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Subject: Tony Capstick albums
From: Phil Edwards
Date: 07 Dec 08 - 02:53 PM

Encouraged by a recommendation from weelittledrummer, I got hold of a copy of The Punch and Judy Man the other day.

All I knew about Tony Capstick before I got this record was that he did that Hovis parody; all I know now is what I've found out on that Internet in the last week. But this album is enough to tell me that he was a fine singer and guitarist, with a good ear for a song and an open mind. Most of the material is traditional, but some of the settings are well out into 'electric folk' territory; on the other hand, one of the plainest, sparest renditions on the album is of a song by Jake Thackray.

So: what else did he do, before he gave up performing? And is it all this good?


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Subject: RE: Tony Capstick albums
From: Folkiedave
Date: 07 Dec 08 - 03:41 PM

You might enjoy this.....

http://www.yorkshire-folk-arts.com/info/archive/capstick.html

A google should get you his records - he didn't make many.


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Subject: RE: Tony Capstick albums
From: Tig
Date: 07 Dec 08 - 06:17 PM

Spent many years around the folk circuit - and unless someone had let him near the bar yes he WAS good. He also did various bits of TV and acting work - He was one of the policemen in Last of the Summer Wine. He also had a show on Radio Sheffield for a long time.

Oh, and a police record for a bit of stupid behaviour which caused him no end of problems :-)

He was also a good friend and a really smashing person to know.


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Subject: RE: Tony Capstick albums
From: Big Al Whittle
Date: 07 Dec 08 - 08:14 PM

Tony was one of my favourite folksingers. Very versatile - although I never really liked his shot at Americana - Kristoferson's Casey's Last Ride and dr Hook's Freaking at the Freakers ball were two that spring to mind that i didn't care much for - but which he obviously liked and I saw him do quite often.

He was best to my mind doing English trad material. His version of the Bonny Bunch of Roses was to die for; Maccaffery, The Pelican (was it....?) . And of course English stuff written 'in the tradition'. I don't know what MacColl made of him, but John Connolly rates Capstick's version of the Punch and Judy man as the best ever recorded.

As Dave Burland pointed out his first idols were the Irish singers and he learned from them the ability to use his voice almost like a piece of percussion - a meticulous rhythm pattern - but without skipping an ounce of the expression of the words - be they tragic or comic.

He did an album that he shared with derek brimstone, Bill barclay and Mike harding for Rubber records called - 'there was this bloke'.
Tony wasn't pleased with his contribution - he thought Brimstone outshone everyone else on the record - but it contains a great live version of tony singing John Blunt which is half spoken/half sung and illustrates that last point.

By the time I saw him - he was a national figure. he did a great folk radio programme out of Manchester. But you could also book him for a folk club for thirty five quid a night - which may sound cheap - but it was twice what I earned a week as a teacher.I seem to remember he didn't drive. he needed people to run him to gigs, pick him up from railway sstations, and put him up - even if it was really only an hour away from where he lived.

Brimstone said Tony was the readiest wit that he ever saw - comparable with only Diz Disley. he was certainly very funny and took absolutely no prisoners, woe betide anyone stupid to enough to heckle - his put downs were devastating and hilarious.

However I can remember paul Downes telling me though he loved Tony's work - he thought southern audiences sometimes found the Northern accent sort of brutal sounding, and he remembered seeing an audience recoil at the use of the eff word when someone like Derek brimstone's gentle cockney accent ('fackin' hell mate!') would have merely amused them.

Tony was in reality an alternative comedian who suffered the misfortune of emerging five or six years before comdey was the new rock an roll, and every member of footlights was getting a break.

Certainly after you'd sat through a red in claw evening with Tony in great form - nothing on the TV looked even half talented. Even when he'd punched a hole in the national consciousness with his 'hit' - this great wit was handed the job of introducing and commenting on a tv series about marching bands - you know majorettes and baton twirling. I watched about two minutes, cos Tony was introducing it and just thought 'poor sod!'

So in short - a victim of the times in which he lived. A time when the media's idea of a Northern wit was Bernard Manning.


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Subject: RE: Tony Capstick albums
From: cooperman
Date: 08 Dec 08 - 07:52 AM

I went to see Tony many times at the Highcliff folk club in Sheffield when I was cooperlad (around 1970). He lives on in many memories. A fine singer and musician as well as the comedy. An inspiration to me and many others. Ironically, because his put downs were so good it kind of encouraged hecklers who saw it as a challenge. He always won!


