I read Niall Williams, then I start humming that lovely old Ralph McTell song From Clare to Here, unearth my shrine of Ralph memorabilia and start playing all the music again and before you know it guess who has agreed to stop by for dovegreyreader asks..?
I'm really grateful to Ralph McTell for taking time out from recording today and his very busy pre-Australia tour schedule to answer the questions over the phone and that will be on the blog next week.
As can see, apart from the fact that Ralph and I both know all the words to all his songs and we've both been to a lot of Ralph McTell concerts down the years, we have one or two other things in common.
Here's a little snippet of our conversation
DGR:You grew up in Croydon?
know it very well
DGR:Now I read somewhere that Father Christmas at Kennards in Croydon gave you a mouth organ and that started you off on the music trail.
did and yes, it did.
DGR: Hmm, well he gave me a doll’s hairbrush so you see life could have been so very different
Ralph: Well I’m lucky there, I’m glad I didn’t get the doll’s hairbrush, I would have been a hairdresser and you would have been a harmonica player.
I'll post the interview next week and you can read all about Ralph's inspiration, his reading and yes, how From Clare to Here came about and no, we didn't mention Streets of London once.