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Re Farewell Tours 562
August 24 2008 Contributor: Martin

Similar theme to entry 561 any tours anywhere in UK. Having re-discovered your vinyl in my loft I am quickly looking to get CD versions as your music still brings back the happiness of my youthful years. Where have 35 years gone - much is changed but your music hasn't. Keep writing/playing!

Farewell shows 561
August 23 2008 Contributor: Peter

Hi Are there any plans for any farewell UK shows? I was away at the time of the recent Grassington concert; would have loved to have been able to go. Are there any further shows planned in Yorkshire or the North East at all?
Best wishes Peter

Linda Simpson writes:

Dear Peter,
I can't say that there is anything planned at the moment. I would like to say though that we are stopping touring - that doesn't mean that we won't turn up and do the odd gig here and there.

Hello 560
August 23 2008 Contributor: steph flower

Hi Chris,

Farewell tour?!!!! Dont say it's the end?!!!! I've never managed to catch up with you on any of your Midland gigs - will u hopefully be saying goodbye at anywhere close?? 'Two Old Friends' is still my favourite of all time and I'll always remember you singing it to me by the side of a road somewhere in Langstrothdale. :-)
xxx Steph

Gatherin' in the Harvest of my Time ... 559
August 18 2008 Contributor: Graham Nelson

Mr Simpson? I had no idea it would be yourself at the end of the email you sent! I doff my cap to you, sir!

I am sorry to learn that musical relationship (with Glen) ended on a sharp note. Actually, it's not a surprise - I recall feeling there was some tension on the stage at King's Lynn, and I also thought I noticed a "bitchy" comment shot at you in the live Amsterdam In Concert album.

(Noddy you say? Ah! THAT'S where I'd seen Glen's hairstyle before!)

I have not heard Linda singing live yet but am now looking forward to doing so at the first opportunity. When will you next be performing in the North West? Liverpool? Manchester? I want to buy tickets, preferably for seats next to each other, unlike I managed at the King's Lynn concert when I sat one end of the hall and my girlfriend at the other. Best of all, I forgot my wallet and she had to pay. She never spoke to me again. Can't think why.

Anyway, you ain't exactly a slouch at the singing yerself, especially with your own songs. In fact, Time for the Leaving is still on my all-time favourites list, and the Ring of Stones performance left me speechless and in awe on the night I first heard it, and it still does all these years later. (I shan't list more I like as you'll think I'm licking a##e. )

In fact, your song writing (and Sandy Denny's) have a lot to answer for! You got me excited enough to start writing my own, and having to learn an instrument to accompany them. Instrument became instruments. Long story cut short, I ended up in a duo but our only claims to fame were: being booked to play on an Anglia TV programme but the show was cut from the schedule; and in the late 1970s, we once played in support of Clannad at Bridlington, before they were famous and only cost 200 a gig I also played Blues harmonica for Andy Caven at a gig he did in Ely. We weren't booked at Bridlington again, and Nicky Ryan didn't invite us to tour with them. Ended up getting bored on the Norfolk and Cambridge folk circuit. (Clannad didn't know it but Harvey Goldsmith's girlfriend was in the audience at Bridlington, and she said she was going to tell Harvey all about our duo as she preferred us to the Irish band, and that night they were all MY songs . still waiting for Harvey's call.) Then other half of the duo buggered off to become a school teacher. Happy days, sadly long gone. As for me I won't bore you with that tale. Suffice to say around 12 different instruments are now gathering dust and the calloused finger tips have all gone soft.

Done with reminiscing. Back to the present day: Where was I? Ah yes! Concerts. Where??? When??? If you say nothing else to me for the rest of my life, just tell me when and where you'll next be touring in the UK, preferably in the North West.

(Failing that, d'ya need a semi-retired 50 year old Bipolar roadie? Nah, thought not.)

Best wishes to you, Chris (oh, AND Linda!)

Kind regards

Graham Nelson

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