Following our successful TV appearance in October, Kimber's Men were invited back to appear again on Sunday Brunch before Christmas. It is very regrettable we were unable to comply due to band members being unavailable. Those of you who missed the first show should still be able to see the original programme at............
There are better things to watch than Kimber's Men? Take a look at The Sleepy Man Banjo Boys. Shucks; I taught him all I new. Best looked at full screen.
My old pal
At home the
furore surrounding Ched Evans (the Sheffield United footballer originally
sentenced to five years in jail for rape, but now released after three - in case
you've just returned from Timbuktu) continues unabated with over One hundred and
Seventy thousand signatures from those fair minded liberals living amongst us
who, not satisfied with the judges sentence, now want to impose their own
kangaroo court sentence to prevent him continuing in his profession. I
covered this topic pretty extensively in the September issue of a Rambling Old
Codger so I don't really need to over elaborate again. Rape is not to be
condoned whatever form it may take. And those who commit rape deserve to
be punished. But Ched Evans, who to this day claims the sex act was
consensual (well he would wouldn't he?) has been punished. He languished
in jail for three years for having accompanied a woman, who of her own accord
went with him, without any form of complaint to a hotel bedroom. Did she
expect to have sex or did she expect to have a game of dominoes? She
claims she was too drunk to resist him; but not too drunk to remember what she
did. One thing she certainly didn't do was to plead with hotel
receptionist to save her from a fate she didn't want. There is a piece in
the bible (I'm sure
I'm sure by now that most of you know that
She had a melodic, ethereal voice, and her love of harmonising and her skill as a flautist led to a preference for collaboration.
born in Battersea, south
Mike Taylor of the music group Incantation recommended Maggie for Christopher
Bruce’s Sergeant Early’s Dream with Ballet Rambert. Incantation needed an Irish
singer for this new ballet about Irish migration to the
a rediscovered love of performance, Maggie made a couple of albums with Steve in
the 1990s. The duo also joined Renbourn’s short-lived band Ship of Fools, which
released one eponymous album in 1988, and toured the
three solo albums. The first, Reaching Out (1987), was named after a song by
Steve, and included Robin
several years living in
Maggie pursued her
Kitchen Songs project for a web-based
production, visiting and filming singer-songwriters, mainly within the folk
scene, and usually recording in their kitchens. She was assisted by David
Crickmore of BBC Radio
another of the kitchen singers,
other collaborations included The Expatriate Game where, with Duck Baker and Ben
Paley, she explored traditional Irish and American music, and the seasonal
Magical Christmas Tree show with Pete Morton and Chris Parkinson. Her most
recent concert collaboration was with the guitarist
Maggie is survived by her partner, Bill Dinsdale, Joe, a daughter Molly (stage name Molly Jones), a granddaughter, Betty-Sue, Kevin and another brother, Christopher.
Sad to also
report the death of a friend of the folk scene in Kent, whom I knew really only
in passing. He came to a number of Kimber's Men concerts in recent years.
Killed by a continental driver who, having just got off the ferry from
Thanks for all the complimentary letters regarding the appearance of Kimber's Men on Sunday Brunch. You will find them all printed beneath the fixture list.
month (January) you can hear the band on your computer, or even your phone of
course, appearing on BBC Radio
Fixture List for Kimber's Men and
6th (KM) The Workshop,
11th (KM) The
11th (KM) BBC RADIO
17th (KM) Square Chapel Theatre,
Feb 7th (KM)
20th (KM) St
21st (KM) Catsfield Village Hall,
Feb 27th (KM) Provisional date for village hall in Wiltshire
Feb 28th (KM) Provisional date for village hall in Wiltshire
13th (KM) The David Hall,
14th (KM) Spring Arts Centre, East Street, Havant,
(KM) Heron Theatre,
Apr 25th (KM) Recording Studio
Apr 26th (KM) Recording Studio
11th (KM) Beverley Folk Club, Rose and Crown, Beverley,
May 15th (KM) Shepley Festival
May 16th (KM) Clennell Hall Folk Festival, Northumberland.
May 17th (KM) Clennell Hall Folk Festival, Northumberland.
23rd (KM) Met Studio, Gatehouse Theatre,
Jun 12th (KM) Mylor - Venue to be confirmed
Jul 25th (KM) Shammick Acoustic’ Pack o’ Cards, Combe Martin. EX34 0ET
Jul 26th (KM) Village Pump Festival, Westbury, Wiltshire - Provisional
(Joe) Rochdale Masonic Buildings.
