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Rock Stars turning up at sessions

GUEST,Mick Woods 25 Jun 10 - 05:35 AM
Rockhen 25 Jun 10 - 05:44 AM
Arthur_itus 25 Jun 10 - 06:31 AM
Geoff the Duck 25 Jun 10 - 07:52 AM
GUEST,Shimrod 25 Jun 10 - 09:23 AM
Tug the Cox 25 Jun 10 - 12:26 PM
GUEST,Peter Trout 25 Jun 10 - 01:24 PM
Vic Smith 25 Jun 10 - 01:54 PM
folkypaul 25 Jun 10 - 04:53 PM
GUEST,Gail 25 Jun 10 - 04:55 PM
Lanfranc 25 Jun 10 - 06:39 PM
scouse 26 Jun 10 - 05:53 AM
GUEST,Geoff the Duck 26 Jun 10 - 02:42 PM
GUEST 21 Dec 17 - 07:39 AM
Nick 21 Dec 17 - 12:00 PM
leeneia 21 Dec 17 - 01:20 PM
Rusty Dobro 24 Dec 17 - 04:02 AM
Mr Red 24 Dec 17 - 05:34 AM
GUEST,pauperback 27 Dec 17 - 02:21 AM
Mr Red 27 Dec 17 - 04:32 AM
Cappuccino 27 Dec 17 - 06:16 AM
John MacKenzie 27 Dec 17 - 09:17 AM
Jos 27 Dec 17 - 09:40 AM
Stilly River Sage 27 Dec 17 - 10:09 AM
GUEST,pauperback 27 Dec 17 - 06:06 PM
Tattie Bogle 27 Dec 17 - 06:26 PM
Jack Campin 28 Dec 17 - 11:54 AM
GUEST,jim bainbridge 28 Dec 17 - 12:38 PM
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Subject: Rock Stars turning up at sessions
From: GUEST,Mick Woods
Date: 25 Jun 10 - 05:35 AM

At our sessions in SE London we frequently get Rock "Stars" turning up unannounced and joining in/performing in We have recently had Glenn Tilbrooke (Squeeze), Dennis Greaves (Nine Below Zero), Steve Bolton(Atomic Rooster, The Who, Dylan etc), Colin Farley (Cutting Crew) & Dave Kenningham (Folkmob) all turn up and perform acoustic (not their hit stuff - but standard folk or blues))at our sessions in Greenwich and Blackheath. Have any other catters experienced this?


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Subject: RE: Rock Stars turning up at sessions
From: Rockhen
Date: 25 Jun 10 - 05:44 AM

Not many find their way to remotest Lincolnshire! Of course, all who go are stars in their own way ;-)
Once Jools popped in to do a duet with me...which was nice.
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Ok lying through my teeth, sigh, but one can dream!

Please may I challenge any rock stars reading this to get their sat nav set to Lincolnshire, (I think it is in the advanced options) and prove me wrong?!   :-)


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Subject: RE: Rock Stars turning up at sessions
From: Arthur_itus
Date: 25 Jun 10 - 06:31 AM

I agree with you there Rockhen.

If you do, come along to Hope Tavern Acoustic Singaround


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Subject: RE: Rock Stars turning up at sessions
From: Geoff the Duck
Date: 25 Jun 10 - 07:52 AM

It does rely on said musicians either living in the area, or visiting for some reason, whether to work or see friends. For instance, when Mark Knopfler was working with Brendan Croker and Steve Philips, it was reported that he turned up and played in Leeds pubs.
Quack!
GtD.


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Subject: RE: Rock Stars turning up at sessions
From: GUEST,Shimrod
Date: 25 Jun 10 - 09:23 AM

I once did a duet with Michael Jackson in Barnsley - he was rubbish!


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Subject: RE: Rock Stars turning up at sessions
From: Tug the Cox
Date: 25 Jun 10 - 12:26 PM

Rick Grech, bass player with supergroup 'Blind Faith' used to play fiddle in bars in Leicester.


