Scouse.. Last time I saw him was in a folk club in Southend way back in the beginning of the eighties.. I was sitting quite happily right in the middle of the audience during his gig.. He stopped in the middle of a song and said "Hi Scouse!! whatcha doin down here??" All eyed turned on me and I've never been so embarresed in my whole life!!!! Such was the man. I love him so I do.
As Aye,
Phil.


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Subject: RE: Greetings to Derek Brimstone
From: Leadfingers
Date: 18 Nov 08 - 06:47 AM

Say 'Hi' from me too ! Fond memores of booking Del , as well as seeing him round the Clubs !


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Subject: RE: Greetings to Derek Brimstone
From: GUEST,Chris Newman
Date: 18 Nov 08 - 07:01 AM

Say a big hello from me and Máire. It was great to see him in Hitchin a few months ago - he truly is the funniest man I have ever heard on a stage!


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Subject: RE: Greetings to Derek Brimstone
From: GUEST,cptsnapper
Date: 18 Nov 08 - 07:03 AM

The same from me.

George Norris


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Subject: RE: Greetings to Derek Brimstone
From: Silas
Date: 18 Nov 08 - 07:11 AM

Yep, you can tell the old bugger he still owes me a fiver from 1982!


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Subject: RE: Greetings to Derek Brimstone
From: GUEST,Guest Pete Betts
Date: 18 Nov 08 - 07:13 AM

Say a big hello from me and his huge collection of admirers around Redcar - Johnny T , Vin and the like. Redcar Festival was always a better occasion for his presence.
Notwithstanding his great musicianship and humour , he is also an extremely pleasant person , great to be in his company - a talent for making everyone who met him feel genuinely important to him.
To repeat Leadfingers - fond memories indeed


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Subject: RE: Greetings to Derek Brimstone
From: Hamish
Date: 18 Nov 08 - 07:19 AM

Aye: a fabulous bloke. I'm only sad that I was a late convert to Brimmo and have only had the enormous pleasure of catching a couple of gigs. His two autobiographies are brilliant, too!

--
Hamish - fae Berko.


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Subject: RE: Greetings to Derek Brimstone
From: SunrayFC
Date: 18 Nov 08 - 07:27 AM

I have been in touch many times to ask....no that's untrue...BEG him to join us at the Sunray Folk Club. But I know his situation and I will cherish the memories. Tell him I think of him whenever I sing Zimmerman Blues.

His humour and style has not yet been replaced on the Folk scene.

The sunray Folk Club


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Subject: RE: Greetings to Derek Brimstone
From: Tig
Date: 18 Nov 08 - 08:08 AM

Please give him lots of love and hugs from me and John in Doncaster.
I miss them both about the scene and Derek and John always suspected trouble ahead if Jeanie and I were seen talking together :-0

Lots of love and BIG hugs
Tig (aka Chris Ingram)
xxxxx


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Subject: RE: Greetings to Derek Brimstone
From: Will Fly
Date: 18 Nov 08 - 08:11 AM

Regards from one who saw him and booked him in the old days (late 60s) at Clanfolk in Bayswater - and from puppeteer Professor Pete Charlton (ex-Beeb) who was also a fan.


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Subject: RE: Greetings to Derek Brimstone
From: oombanjo
Date: 18 Nov 08 - 11:47 AM

say hello to the old git from me ,the last time i had a chat with him was in Whitby and he tried to nick my Banjo/tell him Helmut is still making them, however tell him if he was to develop parkinsons it would improve his frailing no end. but joking aside give him my best and I am sure from all the gang that use to meet at Whitby fest would send the same Cheers Oombanjo


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Subject: RE: Greetings to Derek Brimstone
From: Kevin Sheils
Date: 18 Nov 08 - 11:56 AM

Tell him there's plenty of us missing him here in Walthamstow, and wish him well


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Subject: RE: Greetings to Derek Brimstone
From: The Sandman
Date: 18 Nov 08 - 12:39 PM

a very good performer,give him my regards.


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Subject: RE: Greetings to Derek Brimstone
From: Irene M
Date: 18 Nov 08 - 01:10 PM

Hello, you two.
Hope all is OK.

Regards

Irene


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Subject: RE: Greetings to Derek Brimstone
From: Sooz
Date: 18 Nov 08 - 02:05 PM

Big hugs from Gainsborough!


