Sad, but the greatest drummer of the 20th century, Ginger Baker, has died. He died 'peacefully' in hospital aged 80, somehow not the way I would have thought he'd go. I loved Cream, three musicians at the top of their game all playing solo at the same time.
Life is a bit like a toilet roll, the closer you get to the end the faster it seems to go.
I remember seeing Ginger Baker's Air Force in Plymouth in 1970 ish. He had the biggest (and loudest) drum kit I'd ever seen. A great player who introduced jazz rhythms into rock. I still love Cream's album Disraeli Gears.
When I was the drummer with "Blues Etc", we opened for the Graham Bond Organisation when Ging and Earache Claptout were in the band.
Our lead guitarists was getting into a tiswas about playing before Eric. I told him to cool it as I was to be playing drums before Ginger B.
Of course when we went on Eric was nowhere to be seen, but Ginger stood in the wings and watched me closely though our set, then called me over and told me that I was "alright" and gave me an armful of sticks. (They were awful!)
He was an irascible character, but he was very nice to me.
I used to see him playing at Eel Pie Island in the early sixties but can't remember who he was playing with but I think that Jack Bruce was playing double bass as well.
ocarolan: I've never seen tartan skipping either...
Sept 22, 2019 13:19:07 GMT
martinrowe: Need some new glasses?
Sept 22, 2019 15:12:58 GMT
Akquarius: what's a skip?
Sept 22, 2019 19:33:03 GMT
Wild Violet: A skip is another word for a dumpster - a very large metal bin that are often behind businesses and can be raided for food or to find things to sell. Or so I hear...
Sept 23, 2019 7:36:20 GMT
walkingdecay: Good thinking about the two for one, Martin. I'd have the second one made up into a suit. I'd look slightly less awful than usual in a tartan suit, I reckon.
Sept 23, 2019 11:11:07 GMT
ocarolan: ...and, you would be hard to spot when standing by piles of shortbread tins, Pete.
Sept 23, 2019 11:18:18 GMT
martinrowe: Skips are hard to get rid of though - if you ever think of de-cluttering
Sept 23, 2019 13:01:12 GMT
walkingdecay: Have a great meet-up folks.
Sept 24, 2019 16:12:20 GMT
Akquarius: thanks Pete :-) too bad you can't be there!
Sept 24, 2019 18:51:16 GMT
Onechordtrick: All quiet from Halifax. Should somebody check that they’re OK?
Sept 29, 2019 8:59:59 GMT
ocarolan: Most folk left now - just stragglers remain. Forum should get more news, pics, vids over the next few days/weeks. Was fab w/e, of course with friends old and new, lots of music, laughter, booze etc. A worthy 10th.
Sept 29, 2019 12:30:08 GMT
stevie2sticks: Congratulations. My youngest, 2 and a bit has just done "twinkle twinkle little star" on his Kazoo working on "a train" on harmonica, I've ear marked him a guitar. I started training him Klingon but grandma intervened.
Sept 29, 2019 16:49:24 GMT
Akquarius: To all of you who did not attend Halifax this year. You definitely missed a big thing!
Oct 1, 2019 19:15:18 GMT
martinrowe: Perfect Pitch: Lobbing a banjo into a skip and completely covering the accordion.
Oct 12, 2019 7:58:34 GMT
ocarolan: Q: If you drop simultaneously a banjo and an accordion from an aeroplane, which instrument will hit the ground first? A: Who cares?!
Oct 14, 2019 17:44:48 GMT