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Review: Bob Davenport

GUEST,jim bainbridge 24 Sep 16 - 07:04 AM
GUEST,jim bainbridge 24 Sep 16 - 07:01 AM
GUEST,jim bainbridge 23 Sep 16 - 12:30 PM
The Sandman 16 Apr 12 - 08:04 AM
nutty 16 Apr 12 - 05:12 AM
r.padgett 16 Apr 12 - 04:14 AM
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GUEST,Georgina Boyes 28 May 04 - 11:15 AM
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Subject: RE: Review: Bob Davenport
From: GUEST,jim bainbridge
Date: 24 Sep 16 - 07:04 AM

meant to say that the Rakes were formed in 1955 so have been on the road for SIXTY-ONE years!


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Subject: RE: Review: Bob Davenport
From: GUEST,jim bainbridge
Date: 24 Sep 16 - 07:01 AM

Just had another look at the first post here- the 'band called the Rakes' who backed Bob Davenport on those early LPs and EPs and more recent CDs are playing for their very last dance this very evening.

For the record, and in my opinion, the Rakes (of Gravesend, originally) have been the most rhythmic, tight and reliable band on the English scene for many years.

Unappreciated to some extent, maybe, but their adherence to real traditional music has shown the way to many, like myself, who have been inspired by them over the years.

Another quote from that original post is that Bob Davenport is a 'much better singer than McCall (sic) and AL Lloyd'- well, I know my preference, but as I don't wish to start a war I'll keep that to myself....


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Subject: RE: Review: Bob Davenport
From: GUEST,jim bainbridge
Date: 23 Sep 16 - 12:30 PM

Dead right Dick- Bob doesn't play an instrument at all, his voice was always enough....although I do remember him playing triangle with a visiting Cajun band at the Fox in Islington many years ago!

He was at the Musical Traditions club in London last Friday, singing to the accompaniment of Roger Digby's 'anglo' concertina- maybe that's the source of any confusion- they have recorded together.


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Subject: RE: Review: Bob Davenport
From: The Sandman
Date: 16 Apr 12 - 08:04 AM

I dont think bob plays concertina, he often has r digby accompanying him on tina


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Subject: RE: Review: Bob Davenport
From: nutty
Date: 16 Apr 12 - 05:12 AM

there are a number of early Bob Davenport tracks on Spotify - they make wonderful listening.


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Subject: RE: Review: Bob Davenport
From: r.padgett
Date: 16 Apr 12 - 04:14 AM

It is many years since I first and last saw Bob and he was certainly an inspiration fo unaccompanied singers, and male singers at that for the "revival" other inspirations were Sean Cannon, Martin Whyndham Read, Nic Jones, Tony Rose and Dave Burland

Bob however was virtually all unaccompanied in those days although I believe he plays concertina too.

I got to the Grove on Sunday pm missed him

Maybe I will aspire to folk greatness and English LIving Tradition Standard Bearer eventually, like Bob

Ray


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Subject: RE: Review: Bob Davenport
From: GUEST
Date: 15 Apr 12 - 03:41 PM

Bob's OK- not in a home, but a small flat in the Grays Inn Road area of London, where he's lived for many years now. An unappreciated talent indeed, with more knowledge of the real music than any of the younger traditional music 'authorities' !


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Subject: RE: Review: Bob Davenport
From: peregrina
Date: 15 Apr 12 - 11:44 AM

Excellent set from Bob at The Grove last night.


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Subject: RE: Review: Bob Davenport
From: GUEST,Georgina Boyes
Date: 28 May 04 - 11:15 AM

Bob's at John Tams' studio recording his new album this very day. He's in great form and the list of backing musicians involved is quite something.


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Subject: RE: Review: Bob Davenport
From: Big Al Whittle
Date: 28 May 04 - 11:14 AM

At Weymouth festival a couple of weeks ago and there were a couple of geordies on the bill - Bob Fox and Jez Lowe.

