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Thread #154562   Message #3919148
Posted By: GUEST,Ian Price
22-Apr-18 - 11:06 AM
Thread Name: Stanford Arms Folk Club
Subject: RE: Stanford Arms Folk Club
I was a regular at the Stanford Arms on Sunday evenings while attending Brighton College of Technology (now 'University') between 1966-70.

Used to enjoy most of Miles' "silly songs" from the Music Hall era, as he introduced some pretty big names in the tiny upstairs room.

I met Diz Disley at the Stanford on a Sunday evening in 1969. He played chords on the guitar that simply did not, and still don't, exist, but sounded terrific! I was enthralled.

So enthralled that I missed the last train back to London in order to catch the end of his performance. He offered me a lift back to town in his elderly Rolls Royce (reputed always to contain a barrel of draft beer in the boot), and off we set northwards at 11:30pm.

He hadn't told me about the parties he had promised to drop in on the way. To cut a very long story short, I was dropped off on Clapham Common at 4:00am and had to walk home to West Wimbledon. Astonishingly for even then, I made it home without being mugged.

Although I never heard them perform together, I'm sure Diz's guitar style would have made the perfect foil to Stefan Grappelli's jazz violin - another time I heard him he was accompanying Martin Carthy and Dave Swarbrick, in the days before he and Grappelli knew each other.

I was very sorry to hear of his demise, and shall look for surviving recordings. The reputed state of his finances at the end do not surprise me one little bit - he struck me as being extremely generous and unselfish.