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Sent by Dick Greener, 10 Sep 2015

Hi all

An update on Dave and his health, and notice of some cancelled gigs in September, including tomorrow's show in Bromsgrove and the already-rescheduled show in Wigan on Saturday.


* Dave
* Rescheduled gigs
* WakemanFest postponed to 2106
* Moving Pictures - the new solo live album
* Roy Hill gig - Mon 15 Sept
* Cathryn Craig & Brian Willoughby - gigs
* Brian and CATHRYN - recording news
* Hud's gigs


Since the last message about Dave's health, he was quite slow to recover his full strength and had had problems with his voice after anaesthesia.

His consultant brought forward a planned operation to deal with a kidney blockage at the end of February when a gap became available and he was admitted on Tuesday 2 Sept.

I visited him in hospital on Wednesday 3rd and he looks to have made a much better recovery this time, and hasn't had nearly as much of the voice problems from anaesthesia.

He will be attending hospital once a week for the next 6 weeks for after care, but after that expects to be able to perform again.

Some fans have had reports from venues or promoters that he is terminally ill: please be reassured that that is absolutely NOT not the case. Whilst obviously still recuperating from surgery, his kidney function is reported to be very healthy despite his recent problems.

Best thanks to everyone for their good wishes, which I've conveyed to him, and for which he is very thankful.


ALL OF THE GIGS IN SEPTEMBER ARE BEING RESCHEDULED - apologies to fans who were looking forward to them, but sure you understand.

Fri 11 Sep - The Artrix, Bromsgrove
Sat 12 Sep - The Old Courts, Wigan
Thu 17 Sep - Square & Compass, Ilminster
Fri 18 Sep - Guildhall, St Ives
Fri 25 Sep - The Brook, Chatham

NB - The gig at Chatham appears to have been promoted as the electric line-up and the date being the 24th, neither of which is correct.


The new solo live album will now be released in the third week of November.

It will be priced at 12, and you can now pre-order from Witchwood Records online shop.

To have your name listed in the CD booklet, the last date for receiving orders is 5pm UK time on 5 Oct.

Moving Pictures is a live recording from Dave's only solo tour of the States, beautifully recorded and produced. Dave's songs were originally created with just Dave and his guitar, and this is a unique opportunity to experience the power and emotion of those songs, delivered on stage with all the passion that only Dave can bring. Tracks include some of his most epic works: "Blue Angel", "Ringing Down The Years", "Hanging In The Gallery", "Beside The Rio Grande" and the CD also includes the between-song intros, Dave with the audience in the palm of his hand as ever.

Track list
The Gallery (talk)
Hanging In The Gallery
The Sad Little Girl (talk)
Song Of A Sad Little Girl
The Troubadour (talk)
Ringing Down The Years
The Shepherd (talk)
The Shepherd's Song
Saving Grace (talk)
Grace Darling
Ways And Means
Action Station (talk)
The Call To Action
Feeling Blue (talk)
Blue Angel
New Mexico (talk)
Beside The Rio Grande
Farewell (talk)
We'll Meet Again Sometime


Unfortunately Rick Wakeman has also had his health issues this year, which has led to the extravagant WakemanFest, at which the Electric Strawbs would have been united with their former keyboard wizard, for the first time since he left the band in 1971. One of the songs on the agenda was the epic "Where Is This Dream If Your Youth" which closed out Antiques And Curios, and Rick was planning to use a surviving example of the original organ he played in July 1970 - worth the price of admission for that alone!

Rick says (on

September is already proving to have brought up its fair share of obstacles and I sadly have to start with the most pressing which is that we have regrettably had to put WAKEmanFEST on hold until next year.
We have made this decision early as we feel that is the fairest thing to do rather than leave the announcement until much later. All the participants have been informed and they are all on board for the rescheduling for next year and that also means that with a bit of luck, Adam, will be able to join us as well.

As most people are aware, I had quite a serious health scare just after Easter which necessitated my "culling" my diary quite drastically and although my health has improved and blood pressure heading the right way etc etc, it's meant, that on advice, I have had to take a really close look at what is currently in for the rest of this year and doing quite a lot more culling.

