And this is me … I first came across Roy Harper when I was still in the 6th Form at school in Exeter, back in ‘72. One weekend I spent at a friend’s house and he played me a number of records I’d never heard before. Flat Baroque and Berserk and The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust made the biggest impressions on me, so those were the ones I soon added to my small record collection. At the time I was more into blues-based music than folk but I did already have a Strawbs album and I was definitely open to Roy’s vivid imagery and creative style. I loved just about everything on FBB and soon grew to love Stormcock and HQ as well. Work of Heart, Jugula and Unknown Soldier followed to less enthusiasm. However, Roy’s music always remained a semi-explored backwater in my musical landscape until I discovered the Stormcock mailing list. I think Jon Hall had mentioned it on the John Martyn list. When there was a regular series of discussions of “Record of the Week/Fortnight”, I kept discovering these enormous gaps in my knowledge of Roy, so seized the opportunity to fill those gaps, using Roy’s internet site. I now have an almost complete collection of Roy’s discs. The Stormcock list also sparked my interest in Nick, whose Double Life CD remains for me his finest record: exciting, raw and witty. I’ve only seen Roy two or three times and still not caught up with Nick but I’m loking forward to it when I can. Last year I persuaded my bosses to allow me to go to New York on secondment for 6 months, which gave me the opportunity to plan a trip across the States. My partner, Mary, joined me for that, and the tale of the trip is recorded in my blog, here on stormcock.net. On our return to Albion, I had a couple of months commuting to a client in Aldgate and then had a planned heart operation. I’m now recuperating at home, enjoying the 20-20 World Championship and the leisure time to read and listen to music.