Nov 20th (KM) Market Theatre, Market St, Ledbury, Herefordshire HR8 2AQ
Nov 21st (KM) Rhosygilwen, Rhoshill, Cilgerran, Pembrokeshire. SA43 2TW
6th (KM) The Bothy Folk Club, Park Golf Club,
Good Afternoon All
my very sad task to inform you that Kerry was killed yesterday in a road traffic
collision (RTC) on the A20 in
apologise if you get two, or more copies of this e-mail but I would rather that
should happen than that anyone in the "Folk World" who would wish to be informed
should be left out. Some of you will have heard already from
Both of them first sang in public at the 2002 Christmas party of the "White Hart Folk Club" in Hythe, Kerry said he only sang to support Mandy as she was nervous of singing on her own! We instantly recognised their singing potential and asked them to join our club shanty crew, " The White Hart Shanty Crew" (WHSC), which was run by the late Alan Sugden and me. They only got to sing in public once, at Crabble Mill, with the full crew in February 2003 (two photos attached) before Alan died suddenly in May of that year so their next public outing was in June singing "The Farewell Shanty" at Alan's funeral!! They both said that whenever they sang it again after that they always thought of Alan.
In 2004 we decided to bring "The White Hart Shanty Crew" to a close and I joined "The Shanty Crew" (TSC) but at one of my earliest Cutty Sark sessions with TSC we were light on the ground so Kerry & Mandy and my wife, Dannie, came up to do some sets as the White Hart Shanty Crew again to support us. In 2005 we all went up to the "Lancaster Maritime Festival" and decided to end WHSC with a "swan song" in the singarounds there. It was at this time that Kerry & Mandy (K&M) met Paul and Linda Sirman and they became firm friends.
5th November 2006 Kerry and Mandy, came to join TSC again on "The Cutty
mentored them a great deal after they met at
has been a merchant seaman, a fisherman and was for some years the mechanic on
the Littlestone Inshore Rescue Boat (IRB). He and Mandy did not therefore
hesitate to join Paul,
would be the first to admit that he had problems pitching when he first started
singing but he always had a good voice and he quickly gained accuracy with
experience. He and Mandy always sounded good together both in maritime and non
maritime singing. I will always remember Kerry for his singing of "Skipper Jan
I do hope to hear Mandy sing again when she is ready but she and the "folk family" have lost a fine singer and a bloody good bloke!! I am sure that you will all join me in sending our deepest sympathy to Mandy, Mick and Brenda (his parents), his children and grandchildren.
Congratulations on your Seeger song, am looking forward to seeing it. Perhaps
you could include it in your blog. I have co-edited the book THE PETE SEEGER
READER (Oxford UP), which was published last January. I think you will like it.
Also, you should know that Sing Out! is phasing out, and rarely publishes an
issue these days. You can check their website, but I know that Mark Moss is
trying to get out of the magazine business. I just donated much of my folk music
collection, including a complete run of Sing Out!, every issue from #1 to the
current one, to the
Joe, I think you should stand as a Member of Parliament, £500 spent on promoting
Ok if I say I loved your masculine moments on Sunday Brunch as did my husband.
The thing about men is their wonderful lack of subtlety!
PS Are you doing any Tall Ship Shanty Voyages?
I DO enjoy your monthly rambles and, after all these years, I'm so glad we are still on the same wavelength. I miss seeing you and the boys at festivals but I am much happier being an ex Awd Chyver and back doing solo work and getting plenty of work. Keep up the good work in all respects, good to hear about the Pete Seeger song too. See you soon I hope. If we're spared !
I thought you might be amused by the advice my Father-in-law gave me when he was in his eighties (lived to 95, died in 2005). He was a Hugill btw.
His advice for the elderly man was :
1. Never pass a urinal.
2. Never trust a fart.
3. Never EVER waste an erection.
He also maintained that a good song should be like good sex, introduce it properly and play it lively. Try and make it last 3 minutes; 3 min 20 seconds max.
Where ever he lived, he was a Geordie.
Thanks for your ramblings, you sometimes make me feel young again, or at
least, not the only grumpy old gimmer in
Cheers, a sometime shantyman without a berth,
You could advance the policy that each and every matter would be dealt with on the basis of its own merits and on reasonable and rational discussion - I say this because, although I don't always agree with the contents of some of your Rumblings, you do try to not be swayed by political affiliations.
I've just had a lovely 5 minutes reading your Ramblings.
I hope you enjoyed your holiday in Nerja in September.
Love to you and Nora.
Lovely spot on C4, you are a wit, should be on the stage…..
Look forward to Jun 12 next year matey, love to Nora
Thank you for your latest Ramblings.
I caught your excellent Sunday Brunch session, I hope it does you and the group a power of good. I see you are at The Falmouth Sea Shanty Festival next June.
I hope it was something I said when I was down there.
"Sunday Brunch came and went. Much fun was had by all" Indeed Harry and I really enjoyed it all and we had a real hoot when you told the presenter he could speak in a minute! (or words to that effect).
The programme does exactly what it intends to do. I think the presenters did a good job asking you relevant questions of which the answers gave anyone, not knowing about sea shanties, a good insight into the subject. A wide variety of people are invited onto the show from all walks of life to share knowledge, experiences etc and things that might be interesting to many.
