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Reply Mike
10:23 PM on November 23, 2015 
I went to see Lonnie Donegan at the Manchester Free Trade Hall in March 1956 at a Jazz concert compered by George Melly.Lonnie was still banjo player for Chris Barber and Rock Island Line had just been released as a single and when the band played that it brought the house down.George Melly did his version of Frankie and Jonny.Eddie Calvert who was top of the bill was booed off the stage, the audience had come to listen to jazz. Great days of music.
Reply lonniedoneganonvinyl
9:25 AM on November 5, 2012 
Hi Keith and welcome, there are a few of us Loonies still around, glad you like the site.
If I'm right The Three Monarchs were, Les Henry (Cedric), Eric Yorke & Jimmy Prescott. I believe that Jimmy Currie toured with for a while as a backing musician, is this right?
Dave
Reply Keith Sellers
12:44 AM on November 3, 2012 
And I thought it was only Rettig and me..what a great site......where is Lonnies Abbott guitar ?
and did you know Jimmie Currie was one of the three Monachs.........
Reply lonniedoneganonvinyl
9:28 AM on January 4, 2010 
Hi Ken,
Looks like you were correct about Stan Stennet, someone else has told me the same story recently.
Dave
Reply lonniedoneganonvinyl
4:42 PM on October 3, 2009 
Hi Ken,
I like your tale, somehow though I can not imagine Stan Stennet playing lead guitar, or any other guitar come to that. In my opinion Paul Henry was the best lead guitarist that Lonnie had, more bluesy than jazz. He still plays with "The Band" & Peter Donegan.
Thanks for dropping by.
Dave
Reply ken quayle
7:17 PM on October 2, 2009 
Lonnie was definitley one of the greats of british music! I saw him at the Liverpool Empire on his first uk tour. The night i saw him Stan Stennett was a supporting act. Denny Wright was Lonnies guitarist at the time. Unfortunately Denny was taken ill just before the show, and Stan Stennett stood in for him. Stan done an excellent job! I was sorry not to see Denny who was a favourite jazz guitarist of mine, but them's the breaks. I think Lonnie was a very overlooked true blues singer, given the right material. I last saw lonnie live at the Auckland Town Hall, here in New Zealand. That was in 1961, on the bill with him was Miki and Griff.

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