arti Posted June 25, 2020 Share Posted June 25, 2020 I got to know Eric in the early 70s when he lived in Worth Matravers (Purbeck) He later moved to Swanage as he felt Worth to be rather isolated when he was older (Spring 1973?) That was the last time I saw him. About a year earlier we both attended the ICA meeting. I was a beginner and he was the most accomplished player I ever heard. As quoted elsewhere - more like a Duet player. He favoured what I guess you`d call light Classical and had a very harmonic style. He said he owed his skills to all night practice sessions when he was a volunteer Coastguard at 'Winspit.' At times he would swing his concertina but in a very measured/restrainedl way that enhanced his music. He liked nothing better than to fill the village hall with sound. I clutched my brand new Crabb and looked on in awe. For many years I kept a recording but lost it in a house move. Perhaps wrongly, I thought the ICA would have kept theirs as his playing was so well thought of. He definitely counts as a true English Anglo player - no links to Folk Revival as far as I know - repertoire from the early part of the 20th Century and a style that was unique. Glenda- if your father farmed on Purbeck I also met him on one occasion. I often wondered if he kept Eric's Wheatstone. PS: Odd that Tommy Williams doesn't get a mention - perhaps I missed him on the list 1 Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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