~LEON ROSSELSON~

It is, I suppose, a bit sad when one's clearest recollection of a performance was the production of sandwiches and a Thermos half way through! Such eccentricity though should not obscure the fact that Leon Rosselson was unique, odd, but very good. (I suspect there would be very little else that we could agree on!).

Born in 1934 his early dabbling in the folk scene would perhaps surprise those more familiar with his satirical and political writing. In the 1960s he was a member of the Galliards with Robin Hall and Jimmie MacGregor. His feet were firmly placed on a satirical path when some of his songs were featured in the TV show 'That Was The Week That Was'. Also in the 60s he joined forces with such luminaries as Martin Carthy and Roy Bailey in the '3City4', a collaboration with Bailey that was to endure and probably produce his finest hour. An album they made together in 1975 called 'That's Not The Way It's Got To Be' produced his most well known track 'The World Turned Upside Down', subsequently performed by Billy Bragg and Dick Gaughan (another two chaps not known for sitting on the political fence). Their follow up album featured ONE OF THOSE FOLK CLUB SONGS 'Don't Get Married Girls'.

Modest chart success came in 1987 with 'Ballad Of A Spycatcher', backed by Billy Bragg and the Oysterband, as part of the Campaign for Press and Broadcasting Freedom.

The 1990s saw him become as well know in another field - as a children's author.

We booked Leon in early 1973 - obviously word had got round about the fees we paid hence the sandwiches and Thermos!

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