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Roy Harris goes to Gaol in Derby (UK)

RoyH (Burl) 14 Feb 11 - 12:02 PM
The Sandman 14 Feb 11 - 03:53 PM
GUEST,Alan Whittle 14 Feb 11 - 04:20 PM
Banjo-Flower 14 Feb 11 - 04:32 PM
GUEST,Alan Whittle 14 Feb 11 - 05:31 PM
The Sandman 15 Feb 11 - 07:56 AM
Nicholas Waller 15 Feb 11 - 08:32 AM
GUEST,Alan Whittle 15 Feb 11 - 09:00 AM
Nicholas Waller 15 Feb 11 - 09:15 AM
RoyH (Burl) 15 Feb 11 - 11:30 AM
Nicholas Waller 15 Feb 11 - 12:01 PM
RoyH (Burl) 15 Feb 11 - 04:22 PM
JohnH 15 Feb 11 - 04:59 PM
The Sandman 16 Feb 11 - 03:42 PM
RoyH (Burl) 17 Feb 11 - 05:33 AM
GUEST,Alan Whittle 17 Feb 11 - 05:50 AM
Dave Sutherland 17 Feb 11 - 06:06 AM
The Sandman 17 Feb 11 - 08:03 AM
GUEST,Alan Whittle 18 Feb 11 - 03:40 AM
Dave Sutherland 18 Feb 11 - 07:26 AM
GUEST 18 Feb 11 - 03:14 PM
The Sandman 18 Feb 11 - 03:23 PM
GUEST,Brian Peters 18 Feb 11 - 04:06 PM
RoyH (Burl) 21 Feb 11 - 05:48 AM
GUEST,Alan Squires 21 Feb 11 - 01:02 PM
The Sandman 21 Feb 11 - 01:22 PM
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Subject: Roy Harris goes to Gaol in Derby (UK)
From: RoyH (Burl)
Date: 14 Feb 11 - 12:02 PM

Roy Harris, 'one of the old school' will be singing at the Derby Heritage Traditional Music Club, based in the Old Gaol, Friargate, Derby, on Thursday Feb 17th. 'One of the old school' was the reason given by one club organiser in turning down a request for a booking. Luckily there are stil a few who like to hear 'old school'. Roy hopes to see some of you at the Gaol on Thursday.


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Subject: RE: Roy Harris goes to Gaol in Derby (UK)
From: The Sandman
Date: 14 Feb 11 - 03:53 PM

have a good gig, Roy,I am one of the unschooled, I spent my last year at school listening to Missippi John Hurt ,Blind Blake , in record booths, on the pretext that I might buy the lp, that is what I call good schooling


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Subject: RE: Roy Harris goes to Gaol in Derby (UK)
From: GUEST,Alan Whittle
Date: 14 Feb 11 - 04:20 PM

Who'd have thought it!

Top of the bill at Derby Gaol after all these years. I remember when he was a corner man in a boxing match in Boon.

Half the folksingers in Derbyshire were in the audience - Doug Porter, Jack Hudson, Mick Peat, me.

Now you've made the big time Roy, I hope you won't forget your old mates. I'd keep in practice with the towel and the bucket though- just in case you have to go back to your old trade.


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Subject: RE: Roy Harris goes to Gaol in Derby (UK)
From: Banjo-Flower
Date: 14 Feb 11 - 04:32 PM

"Half the folksingers in Derbyshire were in the audience - Doug Porter, Jack Hudson, Mick Peat, me."

BG surely there's more than eight folksingers in Derbyshire?



I could name a couple of dozen at least without even trying

Gerry


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Subject: RE: Roy Harris goes to Gaol in Derby (UK)
From: GUEST,Alan Whittle
Date: 14 Feb 11 - 05:31 PM

It was a large group, those are the ones I remember seeing in the gloom. Also we were being poisoned by clouds of theatrical smoke, that added to the authentic smokey atmosphere at a boxing match. Several people were ill. Something which probably won't happen at Roy's gig, despite it being held in a dungeon.


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Subject: RE: Roy Harris goes to Gaol in Derby (UK)
From: The Sandman
Date: 15 Feb 11 - 07:56 AM

Roy is one of the best communicators with an audience that I have seen, he has the ability to make a club feel as if they are sitting with a storyteller at their ease around the fireside, he creates an intimate atmosphere and soon has audiences joining in with choruses, if that is old school then imo we need more old school.
I have been on the uk folk scene for 40 years, Roy Harris isone of the best ,he epitomises professionalism, go and see him at Derby club, you wont be disappointed.Dick Miles


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Subject: RE: Roy Harris goes to Gaol in Derby (UK)
From: Nicholas Waller
Date: 15 Feb 11 - 08:32 AM

Talking of Old School, our records at The Topic (ie, our recently updated online Gigs List, now with dates going back to 1960), shows Roy Harris appearing at the club a little over 51 years ago, on 5th February 1960.

The week before we had The Stewart Family (I am assuming the Stewarts of Blair) and the day after we had The Crimple Mountain Boys. The only other acts we have listed that year are: Jimmie MacGregor and Shirley Bland; Jacqui McDonald and Bridie O'Donnell; Steve Benbow; and Winston and Mary-Jane Young.

That may be because of a certain paucity of records that far back, or because the vast majority of club meetings were singarounds, or a bit of both. It wasn't until 1968, it appears, that half the club nights had paid guests. In 1969, almost every week we had a paid guest.


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Subject: RE: Roy Harris goes to Gaol in Derby (UK)
From: GUEST,Alan Whittle
Date: 15 Feb 11 - 09:00 AM

51 years ago......

