To anyone who doesn’t reside or originate from the Waterside down here in the south of England this post will probably be of zero interest, sorry.
Back in the 70′s I attended Hardley (Secondary Modern) School and for the most part had a whale of a time. One of my most vivid memories is of a Science master, an amazing young guy named Rick Keeling who really got me hooked on Science and almost 40 years later still has me glued to the subject.
We did a ton of stuff with ‘Mr Keeling‘ outside of school including a 270+ mile sponsored Trek across the Pennines and some very dodgy science experiments that sometimes involved err. combustion. Another side of Rick we got to see once in while was his folk singing.. he was just amazing and amongst other things was a regular on Radio Solent’s Albert’s Gang.
Rick wrote and sang a number of songs about local topics including Lymington, the Fawley Flame, Hythe Pier and the effects of Oil pollution on the Solent’s sea birds and there was one song in particular that stuck in my mind for over 35 years simply called Seagull (click here for a ‘lo-fi’ sample from the Forest Tracks website) .
The rather daunting lyrics are tell Seagulls that oil for central heating and Motor Cars is far more important than seabirds getting covered in crude oil thanks to tankers flushing out their tanks at sea and ‘accidental’ spillages.
Anyway, the point of this post.. Forest Tracks, a non-profit group of audio enthusiasts who offer a plethora of local recordings from folk singers around the Hants/Dorset area have put together a double CD featuring some of Rick’s work called WAITING FOR THE LEAVES.
Rick’s untimely death at just 44 in 1998 was a result of a sudden Aneurysm but hey, he’s certainly left his mark on the planet as typing “Rick Keeling” into google still brings up a stack of information about him.
If, like me you are an old Hardonian (or whatever the correct term is) and want to capture this little bit of history you can order the double CD for just £16 incl.UK P&P from:
FOREST TRACKS, c/o 180 Buriton Road, Harestock, Winchester, Hampshire SO22 6JQ
England. For further info please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
(mp3 sample courtesy and copyright of Forest Tracks)
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