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GUEST,jim bainbridge Give us a song there will ya (10) RE: Give us a song there will ya 23 Nov 19


This is a very healthy thread- we had regular musical family parties around the piano- my Uncle Tom was a pianist with the Boldon Banjo Band- 'As Time Goes' was his favourite- a great Trailer LP of the band with Bob Davenport exists!) They played every Tuesday at the 'Boldon Lad' pub in Boldon Colliery, where he worked.
My grandad's turn was 'Down the Road went Polly' and 'Wor Nanny's a Mazer- uncle Bob did the 'Spaniard who blighted my life' and the The Ballad of Bethnal Green'    (still in my repertoire!)- another uncle played the concertina & swung it about on the 'Bells of St Mary's' long before Alistair Anderson! Myself and two sisters had party pieces, but I can't recall what- it's over 60 years ago!
These parties were probably declining by the sixties, but with the start of the Marsden Folk Club in 1963, morphed into something different. Club guests often stayed with us & we three Bainbridges were into the 'revival' by then, so after the club, visiting guests like Fred Jordan, Bob Davenport, 'auld' Davy Stewart, Paddy Tunney, Christy Moore & Finbar & Eddie Furey were well able to contribute to a new version of a family party, aided by jokes & songs by my dad, who loved it all!
happy days- today's are OK as well, mind you!


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