Frank Sullivan’s 65th Birthday Party

IMG_0008Frank Sullivan was the father of my friend of nearly 50 years, John Sullivan and someone I knew and liked from my teens. So when John asked a few of us to get together a scratch band for his 65th birthday party, I was very happy to oblige.

Now I have to admit that not only had I forgotten about the party but I’d also forgotten there was a tape of our one and only rehearsal until I stumbled across it today. So here it is, warts and all. I’m guessing this is from around 1990 but I’d love to get a firmer date.

The band comprised John Sullivan on guitar, concertina, mandolin and vocals, Jim Bennett on vocals and maybe guitar, my wife Maryse on vocals and guitar and me on vocals, guitar, banjo and harmonica.

No photographic evidence can be found, unless John or Jim have something, but here are a few of the tracks. Fond memories!

Sloop John B


Maggie May


D Day Dodgers


Sergeant Where’s Mine




Oh Sha La La


Save The Last Dance For Me


Whip Jamboree



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