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Mervyn Male Folk Singers (28) RE: Male Folk Singers 25 Feb 02


I learned a lot from Danny (as did most of us) and knew Gordon well. I'm saddened to hear of him passing. The last time I saw Gordon was in the mid-seventies when he and his wife Andrea were in Bali, prior to them moving to New Zealand. He was a truly fine man, and a singular musician. I learned "Golden Apples of the Sun" from him, and the song always reminds me of him.

I didn't know Declan though I heard of him from Tony Lavin and Louis McManus (of the Ramblers). I can't place Trevor Lucas.

I learned early that the prospects for a folk singer were not too bright: More musicians than venues -- and singers guarding their repertoires; living on coffee and cheese for months on end from Frank Traynors coffee lounge, the Outpost Inn and Union pub; hitch-hiking from Melbourne to Sydney to play at the Wayside Chapel and restaurants, and sleeping on park benches with my guitar; there were some great parties though, and the music was very special.

Still I remember a lot of the songs I learned then, and still play them at home, and sometimes for friends. It's been very interesting to compare the lyrics I remember with those on Mudcat and other sites -- it seems the memory isn't perfect. Now I have the time and energy to spend more time with my music, so the first step is to do some work with my voice. Thanks for your message.

Mervyn


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