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Subject: RE: Rock Stars turning up at sessions
From: GUEST,Peter Trout
Date: 25 Jun 10 - 01:24 PM

Carl Grossman was "primus motor" behind the folk sessions on friday nights at the Bridge Inn in Grinton, Swaledale. That was in the early 70's.
Peter Trout


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Subject: RE: Rock Stars turning up at sessions
From: Vic Smith
Date: 25 Jun 10 - 01:54 PM

At the Royal Oak in Lewes - over the years - we have had Arthur Brown, the God of Hellfire, turning up to do floor spots.

Photographic evidence at http://www.users.globalnet.co.uk/~tinvic/arthur.jpg


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Subject: RE: Rock Stars turning up at sessions
From: folkypaul
Date: 25 Jun 10 - 04:53 PM

I once paid a duo £15 to play at a club and years later found out that they were Gerry Rafferty and Billy Connelly.
How about that then?

PaulO


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Subject: RE: Rock Stars turning up at sessions
From: GUEST,Gail
Date: 25 Jun 10 - 04:55 PM

"when Mark Knopfler was working with Brendan Croker and Steve Philips, it was reported that he turned up and played in Leeds pubs."

That definitely happened when I was living in Leeds some years ago, the pub being The Grove, Leeds' long-established music pub.

Another common sighting at Leeds Irish sessions was the actor Geoffrey Hughes who was rather good on the bodhran. He was Eddie Yates in Coronation Street, Twiggy in The Royle Family, and Paul McCartney's voice in the Beatles film 'Yellow Submarine'.


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Subject: RE: Rock Stars turning up at sessions
From: Lanfranc
Date: 25 Jun 10 - 06:39 PM

Chas (of & Dave) has been known to turn up to sessions on the Herts/Essex border. Does that count?

Alan


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Subject: RE: Rock Stars turning up at sessions
From: scouse
Date: 26 Jun 10 - 05:53 AM

One of the great stories was of Hamish Imlach doin' a gig some where.. Hamish turned up with a few of his mates.... Namely John Martyn and Eric Clapton.. The Lady at the door (Not knowing who the hell they where.) made them pay to come into the Club!!
As Aye,
Phil.


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Subject: RE: Rock Stars turning up at sessions
From: GUEST,Geoff the Duck
Date: 26 Jun 10 - 02:42 PM

I expect they could probably afford the admission.
Quack!
GtD.


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Subject: RE: Rock Stars turning up at sessions
From: GUEST
Date: 21 Dec 17 - 07:39 AM

Rick Wakeman went to a folk club and saw a guy called David Jones. He liked him and tried putting on his own folk night with this guy as guest, but he lost money and didn't do it again. Jones changed his name to Bowie.


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Subject: RE: Rock Stars turning up at sessions
From: Nick
Date: 21 Dec 17 - 12:00 PM

... who luckily asked him to play piano for hi9m later on in time


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Subject: RE: Rock Stars turning up at sessions
From: leeneia
Date: 21 Dec 17 - 01:20 PM

Made them pay to come into the club? Good. They're just people like any other people. They can pay their fair share.


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Subject: RE: Rock Stars turning up at sessions
From: Rusty Dobro
Date: 24 Dec 17 - 04:02 AM

When Dave Cousins ran the folk club at the 'White Bear', Hounslow, he announced that he had arranged for Mungo Jerry to come and sit in. They were apparently on their way along the M4, but that's where they stayed until chucking-out time, and we all went home.


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Subject: RE: Rock Stars turning up at sessions
From: Mr Red
Date: 24 Dec 17 - 05:34 AM

in my Town there is a an elitist sales outfit called World Guitars and the guy there apparently likes to tell you of all the famous guitarists he knows. Absolute turn-off for the average pleb. It is in an old courthouse opposite the Coop supermarket and the staff there often tell of the oiks from this or that rock group who pop over for their sandwich or cigarettes. Usually it goes:
"Julia tells me he was from xxxxx and I didn't recognise him, he was very quiet, mind you I saw yyyy out of, er um, that funny group, you know, they ............." . We don't have a session within 5 miles unfortunately.

I see a few cars parked there occasionally with twee registrations like "K155 PRS" or "MU 51C" and "XX 15 MAD"

for the US 'Catters
there is a whole UK industry selling car registration numbers and they have this weird notion that 5 looks like S, 4 looks like A, 8 looks like B and 12 looks like R etc. And people buy into it. When our local woodyard was called "Severn Ply" all their lorries included "7 Ply" in their registrations.


