Ralph McTell – Newton Aycliffe Recreation Centre 22nd March 1979

In my later years at school a new kid in town arrived from Basingstoke and brought with him different musical styles but mostly he introduced us to lots of folk acts that we hadn’t come across before. It was with Mike, his sister and her friend that I went to see Ralph McTell in of all places Newton Aycliffe!

The thing I remember most about the gig was that towards the end he said “this is the point in the evening when people usually play a medley of their greatest hits so I’m going to play a medley of my greatest hit!” just before he played Streets of London.

I have read that Dave Pegg and Dave Mattacks of Fairport Convention played some gigs with McTell in 1979 but I can’t remember if they were at this gig or not!  It’s probably unlikely as they were on Fairport’s farewell tour later that year!

Support was Bob Fox & Stu Luckley

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