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Godspeed Tom Bliss - So Sad!!!!!

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mauvepink 16 Jul 09 - 01:24 PM
Georgiansilver 16 Jul 09 - 01:38 PM
Joe Offer 16 Jul 09 - 01:50 PM
The Villan 16 Jul 09 - 02:26 PM
Herga Kitty 16 Jul 09 - 02:30 PM
MoorleyMan 16 Jul 09 - 05:35 PM
bavis 16 Jul 09 - 06:55 PM
Lizzie Cornish 1 16 Jul 09 - 07:36 PM
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Clecky Dave 19 Jul 09 - 10:16 AM
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Subject: Godspeed Tom Bliss
From: mauvepink
Date: 16 Jul 09 - 01:24 PM

Forty years ago today three men set off on Apollo 11 toward the moon to finally make that "One small step for man: One giant leap for Mankind". Certainly historic words. All that came into being after Russia launched Sputnik and then the first man in space. I remember America catching up and other words when the world heard "Godspeed John Glenn". But what has all this to do with folk music?

Tomorrow evening one of the UK's most respected folk singer/songwriters will start off on a journey that will take him on his last concert to Gainsborough. We can all hope for a return at some time in the future but, for now, the end of an era has been reached.

"Godspeed" was also the last words spoke between Fritha, the young girl who found a wounded Snow Goose, and Phillip who saw it back to health in the Paul Gallico novella "Snow Goose". It was Tom Bliss who took it all in and gave us a rather beautiful song "God Speed". It's the song that introduced me the works of Tom Bliss.

And so it is I would like to finish with a message and a hope that Tom Bliss will have good health, good fortune and good luck in the future. I am sure others will add their comments and wishes...

"Godspeed Tom Bliss" :-)


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Subject: RE: Godspeed Tom Bliss
From: Georgiansilver
Date: 16 Jul 09 - 01:38 PM

Really looking forward to seeing his last performance at Gainsborough Folk Club tomorrow night but sad that it is his last public performance.. his songwriting/singing talent will be well missed.


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Subject: RE: Godspeed Tom Bliss
From: Joe Offer
Date: 16 Jul 09 - 01:50 PM

For those of us who can't see him in person, there are many song lyrics and clips available on his website, http://napperbliss.co.uk/

God Speed, Tom. I hope we'll still see you here at Mudcat.

-Joe-


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Subject: RE: Godspeed Tom Bliss
From: The Villan
Date: 16 Jul 09 - 02:26 PM

Tom

Sorry I can't be at Gainsborugh Folk Club tomorrow night, as my daughters 18th birthday has had to take priority and I will be out with my family tomorrow night.

I was originally looking forward to seeing you Tom and booked my ticket ages ago, but hadn't accounted for my family committments.

My very best wishes for the future and good luck on your future journeys.

Les Worrall


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Subject: RE: Godspeed Tom Bliss
From: Herga Kitty
Date: 16 Jul 09 - 02:30 PM

Thanks for all you've contributed to clubs, concerts, festivals, singarounds, etc, etc. And all best wishes for your next chapter.

Kitty
xx


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Subject: RE: Godspeed Tom Bliss
From: MoorleyMan
Date: 16 Jul 09 - 05:35 PM

Tom,
I too am really sad that I've been unable to make it to any of your final few performances, and just can't get to Gainsborough tomorrow.

But I stronglyecho those now immortal words - Godspeed, mate, and do keep in touch with us all somehow. Me, I miss you already...!
MM


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Subject: RE: Godspeed Tom Bliss
From: bavis
Date: 16 Jul 09 - 06:55 PM

All the best Tom.
As they say God speed.


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Subject: RE: Godspeed Tom Bliss
From: Lizzie Cornish 1
Date: 16 Jul 09 - 07:36 PM

Dear Tom,

Thank you so much for your moving songs, your wonderful stories, and the music, of course. I've learnt a great deal from your songs.

I was really sorry not to have been able to catch you recently when you came to Sidmouth, but I didn't know about the gig until a few hours before you were due to play at Eve's, and already had other committments. I was lucky enough to watch you at Sidmouth Folk Week a bit of a while back now, though, and I loved every moment of listening to you and Tom Napper.

Love your songs, love your stories, and your intelligent, gentle and compassionate nature.

