Duncan: A story of chance meeting with Fanshawe alumni

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In 1969, local mandolin player, the late Ken Palmer from the Dixie Flyers, asked me, an aspiring folk singer, to perform Woody Guthrie songs for his video project. He saw me sing and play my guitar at the Fanshawe Coffee House. That's the last I heard from Ken until...ten years later, when I arrived in London with my band Whiskey Jack to perform at the Firehall. One evening, Ken drops in to the bar with his mandolin and we start pickin' bluegrass together. With him rippin' the strings off his mandolin and me trying to do the same on my banjo, he tells me about his time in the media program at Fanshawe. It's only then that we realized that we had met before and had actually been part of a video project filmed in the studio at Fanshawe College. As it turns out, we both graduated (me from Municipal Administration) in 1970 and our paths just never met again until that fateful day. We then became life long friends until his death in 2013.


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