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Dave Bradley (known as Brady) Retires

Folkiedave 12 Sep 05 - 01:20 PM
GUEST 12 Sep 05 - 02:27 PM
Leadfingers 12 Sep 05 - 04:23 PM
Dave Hanson 13 Sep 05 - 01:20 AM
GUEST,Greycap 13 Sep 05 - 02:48 AM
GUEST,Betsy 13 Sep 05 - 04:17 AM
GUEST 13 Sep 05 - 04:48 AM
GUEST,Robin Madge 13 Sep 05 - 07:47 AM
GUEST,Robin Madge 13 Sep 05 - 07:50 AM
R. Padgett 13 Sep 05 - 05:52 PM
Big Al Whittle 13 Sep 05 - 07:38 PM
GUEST,Boab 13 Sep 05 - 10:17 PM
Geoff the Duck 14 Sep 05 - 04:06 PM
GUEST,Elfcall 15 Sep 05 - 08:08 AM
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Subject: Dave Bradley (known as Brady) Retires
From: Folkiedave
Date: 12 Sep 05 - 01:20 PM

Dave Bradley who as Dave Brady in Swan Arcade was a stalwart of the lates 60's and Early 70's folk scene has retired.

There was a lovely piece about him in the Glasgow Herald, September 3rd. For those of you who don't know - he has worked for many years as the Roadie for the Scottish Chamber Orchestra. The paper only keep these for two days so it is not available on-line without paying.

To paraphrase the article:

He drove the van - set up the stage for the orchestra, multiple seats, music stands lights etc. Large and cumbersome conductors podia, grand pianos, raised stands for soloists, heavy instrument cases the logistical nightmare that is the classical orchestra on the move. He drove the van across the Far East, USA,busy metropolitan conurbations, single track roads to remote Scottish hamlets, where the music went, the truck went too. One SCO orchestral player remarked "The man is not just a marvel, he's a bloody miracle worker."

There will be those of you who are aware that Dave only had one arm.

He retired after the Bank of Scotland's Firework Concert in Princes ST. Gardens on September 3rd and I understand he is going to live in Wiltshire.


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Subject: RE: Dave Bradley (known as Brady) Retires
From: GUEST
Date: 12 Sep 05 - 02:27 PM

..."had one arm." ??? Still got it I hope!


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Subject: RE: Dave Bradley (known as Brady) Retires
From: Leadfingers
Date: 12 Sep 05 - 04:23 PM

The only one armed man I have ever seen play a Concertina !! A duet ,
one end strapped to his thigh , the other end played with his right hand ! Impressive ! -AND a fine singer too .


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Subject: RE: Dave Bradley (known as Brady) Retires
From: Dave Hanson
Date: 13 Sep 05 - 01:20 AM

Dave's wife Heather, who also sang with Swan Arcade, was at one time the Lord Mayor of Carlisle.

Good luck to Dave.

eric


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Subject: RE: Dave Bradley (known as Brady) Retires
From: GUEST,Greycap
Date: 13 Sep 05 - 02:48 AM

Played with him as a duo in the early 60's - happy retirement, Dave!!
I've still got 318 days to go.
Roger


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Subject: RE: Dave Bradley (known as Brady) Retires
From: GUEST,Betsy
Date: 13 Sep 05 - 04:17 AM

Enjoy yourself Dave I shall remember the great days you, Heather and and Jim gave us as Swan arcade,with booming voice and his stump (his missing arm) beckoning the audience to join in with their beautifully delivered songs and choruses.


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Subject: RE: Dave Bradley (known as Brady) Retires
From: GUEST
Date: 13 Sep 05 - 04:48 AM

To echo everyone else.
Happy retirement old(ish) chap.
You got more noise out of one end of your Duet, than I ever managed to do with both ends of mine!

Ralphie


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Subject: RE: Dave Bradley (known as Brady) Retires
From: GUEST,Robin Madge
Date: 13 Sep 05 - 07:47 AM

September 1974, the first time I ever entered a Folk Club, at Bradford University.
What did I find?
Swan Arcade.
What more could you ask for?

Though I don't think I've ever spoken to Dave I would like to say thanks for the introduction to what has given me so many friends, and, I suppose, two wives.

Robin Madge


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Subject: RE: Dave Bradley (known as Brady) Retires
From: GUEST,Robin Madge
Date: 13 Sep 05 - 07:50 AM

Sorry, make that September 1973, Tempus don't half fugit!

Robin Madge


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Subject: RE: Dave Bradley (known as Brady) Retires
From: R. Padgett
Date: 13 Sep 05 - 05:52 PM

Dave Brady and Swan Arcade a folk legend

Made you sing by sheer exuberance!

Sing yer buggers and traditional song and Lola sung at high decibels made you sing the choruses

Happy retirement Dave and best of luck

Ray Padgett ~ Barnsley Folk Club


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Subject: RE: Dave Bradley (known as Brady) Retires
From: Big Al Whittle
Date: 13 Sep 05 - 07:38 PM

Best wishes to Dave. Great bloke!


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Subject: RE: Dave Bradley (known as Brady) Retires
From: GUEST,Boab
Date: 13 Sep 05 - 10:17 PM

Once saw Dave with TWO arms!A full suit of armour walked into Hexham folk club one night, waving a sword in one hand. Aye---you've guessed it-----
---May you have as much delight in your retirement, Dave, as you gave to us in the years gone by.


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Subject: RE: Dave Bradley (known as Brady) Retires
From: Geoff the Duck
Date: 14 Sep 05 - 04:06 PM

A friend of mine, now departed, did used to know Dave Bradley with two arms. In fact Paul (Dad) Tattersall blamed himself for Dave's loss. Paul had bought a Norton (I think he said) motorbike which Dave was impressed by, so Dave bought a bike of his own, which led to him having the accident leading to the loss of his arm.
Quack!!!
Geoff.


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Subject: RE: Dave Bradley (known as Brady) Retires
From: GUEST,Elfcall
Date: 15 Sep 05 - 08:08 AM

I am really, really, really happy to hear of Dave's retirement - i thought he was dead !!!!!!!!!!!!!

Love SA and often have a CD full blast on the way home after a stressful day at work. Life always seem better after.

Elfcall


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