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Subject: RE: Rock Stars turning up at sessions
From: GUEST,pauperback
Date: 27 Dec 17 - 02:21 AM

Re: registration numbers, its the same here in the US, Mr Red, except we call them 'vanity plates', (among other things).


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Subject: RE: Rock Stars turning up at sessions
From: Mr Red
Date: 27 Dec 17 - 04:32 AM

Yea, we regard them as vanity (among other things). They call them cherished or personalised.

there are a few more I see around my area near the bottom of this page


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Subject: RE: Rock Stars turning up at sessions
From: Cappuccino
Date: 27 Dec 17 - 06:16 AM

In our village is a guy who owns a fish and chip shop... his registration is F16 CHP, which I quite like. I'd never want a personalised plate for myself, thanks!


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Subject: RE: Rock Stars turning up at sessions
From: John MacKenzie
Date: 27 Dec 17 - 09:17 AM

"When Dave Cousins ran the folk club at the 'White Bear', Hounslow, he announced that he had arranged for Mungo Jerry to come and sit in. They were apparently on their way along the M4, but that's where they stayed until chucking-out time, and we all went home."

At that same club, I can remember Lonnie Donegan turning up on a regular basis.


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Subject: RE: Rock Stars turning up at sessions
From: Jos
Date: 27 Dec 17 - 09:40 AM

I can't see why people bother spending good money on number plates showing their date of birth, as only a very few people will recognise the number as significant.
However, some numbers can be quite ingenious. I recently saw a truck owned by a firm servicing portable toilets, the kind you find at festivals and building sites. The number was TO11ETS


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Subject: RE: Rock Stars turning up at sessions
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 27 Dec 17 - 10:09 AM

I lived in Kentucky for a couple of years, about 90 miles north of Nashville. As a naturalist taking tours through a cave, every so often one of the other guides would pull me aside and tell me excitedly which famous Country music star had been in my tour. I was clueless. Those same guides were in disbelief that I took a famous Canadian rock group (Triumph) through the cave and didn't know who they were. During the tour we talked about our travels and it turns out that when they performed in the large parks in New York City they often worked with the stage setup crews contracted by the city, and I had been a park ranger working at concerts in the park so knew the same setup crew. As the tour ended we figured out that we all knew "Lurch," a great big sweet guy (who always carried a thermos of mint tea that he would offer to people), so here we are, walking out, laughing and talking like old friends to the amazement of the other guides . . . one suspects that doing "normal people" things in small venues with normal people is helpful to maintaining one's sanity.


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Subject: RE: Rock Stars turning up at sessions
From: GUEST,pauperback
Date: 27 Dec 17 - 06:06 PM

Here something that caught my attention around 1973 HAM-TAGS

Shortly thereafter the personalized plates started showing up but the Amateur Radio operators were the first in this area with custom license plates and I still see the old timers with their yellow ham-tags occasionally, which i find reassuring for some reason.


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Subject: RE: Rock Stars turning up at sessions
From: Tattie Bogle
Date: 27 Dec 17 - 06:26 PM

Think we have a few ex-rockers come to some of our sessions: not sure if they were ever big stars though. You can usually tell by the pony tails, style of dress and guitars, and choice of songs (Simon & Garfunkel, Eagles, Commodores, etc.)
As for number-plates (big thread drift?) my favourite was for a company that specialised in pet cremations - R1P D0G.


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Subject: RE: Rock Stars turning up at sessions
From: Jack Campin
Date: 28 Dec 17 - 11:54 AM

My guru the moothie player Iain Grant was in Sandy Bells in Edinburgh when Emmylou Harris dropped in for a while. He liked her enormously and said she was very easy to play with, no pretensions at all.


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Subject: RE: Rock Stars turning up at sessions
From: GUEST,jim bainbridge
Date: 28 Dec 17 - 12:38 PM

I used to play in the Smarden Bell in Kent in the late 70s- just a session with pals Ray Barnard, Oscar Simmons and Richard Thompson (no a different one)- Kate Bush turned up one week & Jeff Beck the next, but neither would sing.
There IS a recording of one of those nights with Bob Davenport & Johnny Doughty in the British Library sound archive, but not featuring either of the 'stars'.


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