Very sorry to learn this morning of the death of Robert Tilling, whose work as an artist was much admired but whom I knew, if only briefly, through his engagement with music. He was the biographer of, but also a pupil and friend of, the Rev. Gary Davis, and thanks to his involvement in the arts in Jersey he invited me to do a gig at the arts centre in St.Helier in 2007 - and, very generously, to have Sarah and me to stay at his house - a house with walls splendidly crowded with paintings, prints, lithographs and more by an amazing array of people. Robert and his wife Thelma were warm & hospitable hosts to us.
The photograph (Thelma, Bob & me) was taken during our visit.
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WELCOME TO BLOGGING ABOUT A BOOK ABOUT BLIND WILLIE McTELL..AND BLOGGING ABOUT PRE-WAR BLUES IN GENERAL..
HAND ME MY TRAVELIN' SHOES: In Search of Blind Willie McTell, by Michael Gray
North American hardback published September 2009 by Chicago Review Press. 448 pages. US$26.95. ISBN: 9781556529757.
London: Bloomsbury, July 2nd, 2007. Hardback 1st edition. ISBN: 0 7475 6560 0; ISBN-13: 978-0747565604. £25. The first UK paperback edition was published on October 6, 2008. £9.99. ISBN: 9780747565611.