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Subject: RE: Tony Capstick albums
From: Jean(eanjay)
Date: 08 Dec 08 - 07:57 AM

We have the LP "Punch and Judy Man" signed "love to Tony and Jean from Tony xx". He used to play at the folk club my husband ran years ago but we saw him in loads of clubs in Yorkshire - he was brilliant, told amazingly funny stories and was good looking too; he had a sort of cheeky look :-)


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Subject: RE: Tony Capstick albums
From: Colin Randall
Date: 08 Dec 08 - 08:07 AM

My memory of Tony is dominated by the quite exceptional night we had at my folk club in Bishop Auckland, Co Durham when he was the booked guest and Christy Moore turned up too, claiming it was his booking (I had booked him late one night while attending another club and we, drink doubtless having been taken, wrote down the details for dates one week apart.)

I have told the story before - at mudcat, I think, and certainly at this Salut! Live link - but fans of either Tony or Christy might find it amusing.

The ensuing double bill was probably the best club night - maybe even the best gig - I've ever experienced. Luckily, it didn't break the bank either - we put up the prices and had a full house so there was enough for both.


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Subject: RE: Tony Capstick albums
From: Dave Hanson
Date: 08 Dec 08 - 08:39 AM

Tony was the MC in the ' folk tent ' at the ill fated Krumlin Pop Festival, he introduced himself as Tony Catsprick.

Also on the bill was Johnny Silvo who came on wearing a kilt, and made claim to being the only genuine member of The Black Watch Regiment.

eric


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Subject: RE: Tony Capstick albums
From: Phil Edwards
Date: 08 Dec 08 - 10:28 AM

What about the black vinyl and/or shiny aluminium? So far I'm aware of four TC LPs -

His Round
The Punch and Judy Man
Does a Turn
Capstick Comes Home

plus contributions to

There Was This Bloke
Songs of Ewan MacColl

but I'm having no luck finding details for these (track listings, musicians, whether they were any good, etc). Anyone?


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Subject: RE: Tony Capstick albums
From: skipy
Date: 08 Dec 08 - 06:11 PM

170285062220      cut & paste into ebay.
Skipy


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Subject: RE: Tony Capstick albums
From: Musket
Date: 09 Dec 08 - 03:49 AM

Yeah, you could book him for £35.00 plus beer...

He used to come to our folk club as a floor singer a lot too, to try out new songs mainly. The attraction being that it was walking distance from his in laws, so a bed without the cost of taxis / mates etc.

He was a typical folk act of his time, and I enjoyed him for it. I used to do a syndicated folk show that went out around most of the hospital radio stations nationally and Tony not only gave me the obligatory annual interview, but introduced me to many others who came to our studio for free on the basis of "Tony sent me."

Many a hospital radio station played a jingle of him stating :Come and be ill with your local hospital radio."

Listen to him singing Freeborn Man, and you get a good idea of how to sing like you speak, no frills, bells or whistles, just pure character via a microphone.

Mind you, he could be a bugger at times....


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Subject: RE: Tony Capstick albums
From: GUEST
Date: 09 Dec 08 - 04:06 AM

He also gets a a mention in "Tales of a rat hunting man." by DB Plummer. He went on a ratting trip with Plummer one night.


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Subject: RE: Tony Capstick albums
From: Dave Sutherland
Date: 09 Dec 08 - 04:40 AM

Pip - a number of these recordings were made for the Wallsend based Rubber Records which I'm sure is now defunct. I'm not entirely certain where the masters might be now but I could make an educated guess.


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Subject: RE: Tony Capstick albums
From: GUEST,Working Radish
Date: 09 Dec 08 - 05:48 AM

I suspect they're in the hands of He Who Must Not Be Named*. I'm more interested in what's on them. The post-Hovis album Capstick Comes Home, for instance - trad? comedy? both? or what?


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Subject: RE: Tony Capstick albums
From: GUEST,Working Radish
Date: 09 Dec 08 - 05:49 AM

*At the risk of starting a completely different discussion.


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Subject: RE: Tony Capstick albums
From: Zany Mouse
Date: 09 Dec 08 - 06:06 AM

Only saw him once, way back in the late 60s/early 70s, at the Room At The Top in Barnsley. He was talented, exceptionally witty and did a great set.

His humour was very dry - typical Yorkshire man I suppose - which went down well in Barnsley.

