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Roy Harris and the english folk scene

The Sandman 28 Jul 14 - 01:08 AM
GUEST 28 Jul 14 - 02:57 AM
The Sandman 28 Jul 14 - 03:46 AM
Richard Mellish 28 Jul 14 - 05:35 AM
mayomick 28 Jul 14 - 05:53 AM
GUEST, topsie 28 Jul 14 - 05:58 AM
Brian Peters 28 Jul 14 - 07:49 AM
The Sandman 28 Jul 14 - 07:55 AM
Big Al Whittle 28 Jul 14 - 08:33 AM
The Sandman 28 Jul 14 - 09:18 AM
Jack Campin 28 Jul 14 - 10:38 AM
The Sandman 28 Jul 14 - 02:15 PM
GUEST,Guest 28 Jul 14 - 03:16 PM
Dave Sutherland 28 Jul 14 - 04:50 PM
GUEST,Guest 28 Jul 14 - 10:12 PM
Anglo 29 Jul 14 - 12:37 AM
ian1943 29 Jul 14 - 11:11 AM
GUEST 29 Jul 14 - 11:19 AM
Herga Kitty 29 Jul 14 - 03:11 PM
Dave Sutherland 29 Jul 14 - 05:25 PM
JHW 29 Jul 14 - 06:57 PM
MGM·Lion 30 Jul 14 - 05:37 AM
Big Al Whittle 30 Jul 14 - 07:37 AM
Richard Mellish 31 Jul 14 - 03:17 AM
GUEST,Guest 31 Jul 14 - 12:52 PM
The Sandman 01 Aug 14 - 05:56 AM
FreddyHeadey 01 Aug 14 - 06:44 AM
Big Al Whittle 01 Aug 14 - 07:32 AM
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Subject: RoyHarris and the english folk scene
From: The Sandman
Date: 28 Jul 14 - 01:08 AM

Roy Harris, is in my opinion a master of audience participation, a friend of mine told me a story of how managed to get a room of 100 people[at Durham Festival] to raise the rafters with chorus singing, and that the feeling of participating in harmony with so many people was awesome.
Roy Harris,a skilled communicator and performer, a candidate for EFDSS gold badge?


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Subject: RE: RoyHarris and the english folk scene
From: GUEST
Date: 28 Jul 14 - 02:57 AM

Does this mean that you are asking for people to support a formal nomination that you are making?


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Subject: RE: RoyHarris and the english folk scene
From: The Sandman
Date: 28 Jul 14 - 03:46 AM

Guest,I was unaware of the procedure of making a formal nomination, so thankyou for enlightening me.
my post contained a question,"a candidate for EFDSS gold badge?" that implies a request for opinions.
if i was going to make a nomimnation ,I would contact the person first, but I will give it some careful thought.


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Subject: RE: RoyHarris and the english folk scene
From: Richard Mellish
Date: 28 Jul 14 - 05:35 AM

I agree that Roy Harris is a good candidate. Unassuming, yet doing a great deal over the years, including (if I'm not mistaken) running The National for a good while.


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Subject: RE: RoyHarris and the english folk scene
From: mayomick
Date: 28 Jul 14 - 05:53 AM

Isn't this just GSS satirizing the other thread about Rolf Harris & The English Folk World?


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Subject: RE: RoyHarris and the english folk scene
From: GUEST, topsie
Date: 28 Jul 14 - 05:58 AM

mayomick - Not necessarily – it rather depends on how constructive the contributions to the thread are.


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Subject: RE: RoyHarris and the english folk scene
From: Brian Peters
Date: 28 Jul 14 - 07:49 AM

Damn, seeing the thread title I thought perhaps Roy Harris had brought out a book of reminiscences. Now that's something I'd pay to read. Hitch-hiking the length and breadth of England, enjoying the hospitality of Jeannie Robertson and others... oh yes, he has many great tales to tell. And Dick is right - Roy is possibly the best folk club performer I've ever seen.


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Subject: RE: RoyHarris and the english folk scene
From: The Sandman
Date: 28 Jul 14 - 07:55 AM

correct Richard.


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Subject: RE: RoyHarris and the english folk scene
From: Big Al Whittle
Date: 28 Jul 14 - 08:33 AM

yes give him a gold Jim'll Fix It badge and the blanketty blank chequebook!

or we could all have whip round and send him a few quid to say thanks for many nights entertainment!


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Subject: RE: RoyHarris and the english folk scene
From: The Sandman
Date: 28 Jul 14 - 09:18 AM

I think he also started Traditions at the Tiger.


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Subject: RE: Roy Harris and the english folk scene
From: Jack Campin
Date: 28 Jul 14 - 10:38 AM

He's rather too easy to confuse with somebody else, though.

http://tinyurl.com/RoyHarris


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Subject: RE: Roy Harris and the english folk scene
From: The Sandman
Date: 28 Jul 14 - 02:15 PM

no it was Brian Peters who said" Roy is possibly the best folk club performer I've ever seen."although Id o think he was and is a good perfomer, and feck off with your wrestling


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Subject: RE: Roy Harris and the english folk scene
From: GUEST,Guest
Date: 28 Jul 14 - 03:16 PM

Whoops - above two postings were me. The second inadvertant.

The first one was to agree with Dick's comment about the wrestling - just to be accurate OK?

That does not mean I do not admire Roy Harris but am not sure that an EFDSS gold badge is such a great honour these days - they have been handing them out like toffee apples.

I believe it was Harry Cox who commented when asked about his gold badge (when they did mean something) that "It was OK but five bob a week for life would have been handier".


