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Reflections on Terry Callier's memorial concert

The Terry Callier memorial concert that took place last Thursday was a resounding success and a very special evening.  A fitting tribute to such a great man.  Here are some words on the event from David, the founder of Mr Bongo, who worked with Terry across six album projects:

"The night was arranged and promoted by Adrian Gibson who took charge of the venue and logistics, and Meira Shore who arranged the line up, visuals (of all Terry's albums), a memorial book for messages, all with so much thought and love, additions that made the night a really special event. 

Proceedings started perfectly with DJ sets from Russ Dewbury, Marc Mac (4Hero), Eddie Pillar and Chris Bangs. Things then became much more emotional as we heard heart-felt words from Meira Shore, Gilles Peterson and myself.

All the guest vocalists bravely stood where Terry would have done and delivered their own versions of the his song book. Beth Orton joined them later to sing 'Dolphins' the track that they collaborated on:


Rick Stanbridge bravely opened the live show up with the all-time most requested Terry song Ordinary Joe, and he didn't miss a beat. Terry's original guest vocalist from the album Timepeace Veronica Cowper was on great form leading us through Dancing Girl.

Terry's band were absolutely superb as always - Gary Plumley soaring to new heights on woodwind, Dave Barnard (bass) signing all the hits, Jim Mullen plucking in his uniquely fine style, accompanied by Bosco de Oliveira's son and Paul Gunter on percussion duties.

The highlight for me was Terry's children Sunny & Dhoruba coming all the way form Chicago to attend.

Meira and Adrian put together an amazing night, so a big thanks to them, and also to everyone that worked on that night and those who came and shared their memories of such a great man.  The evening was a huge fundraising success too - just over £2,000 was raised for Cancer Research.

Please tell us if you want to see a regular annual memorial night for Terry. It would be great to see those old faces again and keep Terry's flame alive."

David 'Mr Bongo'