On The Road Not Taken

By Paul Dodgson

A memoir that is a love story about the transformational power of music

Tuesday, 7 November 2017

End of Tour Update... individual blogs still to come.

I arrived home on Sunday evening after  the most incredible month travelling across England and Wales singing songs and telling stories in living rooms and kitchens. I had never asked for help like this before and was awed by the generosity of everyone who opened up their homes and filled them with food, drink and lovely people.  I told my stories and every night, after the gig, people came up and told me tales from their lives. These conversations left me with a real sense of wonder at the world, which is how things were when my musical story began in 1967. So thank you Wendy Breckon, Emma Cockburn, David Simpkin, Anne Rainbow, Victoria Janet Field, Maya Pieris, Christina Poulton, Eluned Roberts, Linda Barrett, Maggie Cobbett, Cathy Grimmer, Charlie Hoddell, Sue Teddern, Fred Gregory Davies and and my incredibly supportive partner, Sarah. And thank to everyone who came along and signed up on the night. The book now has 208 subscribers and has tipped over the 50% funding mark.

We are going to disappear for a week now, but when I get back will be blogging about the rest of the gigs and starting my campaign to get the book fully funded as soon as possible.  

I ended most shows with a certain song that changed the shape of my day when first heard in 1967. Here is a bit of it from Friday night in Henfield, with instant harmonies courtesy of an audience brim full of singers. 

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Borthalan Hartnett
 Borthalan Hartnett says:

Puff the Magic Dragon!! That took me straight back to 'Junior Choice' on the radio. I've really enjoyed reading about Paul's gigs and travels. What lucky people to have him perform in their homes. I'm going to save up so Paul can come and sing 'King of Rome' at my house (though he'll probably make me cry again.)
You deserve a rest Paul, but I shall look forward to reading your blogs and, in time, your book.
All the best
Jules at Borthalan.

posted 9th November 2017

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