It's totally my fault as I allowed the diary to start filling up again and everything stemmed from that. My management, agents and indeed my wife basically read me the riot act.... AGAIN!!!........and I succumbed to the fact that I really do have to listen.

The deal that was struck was that of nothing being cancelled, just postponed and so announcements will be made as to new days, early next year, after my next medical!!!!......."

More news on the rescheduled gig when I have it.


And, news just in - a rare public appearance from the self styled 'Man with No Name. Except it's Roy Hill.

The effervescent Mr Hill plays live in his native
Tonbridge in Kent at

Punch and Judy pub
11 St Stephen's Street
Tonbridge, Kent
01732 352368

9.00pm start (though you know Roy ...)


Very Hopkin - An evening without Mary Hopkin

Three shows in early September Brian and Cathryn will be special guests, opening the show for Mary Hopkin's daughter, Jessica Lee Morgan before joining her on stage with Chris Thomas on bass and Simon Adams on percussion. Dates and venues on their website:

Also a selection of duo gigs for later in the year.

Friday, September 11
VERY HOPKIN @ Pontardawe Arts Centre
Herbert St, Pontardawe, Pontardawe,
Set: 8:00 PM

Saturday, September 12, 2015
VERY HOPKIN @ The Globe Live Music Venue
125 Albany Road, Cardiff
029 2023 0130
Set: 8:00 PM

Tuesday, October 27, 2015
The Clef & Cask
Dewley Cramlington, NBL NE23 6DT
Set: 8:00 PM

Thursday, October 29, 2015
Rothbury, NBL NE65 7SR
01669 620470
Set: 8:00 PM

Thursday, November 5, 2015
Tolbooth Tavern
Tolbooth Street, Falkirk, FK1 1NL
Set: 8:00 PM

Friday, November 6, 2015
Eastlea, Denholm, DENHOLM
01450 870664
Set: 8:00 PM

Saturday, November 14, 2015
Eileen's Tea Rooms
Castleblayney, MOG
Set: 8:00 PM

Thursday, November 19, 2015
Sunflower Pub
65 Union Street, Belfast
028 9023 2474
Set: 8:00 PM

Wednesday, November 25, 2015
Dorking Folk Club
Social Club, Friends Provident, Dorking, Surrey,
01306 888 530
Set: 8.00pm


Cathryn and Brian have been in Nashville, recording a new album with celebrated engineer / producer Thomm Jutz. Thomm also played bass, mandola and guitar, alongside these brilliant musicians...

* Jeff Taylor (Vince Gill / Time Jumpers) on whistles and accordion
* Drummers Fran Breen (Waterboys, Saw Doctors, Mary Black, Paul Brady)
* Dennis Bryon (Amen Corner/BeeGees) and Pat McInerney (Nanci Griffith, Tom Paxton, Doc Watson, Don Williams)
* Guitarists Brent Moyer (Lynn Anderson) and Andy Reiss (Reba McEntire / Time Jumpers)
* Cellist Ron de la Vega (Nanci Griffith)
* and on banjo, "A Team" session player Richard Bailey of the Grammy-winning Steeldrivers.

More news on release date when I ahve it ....


6th Hillingdon Golf Club (THE GOOD OLD BOYS)
25th The General Eliott, Uxbridge UB8 2UR (THE ALI MAC BAND)
26th The Windmill Club, Nuneaton CV10 OHW (HE BEAKY BAND)

2nd Surrey Blues Club, 128 Hersham Road, Walton on Thames KT12 5QL (THE ALI MAC BAND)
3rd Egham Bowls club, Mancrofts Rd TW20 9LX (THE GOOD OLD BOYS)
8th The Riverside Club. 6 Laleham Rd Staines TW182DX (THE GOOD OLD BOYS)
16th Halfway House, Rickmandsworth. WD3 7DQ (THE BEAKY BAND)
17th The Black Horse, Greenford UB6 0AS (THE BEAKY BAND)
23rd The General Eliott, Uxbridge UB8 2UR (THE BEAKY BAND)
24th The Kings Arms, 6 Park Lane, Harefield UB9 6BJ (THE BEAKY BAND)


"You'll scarcely believe all the pleasures inside..."

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