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The Rakes (of Gravesend)

GUEST,guest 09 Aug 15 - 05:00 AM
GUEST,Derek Schofield 09 Aug 15 - 05:31 AM
GUEST,Kent boy 10 Aug 15 - 05:03 AM
GUEST,Derek Schofield 10 Aug 15 - 06:36 AM
GUEST,Peter 10 Aug 15 - 10:20 AM
Vic Smith 10 Aug 15 - 10:40 AM
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The Sandman 10 Aug 15 - 02:35 PM
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Subject: The Rakes (of Gravesend)
From: GUEST,guest
Date: 09 Aug 15 - 05:00 AM

Just flicking through Mudcat on a wet morning- I can find no trace of the above band, who were, for me, the major traditional English band of the revival's early days.

Quite apart from their days with Bob Davenport, they were a tremendous and influential band in their own right. Yes I know their material was mainly Irish, but what a rhythm they had for dancing! Totally unlike the staid EFDSS bands of the time.

I'm using the past tense but believe they are still operating?
It's just amazing there's absolutely nothing on Mudcat about them, or have I missed something?


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Subject: RE: The Rakes (of Gravesend)
From: GUEST,Derek Schofield
Date: 09 Aug 15 - 05:31 AM

Yes, they're still going. Reg Hall, Paul Gross and Michael Plunkett.
Derek


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Subject: RE: The Rakes (of Gravesend)
From: GUEST,Kent boy
Date: 10 Aug 15 - 05:03 AM

Is that the Rakes of Bob Davenport and the Rakes?- what has Gravesend got to do with them?


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Subject: RE: The Rakes (of Gravesend)
From: GUEST,Derek Schofield
Date: 10 Aug 15 - 06:36 AM

They were originally called The Rakes of Gravesend which is where they came from at the time, I believe. As a variation on the name of the tune, The Rakes of Mallow. Not really been called by the longer name for many, many years...
Derek


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Subject: RE: The Rakes (of Gravesend)
From: GUEST,Peter
Date: 10 Aug 15 - 10:20 AM

Not really been called by the longer name for many, many years...
At least 50 years I think.


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Subject: RE: The Rakes (of Gravesend)
From: Vic Smith
Date: 10 Aug 15 - 10:40 AM

Tina and I danced to them years before we were married.
We booked them for our Silver Wedding Ceilidh 24 years ago.
Next August is our Golden Wedding......


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Subject: RE: The Rakes (of Gravesend)
From: GUEST
Date: 10 Aug 15 - 02:25 PM

The band celebrated their 50th anniversary in 2006


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Subject: RE: The Rakes (of Gravesend)
From: The Sandman
Date: 10 Aug 15 - 02:35 PM

"Subject: RE: The Rakes (of Gravesend)
From: Vic Smith - PM
Date: 10 Aug 15 - 10:40 AM

Tina and I danced to them years before we were married.
We booked them for our Silver Wedding Ceilidh 24 years ago.
Next August is our Golden Wedding...." CONGRATULATIONS


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