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Subject: RE: Greetings to Derek Brimstone
From: Seamus Kennedy
Date: 18 Nov 08 - 02:23 PM

I never met the man, but I've enjoyed his recordings, his picking and his humor for years.

In fact, I just learned 'Coming In On A Wing and A Prayer' for an upcoming gig from one of his recordings. I'll do it for Little Joe.

Thanks Derek, and best wishes.

Seamus Kennedy


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Subject: RE: Greetings to Derek Brimstone
From: GUEST,Bill the sound
Date: 18 Nov 08 - 07:19 PM

I've seen Derek Live several times. The last time was at a local folk club-we were all a bit worried because he was late-someone phoned his home to see if he was coming-his wife said he should be there by now-we went outside there he was sat in his car fast asleep-but when he came on his performance was brilliant. A great night thanks and all the best Derek.
                              Bill and all the gang from Newport.


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Subject: RE: Greetings to Derek Brimstone
From: Barry Finn
Date: 18 Nov 08 - 09:40 PM

Would you pass on a hi from me, Weelittledrummer? We met in Boston back 10 or so yrs ago, he graced the Boston Traditional Singers Club with his voice & presence, it was quite a pleasure meeting him. Sorry to hear he's not in top form.
All my best Derek
Barry


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Subject: RE: Greetings to Derek Brimstone
From: Bugsy
Date: 19 Nov 08 - 12:43 AM

Derek and I go way back to the Lyons Den Folk Club at Bowes Lyon House Stevenage in the early 60's.

Though we haven't seen each other for over 10 year, me being in Perth WA and him in Hemel Bumpstead, he and Lady Brimstone are talked about in our family on a regular basis and are, of course, always in our hearts.

I've tried on several occasions to send emails to Del but they come back undeliverable, (Maybe he has me listed as SPAM).

Anyway it's love to you "Uncle Del" and Jeannie from Pete, Annie, Matt and Naomi in Perth. I hope you are keeping your pecker up and that we'll have a chance to get together again some day soon.

Cheers

Bugsy


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Subject: RE: Greetings to Derek Brimstone
From: GUEST,Guest
Date: 19 Nov 08 - 01:43 AM

Love from all at Westhoughton Folk Club, now sadly closed, but still in peoples memories.


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Subject: RE: Greetings to Derek Brimstone
From: Fran
Date: 19 Nov 08 - 02:52 AM

Hi From me too Derek, your version of Farewell Angelina is my favorite.


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Subject: RE: Greetings to Derek Brimstone
From: Musket
Date: 19 Nov 08 - 05:56 AM

Fell off my chair laughing at Stainsby Festival some time in early '80s when he sang "She Married a Portuguese."

Fell off my chair at Stainsby Festival a few times thinking on....


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Subject: RE: Greetings to Derek Brimstone
From: RoyH (Burl)
Date: 19 Nov 08 - 06:45 AM

Please tell him best wishes from Roy Harris


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Subject: RE: Greetings to Derek Brimstone
From: GUEST
Date: 19 Nov 08 - 06:53 AM

All the best Derek,from Ampthil and Uxbridge
Cllr aka Mike


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Subject: RE: Greetings to Derek Brimstone
From: breezy
Date: 19 Nov 08 - 03:43 PM

Let him know that I'm ready to drive him if he's up for one.
Please up date us Al


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Subject: RE: Greetings to Derek Brimstone
From: Dave the Gnome
Date: 20 Nov 08 - 05:18 AM

Well, how was he then?

Cheers

DeG


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Subject: RE: Greetings to Derek Brimstone
From: Big Al Whittle
Date: 20 Nov 08 - 09:21 AM

Well it was a nice day The traffic on the M1 was fierce and due to them widening it, you can only go very slowly in parts. And what with only one petrol pump working at Leicester Forest and a long queue you couldn't get out of, it was a wearisome journey for an old fart like me.

Derek seems to be moving a little slower and his diaphragm keeps jumping in a mysterious way (we watched it twitch for a while), but he said he had had trouble sleeping and he soon perked up. For the first hour we swapped war stories about aches and pains and hospitals.

We chatted for a while about people we both knew on the folkscene, and his family who all seem to be doing well.

He and Jeannie were was very made up by all the greetings on the thread. He went through them telling all about the various people.
He thinks you're 'a really sweet kid' - Sooz. I thought you might like that.

