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Thread #156559   Message #3690919
Posted By: Mr Red
02-Mar-15 - 09:01 AM
Thread Name: Obit: Roy Palmer (1932-2015)
Subject: RE: Obit: Roy Palmer (26 Feb 2015)
He was also a gentle man.
He often popped in to the Putley Folk Festivals that Dave & Annie Jones ran, amazingly he was not there the night I collected "Old England She Needs Soldiers" (song here) in 1992. If he had - he would have collected it. However in my searches for more info he sponsored me for a pass to the Bodleain which did not produce any leads, Roy did. Because he had already written "What a Lovely War" (I got to review it for Folkwrite) it was too late for the book, but, as ever with Roy, it had lodged in his curiosity and 18 months later he came up with a derivative snippet - ever the researcher.
He was very interested when I gave him a recording (off air from the BBC) of Robert Graves singing a version of "The Old Barbed Wire" that RG sang in the trenches. Roy had included several versions but not this one, in "What a Lovely War", he even tried cajoling the Beeb to add to the story but copyright and editing balked that. - I still have the review copy of the book, bare sheets now comb bound. I treasure it, as with the memory of a really helpful guy.
Roy returned the favour when he gave a talk on Shanties and sea songs (possibly at Lancaster Maritime) - he wanted a light-hearted song to make his talk more rounded so he had a few CD's of the "Knittershanty" (song here) to give away and he was pleased with the result.