A spammer who was a little more clever than most. Gone now. --mudelf


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Subject: RE: Roy Harris and the english folk scene
From: Dave Sutherland
Date: 28 Jul 14 - 04:50 PM

"I think he also started Traditions at the Tiger."

Correct - Back in 1991


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Subject: RE: Roy Harris and the english folk scene
From: GUEST,Guest
Date: 28 Jul 14 - 10:12 PM

It looks as though there has been sensible intervention by the webmasters re the wrestling thing - well done - even though it leaves my post above somewhat incongruous!


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Subject: RE: Roy Harris and the english folk scene
From: Anglo
Date: 29 Jul 14 - 12:37 AM

As one familiar with both Roy Harrises, much more so with 'our' Roy I admit, I see little likelihood of confusing them.


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Subject: RE: Roy Harris and the english folk scene
From: ian1943
Date: 29 Jul 14 - 11:11 AM

Good Soldier Schweik who started this thread has caused a glow of happy memory as I compered the concert in Durham Town Hall and Roy Harris indeed managed to make 120 people sing and the harmonies still resound in that old hall. It was magical and it made the hairs on the back of my neck tingle.


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Subject: RE: Roy Harris and the english folk scene
From: GUEST
Date: 29 Jul 14 - 11:19 AM

It's true from the times I saw him in Notts, he could set up extraordinary harmony singing in folk clubs, the like I have never hear since.


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Subject: RE: Roy Harris and the english folk scene
From: Herga Kitty
Date: 29 Jul 14 - 03:11 PM

I have a very happy memory of Roy singing Rolling down the Bay to Juliana at the Royal Oak in Wealdstone with glorious harmonies from the rest of the Herga folk club, some Monday over 40 years ago. Also his recording at the White Lion in Wherwell for Doug Bailey... among other memories.

Roy has posted to the new librarian at C# House thread today, so if you've glanced at this thread, Roy, I hope you've been cheered by the happy memories of some of the other posters!

Kitty


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Subject: RE: Roy Harris and the english folk scene
From: Dave Sutherland
Date: 29 Jul 14 - 05:25 PM

Reminds me that the football season (the proper football season)starts in about ten days time which means that we will be corresponding during the next week:-)


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Subject: RE: Roy Harris and the english folk scene
From: JHW
Date: 29 Jul 14 - 06:57 PM

Absolute stalwart. Excellent singer and interpreter. Nothing to tune. Few introductions, I don't think ever a set list, just song after song well chosen.
Don't forget all the years he ran Loughborough Festival


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Subject: RE: Roy Harris and the english folk scene
From: MGM·Lion
Date: 30 Jul 14 - 05:37 AM

'I believe it was Harry Cox who commented when asked about his gold badge (when they did mean something) that "It was OK but five bob a week for life would have been handier"' - Guest 28 Jul 0316pm.
.,,.

It was ~~ it will be found right at the beginning of my interview with Harry in Folk Review, Feb 1973. His exact words were, "They'd made up a song about me, and they sung it. It wasn't done bad neither. But that badge, I don't know what good that is to me. If they'd give me five shilling a week with it..."

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Subject: RE: Roy Harris and the english folk scene
From: Big Al Whittle
Date: 30 Jul 14 - 07:37 AM

put his address up and we could all send him a tenner. just a gesture.....


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Subject: RE: Roy Harris and the english folk scene
From: Richard Mellish
Date: 31 Jul 14 - 03:17 AM

Kitty said "I have a very happy memory of Roy singing Rolling down the Bay to Juliana at the Royal Oak in Wealdstone with glorious harmonies from the rest of the Herga folk club, some Monday over 40 years ago."

I have a recording. Probably the same occasion that Kitty remembers, but actually a mere 39 years ago - 5th May 1975.


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Subject: RE: Roy Harris and the english folk scene
From: GUEST,Guest
Date: 31 Jul 14 - 12:52 PM

Big Al

Whose address are you wanting?

Harry Cox (bit late for that) or Roy Harris.

Or - heaven forbid - was it a touch of levity on your part?


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Subject: RE: Roy Harris and the english folk scene
From: The Sandman
Date: 01 Aug 14 - 05:56 AM

I think his adress is a norfolk churchyard, and the tenner would not be of much use to him now


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Subject: RE: Roy Harris and the english folk scene
From: FreddyHeadey
Date: 01 Aug 14 - 06:44 AM

Do any mudcatters know their way round editing wikipedia?
Looks like folk RH needs a page.
wiki Roy_Harris_(disambiguation)

I did look once but got confused and frightened!


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Subject: RE: Roy Harris and the english folk scene
From: Big Al Whittle
Date: 01 Aug 14 - 07:32 AM

roy!

not levity I thought it might be a nice gesture from us


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Subject: RE: Roy Harris and the english folk scene
From: GUEST,rumanci
Date: 01 Aug 14 - 03:50 PM

I'm guessing he might enjoy a booking or two too Al - retirement didn't fit well and I was at his "last" gig - he deserves many more :-D


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Subject: RE: Roy Harris and the english folk scene
From: Big Al Whittle
Date: 01 Aug 14 - 07:52 PM

well yes!we were in tv series called Boon together - he was a boxing referee and I was a rowdy customer in the crowd. I seem to remember Mick Peat and Jack Hudson there too.

anyway I ran him home afterwards, and we were both chatting about the folkscene - and neither of us got many gigs. and they were so rare that it was difficult to relax once you got up there.

funny really different ends of the spectrum of folk music - but with the same problem.


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Subject: RE: Roy Harris and the english folk scene
From: GUEST
Date: 02 Aug 14 - 12:04 AM

ha ha - I used to love Boon - "a rowdy customer in the crowd" how did I miss that?
rumx


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