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Interview with Gin

How did you start to work with Sarah?

The launch gig for Hilary Spencer'’s first album (Other Roads, Other Lives) was held at Strawberry Villa, my former home near Bromsgrove. Hilary invited Sarah to the party because she wrote one of the songs on the album, Dear Beloved.


Had you been to many folk clubs before working with Sarah?

I’ve been going to folk clubs for ever; well since starting university anyway. Redditch folk festival was where I met Hilary Spencer /Artisan.

What do you see as your main role?

Sound and sustinence

What do you enjoy most about it?

The buzz and getting the best possible sound.

What are the things that hassle you in the job ?

Hanging about

What’s on your CD player at the moment?

Seth Lakeman 'Freedom Fields', Sarah Jones 'First Person Plural', Wailin’ Jennys '40Days', Bob Dylan 'Bringing It All Back Home', KT Tunstall 'Eye To The Telescope', Richard Thompson 'Old Kit Bag', Green Day 'International Super Hits', Alan Parsons 'Vulture Culture', Trisha Yearwood 'Real Live Woman', Shawn Colvin 'Whole New You'

Well you did ask and it’s a 10 CD changer in the car!


What would be your favourite six albums and why?

A couple of the above plus Beatles 'Revolver', Bob Dylan 'Tangled Up In Blue', Sandy Denny 'Who Knows Where The Time Goes' (3xCD compilation), Elton John 'Tumbleweed Connection'.

Please don’t ask me to put them in order of preference!

What was the most memorable gig that you’ve ever been to?

Can’t remember

Who are your favourite folk club artists?

Those who are tuneful and present well

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