The last song got a bit
mucked up with the presenters joining in but the overall outcome was sharing the
knowledge and having some fun as this programme is intended so I found the
If you get invited back on the show you should do it.
I've enjoyed your Ramblings for years now. Here's a little story you might like:
It started at Dick's Sporting Goods.
When I was ready to pay for my purchases of gun powder and bullets, the cashier said, "Strip down, facing me."
Making a mental note to complain to the NRA about the gun control wackos running amok, I did just as she had instructed.
When the hysterical shrieking and alarms finally subsided, I found out that she was referring to how I should place my credit card in the card-reader.
I have been asked to shop elsewhere in the future.
They need to make their instructions to us seniors a little more clear.
(I still don't think I looked that bad.)
Richard Gillmann (
NO PARENT LEFT BEHIND..
Hopefully you cannot read these notes written by parents in the
Spellings have been left intact… so we can read them as written.
1. My son is under a doctor's care and should not take PE today. Please execute him.
2. Please exkuce lisa for being absent she was sick and i had her shot.
3. Dear school: please ecsc's john being absent on jan. 28, 29, 30, 31, 32 and also 33.
4. Please excuse gloria from jim today. She is administrating.
5. Please excuse roland from p.e. for a few days. Yesterday he fell out of a tree and misplaced his hip.
7. Carlos was absent yesterday because he was playing football. He was hurt in the growing part.
8. Megan could not come to school today because she has been bothered by very close veins.
9. Chris will not be in school cus he has an acre in his side.
10. Please excuse ray friday from school. He has very loose vowels.
11. Please excuse Lesli from being absent yesterday.........She had the shits.
12. Please excuse tommy for being absent yesterday. He had diarrhea, and his boots leak.
14. Please excuse jimmy for being. It was his father's fault.
15. I kept Billie home because she had to go Christmas shopping because i don't know what size she wear.
16. Please excuse jennifer for missing school yesterday. We forgot to get the sunday paper off the porch, and when we found it monday. We thought it was sunday.
17. Sally won't be in school a week from friday. We have to attend her funeral.
18. My daughter was absent yesterday because she was tired. She spent a weekend with the marines.
19. Please excuse Jason for being absent yesterday. He had a cold and could not breed well.
20. Please excuse mary for being absent yesterday. She was in bed with gramps.
21. Gloria was absent yesterday as she was having a gangover.
22. Please excuse brenda. She has been sick and under the doctor.
23. Maryann was absent december 11-16, because she had a fever, sorethroat, headache and upset stomach. Her sister was also sick, fever an sore throat, her brother had a low grade fever and ached all over. I wasn't the best either, sore throat and fever. There must be something going around, her father even got hot last night.
1. A man
comes into the ER and yells. . .....
'My wife's going to have her baby in the cab.'
I grabbed my stuff, rushed out to the cab, lifted the lady's dress and began to take off her underwear.
Suddenly I noticed that there were several cabs - - - and I was in the wrong one.
Dr. Mark MacDonald,
2. At the
beginning of my shift I placed a stethoscope on an elderly and slightly deaf
female patient's anterior chest wall.
'Big breaths,'. . . I instructed.
used to be,'. . .. Replied the patient.
Submitted by Dr. Richard Byrnes,
3.One day I
had to be the bearer of bad news when I told a wife that her husband had died of
a massive myocardial infarct.
Not more than five minutes later, I heard her reporting to the rest of the family that he had died of a 'massive internal fart.'
Submitted by Dr. Susan Steinberg
acquainting myself with a new elderly patient, I asked, 'How long have you been
After a look of complete confusion she answered . . . ' Why, not for about twenty years - when my husband was alive.'
Dr. Steven Swanson-
5. A nurse was on duty in the Emergency Room when a young woman with purple hair styled into a punk rocker Mohawk, sporting a variety of tattoos, and wearing strange clothing, entered..... It was quickly determined that the patient had acute appendicitis, so she was scheduled for immediate surgery.
When she was completely disrobed on the operating table, the staff noticed that her pubic hair had been dyed green and above it there was a tattoo that read . .. .' Keep off the grass.'
Once the surgery was completed, the surgeon wrote a short note on the patient's' dressing, which said 'Sorry . . . Had to mow the lawn.'
Submitted by RN no name,
6. A woman and a baby were in the doctor's examining room, waiting for the doctor to come in for the baby's first exam. The doctor arrived, and examined the baby, checked his weight, and being a little concerned, asked if the baby was breast-fed or bottle-fed.
'Breast-fed,' she replied...
down to your waist,' the doctor ordered.
She did. He pinched her nipples, pressed, kneaded, and rubbed both breasts for a while in a very professional and detailed examination.
Motioning to her to get dressed, the doctor said, 'No wonder this baby is underweight. You don't have any milk.'
'I know,' she said, 'I'm his Grandma, but I'm glad I came.'
Q: What do you call a boomerang that doesn't come back?
A: A stick.
Keep smiling, keep singing.