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Recognition for Fylde Hero Ron Baxter

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GUEST,Blandiver 10 Jul 12 - 06:20 AM
Charley Noble 10 Jul 12 - 08:13 AM
GUEST,Blandiver 10 Jul 12 - 08:40 AM
Anglogeezer 10 Jul 12 - 01:38 PM
RoyH (Burl) 10 Jul 12 - 04:22 PM
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GUEST,Blandiver 11 Jul 12 - 04:39 AM
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GUEST,Peter Betts 03 Sep 14 - 04:57 PM
Jack Blandiver 03 Sep 14 - 06:23 PM
Sandra in Sydney 04 Sep 14 - 03:29 AM
Jack Blandiver 04 Sep 14 - 04:02 AM
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Subject: Recognition for Fylde Hero Ron Baxter
From: GUEST,Blandiver
Date: 10 Jul 12 - 06:20 AM

For Lancastrian Folkies & Fylde Festival goers alike the name Ron Baxter will evoke a plethora of adjectives with respect of his general good eggery: robust, stout, wholesome, earnest, traditional, erudite etc. etc. A fine singer, great songwriter, a master o' the maritime, artist, perenial MC, singaround host par excellence, Ron is the very heart and soul of his native Fleetwood, without whom the place just wouldn't be the same. For he's a jolly good fellow, and so say all of us. Indeed.

Anyway, today whilst looking over the all-new Marine Hall gardens we were delighted to see that Ron has been immortalised in a portrait... at least, such is the exacting likeness it simply can't be mere chance. So all you Cod Heads, Fylde goers, Ron Baxter fans & admirers out there, be sure to go have a look for yourselves next time you're passing.

For those who simple can't wait:

http://a2.sphotos.ak.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ak-ash3/534761_432518993438100_1879737296_n.jpg


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Subject: RE: Recognition for Fylde Hero Ron Baxter
From: Charley Noble
Date: 10 Jul 12 - 08:13 AM

It's either a portrait of Neptune or Ron Baxter, for sure.

Cheerily,
Charley Noble


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Subject: RE: Recognition for Fylde Hero Ron Baxter
From: GUEST,Blandiver
Date: 10 Jul 12 - 08:40 AM

Is it a portrait of Ron as Neptune, or Neptune as Ron? It's hard to say. I reckon Neptune could look like Ron, but if this is accidental the likeness is uncanny. And we spot this, BTW, on the day Rachel & I start working on Ron's new Pendle songs...


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Subject: RE: Recognition for Fylde Hero Ron Baxter
From: Anglogeezer
Date: 10 Jul 12 - 01:38 PM

Of course, if you flip it 180 degrees, it's still Ron!!

Jake


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Subject: RE: Recognition for Fylde Hero Ron Baxter
From: RoyH (Burl)
Date: 10 Jul 12 - 04:22 PM

Ron Baxter, without a doubt. I haven't seen him for years but this is just as I remember him. How're you doing Ron?


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Subject: RE: Recognition for Fylde Hero Ron Baxter
From: Charley Noble
Date: 10 Jul 12 - 05:01 PM

Blandiver-

Ah, a clue to who you are! My best to Rachel.

Well, Ron certainly has done a lot to earn such immortalization. Is this artwork vertical or horizontal, or does it rotate?

Cheerily,
Charley Noble


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Subject: RE: Recognition for Fylde Hero Ron Baxter
From: GUEST,Blandiver
Date: 10 Jul 12 - 05:12 PM

It's horizontal - part of a big wheel of maritime themed images so Ron is quite at home! I'll get a bigger pic next time I'm over that way. Ron popped in earlier for a cuppa, blether, and lengthy debate on Lancastrian witchcraft (as we do!) so I was able to show him the pic. Even he was amazed at the likeness - and, no doubt, delighted.

Rachel says hi!

Jack Blandiver
(Yup! The Mudcatter STILL known officially as Suibhne O'Piobaireachd until Joe Offer honours my request for a name change...)


