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Thread #82548   Message #1517793
Posted By: Mick Pearce (MCP)
08-Jul-05 - 04:21 AM
Thread Name: Gig - Davey Graham / Steve Benbow: 15 July
Subject: RE: Gig - Davey Graham / Steve Benbow: 15 July
breezy - I think you should reconsider your opinion of Steve. He's still a great musician. His voice my not be what it was twenty years ago, but whose is? But he can still put a song over (Allan Castro sent me a pre-release copy of Steve's last CD for comments on which tracks to keep - I think he'd recorded 29 and they were going to cut it down to about 23; how's that for value?! When I played it I thought his version of Black Is The Colour was one of the best I'd ever heard, aged voice notwithstanding.) and he can make an audience enjoy themselves. He also has a fund of obscure and amusing songs.(Well it's a couple of years since I last played with him or saw him and he has been ill since then, but I can't imagine any of that's changed). You should pop down the Brewery Tap one Friday or Sunday to see what he's like (If you'll forgo your club one Sunday I'll even take you down there myself). Steve's been an important figure on the scene and, as Eel says above, the man deserves respect as a musician (ask Fleggie - Steve employed him for a while) and for what he did to popularise folk music (something you of all people should have sympathy with!).

Allan Castro from Ealing has put a site up for him - check out: Steve Benbow Site

(and don't forget to buy me a drink)