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Chris Drinkwater

Rollo Woods Edfss Gold Badge Award

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Rollo Woods, who celebrated his 90th birthday early this year on 18th June, is an English concertina player, former librarian and writer and researcher, very heavily involved with the West Gallery Music Association, who has just been awarded a coveted EDFSS gold badge for outstanding services to folk music, along with singer and songwriter John Tams and Folk Roots magazine founder and editor Ian Anderson. Rollo is a regular participant at the West Country Concertina Association Kilve weekends, and this year, came to the ECMW held in Bampton, Oxforshire. I had a brief chat with him there and he is just amazing for his age. He is probably one of the oldest concertina players still playing and his gold badge award is thoroughly well deserved. You can read more by clicking on the link below:




And for a a photo of Rollo playing his concertina, click on the link below:





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Thoroughly deserved - I was playing with Rollo at the West Gallery workshops at Sidmouth just a few weeks ago.


Gold badges for IAA and John Tams as well, what a particularly fine crop of recipients! Either that or I'm reaching the age where the people formative in my love of English traditional music are getting old enough to be awarded the Gold Badge :)

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