Ever present during my career
have been Terry and Tony. From the first concert I ever did for them
in 1969 when they were still at school, through the 'Walthamstow &
Epping Years', to the present day. They are currently putting
together a charity album
which will feature my version of 'Memphis Tennessee' recorded at that
first school concert. Over dinner with the boys in London recently I
may have germinated the seed of an idea for them to return to concert
promotion..If they do I'll be more than happy to play again!
There are many joint memories
over such a long period. Their friendship with my former manager
Julia Creasy and members of my first band such as the late Isaac
Guillory meant that, try as I might, regular meetings couldn't be avoided!
Despite my having lived in
California since the '70s we have remained in contact. I wish them
every success with this website, the album and ..the concerts? Al.
Martin As a
rebellious teenager I found it easy to ignore my parents when they
told me to "Turn that awful row down!" That "row"
was Johnny in the basement mixing up the medicine. Since then, Bob
Dylan has consistently been an inspiration. At this rebellious
time I bought my first guitar. I persevered with chord patterns 'til
the tips of my pinkies became sore...only to start over again the
Musical performances started at
school. I used to sing with Colin Tucker under various stage names:
Rainy Daze, CGS Hooper , Incredible String Umbrella etc. Colin was
one of the finest young poets of his time and we often sang his songs
as well as those of Paul Simon, Leonard Cohen, Bob Dylan and Al Stewart.
It was a natural progression to
join up with Tony on the promotional side of our like interest. In
compiling this website I am astounded at the vast numbers and high
calibre of artistes with whom we were involved. Whilst we mainly
sided with the contemporary folk/blues genre, we were always eager to
promote good traditional folk singers. This site is our
cybertribute to all those who gave and those who still continue to
give us so much enjoyment .....
Tony Kingsbury How
did it start? Oddly enough on our school football pitch. One of my
school chums had acquired a copy of Simon & Garfunkel's
"Sound of Silence" I was impressed!
Soon after, a school folk club
was started by some Buffy St Marie fans. It met on Thursday
lunchtimes in the chemistry lab. A folk evening had been arranged
where an amazing singer named Hratch performed gems such as "Like
a Rolling Stone" and Al's "Swiss Cottage Manouvers"
We subsequently discovered that he was resident at Bunjies Coffee
House where he'd taken over from the increasingly popular Al Stewart.
After several Bunjies jaunts
we visited the Marquee Club where we were knocked out by Fairport
Convention (Dyble & Matthews) with Al Stewart. We then went on to
promote a concert, at school, featuring Al. who has remained a good
friend ever since.
Another major influence to me
was Ian Anderson whose experience and advice was always available. It
was he who largely responsible for broadening my musical interests.
The rest, as they say. ...............