Much missed

Rhiannon


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Subject: RE: Tony Capstick albums
From: gnomad
Date: 09 Dec 08 - 06:17 AM

Capstick Does a Turn, Rubber Records LP

Live club recording from Barnsley, gives a good idea why TC was so popular, and includes some of his anecdotes.

Song tracks as follows:
The Dolphin, Seeds of Love, Moving on Song, The Coat She Wore, If I Had a Boat, Casey's Last Ride, The Scarecrow, Red Wine and Promises, They Don't Write 'em Like That Any More.

Songs of Ewan MacColl, LP Label not known, Dave Burland, Tony Capstick, Dick Gaughan

Some solo tracks, supporting on some of the other tracks. Capstick vocally on top form, Burland possibly slightly overshadowed by him, which I would not see as normally the case, Gaughan fine, and easier to comprehend than on some of his other recordings. Well worth seeking out, not a bad track on it.

Track List (Capstick tracks marked*)
Ballad of Accounting*, Moving on Song, Jamie Foyers, Freeborn Man*, Manchester Rambler, Schooldays End, Thirty Foot Trailer, Big Hewer*, First Time Ever I Saw Your Face, Sweet Thames Flow Softly, Shoals of Herring.


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Subject: RE: Tony Capstick albums
From: GUEST,Working Radish
Date: 09 Dec 08 - 06:41 AM

Cheers, gnomad - three down, three(?) to go. The Scarecrow? Lal Waterson's Scarecrow?


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Subject: RE: Tony Capstick albums
From: Phil Edwards
Date: 09 Dec 08 - 11:53 AM

Answering myself: yes, that Scarecrow. Unaccompanied. In front of a boozed-up Barnsley audience who he'd had in stitches a matter of seconds before. ("I'd like to dedicate the next song to this young man in the front row. It's called The Scarecrow.") That's what you call command of the stage.

Thanks to the local Oxfam - and, presumably, a serious clear-out by some local folkie - I'm now the proud owner of ...Does a Turn and His Round, as well as the Punch and Judy Man. I'll report back.

Has anyone got Comes Home, the album that is?


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Subject: RE: Tony Capstick albums
From: r.padgett
Date: 10 Dec 08 - 11:02 AM

Most of us have tales about Tony

Dave Burland still recounts his being set alight by Tony once

I was allotted a job as his minder one year at Cleckheaton ff ~ we were duly obliged to leave Aldos Italian restaurant when he was seen "plaiting his legs" ~ never seen anyone eat fish and chips as quick in my life and he loved people ~ to chat and chew the fat

His Radio Sheffield folk programme was a delight to listeners and he was a Sheffield institution for very many years

He was a clever and well read man who has a very well educated daughter

His live act when off the beer and on form were magnificent ~ he could hold an audience as he knew what made them tick and sang with great feeling and passion for his material

Hope you can get the records!!

Ray


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Subject: RE: Tony Capstick albums
From: Phil Edwards
Date: 17 Jan 09 - 08:27 AM

I've now listened to quite a lot of Capstick - reviews to follow. I'll say now, some of his recorded work is just stunning. Al referred to the ability to use his voice almost like a piece of percussion - a meticulous rhythm pattern, which is dead on: some of Capstick's unaccompanied songs were really extraordinary.

There's one thing that's been bothering me. I gather from what I've read that Tony Capstick had a drink problem - and that to all intents and purposes it was what killed him. (To take one example, the Radio Sheffield 40th birthday Web pages are full of memories of Capstick, and a couple of people talk about how he was a man with an illness - I'm assuming that's what they're talking about.) The question that's bothering me - and I mean no disrespect to the man's memory by raising this - is how far it went back. His albums are dotted with booze references - he's holding a pint pot on the cover of two of them - but that doesn't necessarily mean anything; folk's full of booze references, after all. So I'm wondering: back when he was gigging and recording (early 70s to mid-80s(?)), was Capstick a man with a problem or just a man who liked his ale?

(I do want to stress that I don't mean any disrespect to the man or his memory, & I apologise to anyone who finds this something they'd rather not be reminded of.)


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Subject: RE: Tony Capstick albums
From: Big Al Whittle
Date: 17 Jan 09 - 09:12 AM

I didn't know the guy. the landlord at Fagan's in Sheffield reckons he was his best mate. he could probably fill in some details, Pip?

are you preparing a learned article?

i hope so - he deserves better tributes than any I've seen. And he certainly was far from being a 'typical folk act of the time' - he was pretty special - charisma wise and musically.

I wish i could go out and see him do a gig tonight.


