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BLOG NOW ABANDONED, PURPOSE WAS ORIGINALLY to present restored VINYL albums of both Folk & Jazz. Lack of interest and comments has resulted in me deciding to throw in the towel... Once specialising in vinyl restoration. Although I would have preferred to only post albums that I have paid for, or those of close friends, I was open to suggestions and offers of rare Folk items that need tender care and restoration, provided the supplier had the right of ownership of the physical item. NOT JUST an MP3 COPY of it. To give you an idea, I was prepared to restore vinyl belonging to another person, IF I received a decent quality scan of the front, back and any relevant information that comes with the LP, preferably at least 2400 by 2400 quality, (600DPI scans for back) along with the sound files in FLAC format as waves are a bit too large to transfer. Then I would check their suitability for restoration. I tried to maintain the requirement for a decent set of scans for each item, where possible, as I felt the music is incomplete without it. Sometimes this was just not possible as a lot of my stock came from broadcasting organisations that had their own heavy card sleeves.

Sunday, 19 April 2009

Australian Bush Fires Fund raising in Tasmania

Here are a few of my Tasmanian friends, in a Launceston mall, They raised a grand total of over $700 for the appeal in just an afternoon. The Concertina player is an ex-Brit of some 30 years ago from Orpington Kent and is the owner of the vast Topic LP collection which I have access to when I visit.

The Guitarist with the grey beard is Kerry Cantley, a traditional singer with a powerful deep voice, he backed by the seated melodeon player Bill, and the bass guitarist Mark has made a few recordings on CD, I have one of his recordings made at a friends house in Tasmania.

Some samples of Kerry from his album "Meander Valley Musings" HERE

Another venerable musician and artist Brian Mooney, seen often in the Launceston folk scene was
commissioned to make a painting of the group, this is now hanging at the house of the concertina
player, Michael Manhire.