A trip down on the weekend of the 8th to get rid of the bulk of my mothers furniture I took in a new venue in Herne Hill called ‘Off The Cuff Bar’ to see my mate Comrade X as well as a couple of other acts one of which were to play the entire 1st Clash Album. after a terrible journey I made it in time to see Comrede X wish us all a “Happy Christmas Fuckers”
Great as ever he was followed by the most enjoyable Goon Squad that treated us all to an vast array of brilliantly played and sung Punk classics.
Two songs in to the 48 Thrills set a power cut put an end to the evening before we even got to hear any Clash songs.
No one seems that disappointed or annoyed by it and as the venue was under a railway arch there seemed to be a stay calm and carry on Blitz spirit like we were all in a big Anderson shelter.
Having cleared my mothers home in Balham leaving Just a bed for me to Sleep in by Sunday the 10th I decided on a last hurrah! visit on the 17th and take in some of the regular music nights I’ve come to know and love in recent years. It was nice to have some company on the Journey for a change.
I visited the most important person first. Mammy needs regular trips out to get her Pannini fix. After our little trip out to charlton I headed over to Balham put the heating on as it was very very cold out and while the flat warmed up I took my Baby Taylor over to the Ramble Inn in Tooting where Foxy & Friends are alway’s so welcoming. Plenty of diddley dum tunes and a few songs I went back to the empty flat a very happy man. Foxy as well as being a first class banjo player is one of the finest singers of the Irish ballad I’ve ever heard, I thought I was quite loud until I heard him.
Monday I Got up early and headed over to Greenford to attend the family graves it was a lovely day to do it and the first time I have been There alone. My Mum loves to go and I love to take her but it’s such a long drive from where she is now and it does make things more difficult. She even fell into a grave on one visit.
Always makes me feel good visiting those loved ones not with us anymore.
It may seem a bit mad but despite only being down the road I chose to drive all the way back across London and get the Tube back to The Shawl in South Harrow in the evening to see my favourite band in all the world the Bible Code Sundays. As well as playing my favourite song they invited me up to sing with them which really made my day. My Brother in Law Steve came out for a while it was great to see him as it was Jim & Pat who never fail to make me smile.
On Tuesday I took it easy and rested during the day and headed over to Camden where I piped in to see The Vibrators punk legend Knox in his charity shop ‘Rock ‘N’ Roll Rescue’ before spending an evening of the most pure traditional folk singing at Cecil Sharp House (home of the English Folk Song and Dance Society) it was made particlarly with rare performances from Mac and Jim Morrison not forgetting Music Hall specialist John White and my favourite performance poet The Racker. Truly the end of an era for me. I got the Tube back to Balham from Camden with my mate Mick, dropped the keys to flat through the landlords letter box and hit the road home to Norfolk. I took a couple of pics of the old place first.
Goodbye London god bless ya!