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The Rakes (of Gravesend)

09 Aug 15 - 05:00 AM (#3729058)
Subject: The Rakes (of Gravesend)
From: GUEST,guest

Just flicking through Mudcat on a wet morning- I can find no trace of the above band, who were, for me, the major traditional English band of the revival's early days.

Quite apart from their days with Bob Davenport, they were a tremendous and influential band in their own right. Yes I know their material was mainly Irish, but what a rhythm they had for dancing! Totally unlike the staid EFDSS bands of the time.

I'm using the past tense but believe they are still operating?
It's just amazing there's absolutely nothing on Mudcat about them, or have I missed something?


09 Aug 15 - 05:31 AM (#3729063)
Subject: RE: The Rakes (of Gravesend)
From: GUEST,Derek Schofield

Yes, they're still going. Reg Hall, Paul Gross and Michael Plunkett.
Derek


10 Aug 15 - 05:03 AM (#3729300)
Subject: RE: The Rakes (of Gravesend)
From: GUEST,Kent boy

Is that the Rakes of Bob Davenport and the Rakes?- what has Gravesend got to do with them?


10 Aug 15 - 06:36 AM (#3729317)
Subject: RE: The Rakes (of Gravesend)
From: GUEST,Derek Schofield

They were originally called The Rakes of Gravesend which is where they came from at the time, I believe. As a variation on the name of the tune, The Rakes of Mallow. Not really been called by the longer name for many, many years...
Derek


10 Aug 15 - 10:20 AM (#3729361)
Subject: RE: The Rakes (of Gravesend)
From: GUEST,Peter

Not really been called by the longer name for many, many years...
At least 50 years I think.


10 Aug 15 - 10:40 AM (#3729365)
Subject: RE: The Rakes (of Gravesend)
From: Vic Smith

Tina and I danced to them years before we were married.
We booked them for our Silver Wedding Ceilidh 24 years ago.
Next August is our Golden Wedding......


10 Aug 15 - 02:25 PM (#3729416)
Subject: RE: The Rakes (of Gravesend)
From: GUEST

The band celebrated their 50th anniversary in 2006


10 Aug 15 - 02:35 PM (#3729421)
Subject: RE: The Rakes (of Gravesend)
From: The Sandman

"Subject: RE: The Rakes (of Gravesend)
From: Vic Smith - PM
Date: 10 Aug 15 - 10:40 AM

Tina and I danced to them years before we were married.
We booked them for our Silver Wedding Ceilidh 24 years ago.
Next August is our Golden Wedding...." CONGRATULATIONS