The 4th January 2012 and the Lymington Folk Club, both the date and place will be set in
my mind for a very long time. Why you ask, well, I met up with some old friends from my
teenage years and my dearest friend and longest known friend John Dunkinson played a
small set, by himself and a couple of tunes accompanied with Pete Strong and Pete Jones.
His music was uplifting and the icing on the cake for me. But I am pretty sure the rest of
the club also enjoyed his songs, judging by the applause and the after effect. John who
lives in Seattle, USA means I and his other UK friends do not see him very often, and
because of this it made it doubly good for me. But must not forget the other artists that
performed this night, because once again the Folk club produced tunes to the highest of
A very big THANK YOU for this alone.
Apart from my regular visit and enjoyment of the music at this Folk Club, by the way is
every 1st and 3rd Wednesday of the month, it had turned into a re-union of old friends, the
only thing that remains to be seen is whether or not we will all keep to our departing
words, ‘keep in touch, I’ll give you text or call, check you out on Facebook, don’t leave it
another thirty years’ you know what I mean. We have all done it at some time in our lives,
people get separated with life’s paths, and then meet up again further down the paths of
fate. We had a good night talking of the past and of today. This is a sign of good friends,
you can talk to each other easily, no stopping and faltering and wondering what to say.
John Dunkinson sang some songs in remembrance of a local character, poet and singer
songwriter from the area. He has recorded his songs and put them onto a CD called
‘Gypsy’ and subtitled ‘In Memory of Rod Legge’ Very high quality recording and very
high standard of music. So I suggest you have a listen by visiting the web site on the
following link http://www.jdrobertsband.com/ and if possible support the local characters.
Without these people, your villages and towns would be like any other, boring. These
characters can be like an attraction and a very valuable asset. Look after them while alive
and if not then at least give them life in their death with some form of acknowledgement.
Please visit the website and help. THANK YOU, for this.
http://www.jdrobertsband.com/ = for the CD ‘Gypsy’
http://www.unique-photography.co.uk/folk/index.html = for the Lymington Folk Club. If in the area
remember to visit. 1st and 3 rd Wednesday of each and every month
- Doin’ Our ‘Ting 29 June 2011
We, John and myself Gerald, turned up at the Thomas Tripp public house,in Lymington, Hampshire, UK, expecting the Lymington Folk Club to be present, and hoping to see some musicians of varying styles. But to our surprise it was not on on this particular Wednesday. Yes you guessed, it was next Wednesday. Apparently every first and third Wednesday of the month. It was a shame because my friend had a music CD, that he and several others had recorded numerous songs written and performed by themselves, in remembrance of the local poet, musician and character of Lymington. Some of the songs were in part at least written by this local character. I must say that it is very good so if you get a chance to purchase a copy I strongly advise it. All in a good cause I might add. See and visit the web site, it explains all and I say support your local characters. www.jdrobertsband.com Any way I diverse…..
We met up with another friend, also in the picture, his name is Pete and he is the one on the left. I personally have not seen him since 1979 -1980, he said the last he saw me was when I had my hair draping half way down my back. And so thinking this then the years would be about right. We all sat down with a pint and having a chat about things from past and present, we, after a short while asked the bar tender if we could have our own guitar session in the back bar, to which she said we could. Of course it was lucky that I had brought two guitars with me. We all proceeded to have a good evening of music on our own. The memories rushed back from the days of past gone when me and John used to do it regularly. The reason I am recording this is because, as one reason already mentioned, I have not seen Pete for over thirty five years and it was brilliant for this to happen now, we could still talk and have things to say. Conversation did not become quiet or awkward. And now with mobile numbers passed over we should be able to continue our re-found friendship.
The other reason is…..John, who now lives in the USA and has visited UK every year, parents still live here, but for various reasons we have not met up for about ten years. So this event has been recorded, by this blog, and linked to others, Blogger, and photographs. So just in case we do not meet again this will always be here.
We were child friends, grew up together and learnt to play guitars together but when he went to USA I must admit I felt a little lost. So memories likes this mean so much more, hopefully there will be more. But just in case. I had a chat with Pete a couple of weeks later and we might try a guitar duo, at the very least for pleasure and fun…
So for now I say ‘Watch this Space’