Blackthorn Blog

13/05/2013 - Talk about a small world!

I just popped over to the Lodges this morning to say bye to some guests who had been staying for a wedding. I asked how everything had gone and they mentioned that they had been to Whitby on Sunday in the Rowing Club singing songs. I said 'not sea shanties?'.

I told them that my Dad's sister Rita, who I'm named after, and her husband emigrated to Australia before I was born. He worked on whaling ships and wrote songs about his experiences and was pretty influential on the Australian folk scene. He was called Harry Robertson. It turns out that 2 members of the Keelers folk group were staying and they are fans of his and even sing some of his songs.

They were really pleased to find out I was related and I was really pleased to hear that they love his music. Sadly Harry died some years ago but we are still in touch with the family in Australia so I'm letting them know that his legacy not only lives on in Australia but right around the other side of the world as well.

 

 

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