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Posted By: MikeofNorthumbria
28-Jun-00 - 06:06 AM
Thread Name: Help: Chastity Belt -- Recordings?
Subject: RE: Help: Chastity Belt -- Recordings?
Hi there, BigJ!

This may be thread drift, but what the heck!

It's great to hear news of Eric Winter. He was(and is) one of the 'unsung heroes' of the '60s folk revival. He did a tremendous amount to spread the word through Sing! magazine, through his column in the Melody Maker, and as an organizer of concerts and other events (we didn't have proper festivals in those days). Long may he continue to flourish - and my best wishes to yourself.

And Hi there, Christopher Rainbow!

I don't recall the Turvill folk club, but I did play at a couple of singaround ceildhs at Idlecombe farm, near Turville. Maybe we met there? I think they were organised either by Eric Johnson (who went off to Birmingham to become a schoolteacher) or by Dennis Manners (who later founded the very successful Towersey Folk festival). Back in the early days when clubs were few and underfunded, and when large-scale folk festivals were hardly thinkable, stalwarts like Eric W, Eric J and Dennis put in many hours of unremunerated effort to get the movement rolling, and to keep songs (including the Chastity Belt) in circulation. We shouldn't forget our debt to them.