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Subject: RE: Recognition for Fylde Hero Ron Baxter
From: GUEST,Nick Dow
Date: 10 Jul 12 - 07:00 PM

Ron is a talented man. His art work is wonderfl, and he should really have made a living at that in an ideal world. He can also write convincing song lyrics, and clever interpretations of song themes often to existing tunes. Ron also has a strong Christian Faith which has sustained him over the years. Ron is not an idiot when it comes to spotting talent on the Folk Scene. A number of times he has mentioned a name new to most of us who has gone on to great things,
Ron has not had an easy life by any means but always has a kind and cheerful word to say, and spares the time to talk to you whatever the circumstance of your meeting. You will find him in the Steamer pub in Fleetwood most nights, so drop in and say hallo


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Subject: RE: Recognition for Fylde Hero Ron Baxter
From: Charley Noble
Date: 10 Jul 12 - 09:37 PM

Nick-

"You will find him in the Steamer pub in Fleetwood most nights, so drop in and say hallo"

Does Ron still keep his "office" there? The music sessions have shifted, I thought, to another pub.

Cheerily,
Charley Noble


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Subject: RE: Recognition for Fylde Hero Ron Baxter
From: GUEST,Blandiver
Date: 11 Jul 12 - 04:39 AM

If ever I need Ron, I can usually find him in his office at the Steamer where he does his meticulous pen & ink drawings of maritime import & other subjects. His informal 'beer mat' sketches are the stuff of legend & folklore - John 'Harmonium Hero' Kelly's recent CD 'Honour & Promotion' features one on the cover, as does Neil Brook's facebook page. I've got several on the kitchen wall, my favourite being the one he did of Bogie's Bonny Belle in the time it took me to sing it one night a few years back at the Fleetwood Folk Club.

It is considered an honour when Ron does your portrait. Here's mine from a few years ago, albeit slightly touched up:

Sedayne by Ron Baxter, 5th October 2006


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Subject: RE: Recognition for Fylde Hero Ron Baxter
From: Charley Noble
Date: 11 Jul 12 - 08:53 AM

Blandiver-

That's a keeper.

We used to have a cartoonist who would sit in at our weekly meetings when I was helping run an alternative energy demonstration house back in my university days. As discussions ensued a piece of paper would begin to circulate, reducing people to giggles, as a cartoon representation of our latest topic was graphically depicted. Too bad I didn't keep a folder of them. I'll never forget "Thermal imaging of the R-value of a bedroom wall."

Cheerily,
Charley Noble


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Subject: RE: Recognition for Fylde Hero Ron Baxter
From: GUEST,Peter Betts
Date: 03 Sep 14 - 04:57 PM

Sounds like Ronny Baxter I sailed with on the Nina Bowater . I still have a small painting of the ship done by him,cost me a case of beer I think


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Subject: RE: Recognition for Fylde Hero Ron Baxter
From: Jack Blandiver
Date: 03 Sep 14 - 06:23 PM

Ron's looking better than ever these days. Here he is at last weekend's final Fylde Festival...

Ron, Fleetwood, August 2014. Picture - Bev Whelan


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Subject: RE: Recognition for Fylde Hero Ron Baxter
From: Sandra in Sydney
Date: 04 Sep 14 - 03:29 AM

Jack, the link in your original post no longer works

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Subject: RE: Recognition for Fylde Hero Ron Baxter
From: Jack Blandiver
Date: 04 Sep 14 - 04:02 AM

Wonder why? Here it is again....

Neptune as Ron / Ron as Neptune. Marine Hall Gardens, Fleetwood, Lancashire, UK

*

Whilst we're on, I requested that Ron gave us his masterpiece Morecambe as part of our Poems & Ballads sessions at the Fylde Festival last Saturday morning and naturally it went down a storm. It has its own thread here on Mudcat, and if there ever was a work of perfect genius, this is it...

Lyr Add: Who'll Go To Morecambe? /The Last Resort

Ron has at least one of this songs in the Digital Tradition too:

Who's Going to Pay Paddy Doyle?


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Subject: RE: Recognition for Fylde Hero Ron Baxter
From: Sandra in Sydney
Date: 04 Sep 14 - 06:13 AM

an excellent portrait.

Ross brought 'Morecombe' to Sydney a few years ago, I'd forgotten it, thanks for the reminder

sandra


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Subject: RE: Recognition for Fylde Hero Ron Baxter
From: Dave Hanson
Date: 04 Sep 14 - 08:41 AM

Not knocking him but just what heroic deeds deeds did he do ?

Dave H


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Subject: RE: Recognition for Fylde Hero Ron Baxter
From: Jack Blandiver
Date: 04 Sep 14 - 12:01 PM

See the OP for a small measure of his CV. I've personally seen him control a singaround of 70 desperate egos, which was heroic enough for me.


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Subject: RE: Recognition for Fylde Hero Ron Baxter
From: The Sandman
Date: 04 Sep 14 - 11:43 PM

ron baxter is a good egg, nd so say all of us


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