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Subject: RE: Tony Capstick albums
From: GUEST,Graham Bradshaw
Date: 17 Jan 09 - 09:21 AM

Tony was one of the great characters of the folk scene - something that is sadly lacking these days.

When drunk or sober, always a great performer, and there are countless anecdotes about his various antics. Dave Burland has a wealth of them.

I always remember, in the 80s when he was in one of his fallow periods, we used to run the infamous and much-lamented Freemasons Tavern club in Coventry. Martin Jenkins had booked Tony, who he knew from the Rubber days when Mart was in Hedgehog Pie. Somebody was despatched to go and pick him up from the station, and when they arrived outside the pub, the passenger door opened and Tony literally poured out onto the pavement in a heap. And this was at 6 o'clock in the evening. Obviously a good bar on the train.
But, and this is important, he did a great evening, although was literally legless by the time the rest of us were getting stuck into the 'stayback' after the club finished.

Drink was a much more important part of the folk scene back then, and probably accounted for the numerous characters there were in those days, and it was not frowned upon in the way it is now, in these po-faced modern days we live in.

Sadly, on the other side of the coin, a lot of good people have been lost to the consequences of the demon-drink. But we had a great time in the process!


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Subject: RE: Tony Capstick albums
From: Jean(eanjay)
Date: 17 Jan 09 - 09:50 AM

I wish i could go out and see him do a gig tonight.

Me too.


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Subject: RE: Tony Capstick albums
From: r.padgett
Date: 17 Jan 09 - 10:13 AM

Yea much missed

Ray


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Subject: RE: Tony Capstick albums
From: Mississippi Saxaphone
Date: 17 Jan 09 - 10:44 AM

I ran a folk club in Leeds from around 1967 to 1975 and Tony was a regular 2 or 3 times a year and so I got to know him very well.

He never had transport then and usually found a lift or travelled by train. The man was unique in character and as a folk artist and you could guarantee a full house at the gigs he did.

I always think back to the folk artists around at that time and for my money, in his own way, he ranked well with the best of them.

As regards any drink problem, all I can say is that I often matched him drink for drink during the course of an evening and the amount we consumed was par for the course in those days, I mean the whole scene literally floated on a sea of beer.I never considered that I had a drink problem.

He was also quite proud of his achievements in his career, his heritage and his home life. I once remember being in London the same day I had Tony booked at the club. I arranged to drive back to pick him up at his home and was invited to tea with his wife and young daughter. I think the house was a very nice property in a village called Swallows Nest near Sheffield. I got the impression that Tony was proud to be a good provider.

I remember something Tony said at the tea table that was so typical of him.
There was an un-cut loaf of bread on the table on a bread board. After Tony sat down at the head of the table he said to me using a broad Yorkshire accent" I sit here because I am the man of the house". He then proceeded to cut the bread and turned to me and said " I get the crust because I'm the man of the house"
You had to be there to appreciate just how funny it was. It made a difference that Tony uttered these words and his contribution to the folk world made a lasting difference to everyone who knew him well.


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Subject: RE: Tony Capstick albums
From: Phil Edwards
Date: 17 Jan 09 - 11:19 AM

Al - not a learned article, just some properly thought-out comments about someone who's been unjustly neglected. Basically, I've just discovered the guy, years late, and I think respect should be paid. Apart from anything else, you were right about that version of The Bonny Bunch of Roses - one of the best I've heard.

MS - thanks for that. On the booze thing, I think having a problem isn't about drinking six pints of an evening (or eight or ten) - it's more about not being able to have one drink without having six, and not feeling comfortable till you've had that first one. It doesn't sound as if TC was in anything like that state when you knew him.


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Subject: RE: Tony Capstick albums
From: Big Al Whittle
Date: 17 Jan 09 - 01:19 PM

It's odd you know. there were quite a few people in the traddy camp who didn't really rate Tony - no names, no packdrill - but for some reason his face didn't fit in some quarters - and the dissent was audible to me - so I'm damn sure Tony must have copped some of it..

I thought he was best on English trad - the bonny Bunch of Roses being a good case in point. I never heard anyone sing that one as well.

For my money he couldn't do American trad or contemporary - though he used to make a creditable go of the days of '49. Some people can do somethings - others can do others.

i know people think I'm some sort of anti trad music curmudgeon, but I DO resent when artists who have moved me are not treated with some degree of respect.


