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Thread #29288   Message #370305
Posted By: GUEST,Cat Haston
07-Jan-01 - 09:40 AM
Thread Name: John Dwyer - Songs & Stories
Subject: RE: John Dwyer - Songs&Stories
Hi - gosh it was nice to find this thread (thanks Jean). My family and I moved to the Seattle area for a year or so in April 1997 from Sunny Scotland (JOKE!!). As a traditional singer over here, it was great to find such a thriving Song Circle over there, and I went along as often as I could. I'll never forget the first one I went to - how I got there I'll never know, between being newly arrived, driving on the wrong side of the road, no sense of direction whatsoever and a pathological inability to read maps. However get there I did (somehow)to find this wee old guy sitting in the corner and beaming with approval whenever I sang an old ballad, particularly in a version he'd not heard before. At the end of the night, when I had to ask the assembled company if anyone knew where the I5 was, he insisted on driving all the way into Everett so that I could follow him, and he could be sure I'd got home safely. Moreover, he came and collected me personally every week thereafter and taught me how to get everywhere I needed to go. Not only that, but the amount of songs and ballads we exchanged in the car during those journeys....... Yes, he could be an old curmudgeon and drive everyone mad, but he was also one of the kindest and funniest people I ever met. I missed him horribly when he went, and it would be great if some of his vast collection could be published. Love to all, Cat