To commemorate the passing this time last year of a TFMC luminary, we’re dedicating this evening outside of the AGM to recalling the life and songs of Dick Coker.
So no floorsingers tonight, instead invited performers will share some of Dick’s songs, and probably also share a few stories featuring him.
Invited performers include, but may not be limited to (contact us if you would like to contribute):- Bob Large, Andrea Rose McGregor, Tony Smyth, Paul Howarth, Tony Rickets and Jenny Kilpatrick, Mike Maguire, Bevis England, Bill Morrison, Lew Black, Paul Brown, Angela Fox.
Here is some of what Tricia Lee had to say in our newsletter following his death last year:-
Dick was a prolific and much-admired songwriter. He was an intelligent wordsmith with a gift for shrewd and perceptive compositions. His works covered the spectrum from poignant and reflective to slightly vulgar and hilarious, but he was probably best known for his humorous songs which wittily poked fun at all manner of things, from politics to athletes on steroids, from social upstarts to despots. His songs often made you laugh, but there was always an underlying message.
Although he performed to audiences at folk clubs and festivals around the country, Dick much preferred playing and sharing in small groups and, until his health deteriorated, he was a regular participant in the club’s Friday Folk sessions.
Dick will be fondly remembered for his friendliness, generosity, wit, and intelligence, and his memory will live on in the many songs he has left behind.
And of course we have the AGM, where we hold the old committee to account, elect the new one, raise any issues with what the club is doing and maybe what we’d like it to do differently, and if you are really keen you could even get yourself elected.