He had an old guitar in the lounge and I started tuning it. i went to D minor and DADGAD. Derek said he's bever really gotten into DADGAD and I sympathised because - had I not met Ken Nicol _ I don't suppose I should have. When i showed him how easy it was as a tuning - he said, well bugger me! And he got his guitar out and he was soon starting to turn over nicely. he played his banjo for a while.

He said, I don't play much, but I noticed the nails were at the right length on each hand or thereabouts.

Of course he's known virtually everyone - Al Stewart, Brenda Wooton, Gordon Giltrap, Ralph Mctell, Martin Carthy, Maddy Prior, Mike Silver, Derrol Adams, Ian Campbell, Lorna and Brian Clark, Pete Ryder - gigged with all of them, stayed with most of them and most them have stayed with him. He and Jeannie knew them all, played at every festival and have anecdotes that artlessly gave a thumbnail insight into the personality.

They hadn't heard about John Pearse - so that was a terrific shock, when I told them. JP had been a long time good friend of them both, and Derek was visibly shaken.

He's forgotten more about how to present a folksong to an audience in an interesting and engaging way than most of us will ever know. he could give seminars to the people who give seminars.

We parked on a traffic island near the Chinese restaurant. Can we park here? he asked the traffic warden.

Course you can Del! says the traffic warden, who it turns out used to play with Del's daughter when they were both little girls. Hugs all round!

So there you have it. Derek Brimstone who can touch even the heart of a traffic warden with his magic, charisma and humour.

I passed on your offer to him Breezy. Whilst I was there Matt Amour and offered him a gig at Stoney Stratford , but he didn't see how he could make it over there.

Derek says he misses the scene like mad, but he's content. Few of us can say that.


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Subject: RE: Greetings to Derek Brimstone
From: The Sandman
Date: 20 Nov 08 - 01:09 PM

Irene M,very well indeed.


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Subject: RE: Greetings to Derek Brimstone
From: Silas
Date: 20 Nov 08 - 01:14 PM

Didn't mention my fiver then? :-)


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Subject: RE: Greetings to Derek Brimstone
From: Sooz
Date: 20 Nov 08 - 02:45 PM

"Sweet kid"? Must be someone else!

I wonder if he remembers when he left me in the wings at the Trinity Arts Centre with his guitar in one hand and his banjo in the other while he nipped off to the loo. The artist he was following was coming up to the end of his last song at the time! He made it back just in time to go on although I still had the banjo in my hand while I was doing t he introduction!


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Subject: RE: Greetings to Derek Brimstone
From: Big Al Whittle
Date: 20 Nov 08 - 02:56 PM

No Sue, he thinks you're a sweet kid. Live with it. He mentioned you by name.


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Subject: RE: Greetings to Derek Brimstone
From: Big Al Whittle
Date: 20 Nov 08 - 03:01 PM

PS Silas, he says he doesn't owe you anything. Who are you anyway?

uNDER WHAT CIRCUMSTANCES DID THE FIVER GET LENT?


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Subject: RE: Greetings to Derek Brimstone
From: Big Al Whittle
Date: 21 Nov 08 - 05:15 PM

refresh


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Subject: RE: Greetings to Derek Brimstone
From: Bugsy
Date: 21 Nov 08 - 06:29 PM

It's good to hear how they are getting on. Can you PM me with Del's email please.


Cheers


Bugsy


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Subject: RE: Greetings to Derek Brimstone
From: GUEST,Derek Brimstone
Date: 22 Nov 08 - 08:49 AM

Hello all,
         Thanks for all the nice things you've written. Made an old man very happy. Well, sort of old, although I'm still 37 in my head. I'm feeling quite well actually, and it was really good to see Big Al again. It was a bit of a shock to hear about Jon Pearse though. Does anybody know about the circumstances of his passing? He was a great mate of mine.
          Take care everyone. Love - Derek.

P.S. By the way Bugsey, my e.mail address is: d.brimstone1@ntlworld.com. Would be great to hear from you.


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Subject: RE: Greetings to Derek Brimstone
From: vectis
Date: 22 Nov 08 - 03:02 PM

Got to this one a bit late but a huge hug and Hello to both of you from down here in sunny Seaford.
Love and hugs
Mary


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Subject: RE: Greetings to Derek Brimstone
From: GUEST,chris barnes
Date: 31 Aug 12 - 04:20 AM

It was great to see you again,when you played in Hereford.I cant thank you enough for teaching me in 1961! Incidentally,I still own and play your old DALAS long neck 5-string..the one you let me have when you got the new Framas.send love to Jeannie.love and peace etc.


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