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Hi,

 

I have just been listening to John Watcham's contribution to Anglo International, and I really like his playing style.

 

Can anyone suggest where I might find further examples of his playing (preferably solo rather than in a group)?

 

Many thanks,

 

 

 

Taggart

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Hi,

 

I have just been listening to John Watcham's contribution to Anglo International, and I really like his playing style.

 

Can anyone suggest where I might find further examples of his playing (preferably solo rather than in a group)?

 

Many thanks,

 

 

 

Taggart

There is very little available of John playing Solo. I had one devil of a job, firstly locating John and then getting him to record.When I first thought of Anglo International John was one of the first I thought would be great to be part of the collection. He did of course record for" Morris On" ,but some of his solo work in the early days was just spectacular. I pleaded with him to record Purcell's "Trumpet and Air" which he played with full accompaniment ,but sadly he neither had the time or inclination to practice it again,choosing the Morris Medley that forms part of his work with Brighton Morris Men. This would be the only way you can watch him live. If there are any recordings out there they should be preserved for the future as John for my taste is one of the finest Anglo players I have had the pleasure of listening to.

Al

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Hi,

 

I have just been listening to John Watcham's contribution to Anglo International, and I really like his playing style.

 

Can anyone suggest where I might find further examples of his playing (preferably solo rather than in a group)?

 

Many thanks,

 

 

 

Taggart

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He played in a band setting on "Son of Morris On" (it's fun listening to Ashley Hutchings following the concertina bass lines on electric bass), but for unadorned Watcham, Shirley Collins' "Adieu to Old England" has three cuts with him, including two unaccompanied tunes: "Lumps of Plum Pudding" and "The Sherborne Jig".

 

Clarity, musicality, humor. I too wish there was a lot more of his music available.

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I'm another fan of his contribution to Anglo International. About a year ago, the BBC was doing something about Steeleye Span and they showed a recording of one of their gig's in the 1970s. As part of the show Albion Morris performed with Mr. Watcham on Anglo.

 

There's a thread about it here... http://www.concertina.net/forums/index.php?showtopic=8512

 

Unfortunately from a quick search I don't think it's available online. Maybe somebody in the Brighton area could do us all a favour and stalk Brighton Morris to get some video of his playing?

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Hello

 

There is plenty of John's playing (though in a group context) on the 2002 CD "Albion Morris Still dancing after all these years" FOAD 30/CD.

 

It seems as though you can still get this for about £6. Try a search for Albion Morris on ebay.

 

Chas

 

 

Hi,

 

I have just been listening to John Watcham's contribution to Anglo International, and I really like his playing style.

 

Can anyone suggest where I might find further examples of his playing (preferably solo rather than in a group)?

 

Many thanks,

 

 

 

Taggart

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I have a recording of a half hour set with John and Mark Bingham Clifton in the guize of Mr Gladstone's Bag. The playing is superb and the performance is hilarious. It's with Johnny Adams right now, being transcribed from cassette to CD for his folk archive project, so at some time it may become more widely available.

 

Chris

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That is great. Thank you all for your help. The "Adieu to Old England" CD arrived this morning and I have just ordered the Albion Morris CD.

 

I love the simplicity and directness of the playing, the crispness, the uncluttered playing style. I am going to run out of adjectives now. :rolleyes:

 

I shall go away and start using Amazing Slowdowner now!

 

Best wishes and many thanks,

 

 

Taggart

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On 6/8/2009 at 7:41 AM, Chris Timson said:

I have a recording of a half hour set with John and Mark Bingham Clifton in the guize of Mr Gladstone's Bag. The playing is superb and the performance is hilarious. It's with Johnny Adams right now, being transcribed from cassette to CD for his folk archive project, so at some time it may become more widely available.

 

Chris

Re-reading the earlier posts in this topic, I am curious to know if anything came of this.  A Cd of Mr.Gladstone's bag wold be worth having I think. But it is nearly 11 years ago, so I suppose we would have known before now if there was one available.

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We had a cocker spaniel once who always wanted to be somewhere other than where she was ,John was similar an absolute nightmare to pin down and even at the recording session for Anglo International he had to rush off quickly to somewhere else..

A fantastic player and any recording of him ,particularly a Gladstone Bag one would be like gold dust

al

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I'm in the process of digitising the recording. It's not quite a whole half but it is an uninterrupted 24 minutes from Mr Gladstone's Bag's second set and it's quite wonderful even after all these years.

 

Chris

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Interesting that it was John Rodd who was the Anglo player on the follow up to Morris On. John 's playing was always very precise and accurate.

He regularly came to the Black Horse Sessions in Nuthurst Sussex and I met him a number of times at the Kingston Hospital where he was in charge of the Blood Transfusion unit. He moved abroad I think to Canada but I really cannot remember and not heard of him since.

Al

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It's probably worthy of a different thread but I think John Rodd and John Watcham shared the concertina duties on Son of Morris On and other LPs around that time.  John Rodd and Will Duke were both playing concertina in the first iteration of the Albion Dance Band.  I played (tuba) with John Rodd in the local band he had in Kingston after leaving the Albion fold and met up with him again when he returned from Canada.  I last saw him when he was living in Chiswick in 2006 when I bought his last concertina - a nice CG Jeffries which I still have - but like you Alan, I've lost touch with him since then

 

Alex West

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Thanks for the update Alex and that he is now back from Canada. When I last saw him he was getting interested in Cajun Music so you might have been involved with that. Will Duke of course living in Sussex I saw many times and actually played alongside him in The Biggest Trio in the World.

Al

 

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