England Haikus 19, 20 and 21- in fond memory of Pete Gibson, Alec Gorham and Doug Adams

Pete Gibson Haiku

When he touched instruments,
Music turned to gold!
Our folk pirate hero.

'Pirate' Pete Gibson

‘Pirate’ Pete Gibson. Photo by Ellie Pridgeon

Alec Gorham Haiku

The chain smoking guru
Speaks soft, listens,
And unites with kindness.

Alec Gorham. With Bill Dudley Sr in the background. Photo Ellie Pridgeon

Alec Gorham. With Bill Dudley Sr in the background. Photo Ellie Pridgeon

Doug Adams Haiku

I miss your presence,
Lynchpin melodeonist
Candid and thoughtful.

Doug Adams. Photo re-used with kind permission of  Susan Bell

Doug Adams. Photo re-used with kind permission of Susan Bell

You can read a lovely obituary for Doug Adams in the Guardian’s Other Lives section from December 2012.

Pete, Alec and Doug were all stalwart and long-time members of the Greenwich Traditional Musicians Co-operative, based in South-East London. Their untimely loss (Alec died in September and Pete in December last year, following Doug’s death in 2012) has also been a great loss to the session itself – not least because of their love of and dedication to English traditional music.

Thankfully, the session itself still continues in earnest at the Lord Hood pub, just over the road from Cutty Sark Docklands Light Railway. We convene every Tuesday at 9pm – it’s a great opportunity to come along and hear cracking musicians play cracking sets of tunes. For free, no less (other than the expected beer fee, of course).

The Lord Hood pub, Greenwich

The Lord Hood pub, Greenwich

Coming up is one of the highlights of the year – the Tuesday session in the week of St George’s Day (and Shakespeare’s birthday, no less). We’ll be convening as always from 9pm for fun and frolics and men in tights. Well, at least one man. Please do come and join us on April 22nd from 9pm and join in the fun.

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