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Thread #169375   Message #4093359
Posted By: GUEST,Derrick
16-Feb-21 - 05:52 AM
Thread Name: Info: Charlie Bate (Cornish singer)(1919-1977)
Subject: RE: Info: Charlie Bate (Cornish singer)(1919-1977)
Charlie was indeed a well loved and respected man,He was an early influence when I was discovering the world of folk.I often met him at the Stable Loft in Wadebridge in the early 70's.
He was also a Melodeon player and was one of the musicians for the Obby Oss on Mayday in Padstow.
I used to enjoy his party piece tune set where he told a tale about various situations he came across as he went about his day.
He would be passing a Church and hear the organ playing a tune or the Boy scouts band on parade and all sorts of other situations where music would be involved.The tune he heard would always be Little brown Jug.
He Would play in the style that suited the scenario making his Melodeon sound like the Church organ,or the fairground organ, or Scout band.
I also used to enjoy hearing him play with Bob Cann who I also knew.
Both were firmly rooted in their local traditions and culture and gave me a less academic sense of what the music of the ordinary folk was all about.