I asked Bob Fox if he'd heard anything about him, and I think (this is only think ) he said that he was allright but he was in a home. He'd seen him less than a couple of weeks ago

great man as you say. I remember a storming gig in the 70's at Steve Rosron's old club somewhere I've forgotten in deepest Derbyshire. Powerful uncompromising ballads at the outset, then John Tams joined him on melodeon and they rocked out on Memphis Tennesse


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Subject: RE: Review: Bob Davenport
From: GUEST,Guest.
Date: 28 May 04 - 04:32 AM

Check out www.topicdrift.com/davenport for recent CDs. A BIG new one is also in preparation at Topic.


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Subject: RE: Review: Bob Davenport
From: Geoff the Duck
Date: 23 Dec 03 - 05:00 AM

Topic Records still exists CLICK HERE, although the website doesn't seem to have anything listed by Bob Davenport.
It is possible that the CM sticker just means thath they sold you the record.
Quack!
Geoff the Duck.


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Subject: RE: Review: Bob Davenport
From: GUEST,An English Patriot
Date: 22 Dec 03 - 05:35 PM

I've just been looking at his records and noticed that they were all on Topic. I thought it curious that they hadn't released them on CD when I noticed a sticker on one of them with CM DISTRIBUTION on it. My heart sank. Isn't that the company owned by Dave Bulmer who has managed to deprive us all, bar one, of Nic Jones' priceless recordings?


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Subject: RE: Review: Bob Davenport
From: Jim McLean
Date: 22 Dec 03 - 01:17 PM

Don't even mention it!!


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Subject: RE: Review: Bob Davenport
From: Les in Chorlton
Date: 22 Dec 03 - 12:47 PM

This is very worrying. If Bob is 70 the rest of us must be ............


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Subject: RE: Review: Bob Davenport
From: GUEST,JOHN OF ELSIES`S BAND
Date: 22 Dec 03 - 04:41 AM

He is still a regular artist booked at "ELSIE`S". He was with us last in September.


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Subject: RE: Review: Bob Davenport
From: Terry K
Date: 22 Dec 03 - 03:10 AM

Good to hear he is still "as good as new" as his last CD (review clickied above) is really disappointing. Turns out he had a cold and a sore throat.

I've always wondered why such a talent was never really acclaimed; his records and live performances were always fantastic. And he has always seemed so elusive - you have to make a real effort to track him down.

cheers, Terry


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Subject: RE: Review: Bob Davenport
From: Jim McLean
Date: 21 Dec 03 - 05:39 PM

I was at his 70th birthday party last year and he's still as good as new! Alex Campbell always said you could tell what key Bob was singing by the colour of his neck!


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Subject: RE: Review: Bob Davenport
From: The Borchester Echo
Date: 21 Dec 03 - 03:37 PM

Bob and the Rakes had a new recording released on Fellside about 4 years ago reviewed here in Musical traditions, the only real difference being that The Red Haired Lad is now snowy white.

He certainly hasn't diminished in volume and shows up frequently around North London as Anahata says. I saw him just a few weeks ago in fine voice.


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Subject: RE: Review: Bob Davenport
From: Mr Happy
Date: 21 Dec 03 - 02:35 PM

Appeared this year Bodmin Folk Club with his band, see here:

http://www.bodminfolk.freeserve.co.uk/photogal/davenport-1.htm


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Subject: RE: Review: Bob Davenport
From: treewind
Date: 21 Dec 03 - 02:32 PM

He's certainly benn around and singing recently.

I haven't heard him for a year or two, when he put in an appearance at Islington Folk club, still with that amazingly strong voice.

Anahata


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Subject: Review: Bob Davenport
From: GUEST,An English Patriot
Date: 21 Dec 03 - 02:26 PM

Does anyone know what has happened to Bob Davenport? I have some of his old vinyl records - "Down the Long Road", "Postcards Home" and "1977" - mostly recorded with a band called The Rakes. He sang unaccompanied, with The Rakes doing the occasional instrumental, and is one of the best folk singers that England ever produced. All the albums mentioned are absolutely wonderful and it is such a shame that they have not been released on CD. A few of the tracks on The Iron Muse are by him, but that is all that is available. He was a much better singer than McCall or A.L.Lloyd but he seems to have become neglected.


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