Biography

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[people in brackets]: who he was living with

italics: band/music

Born…………………………………… 1949

India…………………………………… 1951-53

Grimsdyke Primary…………………… 1954-60

Harrow County
the Brethren…........ 1960-67

Dynaflow Blues………………………… 1967-8

Sussex University
[Martin, Eric, Alan & others]…………1968-71

Suffolk/ N London/ N Harrow Big Dummy
[Jon H & others]………………………... 1971-4

First Glastonbury
with Jon H & others……………………. 1971

Ivy Cottage /Suffolk Big Dummy
[Heather, Nigel, Jon H & others]…….. 1971-2

Crystal Palace Pk Rd/ Vagaband
[Martin, Eric, Tony]………….…………. 1974-76

Busking in Paris………………………… 1976

USA: Cincinnati/ N Orleans/
N Mexico/California…………………….. 1976-7

Old Lodge, Hereford [Martin]………….. 1978-9

Paris/ ‘Mad Dash Tour’
-- coast of Brittany [Martin]…………….. 1979-80

Bedford [Anne]………………………….. 1987

(to be continued)

1967

If Chris Elvin was the only harp player for Dynaflow Blues, then I met him when he was sitting in as second harp player with a band led by Pete Hossell and Chris Turner. That would have been 1967 or maybe early 1968. He left to join Dynaflow. Pete was vocals/jug and Chris Turner was lead harp player. Chris Elvin - if it was him - was known as Smoothie Boy Bob in the band. He was a good player and I remember him laying down a boogie backing on a piano at a party once. The band was called The New Missouri Compromise Electric Band then. Before that it was called Missouri Compromise and before that The Al Capone Jug Band. As Missouri Compromise it recorded a few sides for Saydisc Records in Bristol. It worked the pub folk circuit in South London and played (for free) at a load of parties (where a lot uf us also got in by clutching a harp and saying 'I'm with the band'). Parts of it later became Screw and played support to the Stones at Hyde Park.
Sad to he's gone - even if I am a long time out of date.

Memories of Chris from the Dynaflow Blues days

I was at Sussex University with Chris, although I went there in 1967 and Chris started in '68, having taken a year out. During that year, Chris was gigging with Dynaflow Blues.

I remember one particular conversation when Chris was talking about his days on the road with Dynaflow. There must have been some pretty weird and unusual discussions going on in the van to and from gigs, as Chris would evidently often steer the subject onto Maths and Physics - neither being favourite topics for musos in blues bands in my experience. I remember him telling me that the guitarist had some very strange ideas about Relativity that he just had to sort out. It's a pity nobody recorded the conversation; I'm sure nothing in 'This Is Spinal Tap' could have got near it!