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My Music in and around the 60's
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Yes, I was there and, yes I remember it. I was playing a few clubs here in the UK and festivals. I also carried a camera and recorded some events, friends also took photos of me. Mainly Cambridge…Continue

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kenneth Cooke replied to kenneth Cooke's discussion You Don't see many of those around?
"Interestingly, before I was smitten by the Martin bug my first decent guitar was a Levin Goliath Blonde, I guess it was the nearest to a D28, looking, that I could find. I had it a few years and toured with it until I acquired a Martin D28"
Aug 23, 2015
kenneth Cooke replied to kenneth Cooke's discussion Norman Blake with Tony Rice in the group Norman Blake Fans
"Correction to my 2013 post. The guitar Norman is playing in the attachment I posted is not a 1933 D28 it is an Arnold copy of that guitar which coincidentally Norman also owns, sorry to mislead you D18 this time, "Church Street…"
Aug 23, 2015
kenneth Cooke commented on Chad Fette's group Norman Blake Fans
"Check out Norman's version of "Church Street Blues" https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-IsfrOitaE8"
Aug 23, 2015
kenneth Cooke replied to April Ruth Jordan's discussion World's Fastest Flatpicker?
"Check out Norman Blake playing "Church Street Blues" https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-IsfrOitaE8"
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Vegen Bluegrass Pick

A year back, a friend sent me a couple of these picks over from the States, they are, without doubt, the best picks I have ever used and having played for 50 years, I've had a few. Highly recommendedSee More
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Wegen Bluegrass pick users

For those who play Wegen Bluegrasspicks.
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kenneth Cooke replied to kenneth Cooke's discussion My Music in and around the 60's
"Forgive me for not replying to your wonderful images earlier Jim Yates but I have only just seen them You might like to participate on this Facebook Group All American Flatops"
Aug 23, 2015
kenneth Cooke replied to April Ruth Jordan's discussion World's Fastest Flatpicker?
"What is the big deal with speed April Ruth Jordan? Surely, tone, timbre and intonation are far more important. My favourite flatpick guitarist has for a long time been Norman Blake. There is something so unassuming about his approach and style but,…"
Aug 23, 2015
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kenneth Cooke replied to kenneth Cooke's discussion My Music in and around the 60's
"Great image, are you still playing?and if so what are you playing? I am so pleased that the images evoked memories for you. Please post the link on as it may be of interest to others"
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My Music in and around the 60's

Yes, I was there and, yes I remember it. I was playing a few clubs here in the UK and festivals. I also carried a camera and recorded some events, friends also took photos of me. Mainly Cambridge Folk Festival and Islington CMF plus various jams and band calls. I hope you enjoy them. You might see someone you know, or your Dad knew- enjoy https://www.flickr.com/photos/24088116@N04/sets/72157647295315421/The images…See More
Oct 9, 2014
kenneth Cooke replied to Downtown Freddy Brown's discussion Guitar straps and end pin jacks
"The secret is not to glue the end pin into your guitar and then it can be easily removed and pushed through the strap. C&F Martin & Co advise, not mine"
Jun 4, 2014
kenneth Cooke replied to Daniel J Thomack's discussion picks
"I would second that"
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Favorite Flatpickers
Norman Blake- Doc Watson- Bob Dylan- Sam MaGee
Favorite Flatpicking Tunes
Spanish Fandango
Favorite Guitars
American Flattops
Tell us more about yourself (place a Bio here if you wish)
Retired on ill health have not played for 25 years owing to 4 strokes which incapacitated my left hand. Bought a guitar this February and very slowly trying to instruct my hand but it is a very slow painful process

As my profile indicates I have played Guitar since I was 15 which is 50 years during that time there lave been long layoffs as I have not enjoyed the best of health. In the 60's I played actively around folk clubs which were usually located in the upstairs rooms of pubs. Folk music and folk clubs were springing up all the time in the 60's and in Leeds UK were I grew up there was a club every night of the week in fact The Grove Inn Folk Club was the second oldest in the country outside London only beaten by 3 weeks by The Topic Folk Club in Bradford. Both of those clubs are still running and the Grove also hosts a Bluegrass Club the last Thursday in every month. Old Timey/ Bluegrass were a difficult genre to pedal in those days, most clubs were very traditional and in one or two clubs one rarely saw anyone play guitar it was all finger in the ear unaccompanied song.

My first decent guitar was a Levin Jumbo with a blonde front. It was sometime later that got my first Martin, a Brazilian Rosewood D35. I was also playing a little bit of mandolin, autoharp and fiddle and fronted various Old Timey/ Bluegrass bands with a leaning towards Old Timey stimulated by bands such as The New Lost City Ramblers. We learned alot through them and I remember playing with a guy called John Healey who owned 3 fretless banjos. We played various small festivals and visited The Cambridge Folk Festival for a good few years. Cambridge had a strong Bluegrass following and some excellent musicians. My first wife and I played duets similar to the style of Sandy and Jeanie who toured here from the States and were a big influence on many of us

I came back to playing again in the 80's but having sold all my instruments I bought a Brazilian Rosewood HD28 and a Brazilian Rosewood 0021. My musical tastes continued from the 60's playing finger-style with National finger-picks and a Dobro thumb-pick and Flat-pick guitar. In the late 80's I had 4 strokes that disabled my left hand making it impossible to play so with very great sadness I sold the Martins.

At the beginning of 2013 a longtime friend and Dobro player suggested that I might try to play again and after some consideration I bought a new Martin D35. Progress was painfully slow but at least I was trying and that pleased me . About a month later I read an article on the net about a limited edition Bozeman Montana Gibson LG2 3/4 Arlo Guthrie Guitar. I envisaged that a 3/4 size guitar might help me form chords easier so I bought on and in fact it did help. I was then able to transfer that skill over to my D35.




The Gibson is a beautiful guitar, Sitka Spruce tone-wood top with Mahogany back and sides. The neck is also Mahogany with a Rosewood finger-board. I am now considering looking into open tunings which I have no knowledge of, hence me joining a forum like this. I have acquired a glass slide and a brass slide and I propose to get a Dobro slide and nut raiser but I will discuss that with my Dobro friend.

He has played Dobro for many years, longer than I have played guitar and he has a beautiful 1927 Dobro plus a new one he bought when last on holiday in Nashville. He also bought a couple of Gibson F5 mandolins, why 2 I can't answer, and he has recently acquired an Indian Rosewood D45. In fact I am planning to visit him on Wednesday this week as I have not seen him for some time. I am not planning to take the music back out again it will just be really good to be involved once more, and wow the internet was not around when I last played. There is so much great stuff out there, this forum included. And also unlimited access to records, or should I say CD's. My favourite label has to be Folkways Records out of New York.

Anyhow I think that covers my playing life. I have had 2 marriages and I have a daughter to each. I also packed in the booze in the 1990 as I was drinking myself to death. It was the best move I ever made and I am pleased to say that I have remained sober although sobriety threw up a whole heap of life issues that I had masked with the booze.

Thank you for reading- Kenneth 

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