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Subject: RE: Tony Capstick albums
From: Gurney
Date: 17 Jan 09 - 07:23 PM

Pip, I have 'There Was This Bloke' and I think I have 'Songs of Ewan McColl' somewhere. If I can help by Email I will. I'm too far away (NZ) to let you listen.


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Subject: RE: Tony Capstick albums
From: Ross Campbell
Date: 17 Jan 09 - 10:59 PM

I loved Tony Capstick's singing, but couldn't stand the man - there was a viciousness to his humour that I couldn't see any good reason for. This might explain a bit more about him:-
Tony Capstick - Obituary in the Guardian, Monday, 27 October, 2003

Ross


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Subject: RE: Tony Capstick albums
From: Colin Randall
Date: 18 Jan 09 - 12:34 AM

As I know from personal experience, it was impossible to write honestly about Tony's life without reference to his problems.

But find me an unflawed character on here, Ross.....

The positive and less positive aspects of Tony's character were just a little more pronounced than with most people. And he lived his life more publicly.

But it is certainly true that folk music in Tony's heyday was awash with booze. The naturally brilliant seemed no less so because they drank so much. While in some cases, this may have had something to do with the fact that many of those looking on were merry, too, I have no doubt that Tony had rare talent, if not genius.

In the the incident I have described (from the night Tony and Christy Moore inadvertently shared a double bill at my folk club), they were certainly not alone in their over-indulgence. They just had more stamina (and, in drinking my dad's drinks cabinet dry, more taste for Ruby wine and rum).

I'd also wager that Tony met as many heavy drinkers in the broadcasting/newspaper circles in which he moved as in folk. And I readily accept from people who were close to him that irrespective of what has been said about him, he had great personal qualities, too.


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Subject: RE: Tony Capstick albums
From: Dave Hanson
Date: 18 Jan 09 - 03:49 AM

Tony's nickname was ' The Poison Dwarf from Rotherham ' his humour could be vicious, but mostly he was just plain funny.

Dave H


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Subject: RE: Tony Capstick albums
From: Big Al Whittle
Date: 18 Jan 09 - 05:59 AM

i dunno!

i don't agree that he didn't fulfil his potential.

I think what he was did was rather splendid, but the world undervalued it. Its only now when we have a folk club system groaning under the burden of 'serious' artists that we can see just how much he did achieve.

he actually spoke a lot more truth than his audience wanted to hear. he had at one point gigged the Northern clubs - i think it gave him an edge that folk audiences recoiled from.

One night from the stage at Ampersand near Hinkley, he said - who you got here next week? someone said ewan mcColl and peggy seeger

Ewan Mccoll and Peggy seeger....(he said meditatively)....they say every man carries his own cross around with him......

Someone on the front row leapt to their feet and said, APOLOGISE FOR THAT LAST REMARK.....!

He said (shaking his head regretfully),.....no

I saw him do an extraordinary schtick one night in Birmingham. the thrust of it was - sixties music was crap. We had all heard the records - which sounded great - but the actual musicians were rubbish. It was a revolutionary thought for 1977. A point when the captains of the music industry had just lost the American market, and we all looked back to the balmy days of the Merseybeat. John peel was playing non stop cacophonous shite, and every record company was queueing up to sign it and bankrupt themselves.

no wonder Tony drank a lot.


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Subject: RE: Tony Capstick albums
From: Phil Edwards
Date: 18 Jan 09 - 05:44 PM

Just to get back to the question about the booze, by the time Capstick died he was being talked of as a man with a problem - an illness, even. It sounds as if that didn't really set in till the 90s - in the 70s and 80s, when he was performing, he drank a lot, but so did a lot of other people on the scene who didn't end up going that way. Does that sound about right?


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Subject: RE: Tony Capstick albums
From: rich-joy
Date: 21 Jan 09 - 05:14 AM

The "Time Has Told Me" blogspot has some data on Tony (http://time-has-told-me-artist.blogspot.com/) and details both "His Round" LP and "Live at The Crypt" (with Burland and Gaughan) ...........

Cheers, R-J


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Subject: RE: Tony Capstick albums
From: GUEST,zig
Date: 21 Jan 09 - 06:25 AM

Tony a boozer? - did you ever book Alex Campbell or Hamish Imlach....... Now yer talkin boozers!


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Subject: RE: Tony Capstick albums
From: Y_Not
Date: 21 Jan 09 - 10:13 AM

Poynton Festival…

Ronald Reagan was president of America, and had yet another operation on his nose which had been well documented in the news at the time.

