|Lol Coxhill (1932-2012)|
Rob Edgar writes: Last night at Cecil Sharp House (home to the English Folk Dance and Song Society), there was a memorial gig in honour of Lol Coxhill who died on the 10th of July this year. The date marked, and indeed celebrated, what would have been his 80th birthday.
The Mike Westbrook Brass Band played a set inspired by the poetry of John Clare, featuring Chris Biscoe on saxophone, Phil Minton on trumpet/vocals and Kate Westbrook on vocals/recorder.
There was a spellbinding solo set from Evan Parker, a strong free improv set by Gail Brand, Mark Sanders, Simon Picard and Ollie Brice, an eloquent tribute from Michael Horovitz a touching performance from Lol’s son and grandson (Simon Coxhill and Sam Coxhill-Davis) culminating in a finale by the Herbert Spliffington All Stars whose easy blend of laid back reggae and jazz had everyone on their feet.
A fine celebration for a unique man. Remembering Lol Coxhill Part Two will be at Cafe Oto on October 31st.
….not to mention Stan Tracey, Dave Green, Clark Tracey, Art Themen, Henry Lowther, Roger Turner, David Toop, Pat Thomas, Maggie Nicols, Veryan Weston, Trevor Watts, Tony Bevan, John Edwards, Eddie Prevost, Hugh Metcalfe, Dylan Bates, Matt Scott, Jim LeBaigue, Sibyl Madrigal, Kay Grant, Armorel Weston, John Fox, GF Fitzgerald, Dave Holland, Stu Butterfield, Olly Blanchflower, Max Eastley, Philipp Wachsmann, John Russell and Satoko Fukuda….to name a few.
Andy thanks so much for that!