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Known as the Bard of Hackney, Frank Bangay has been performing poetry and song for over 40 years on the London poetry scene. He writes about his two passions: music and gardening for various publications including The Big Untidy.

Frank Bangay writes a tribute to Blind Willie Johnson: The Soul Of A Man

22 July 2013

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black and white photo of the face of musician Blind Willie Johnson from the cover of Dark Was the Night CD

My first introduction to the music of Blind Willie Johnson came in 2002. The guitar teacher at CORE Arts in Hackney, had  encouraged me to have a go at learning to play the slide guitar. As a result I got a slide guitar  compilation out of the library. There was some great stuff on the record. About half way through following straight after a track by the mighty Son House, was You’re Gonna Need Somebody On Your Bond, by Blind Willie Johnson. His gruff voice, accompanied by a...

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Frank shares a poem 'Moments in the Day'

20 July 2013

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Moments in the Day The papers print a creepy image A boy with a rucksack on his back At the train station. Of to take his life And bring others down with him All for the promise of paradise What kind of paradise? I was talking to my Muslim neighbour He told me he disagreed with the bombing Nowhere in the Koran does it say you must kill. I read the newspapers  The front page exposes its scandal I hear politicians talking I hear politicians waffle.  I can’t help wondering Are...

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