June 25, 2023 By Diane Kemp

Rays page Number 3

Hi Folks.
Oh YES ,I am missing You..
But Simeon is keeping Me Up to date with Whats Going On.
And this is What “May and & June”, think.
OH May, it was real good that Ray brought His Friend to FREDs Place,
YES Freds Is getting to be THE “IN PLACE” And nice to see a New Face.
Keith and David came. It’s Keeping Fred Busy to be Sure; That’s Good
Fred is working So hard: He is taking on More Staff, He Said He would
Freds is getting to be The place to be!! You’ll make New Friends Here.
Oh Yes: June; FREDS is THE PLACE To learn Whats the New
Norah said: Tania wanted to know What’s Going On? She would .Yes.
Tania needs to be IN THE CROWD :If there are Men Around; My
May: it Looks Like FREDS is Getting TO BE Where things Are All a Go
COME to Freds , and Be with the “IN CROWD”, and be in THE KNOW
With the Best Doughnuts in town: All Agree FREDS is THE place to be
Welcome Folks: Come Join US for that real Friendly NICE CUP OF TEA.
What I Miss Most Are the Friendly faces and Chat at The Club:
But THEN, When some of the real good Folk Songs, are sung..
I realise just How Lucky I have been to have been in Folk
Music. Since real early days:
Since 1950s. I was in the Scouts, and We sang Camp Fire
And We were taught Songs, at School: Songs Passed down
from Generations before. And Family Parties We All sang
round the Piano, both Old and New.

And Then I Met Ian Campbell, And went on a Two Week Coach
Holiday around Scotland with His Family. With different Folk
Singing Do’s every night. What a Holiday THAT was!!!
Ian Campbell had started singing with His Sister Lorna in the
SKIFFLE DAYS,, and Those were Lonnie Donogan days!!..
I wonder if You remember “Putting on the Style”..
YES: It’s still there on You Tube. Oh Skiffle was GREAT!
And then Folk sort of took-over,
And Ian Campbell Started THE JUG OF PUNCH which was the
Biggest and Best Folk Club.
And: So Anyone Who was Anyone in the Folk World!!
Who was, Passing thro would Drop-in to “The JUG”..
And Ian would get them to sing a couple of Songs..
So I saw and Heard People like James Taylor: Donovan :
Paul Simon: and others: When they were just starting.
And Ian would book new singers like Joni Mitchell and
Tom Rush… Yes Great Days..
And FOLK has changed so much, since those early days.
It now is a much more a Younger Person thing.
Now, at times, the Songs can almost blend with POP.
And It is JUST A GREAT scene.
And, SHIRLEY FOLK CLUB is doing a Wonderful Job
keeping the Folk Scene alive and Very Much Kicking.
I am So lucky to have these Memories.
And still Loving it all.