He may have improved since then, perhaps you ought to risk offering him another gig.....still, if he didn't go down well, you could always do a flyer - another bingo game at the end, for people to hang around for.


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Subject: RE: Roy Harris goes to Gaol in Derby (UK)
From: Nicholas Waller
Date: 15 Feb 11 - 09:15 AM

Ah, he appeared at The Topic 15 times in all, the last time his 70th Birthday Round in July 2003.


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Subject: RE: Roy Harris goes to Gaol in Derby (UK)
From: RoyH (Burl)
Date: 15 Feb 11 - 11:30 AM

Nicholas, I'm having an 80th Birthday round in 2013. Would love to come to the Topic then. (Or anywhere else between now and then.)


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Subject: RE: Roy Harris goes to Gaol in Derby (UK)
From: Nicholas Waller
Date: 15 Feb 11 - 12:01 PM

Roy, I only look after the website - and from 250 miles away! - but I shall pass your message on to Joe Grint, who does sometimes look in here.


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Subject: RE: Roy Harris goes to Gaol in Derby (UK)
From: RoyH (Burl)
Date: 15 Feb 11 - 04:22 PM

Many thanks Nicholas. I'll keep my fingers crossed. By the way, I'll be on the Four Fools Weekend in June, I'm looking forward to that too.Maybe se some 'Catters there.Burl


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Subject: RE: Roy Harris goes to Gaol in Derby (UK)
From: JohnH
Date: 15 Feb 11 - 04:59 PM

Folk for grown-ups?


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Subject: RE: Roy Harris goes to Gaol in Derby (UK)
From: The Sandman
Date: 16 Feb 11 - 03:42 PM

folk for all ages


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Subject: RE: Roy Harris goes to Gaol in Derby (UK)
From: RoyH (Burl)
Date: 17 Feb 11 - 05:33 AM

tonight's the night. See you there!


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Subject: RE: Roy Harris goes to Gaol in Derby (UK)
From: GUEST,Alan Whittle
Date: 17 Feb 11 - 05:50 AM

Big Mumford and Sons fans in Derby Roy, you'd better have a few of their songs ready for tonight.


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Subject: RE: Roy Harris goes to Gaol in Derby (UK)
From: Dave Sutherland
Date: 17 Feb 11 - 06:06 AM

Last night's result notwithstanding it might not be tactful to mention football in that location even though the urge to gloat might be overwhelming :-)
See you there.


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Subject: RE: Roy Harris goes to Gaol in Derby (UK)
From: The Sandman
Date: 17 Feb 11 - 08:03 AM

scunthorpe 1 forest 0


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Subject: RE: Roy Harris goes to Gaol in Derby (UK)
From: GUEST,Alan Whittle
Date: 18 Feb 11 - 03:40 AM

Hope it all went well for you and you had a great time. I know the audience will have had.

al


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Subject: RE: Roy Harris goes to Gaol in Derby (UK)
From: Dave Sutherland
Date: 18 Feb 11 - 07:26 AM

Most enjoyable night with lots of old friends turning out to see Roy.


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Subject: RE: Roy Harris goes to Gaol in Derby (UK)
From: GUEST
Date: 18 Feb 11 - 03:14 PM

I suppose being in California isn't a bad alibi, but had I been home in Glossop I'd have definitely made the journey to see one of my favourite performers, never mind friend and mentor. Glad it went well.


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Subject: RE: Roy Harris goes to Gaol in Derby (UK)
From: The Sandman
Date: 18 Feb 11 - 03:23 PM

the above must be BrianPeters


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Subject: RE: Roy Harris goes to Gaol in Derby (UK)
From: GUEST,Brian Peters
Date: 18 Feb 11 - 04:06 PM

Hey, well spotted, Dick! (oh no, that's a pudding...)

No cookie on this computer here in CA...

Brian


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Subject: RE: Roy Harris goes to Gaol in Derby (UK)
From: RoyH (Burl)
Date: 21 Feb 11 - 05:48 AM

I can't let this thread die before thanking some of the posters above for their kind remarks. Above all I want to thank all concerned with the club for my reception, and for everything that happened that evening. There was a full house,an attentive and appreciative audience, and some grand songs, stories, and tunes from the club's own people. In other words, it was everything I look for in a folk club. It was very good to see some old friends again as I returned to my E.Midlands home patch,especially good to see and hear the lads from Notts Alliance. Afterward I was given grand hospitality in one of those 'safe houses' we travelling folkies depend on so much. Thank you Ed & Marianne. Anybody in Derby on a Thursday night should head for the Old Gaol, on Friargate. You won't regret it.


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Subject: RE: Roy Harris goes to Gaol in Derby (UK)
From: GUEST,Alan Squires
Date: 21 Feb 11 - 01:02 PM

Yes it was a grand night and Roy did us proud and showed us how it really needs to be done.

If I can still be doing a fraction of what Roy can still can do, when I reach his age, I will be well chuffed.


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Subject: RE: Roy Harris goes to Gaol in Derby (UK)
From: The Sandman
Date: 21 Feb 11 - 01:22 PM

hes young but he's glowing


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Subject: RE: Roy Harris goes to Gaol in Derby (UK)
From: RoyH (Burl)
Date: 22 Feb 11 - 09:25 AM

Thanks Alan. You did pretty well yourself on the old squeezebox.
I'd like to announce that after a long hiatus I'm fit and ready, as of now, to get back to regular singing. Anyone interested in booking me please feel free to get in touch.
Longer term plans include California next year, and an '80th Birthday year' tour running from June 15th 2013 to June 15th 2014.
Let me once again recommend the Derby Heritage Traditional Music Club, based at the Old Gaol, Friargate, Derby. It has everything a good folk club needs. Burl.


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