Many of my visitors that have sampled the Johnny Collins albums in my collection will be sad to know that the man passed away in Poland in the middle of his tour of Europe and the UK.
There will be disappointed and sad shanty enthusiasts, and indeed singers of all kinds at festivals and folk clubs for the rest of 2009. Most noticeably of these will be the Workum Shanty festival held annually in the Netherlands, home of the famous "STRONTRACE" where barges of dried COW DUNG (Stront) are ferried in a race. Traditionally this was the real liquid & sloshy stuff being ferried from the grazing pastures to the bulb fields, but for health & safety reasons it is now DRIED. The records do not specifically state the precice ways that the original "Stront" caused deaths, but one can imagine a barge full of highly unstable methane generating natural waste could apply threats of all kinds, from de-stabilising the crafts attitude or its course, to just being something to fall into and drown.... Nasty End!!
I worry now because Johnny was only 1 year younger than me, and I'm still here (I think!!)
If you have not sampled Johnny's art, here are the links to the earlier posts on this blog.
Johnny Collins "Live at the HERGA" HERE
Johnny Collins "Strontrace" HERE
Johnny Collins "Private Army" HERE
Johnny Collins "Travellers Rest" HERE
Johnny Collins "Free and Easy" HERE
RIP Danny Spooner
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