Tony Capstick "If Ronald Reagan is telling the truth, why do they keep having to cut bits off the end of his nose?"

I miss the lad so much.

Tony.


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Subject: RE: Tony Capstick albums
From: Folkiedave
Date: 21 Jan 09 - 10:36 AM

I didn't know Tony all that well, but I did know him to say hello to - as many did in Sheffield. And Colin Randall was right - there were some heavy boozers in Radio Sheffield at that time - though Tony was up there in the forefront.


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Subject: RE: Tony Capstick albums
From: Y_Not
Date: 21 Jan 09 - 10:42 AM

When you start talking about, why did Tony drink and why did I drink, and why did we drink and why does the the whole Fxxxing world drink? And some suffer and some go on to write and paint great works of art... Do we still say "There but for the grace of God go I?


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Subject: RE: Tony Capstick albums
From: Y_Not
Date: 21 Jan 09 - 10:44 AM

By the way I forgot to mention, I'm Pissed!


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Subject: RE: Tony Capstick albums
From: GUEST,BanjoRay
Date: 21 Jan 09 - 11:13 AM

Why not?
I'm not pissed - the doctor's just asked me to give it up for a month, and it's agony. I do remember getting pissed with Tony once at folk concert in Rotherham, whe we shared a bottle of Southern Comfort and had a wrestling match in the aisle in the interval. Those were the days...
He were a great lad (as they say round here)
Ray


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Subject: RE: Tony Capstick albums
From: Colin Randall
Date: 21 Jan 09 - 11:31 PM

....but I also remember reading 15/20 years ago about Frances Black, sister of Mary, opening up on an Irish talkshow about her struggles with alcohol.
   Then she explained what she drank and, though I cannot remember the detail, it seemed positively abstinent by comparison with what was consumed in the circles - journalism, folk music, football - that I moved in.

Tony certainly drank for Yorkshire the night he doubled up with Christy at my club, but Ireland gave a pretty good account of itself as well (leaving this Durham lad, well-oiled though he was too, feeling like a cissy). That would have been 1970 or 1971.

We'd already had Hamish Imlach, Guest.zig, and while he also sank quite a bit, I remember his stay mostly - apart from how brilliant he was - for the moment when he leaned forward on a table at home and accidentally pushed it down on to its side at 45 degrees. He was heavy lad. But he was such a gent that he could have smashed the table in two and still charmed my mum.


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Subject: RE: Tony Capstick albums
From: Betsy
Date: 22 Jan 09 - 02:51 PM

I'll remenber him for the good parts - great performer and good singer and guitarist . He picked songs that really suited his style - Punch and Judy man, Sovay , Jimmy clay - all good thoughtful songs.
You'd be surprised at some of the names who were in the firm grip of drink in those days ,and pulled out of the disaster stage and are still around today.As as an earlier subscriber wrote "there but for fortune ....."
He was a good man indeed.


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Subject: RE: Tony Capstick albums
From: GUEST,geoff heslop
Date: 26 Feb 09 - 12:54 PM

I was honoured to be Tony's record producer on the albums - 'His Round RUB 004, with Hedgehog Pie; 'Punch and Judy Man' RUB 008; 'There Was This Bloke' RUB 010 with Mike Harding, Derek Brimstone and Bill Barclay; 'Tony Capstick Does A Turn' RUB 023; and 'Songs Of Ewan MacColl' RUB 027 with Dave Burland and Dick Gaughan.
Tony was always a good friend and is much missed, when we recorded him live it was often said in the clubs that there was a lot of songs which they wouldn't have known without him. I am very pleased that he still being so fondly remembered in your forum


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Subject: RE: Tony Capstick albums
From: GUEST
Date: 26 Feb 09 - 05:05 PM

Way back on my eighteenth birthday Tony was the guest at "The Turks Head" in Lincoln. I got memorably pissed that night and I have vague recollections of the John and Maureen Pape guiding me to one spare room and Tony to the other. On his day he was a brilliant singer, Bonny Bunch of Roses has been mentioned to which I would add Lazlo Faher (hope I spelt it right) and Harvey Andrews' The Soldier. I also remember him explaining a bit later why he'd stopped singing it "I sung it one night and this bloke came up to me and said "Great song mate, makes you proud to be British" and that's not what the song's about to me, it's about being out of work and dying as a result, so I stopped singing it"

Lovely man for all his problems (and yes I do now feel guilty about buying him all those drinks over the years)

He's still one of the best I've seen.

Steve


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