Don't stay away too long, because the folk world will be all the poorer without you and your beautiful songs.

And hey, don't forget to write in here from time to time, and on the BBC too, because many of us enjoy your eloquent and entertaining posts.

And if there is *anyone* out there who still hasn't heard Tom, well...feast your ears on these:

A whole lotta Tom - Youtube

Not forgetting, of course, the oh so beautiful 'Boat to Burhou'

Tom's Myspace


In short, Tom Bliss, you ROCK! :0)

God Speed you back again, real soon.

Lizzie :0) x


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Subject: RE: Godspeed Tom Bliss
From: Leadfingers
Date: 16 Jul 09 - 07:53 PM

If we were NOT working in London on Saturday , I would have been up to pester Gainsborough and wish you well in person Tom !


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Subject: RE: Godspeed Tom Bliss
From: Georgiansilver
Date: 17 Jul 09 - 08:12 AM

It's tonight


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Subject: RE: Godspeed Tom Bliss
From: Nessie
Date: 17 Jul 09 - 12:05 PM

A sad day, but I wish you all the very best in whatever do. Let's just trust somewhere down the line you will have the time and inclination to return to performing; I can't see new songs not finding their way out, so we live in hope!

Have fun, and stay in touch with us lot.

Vanessa


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Subject: RE: Godspeed Tom Bliss
From: breezy
Date: 17 Jul 09 - 12:23 PM

When's the 'come back' tour then ?

Good luck in all your future endeavours, but I'm sure you'll not totally disparu.

You got some good songs

Very pro

all the best


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Subject: RE: Godspeed Tom Bliss
From: Georgiansilver
Date: 17 Jul 09 - 07:26 PM

Truly a magnificent evening for his final gig. A standing ovation and the usual encore.... but the highlight for me will always be 'God Speed' (The snowgoose)..... my memory will treasure it and it will be listened to on the CD and on Youtube..... All the best of wishes for a great future Tom......


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Subject: RE: Godspeed Tom Bliss
From: Georgiansilver
Date: 18 Jul 09 - 04:54 AM

GOD SPEED Tom Bliss.(+ Tom Napper)

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Subject: RE: Godspeed Tom Bliss
From: breezy
Date: 18 Jul 09 - 02:00 PM

Its a fave of mine too ,shame the y't does not do it justice sound balance wise.

I'm sure he'll be up for a few gigs


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Subject: RE: Godspeed Tom Bliss
From: Clecky Dave
Date: 19 Jul 09 - 10:16 AM

Good Luck with whatever you do Tom. It's been pleasure from Slide to my first festival (and an extra spot thrown in for good measure!!) I'm sure you'll let us know when you're ready to return, but don't forget "don't be a stanger" Hope to see you socially one day soon.


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Subject: So Sad!!!!!
From: Georgiansilver
Date: 29 Jul 09 - 07:00 PM

Bye Bye Tom Bliss!!!! sad farewell!!!!!      Tom Bliss has retired... and one of his last songs at Gainsborough Folk Club (last gig) was 'God Speed'......... He will be sorely missed.


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Subject: RE: So Sad!!!!!
From: Soldier boy
Date: 29 Jul 09 - 08:51 PM

Well you could at least have mentioned Tom Bliss in your headline so that folks know what you are on about. There are so many things in the news at the moment that are "So Sad!!!!" Good grief Georgiansilver!!


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Subject: RE: Godspeed Tom Bliss - So Sad!!!!!
From: Joe Offer
Date: 29 Jul 09 - 09:02 PM

Well, there have already been lots of threads on Tom's departure, so I combined wiht an existing thread.
Well, Tom, since you won't be on the road so much, will you have more time for Mudcat?

-Joe-


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Subject: RE: Godspeed Tom Bliss - So Sad!!!!!
From: Dave Hanson
Date: 30 Jul 09 - 02:27 AM

Stick with The Mudcat Tom, yours is a rare voice of reason in a madhouse.

Dave H


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Subject: RE: Godspeed Tom Bliss - So Sad!!!!!
From: Georgiansilver
Date: 30 Jul 09 - 05:40 AM

"Good grief Soldier boy"... don't you think it sad when someone of talent retires from the Folk Scene...... Sorry my introduction didn't meet with your approval.. I'll try harder next time!!


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